Your Guide To Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

While Magic Kingdom may not be the biggest park in Walt Disney World, there’s no doubt it’s jam-packed with rides, attractions, shows, activities, parades and more. If you’re not sure where to even start, we’ve got you covered.

Magic Kingdom is truly a hub for Disney, being the most visited out of all the parks. The crowds can be a bit overwhelming considering Magic Kingdom is definitely the most kid-friendly park, and has the renowned Cinderella’s Castle standing tall at the end of Main Street U.S.A. Similar to our past article Your Guide and Park Layout To Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we are here to ease your mind and your magical trip, by giving you the ins and outs of each specific land in Magic Kingdom! This way, you can plan your day a little more stress-free. Here are the six lands of Magic Kingdom, and the basic must-knows for each.

1. Main Street, U.S.A.

Main Street U.S.A
Main Street USA. Photo: @disneylists_com

Starting with none other than Main Street U.S.A., this will be the first land you encounter on your way into the park! This is where you’ll start and end your magical day. It’s an area themed to replicate the turn of the twentieth century. As soon as you make your way into the park, you’ll be greeted with the aroma of sweets and popcorn, the sound of the Dapper Dans singing their hearts out, and the view of Cinderella’s stunning castle. On Main Street you’ll find a strip of places to shop and eat. You’ll definitely want to stop by Main Street Confectionary, where the sweet smells will be wafting from. Here you can fill up on Mickey krispie treats, traditional candy apples, popcorn and more. To be sure you’ve gotten merchandise for yourself and your loved ones, be sure to go the Emporium where you’ll find clothing, accessories, kitchenware and more, all themed to Disney! For Disney-lovers, Main Street U.S.A. just feels familiar, it’s that nostalgic land of Magic Kingdom that never gets old. Since there aren’t many attractions, you won’t be spending a ton of your time here, but remember to take it all in as you’re entering and exiting the park!

2. Adventureland

Adventureland. Photo: @dvcmillenial

Continuing with the front of the park, we’re making a stop in Adventureland. The wooden bridge to make your way there is often packed with people and strollers, but once you make it across it’ll be time for amazing adventures. This is where you’ll find some of Magic Kingdom’s most iconic attractions, like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, a dark cruise taking you through the story of a gaggle of pirates in their golden age. This ride has been around for over 50 years! The Jungle Cruise is also located in Adventureland, where you can embark on a river adventure passing lush greens, butterflies and waterfalls. For younger kids, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride is located here. Adventureland is definitely a place you’ll want to visit, considering it’s also home to Aloha Isle, where you can cool down with Disney’s famous DOLE Whip, a frozen, fruity blended treat, the most popular flavor being pineapple. Adventureland is definitely a fun-filled area to visit.

3. Frontierland

Frontierland magic kingdom layout
Frontierland. Photo: @themeparkgroupie

Making our way over to Frontierland, this is where you’ll find a rush of thrilling attractions and a theme that certainly does not skip on the details. As you enter Frontierland you’ll hear the upbeat sound of banjos and voices filled with excitement as riders drop down Splash Mountain. As you go further in, you’ll encounter Frontierland’s beloved coaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. On this rollercoaster, you’ll race through a haunted gold mine on a speeding train. Some consider it to be the “wildest ride in the wilderness.” If you’re looking for a trip to the Wild West, Frontierland is definitely the place for you. Not to mention, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café is super convenient for a quick lunch. When you’re too full to be in the hot Florida sun, you can stop by Country Bear Jamboree for some air-conditioned musical entertainment. We’d say Frontierland is most definitely a must-visit in Magic Kingdom, so plan to spend a good chunk of time in the Wild West!

4. Liberty Square

Liberty Square magic kingdom layout
Liberty Square. Photo: @disneyscott98

Step into the colonial era of the United States of America in Liberty Square. There isn’t really as much to do in this land as the others, so we presume you won’t be spending much time here. Though, it is worth seeing if you have the time. Especially because the Haunted Mansion is located here. This attraction is super well-known and very well-liked, so if you’re going to make a stop in Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion is a must-do. The other attractions in Liberty Square are catered toward the older crowd. The Hall of Presidents is an indoor show with sensational animatronics portraying each U.S President, retelling the story of how the United States has progressed through time. We don’t really suggest bringing young kids to the Hall of Presidents as it can feel a bit like a history lesson. The Liberty Square Riverboat, however, is fun for the whole family. It’s a calm cruise on a beautiful steamboat. If your party isn’t huge on thrill rides, Liberty Square will be a nice area for you, but if you’re looking for great big Disney attractions, maybe you can skip on this one.

5. Fantasyland

Fantasyland magic kingdom layout
Fantasyland. Photo: @disneylists_com

Fantasyland is exactly what it sounds like. This themed land is based off of the original Disney animated movies. All of the princesses you know and adore, and the cute animated characters you fell in love with as a child will all be found here. Even people who have never been to Disney have heard of the “it’s a small world” ride and its famous song. That well-known attraction along with many others is located here. For those who are looking for a rollercoaster with just the right amount of thrill and entertainment combined, Fantasyland is where you’ll find the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! Not only are there many exciting rides located here, the Be Our Guest Restaurant is as well, inside the Beast’s Enchanted Castle. This is an elevated character dining experience serving French and American cuisine. Specifically, if you’re traveling with children, you’ll want to stay a while in Fantasyland.

6. Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland magic kingdom layout
Tomorrowland. Photo: @historyatdisney

Our final themed land is Tomorrowland! This land depicts the “future” from the view of sci-fi authors in the 1920’s and 30’s. One of Disney’s most popular thrill-rides, Space Mountain, is located in Tomorrowland. This is a completely indoor rollercoaster in the dark, that takes you zooming through outer space. Space Mountain is a ride you absolutely cannot miss, so carve out time for that specifically! While this attraction is a bit dated, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a classic that anybody from any age group will love. In the upcoming year a new coaster called TRON Lightcycle Run will be entering Tomorrowland as well, because they’re always trying to keep up with that futuristic feel. While the food at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café isn’t exactly considered fine dining, there’s just something about the vibe in there that brings you back to your childhood. Tomorrowland is always buzzing with excitement and there really is an attraction for everyone. Definitely take the time to make your way through Tomorrowland, as it is a themed area that has an abundance of activities for anyone to enjoy.

Now that you’re a Magic Kingdom connoisseur, you can easily plan your day in the most magical park in all of Disney World! Use this park layout as a guide to take you from land to land, and take note of the most significant places in each. We hope this will make your trip to Magic Kingdom a bit more stress-free, and a lot more fun!

Alyssa Spagna

Contributing Editor

Alyssa is a spunky, fun-loving traveler who has an infatuation with theme parks! While she loves her tropical beach vacations, nothing compares to the thrill of a rollercoaster drop or a character meet and greet. Standing at only 4’9”, Alyssa lives by the motto “dynamite comes in small packages.”

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