Magic Kingdom in Florida
Getting there from
is located approximately 286 miles north of
Miami Beach, FL. If you need transportation from Miami,
Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach, Miami Beach 411 can
arrange a 1-Day
Tour or Multi-Day
About the park
The Magic Kingdom theme park opened October 1, 1971, and
is the most famous of all of the Florida theme parks.
Its layout and attractions are similar to those of Disneyland
in California. While Disneyland's official slogan is "The
Happiest Place On Earth," the official slogan of
the Magic Kingdom is "The Most Magical Place On Earth.
The Park is located one mile southwest of the Disney World
main entrance, approximately 30 miles south of Orlando,
FL. You can visit Magic Kingdom by car,
water taxi (from Disney resorts and theme parks) or use
Disney bus transportation. The monorail system does connect
this theme park.
Magic Kingdom 1-day Ticket
- $89 (Ages 10+) - $83 (Ages 3-9).
Hours: Depending on the time of year,
Magic Kingdom park hours can range between 8am and 1am.
Call Guest Services at (407) 824-4321 for park hours and
showtimes during your visit.
Size: 107 acres
Parking: $14, Free for Disney Resort
World Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
- Sunscreen and walking shoes are a must.
- Be sure to check the weather before you go to the park.
- You must pass through a security checkpoint before entering.
- Main Street U.S.A. tip board posts wait times for popular attractions.
- Measure your child's height so you know which rides they can enjoy.
- Use FastPass strategically.
- Ride the most popular attractions early in the day.
- Haircuts are available at Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street.
- Behind the scenes tours are available.
- Bring your autograph book to Mickey's Toontown.
- ATM's are located at the Main Street train station, Frontierland Shooting Arcade and Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. arcade.
- Many Disney Cast Members speak more than one language. The flags on their name tags indicate which languages they speak.
As you enter the Park be sure to take a park map. This
will let you know the location of the attractions, park
hours and what times certain attractions/shows are presented.
The Basic Layout of the Magic Kingdom is seven “lands”
centered around Cinderella’s Castle.
The lands are: Main Street, Adventureland,
Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland,
Fantasyland and Mickey’s Toontown Fair.
Main Street - Inspired by Walt Disney's
hometown of Marceline, Missouri, Main Street represents
an ideal American town. This section of the park has shops,
restaurants, a railroad, an old-time cinema and a town
square. NOTE: Shops on Main Street become packed at the
end of the day. To avoid crowds, the best time to shop
is early in the afternoon.
As you walk down Main Street you will find:
Main Street Cinema – This old-fashioned,
movie theatre shows Mickey Mouse cartoons on a continuous
loop. There are no seats; it is standing room only, but
kids usually just sit down on the floor.
Main Street Railroad – Ride the
rails aboard an authentic 1928 steam engine train. The
journey takes about 20 minutes to complete a round-trip.
The trains make stops in Frontierland, Toontown
and Main Street.
Old Fashioned Transportation –
Catch a ride from Town Square to Cinderella's Castle.
Modes of transportation include horse car, omnibus, jitney,
horseless carriage or fire engine.
This land is accessible from Main Street if you
stay to your left and cross over a small bridge. It is
themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia,
the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific.
Jungle Cruise – This ten minute
humourous boat ride takes you on a tour of Southeast Asia
and the Amazon rainforest. In 2005, the Disney Company
announced that the Jungle Cruise would be adapted into
a motion picture, following the footsteps of other Disneyland
attractions (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion,
Country Bear Jamboree) that have been adapted for the
Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 16 flying
carpets take riders for a spin on this Dumbo-style attraction.
NOTE: The controls that move the ride up and down is located
in the back seat of the carpet. If you child wants to
man the controls, have them sit in the rear as you board
Pirates of the Caribbean – This
ten minute boat ride is quite dark as it takes riders
through scenes depicting pirates taking over a town. NOTE:
pay close attention to the pirate captain in the scene
where he auctions captured women as brides. The "captain"
is a test model for updates to audio-animatronic technology
and many innovations are tried on him first. As a result,
his movements are far more lifelike any other audio-animatronic
in all of Disneyworld
Swiss Family Treehouse – Bassed
on the movie "Swiss Family Robinson" this treehouse
has many levels and requires a lot of climbing.
