The Ultimate Guide to Magic Kingdom: A Disney Fan’s Dream Come True

Are you a Disney fan looking for the ultimate guide to the most magical place on earth?  Look no further than the Magic Kingdom.  The moment you walk through the train depot station you are transformed into a fantasy like world, let your inner self take in all the sights and look straight down main street toward the castle and enjoy the moment! You will be thrilled with all the enchanting attractions to delicious dining options, this park has it all.  Let’s dive into the details and make your dreams come true. 

Magic Kingdom, located on Lake Buena Vista Florida, is one of four Walt Disney World Theme parks and is known for the iconic Cinderella Castle.  This park started construction in 1968 and has since become one of the most beloved parks in the world.  This is a must-visit for anyone wanting to experience Disney magic. Don’t miss out on making your dreams come true by following our guide to Magic Kingdom!

Disney World Cinderella'scastle with a statute of Walt Disney and mickey mouse holding hands in front of the castle

How Many Days Should You Visit Magic Kingdom?

It’s recommended that you spend at least 2 days at the iconic Magic Kingdom park during your Walt Disney World trip to immerse yourself in the magic. However, if you’re tight on time and can only manage one day, fear not!  Even one day at the Magic Kingdom park is worth it for the memories you’ll make and the adventure you’ll have.

Getting To Magic Kingdom

If you’re staying on property at Disney, getting to Magic Kingdom is as easy as hopping on the monorail, grabbing a bus ride, taking the skyliner, or a water taxi.  The ease of getting to the parks is one of the many perks of being at  Disney resort.

And Don’t worry, If you’re staying off-site, most hotels and resorts offer buses or shuttle services to Magic Kingdom, so you won’t miss out on the fun!

If you are driving yourself to the park it is a bit different but easy. You’ll be parking at the Transportation and Ticketing Center which is about a mile away and then take a ferry or monorail to the park.  Plan for an extra 30 minutes of travel time  and get ready for an unforgettable day at Magic Kingdom! 

Do you need to pay to park:

  • Free for Walt Disney Resort guest
  • Passholders: Free (with ID)
  • Off Site Guests: $25 per day
  • Preferred Parking: $45-$50 per day

The Lands Of Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom theme park is designed with 6 distinct lands including:

Main Street U.S.A.





Liberty Square

Rides And Attractions At Magic Kingdom

The rides, attractions and just the atmosphere are the most exciting part of visiting a Disney theme park, particularly Magic Kingdom. This park has rides for all ages like Space Mountain to an absolute classics like “It’s A Small World.”  

Main Street U.S.A.

Main Street U.S.A. is where you’ll enter the Magic Kingdom and the feeling of being wonder begins. There is tons of shopping as well as restaurants on main street. You can meet Mickey Mouse on Main Street and catch Dapper Dan’s entertaining here too! Main street does not have rides on it but it has lots to see and enjoy!

Fantasyland Rides and Attraction Highlights

Fantasyland is where the enchantment begins:

  • Dumbo The Flying Elephant
  • It’s A Small World
  • Carousel 
  • Mad Tea Party (teacups)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel
  • Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
  • Under The Sea: Journey Of The Little Mermaid

“It’s A Small World” was created for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York and shipped to Disney World in 1966.  Everyone knows about the song from It’s a small world! 

Peter Pan’s Flight is a great option in Fantasyland. Gliding through the night over the charming land of Peter Pan enjoying the scenery below is one ride  you will want on your list of to do’s! Also, ride Winne the Pooh attraction as it is very memorable too!

Mad Tea Party, also known as the teacups, is for those that want to ride and feel the thrill of spinning and your hair flying!

Tomorrowland Rides and Attraction Highlights

Tomorrowland is Magic Kingdom’s world of the future.  Opened in 1971 and now is more like a retro futuristic world of life! 

  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters Inc Laugh Floor (show)
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Astro Orbiter

Space Mountain is the most popular attraction in Tomorrowland.  There are plenty of twists and turns along the way as you make your way in the darkness.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is fun for all ages!  This is both a ride and a game wrapped up in one!  Aim for the “Z’s” once you board the ride and look for your score at the end!

For competitive people, to maximize points on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, aim for the robots left hand in the first room and the top of the volcano in the second.

Adventureland Rides and Attraction Highlights

Being jungle themed land it is fun to see all the attractions.

  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Magic Carpet of Aladdin
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (show)
  • Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (tour)

Most popular ride is the Jungle Cruise and rightly so!  The ride is river rafting with a Skipper that has the best Dad jokes ever and you have animals and waterfalls to see on the way. Try taking this ride at night!

Pirates Of The Caribbean is an 8.5-minute smooth boat ride with the infamous Jack Sparrow, who appears 3 times throughout your journey.  Keep your eyes open!

