in 1971, the Magic Kingdom Park covers 107 acres. At that time there
were 23 attractions in six themed areas: Adventureland, Liberty Square,
Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, USA. The
seventh themed land, Mickey's Toontown Fair was added and in 1988 and
the attractions grew. Magic Kingdom is the first theme park to be built
and Disney World and was the start of Walt’s dreams.
Guests enter the Magic Kingdom through a tunnel under the Disney World Railroad. You will immediately be in the Town Square complete with City Hall and a Fire Station. Main Street USA is the name of the street that takes you right to Cinderella’s castle. Through the street you will pass by some great shops including the Bake Shop and the Main Street Cinema. Don’t forget to stop and watch the live entertainment that could perform at a moments notice. You can also catch a ride in Town Square or in front of the castle for a one-way journey on your choice of horse car, omnibus, jitney, horseless carriage or fire engine.
The park is laid out like a wheel, with the hub centered directly in front of the castle. Pathways act as spokes leading to the themed areas. Main Street USA is inspired by Walt Disney’s memories of his hometown and is a re-creation of early twentieth century small-town America.
Adventureland is filled with a mix of jungles, wild animals, pirates and a Middle Eastern bazaar. It is the home of some of the best loved attractions including the Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise.
Frontierland will bring you to the Wild West, including adventures such as Splash Mountain and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Liberty Square honors the past with the Hall of Presidents. It is also home to the very spooky Haunted Mansion.
Fantasyland is filled with the fairytale experience with castles, princesses, pixies and boys who just won’t grow up. Mickey’s Toontown Fair is the very place to meet Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the gang close up and in person.
Toontown is geared towards the littlest Disney guests with a kid size coaster and The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm. Tomorrowland is a look into the future where you can hurtle through the universe on Space Mountain, watch Walt Disney’s Carousel of progress to see what he had in mind for the future, or battle aliens at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Mickey’s Toontown Fair
You will climb aboard a canopied boat patterned after the boat in the movie the African Queen. After the launch, the skipper pilots you through dangerous waters of four rivers, the Amazon, the Congo, the Nile and the Mekong Rivers. You will encounter audio-animatronic animals along the way and even some unexpected surprises.
Pirates of the Caribbean
This eight and a half minute boat ride will take you into the depths of a Caribbean city under attack by pirates. You will find pirates chasing women, women chasing pirates, pirates in jail and drunken pirates surrounded by gold treasure. There’s a lot to see with 125 Audio-Animatronics figures including pirates, villagers and animals. This ride has been refurbished to take on the characteristics of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie with Captain Jack Sparrow.
Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial
The pirates are looking to recruit. Captain Jack Sparrow’s first mate, Mack is looking for brave souls who dream of the life of a pirate. If you can sail the seas, swing a sword, and spot a cursed treasure you may just be able to take the Pirate Oath and join the crew.
Swiss Family Treehouse
Here you can visit Swiss Family Robinson’s home in the trees. You will be able to climb up on a make believe tree which recreates the home of the shipwrecked family. The entire walk should take about 15 minutes.
The Enchanted Tiki Room
This almost 10 minute show will introduce you to the animatronic birds perched high above the seating area. Join your hosts “Aladdin’s” loud-mouth parrot Lago and Zazu from “The Lion King.” The Enchanted Tiki birds will sing songs and there will be a visit from the tiki goddess of disaster.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Fly high above the jungle floor on one of Aladdin’s magic carpets. It is modeled after the Dumbo ride only in the centre of the ride there is a magic animated genie lamp. You control both the pitch and the height of the flight.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
This 3 and a half minute ride will take you through the old west. Here at the Big Thunder Mining Co. you will enter converted ore cars for your journey through caverns, mountains, avalanches and floods.
Country Bear Jamboree
The Country Bears will entertain you in Grizzly Hall. The characters are audio-animatronic and include 18 bears, a raccoon, a buffalo, a stag and a moose. It is 16 minutes of good old country music to stomp your feet and clap along to.
Frontier Shooting Arcade
Try your marksmanship on pop-up, movin and stationary targets. Here you will be able to take a break and play arcade games.
Woody’s Cowboy Camp
Head over to Frontierland for Woody’s Cowboy Camp. Your favorite Toy Story characters will sing and dance along with the guest in a fun filled street party. Check the parks schedule for the day’s performances.
It is based on Walt Disney’s 1946 classic “Song of the South.” The story goes that against the advice of Mr. Bluebird, Brer Rabbit leaves the briar patch in search of adventure. Brer Fox and Brer Bear seize this opportunity and begin their legendary pursuit of the rabbit. At first, Brer Rabbit outwits his pursuers, but as you proceed you will soon discover Brer Rabbit is heading for trouble. For the grand finale you will plunge with Brer Rabbit from the top of Chickapin Hill, which takes you down five stories into the briar patch.
