Today I want to talk about my favorite theme park of all time; Magic Kingdom. It was the first park built and opened in October of 1971 (my birth year).
request demand that we go to Magic Kingdom on the first day of our trips to Disney World. There is something about coming in under Walt Disney World Railroad and onto Main Street, USA that is very special and very magical to me. It has been that way since our very first trip and I believe it will be that way until my very last trip (in many, many, many years).
The park is split up into six themed sections: Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Liberty Square, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Frontierland. The theming of the attractions in each section carries over into all of the attractions within it.
When you’re planning your day at Magic Kingdom, I recommend that you knock out all of the attractions you want to see in one area at a time. It will save you a lot of time. You may not be able to do this 100% due to Fastpass+ or dining reservations but it will save you a lot of time walking around if you stick to one area at a time.
This may prove to be more difficult than you think if you are anything like me and get distracted by an app like Undercover Tourists for ride wait times. You may find yourself hoofing a 15 minute walk from Tomorrowland over to Frontierland because the wait time at Splash Mountain is only 10 minutes. Learn from my mistakes and try to avoid this because in my experience, it does not actually save time.
I think the app is a good place to start to determine where you are going to start and what area you are going to next, but walking from area to area and back will chew up a lot of your day.
Main Street, USA
Main Street contains mostly shopping and dining with a few exceptions. At City Hall you can find Guest Relations and lost and found. At the Harmony Barber Shop you can actually get your hair cut, but you’ll need a reservation. There is also the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom which is an interactive, go at your own pace activity where you set out to find clues throughout the park to defeat the Disney villains. You can also start this from within Liberty Square as well.
Here is the full list of attractions:
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- City Hall
- Town Square Theater (you can meet Mickey and Minnie here sometimes)
- Sorcerers of The Magic Kingdom
- Harmony Barber Shop
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
- Main Street Bakery (try the cinnamon buns)
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
- The Plaza Restaurant
- Casey’s Corner
- The Crystal Palace (restaurant buffet)
- Main Street Chamber of Commerce
- Emporium (one stop shop for Disney gifts and souvenirs)
Tomorrowland’s theme is… well… a futuristic one. Most of the stuff has a sort of futuristic art-deco styling. The most popular attraction is probably Space Mountain but my favorite is probably Stitch’s Great Escape. Please note that if your young one is afraid of the dark, it does get pitch black for a few moments during the “ride”. It’s not really a ride but you do get strapped into a chair for a few minutes while Stitch is escaping. That’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to ruin it if you’ve never been.
The Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor is also in Tomorrowland and that is definitely worth checking out. You will get out of the heat for a while and the show is really funny and always unique. Two years ago I was picked to be Sully.
The full list of attractions are as follows:
- Tomorrowland Speedway (Iris’ favorite in Tomorrowland)
- Space Mountain
- Astro Orbiter
- Tomrrowland Transit Authority
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Buzz Lightyear’sSpace Ranger Spin
- Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor
- Stitch’s Great Escape!
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
- Cool Ship
- The Lunching Pad
- Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
Fantasyland is one of the larger park themes. It went under a fairly large renovation a few years ago, adding to it what some people are referring to as “New Fantasyland”. It is home to the classic attractions It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carousel (formerly Cinderella’s Royal Carousel) and Dumbo the Flying Elephant (there are actually two of them now.
If you have smaller children, you will likely spend most of your day in Fantasyland as most of the attractions are small child friendly.
It is also home to the newest Magic Kingdom attraction which is a family thrill ride named Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This ride is an absolute blast. The lines are typically always going to be longer for newer and recently refurbished rides but this one is definitely worth the wait. Plus there is a lot of cool stuff to do in the line queue like playing a digital gem game. Fun!
Here is also a trivia factoid for you. The Barnstormer is billed as a “thrilling junior roller coaster” for children. What few people know is that it actually is faster than Tomorrowland’s Space Mountain.
Here is a list of the many attractions in Fantasyland:
- It’s a Small World (the song will be stuck in your head all day)
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel (try to find Cinderella’s horse with the golden ribbon in its tail – there is only one)
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Princess Fairytale Hall
- Fairytale Garden
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Ariel’s Grotto
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Casey Jr. Splash ‘n Soak Station
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- The Barnstormer
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
- The Friar’s Nook
- Storybook Treats
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Gaston’s Tavern
- Cheshire Cafe
- Prince Eric’s Village Market
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- Big Top Souvenirs
Liberty Square is a smaller area that is usually a little quieter. It’s a great place to find some shade and enjoy a funnel cake or frozen treat from Sleep Hollow. It is also home to Haunted Mansion and the Liberty Square Riverboat.
I rarely miss getting a bowl of New England Clam Chowder and a lobster roll from Columbia Harbour House.
Here is the full list of attractions in Liberty Square:
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- The Hall of Presidents
- Haunted Mansion
- The Diamond Horseshoe(open seasonally – I have not figured out the seasons)
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- Sleepy Hollow
- Liberty Square Market
- Columbia Harbour House
Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. Need I say more?
Frontierland does not have a lot of attractions, but the ones it does have pack a wallop. Iris loves Splash Mountain and it is probably her favorite ride in Magic Kingdom. Can’t you tell by her face? Seriously, though she does love it. She loves big drops, even though she always screams on them.
I love Tom Sawyer Island in Frontierland. It is another great place to find some shade. You can bring food into the park and enjoy a picnic lunch here. There is also a lot of stuff for children of all ages to explore here.
Here is a list of all of the Frontierland attractions:
- Splash Mountain (I have been wetter on this ride than any other in all of Disney World)
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- Tom Sawyer Island
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Golden Oak Outpost
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
- Westward Ho
- Frontier Trading Post
Last but not least, we come to Adventureland. This is home to the very first ride we road as a family, so many years ago, on our first trip to Disney World: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. This particular ride holds a special place in my heart. As you can see, we have properly trained Iris to ride roller coasters.
I know, I know. It’s not much of a roller coaster but at the tender age of four, it was a thrill for her.
Also within Adventureland is Swiss Family Treehouse which is fun to climb. You can actually get some good pictures of its surroundings along the way. Take your time going up and back down. If someone wants to go faster than you, just let them by and enjoy the scenery.
My favorite attraction in Adventureland is a tossup between Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. They’re both great.
Pirate’s of the Caribbean is a little more “thrillish” but I have to give a nod to the Jungle Cruise captains. They make each trip unique and they are really, really funny. Pirate’s of the Caribbean was redone a number of years ago to include Captain Jack Sparrow and a few other characters from the popular movies.
Make sure to stop by Aloha Isle and get yourself a Dole Whip. Never had one? Try the pineapple. You can thank me later.
Here is a list of all of the attractions in Adventureland:
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas
- Sunshine Tree Terrace
- Aloha Isle (mmmmm, Dole Whip)
- Tortuga Tavern (open seasonally – I have not figured out the seasons)
- The Pirate’s League
I hope you have enjoyed this post about my all time favorite them park, Magic Kingdom. It sure has been fun for me to write and I enjoyed all of the memories it brought back while I was writing it. I can’t wait to get down there (in 29 days from the date of this writing) and make more memories with April and the kids.
What’s your favorite attraction at Magic Kingdom? Let me know in the comments below.