Frontierland Rides and Attraction Highlights

The main attraction of Frontierland is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. If you’re looking to laugh a bit check out Country Bear Jamboree.

  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Tom Sawyer’s Island

The old west theme of Frontierland is noted in this land.  Big Thunder Mountain is Old West-themed and is a great way to introduce rollercoasters to those who have never been on one.  It has mountains and tunnels to go through but no big drops.  It is usually busy so try to ride early in the morning.

Tom Sawyer’s Island is a great place to find shade or have your kids play on the island.  It is extremely laid back and features walking trails.

Liberty Square and Attraction Highlights

Liberty Square is located between Fantasyland and Frontierland and is best known for a single and extremely popular ride: The Haunted Mansion. 

  • The Haunted Mansion
  • The Hall Of Presidents (show)
  • Liberty Square Riverboat

The Hall of Presidents is great for anyone wanting to throw a little history into their Magic Kingdom trip. This theater is home to 46 Presidents. It’s also a great place to beat the heat in the warmer summer months.

The hall of Presidents is an awesome way to add in a bit of history into your experience.  During the summer you will also relish the time out of the heat!

Characters At Magic Kingdom

There are plenty of ways to see characters at Magic Kingdom.  One way to see characters is to watch the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade.  Don't miss the chance to see your favorite Disney characters in this mini parade.  Check times on your Disney app.

Some Of The Characters You Can Only Meet At Magic Kingdom:

  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Ariel
  • Cinderella
  • The Fairy Godmother
  • Aladdin
  • The Beast 
  • Belle
  • Tiana
  • Gaston
  • Merida
  • Elena of Avalor
  • Pooh and Tigger
  • Peter Pan
  • Rapunzel
  • Lady Tremaine, Anastasia & Drizella  (Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters)
  • Mary Poppins

Disney’s Enchantment

Watch in awe as Cinderella’s Castle comes to life nightly with extraordinary magical effects. As impressive fireworks illuminate the night sky, classic Disney songs will transport you to all your beloved memories. Keep an eye out for Tinkerbell flying through the sky at the end of the fireworks show. It’s a can’t miss experience at Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Dining

Dining in the Magic Kingdom is a spectacular event all on its own.  Each restaurant is themed so you have choices to make.  Here is a list of some table services and quick food services:

Main Street U.S.A.

  • Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh and Friends)
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (Italian restaurant themed after Lady and the Tramp. 
  • Casey’s Corner – best hot dogs and delicious corndog nuggets – try some of the nuggets while waiting for the parade
  • Main Street Bakery


  • Be Our Guest ( the Beast) try the grey stuff, it’s delicious! 
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Dine with Disney Princesses)
  • Pinocchio Village Haus ( flatbreads and salads)
  • Gaston’s Tavern –warm cinnamon roll and some Lefou’s Brew ( frozen apple juice)


  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (quick 
  • The Lunching Pad – warm cream cheese stuffed pretzels
  • Joeffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company


  • Jungle Navigation Co Skipper Canteen 
  • Liberty Square
  • Liberty Tree Tavern (Thanksgiving year-round)

Tips For Magic Kingdom

  • Take the time to plan what attractions you wish to see ahead of time, this way you will definitely do your favorites 
  • You can rent a scooter or wheelchair at Magic Kingdom if walking will be an issue
  • Download My Disney Experience app for Disney Genie Day planning
  • If you want to catch a character cavalcade pay attention to cast members taping off sections of the sidewalks
  • There is a Tangled themed bathroom in Fantasyland.
  • You can travel between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot by using the Disney World monorail system. The trip will take about 30 minutes.
  • Look for Disney PhotoPass Cast members and get a photo of yourself and with family and friends
  • Have a quick service lunch (mobile order or bring your own)while you are saving your spot for the parade to begin down mainstreet (kind of like a picnic, bring a small blanket to sit on, kids get to eat and run around a bit before the parade begins and you get a great view when the parade starts) 
  • If you are not a parade person, this is a good time to run to attractions as lines will be low due to people watching the parade
  • Try the classic dole Whip soft serve or the dole whip float.
  • Stop at Town Hall to your left when you get into Magic Kingdom and see what find and seek games they have
  • Use the train to travel to the back of the park to start there in the morning, while all the crowds are in the front of the park
  • Go sign the Wish Book located at Pinocchio Tavern

The Magic Kingdom theme park is truly a Disney fan's dream come true.  With so many fun attractions to ride, shows to see and places to eat, you’re sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.  Remember to plan to see the evening fireworks display at Cinderella’s Castle.  So what are you waiting for?  So grab your Mickey ears and let’s make some memories!

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