Tom Sawyer Island
Accessible only by raft, this is a giant sized playground geared towards the younger guest. It is inspired by the famous works of author Mark Twain. Sit on rocking chairs and play checkers, or being to explore the grounds. Maps can be found throughout the island so you can choose what path to take.
Liberty Square Riverboat
This half mile journey back in time takes just under 17 minutes to travel. The riverboat will take you on a gentle cruise down the Rivers of America.
The Hall of Presidents
The lobby of the theater is filled with portraits of the presidents. You enter a 700 seat theater and first view a patriotic film in which specially produced paintings are projected onto a screen that stretches 180 degrees around the theater. The film covers most of the US history, concentrating on the Constitution and the Presidency.
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is a must see. Since the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, this has always been a best-loved attraction. Visitors make their way up a winding path to the mansion and board a “Doom Buggy” that will take you on a haunted tour through the mansion.
Cinderella’s Golden Carousel
This original attraction was built in 1917. There are 90 beautifully colored horses that will take you on a gentle ride where you will gallop along with Cinderella and her Prince Charming.
Located behind Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction, fans can meet Ariel and get her autograph. You won’t want to miss seeing Ariel in her home which is also a great place to take the kids to get cooled off. There is also a covered area for adults.
Dumbo The Flying Elephant
Based on the 1941 Disney animated film, Dumbo, Timothy Mouse leads the parade from the central hub. Sixteen flying Dumbos are attached and you can control how high or low you fly as you twirl around.
“It’s a Small World”
This is a must see attraction. Recently refurbished, you will be guided in a boat along the cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa, Central/South American, and the South Pacific Islands. This 10 and a half minute ride will entertain you with 289 Audio-Animatronics Doll Figures, 147 toys and 36 animated props to the famous “It’s a Small World” medley.
Mad Tea Party
Join the Mad Hatter’s “un-birthday” party where you will spin your way across the floor in oversized tea cups. Inspired by the unusual tea party scene in the 1951 Disney adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland,” the Mad Tea Party is one of the original attractions.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Visit with Pooh and his friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood for a ‘hunny’ of an adventure. This is a short ride with music that kids will love. You even get to buonce along with Tigger.
Peter Pan’s Flight
Revisit Disney’s animated classic Peter Pan where you will glide through the skies on a flying galleon in the dark and journey to Never Land. You will revisit scenes from the movie and be able to watch the story unfold below.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
Hop aboard the wooden diamond mine cars and follow Snow White through the Enchanted Forest. During the ride you will encounter the seven dwarfs and the Wicked Witch. Of course there is a happy ending where Snow White lives happily ever after.
This is Disney’s newest 3D movie. It stars Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other beloved characters in a hilarious adventure through movies, music and mayhem. This whole experience will take about 12 minutes and you will enjoy every second. It’s 3D animation at it’s best and is sure to delight the whole family.
Fantasyland Play Area
Designed specifically for toddlers, slide, jump and splash at this 6300 square-foot playground. Parents can take a break on the hand-carved tree bench while their children ride slippery slides, cool down in the water fountains and crawl through a tree house fill with tables and chairs and other surprises.
Let’s Have a Ball
This show takes place behind Cinderella’s Castle and is hosted by Lady Lucinda and her sidekick, Simon. This show celebrates those ‘Happily Ever After’ moments that Disney is famous for.
Storytime with Belle
Several times a day, Belle delights children with her retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. You may even dress up and play a role in the story.
This is a very fast, bone-rattling roller coaster in the dark. You will be thrown into the darkness of space on this roller coaster which dips and turns through the galaxy, past shooting stars and glowing planets. The whole ride lasts about two and a half minutes.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Become a Junior Space Ranger and enter into a battle with the evil Emperor Zurg. This is an interactive game where you will battle huge robots for four and a half minutes while exploring planets and even hijacking a flying saucer. At the end of the mission you can compare your score against the Space Ranger chart to find your rank.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Mike Wazowski, your ‘Monster of Ceremonies,’ and his pals wants you to help power the city of Monstropolis with laughter. The more the guests laugh, the happier Mike will be. This is a comedy club where there are no two experiences alike. Mike invites his friends to the digital stage to trade jokes with the audience in this interactive new adventure.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Take a 10 minute journey through Tomorrowland, seated in a revolutionary transportation system. At least this is what was imagined when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1975. To reach the loading platform you will step onto a moving conveyor belt that is at a steep incline.
Step into your very own rocket ship for a one and a half minute spin above the sights of the Magic Kingdom. You can control the height of your rocket by using a joystick.
Stitch’s Great Escape
This show takes place in a theater where you will see the characters of Lilo & Stitch. Your job? Guard Experiment 626, the six-limbed alien known as Stitch. Stitch has an appetite for chaos and starts bouncing on people, and creating mayhem. This show features water, smell and other sensory effects.
