Disney’s Magic Kingdom 101

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The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World’s first and most iconic park. Opening its doors on October 1, 1971, the park quickly became a popular vacation destination. Here you will find the rich history and distinct magic of Disney in every corner. This park is usually what immediately comes to mind for most guests when thinking of the Walt Disney World resort. With the beautiful Cinderella Castle serving as the park’s focal point, it offers guests entry into six fantastical lands.

**At this time Walt Disney World is moving through a phased reopening after an unprecedented closure. During this time some attractions, restaurants, and experiences may not be available.

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Main Street U.S.A.

This area is the entrance to the park and greets guests with a throwback to an idyllic recreation of small-town America inspired by Walt Disney’s boyhood home of Marceline Missouri. Shops and restaurants are the majority of what you’ll find here. This street leads to the main “hub” area of the park where the rest of the lands can all be accessed.

Attractions and Rides

Enchanted Tiki Room
Jungle Cruise
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Pirates of the Caribbean
Swiss Family Treehouse

Dining

Casey’s Corner (Quick Service)
Crystal Palace (Table Service)
Main Street Confectionary (Quick Service)
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Quick Service)
The Plaza Restaurant (Table Service)

Shops

The Emporium
The Chapeau
The Art of Disney
Crystal Arts
Disney Clothiers

Adventureland Magic Kingdom

Adventureland

This is where the spirit of exploration comes to life. The land is themed to fictional tropical jungles and unexplored territories.

Attractions and Rides

Enchanted Tiki Room
Jungle Cruise
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Pirates of the Caribbean
Swiss Family Treehouse

Dining

The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen (Table Service)
Tortuga Tavern (Quick Service)
Sunshine Tree Terrace (Quick Service)
Aloha Isle (Quick Service)

Shopping

Agrabah Bazaar
Bwana Bob’s
Island Supply Sunglass Hut
Pirate’s Bazaar
Zanzibar Trading Company

Rapunzel's Tower Fantasyland

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is dedicated to fairytale adventures and classic Disney stories. Guests can enjoy attractions like “It’s a Small World” and Dumbo’s Flying Elephants as well as dine in the Beast’s castle at the popular Be Our Guest restaurant.

Attractions and Rides

The Barnstormer
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Enchanted Tales with Belle
“it’s a small world”
Mad Tea Party
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Peter Pan’s Flight
Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel
Princess Fairytale Hall
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

Dining

Be Our Guest Restaurant (Table/Quick Service)
Cinderella’s Royal Table (Table Service)
Gaston’s Tavern (Quick Service)
Pinocchio Village Haus (Quick Service)
Storybook Treats (Quick Service)
Chesire Cafe (Quick Service)
The Friar’s Nook (Quick Service)

Shopping

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Big Top Souvenirs
Bonjour! Village Gifts
Fantasy Faire
Hundred Acre Goods
Sir Mickey’s
Tinker Bell’s Treasures

Tomorrowland Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland

This futuristic land is where guests can explore the hopes and dreams of the future. The land is a shining and bright imagining of what might be in store for our next generations. Attractions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain are among the exciting standouts in the “future that never was”.

Attractions and Rides

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
TRON Lightcycle Run (Coming Soon)

Dining

Tomorrowland Terrace (Quick Service)
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Quick Service)
Frozen Treats Cart (Quick Service)
Joffrey’s Revive (Quick Service)
The Lunching Pad (Quick Service)

Shopping

Merchant of Venus
Mickey’s Star Traders
Tomorrowland Light and Power Co.

Fontierland Magic Kingdom

Frontierland

Frontierland is an area that evokes the tall tales and rugged lifestyle of the American Old West. This land is most well known for Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain but also contains classic fan favorites like The Country Bear Jamboree.

Attractions and Rides

Big Thunder Mountain
Tom Sawyer Island
Country Bear Jamboree
Splash Mountain

Dining

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn Cafe (Quick Service)
Golden Oak Outpost (Quick Service)

Shopping

Big Al’s
Briar Patch
Frontierland Mercantile
Frontierland Trading Post
General Store
Prairie Outpost and Supply
Splash Court
Trail Creek Traders

Liberty Square Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square

Liberty Square takes guests back to the early years of American history and colonial times. Although it’s one of the smaller lands, Great Moments in History with The Muppets and The Haunted Mansion make the area worth visiting.

Attractions and Rides

The Hall of Presidents
Liberty Square Riverboat
Haunted Mansion

Dining

Liberty Tree Tavern (Table Service)
Columbia Harbor House (Quick Service)
Sleepy Hollow (Quick Service)

Shopping

Memento Mori
Liberty Square Portrait Gallery
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe

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Parades and Fireworks

**All normal parades and nighttime shows have been temporarily suspended. Guests of the Magic Kingdom can look forward to spontaneous Character Cavalcades during park hours. These pop-up processions feature a small selection of characters that wave and pose for photos.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is the Magic Kingdom’s current daily procession and has a heavy focus on one of the most recent additions to the park, New Fantasyland. The parade happens every afternoon (weather permitting) and features floats and characters from many Fantasyland favorites like Tangled, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, and the fire-spitting Maleficent Dragon. The line-up is rounded out by classic Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie as well. 

Happily Ever After Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

Happily Ever After Fireworks is the nightly castle show and fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom. This dazzling show premiered in 2017 and features state-of-the-art castle projections coordinated with lasers, fireworks and classic songs from your favorite Disney films. The show celebrates the fairy tale happy ending we all search for in our lives. Guests wanting to enhance their fireworks experience can purchase tickets to one of the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Parties that happen before or after the show. These parties not only give guests a dedicated viewing area for the show, but also an extensive dessert buffet to enjoy.

Move It! Shake It! MouskeDance It! Street Party

The Move It! Shake It! MouskeDance It! Street Party is one of Walt Disney World’s most lively celebrations and happens at various times throughout the day. Recently retooled from the Move It, Shake It, Dance and Play It! Street Party, the new iteration focuses on the ongoing celebration of Mickey’s 90th birthday. Featuring classic characters and fun new versions of timeless Disney songs, the party is a big hit with families.

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