If you are planning a trip to Magic Kingdom it is important that you do your homework! This is a big amusement park full of really great rides & attractions, but if you don’t understand the in’s & out’s of the park, you might miss the best parts. That is why we’ve written this guide to Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom was the first of the Walt Disney World parks, opening in 1971, some 16 years after Disneyland first opened it’s gates in 1955!
Similar to all the Disney parks around the world, Magic Kingdom centerpiece is a castle, Cinderella’s Castle to be exact.
Magic Kingdom Map & Park Layout
Like Disneyland, Magic Kingdom is divided into themed lands. While some have similar rides & attractions, there some things that are unique to this park.
Main Street USA
- Walt Disney Railroad
- City Hall
- Fire Station (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom)
- Main Street Chamber of Commerce
- Harmony Barber Shop
- Town Square Theater
- Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
- Various Stores & Boutique Shops
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Jungle Cruise
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Enchanted Tiki Room
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Pirates League, A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Splash Mountain
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Tom Sawyer Island
- Walt Disney World Railroad Station
- Haunted Mansion
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- The Hall of Presidents.
- Cinderella Castle
- “it’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mad Tea Party
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Fairytale Garden
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic 3-D movie experience
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- Dumbo, the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus
- Barnstormer Coaster
- the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station water play area
- Fantasyland Train Station
- Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Ariel’s Grotto
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Princess Fairytale Hall
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Astro Orbiter
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
Special Events in Magic Kingdom
Starting on select nights August and running through November, Disney’s Halloween party is a chance for the whole family to enjoy celebrating this not so scary holiday!
Early November through January 1st, Magic Kingdom transforms into a winter wonderland. On select nights, you can spend time eating free holiday treats, watch a special holiday parade featuring Santa Claus and see a night show full of holiday cheer!
Disney Villains After Hours
This special even runs select nights Feb-July after Magic Kingdom closes for the day. Guests get to see their favorite Disney Villains and experience unique entertainment.
Can you see all of Magic Kingdom in one day?
Magic Kingdom can be done in one day, but if you have the time, I would suggest you plan to spend two days at this park.
That way, you will be able to have 6 Disney Fastpasses instead of just 3 and you won’t feel like you are missing on any of the great rides & attractions in Magic Kingdom.
The best way to handle your time in the park is to try to group your Fastpasses into areas of the park so that you aren’t running from one side to the other.
With two days in Magic Kingdom, you can easily divide the park into 2 areas: Adventureland, Frontierland & Liberty Square for one day and Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in the second.