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Ride in your very own Indy 500-style race car. You will drive along twist and turns and hear the world famous announcer Tom Carnegie from sound speakers positioned around the track.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Follow an Audio-Animatronic family through the last century as they show how times have changed due to modern inventions. Mickey Mouse also makes his appearance.
Mickey’s Toontown Fair:
Here you will find the ship wrecked S.S. Miss Daisy which is a fun water-play area for the little ones. It is a perfect spot for cooling down on the hot days.
Mickey’s Country House
Ever wanted to see where Mickey Mouse lives? Take a tour inside the cartoon filled home and look for all the ‘mouseified’ details in Mickey’s bedroom, living room, kitchen, game room and garden.
Minnie’s Country House
See how Mickey’s better half lives. It is a whimsical lavender and baby pink bungalow decorated with hearts and flower which reflect the tastes of Minnie. Stop and take a peak inside her refrigerator.
The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm
This roller coaster is designed to look like a 1920’s crop-duster which will take you over red barns and farm buildings in typical Goofy style.
Mickey is busy judging all of the entries at the fair, but he is never too busy to take time out and share a hug with you.
Toontown Hall of Fame
Meet and greet all of Mickey’s pals in this tent at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm. This is a wonderful chance to see all the Disney Characters up close.
There is only one symbol that springs to mind when you think of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World…Cinderella Castle. You know you are truly some place magical when you spy that beautiful structure looming large in the background as you gaze down Main Street, USA. The castle opened when the Magic Kingdom debuted on October 1, 1971. Painted in grey, blue, and gold, the Castle represents the Walt Disney Imagineers' concept of a French palace-fortress. The base of the Castle is medieval in nature, while the turrets and graceful spires on the upper level represent the architecture of a more Gothic era. The Castle was completed in July 1971, after about 18 months of construction. No bricks were used, and, contrary to a popular legend, the Castle can NOT be taken apart in the event of a hurricane. It was, however, built to withstand hurricane winds of at least 90 miles per hour. The inner structure is steel covered with fiberglass, secured to a concrete foundation. The turrets and towers also have internal steel framing and were lifted by crane, then bolted permanently to the main structure. You will find this attraction at the centre of Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland.
Walt Disney World Railroad
Board an old-fashioned steam train for a 15-20 minute tour encircling the Magic Kingdom, with a stop at Frontierland and Mickey's Toontown Fair.
Galaxy Palace Theater
Enjoy the live music with acts from all over the galaxy, that fills the Tomorrowland Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.
Disney Dreams Come True Parade
This is a dazzling and energizing parade filled with larger than life snow globe floats, lights, music, and of course Disney characters.
Dream along with Mickey
This show which takes place on the court of Cinderella’s Castle which features everyone’s favorite Disney characters and is a dream inspired show that touches on ‘Happily Ever After’ as well as dreams of exciting adventures. It is performed daily so check the park schedule.
Main Street Family Fun Day Parade
Guests can participate in this fun event. The patriotic theme parade is divided into seven parts. Those who participate will be placed in one of these seven areas and then they will be joined by Disney characters. After parading down Main Street in this red, white & blue celebration, everyone gathers around the Town Square for a flag waving finale.
Your favorite Disney characters are transformed into magical musical light forms. This is a parade which combines lights, fiber-optics, music and magic. Generally it is only run during the busiest times of the year when the Magic Kingdom is open late.
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
This is a spectacular fireworks show which tells of making wishes come true using Disney songs and character voice. The show last approximately 12 minutes. There are 557 fireworks firing cues, and 655 individual pieces of pyrotechnics.
Electrical Water Pageant
This is a nightly display of a parade that makes it way around the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake for the area resorts. The pageant consists of two strings of seven barges, each carrying a 25-foot-tall screen of lights.
Disney’s The Magic Behind the Steam Train Tour
The Disney train crew will show you how they prepare for the steam trains’ daily railroad operation.
Disney’s Family Magic Tour
This tour will take you on an adventure to allow you to take part in an interactive quest to save the Magic Kingdom.
Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour
Discover the hidden backstage secrets with this tour. You will learn of a lot of fascinating history of the Magic Kingdom.
VIP Tour Services
Experience the Disney park VIP treatment. The guide will take care of everything from planning your itinerary to getting you the best seats in the house for live shows, parades and fireworks.
Mickey’s Magical Milestones Tour
Take an adventure and learn about how the mouse started it all. This journey will span the creation and career of Mickey Mouse.
A vast network of underground tunnels connect all sections of the Magic Kingdom, thus preventing guests from seeing any of the necessary "behind the scenes" operations, and preventing cast members from one land from having to walk through another.