Tiki Room – This nine minute show
has over 200 singing audio-animatronic birds, flowers
and tiki statues that perform for you The attraction has
been updated to include The Lion King's Zazu and Aladdin's
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad –
This four minute high speed thrill ride is one of the
Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions. The ride
contains over 2700 feet of track and reaches a top speed
of 36mph (faster than Space Mountain). You must be over
40 inches tall to ride and it is not recommended for pregnant
women or for people with heart or back problems. Fastpass
Country Bear Jamboree - This 17 minute
show is hosted by life-sized audio animatronic bears that
entertain you with their songs. Audiences will sing along,
stomp their feet and clap their hands at this popular
attraction. NOTE: this show changes to a Holiday version
of the Country Bear Jamboree between Thanksgiving and
Goofy’s Country Dancin Jamboree
– This 18 minute show is hosted by Goofy and his
friends. The show includes musical songs and country line
dancing that involves audience participation.
Shooting Arcade – This area is
made up of rifles with infrared bullets. You can shoot
the rifles to hit targets that will create sound and visual
effects. This area requires additional fees to play.
Splash Mountain – This four minute
log flume ride is based on the stories of Brer Rabbit
and the Disney movie "Song of the South". The
ride ends with a steep, wet drop into the briar patch.
You must be over 40 inches tall to ride and it is not
recommended for pregnant women or for people with heart
or back problems. Fastpass is accepted.
Tom Sawyer Island – This island
is only accessible by taking a raft across the Rivers
of America. The island is only open during daylight hours
and contains bridges, and places to explore.
Hall of Presidents – This 23 minute
presentation uses both a film and audio animatronics to
present the history of the presidency of the United States.
The “cast” includes all US Presidents from
George Washington to the current president.
Haunted Mansion – This was one
of the Magic Kingdom’s original attractions and
it remains a favorite today. You begin the ride as a walk
through into an old haunted mansion as you visit the library,
where you witness the room stretching. You then ride through
the rest of the attraction, in your two seat doom buggy.
The ride is dark and offers some moderate scares.
Riverboat - Take a relaxing ride aboard
the “Liberty Belle” steamboat around the Rivers
of America. The 15 minute scenic cruise is one of the
original attractions that has been part of the Magic Kingdom
Astro Orbiter – This Dumbo-style
ride is perched atop the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
This two minute ride takes you on a flight in rockets
and gives you a great view from above of tomorrowland.
Carousel of Progress – Created
by Walt Disney himself, this attraction follows the journey
of an ordinary family through the 20th century and beyond.
This attraction is presented in a circular, moving theater.
Show length: 20 minutes.
Buzz Lightyear – Journey into the
world of Buzz Lightyear. As an honorary Space Ranger,
you pilot your vehicle and fire at targets throughout
the ride. As you hit your targets you earn points that
are displayed on a scoreboard inside your car. Ride Length:
Stitch’s Great Escape – Stitch
from "Lilo & Stitch" escapes from a teleportation
tube and wreaks chaos throughout the audience. This multi
sensory experience has some scary elements including total
darkness during some portions of the presentation. Show
length: 15 minutes.
Space Mountain - This roller coaster
is one of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions.
It takes place in total darkness and provides high speed
turns. Although the actual speed is only 28 miles per
hour, the ride feels much faster and scarier to the rider.
You must be over 44 inches tall to ride and it is not
recommended for pregnant women or for people with heart
or back problems. Fastpass is accepted.
Time Keeper – This 360° film
stars Robin Williams, Rhea Perlman, and Jeremy Irons.
The attraction is presented in a standing room only, so
kids may complain about standing throughout this presentation.
Show length: 20 minutes.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority –
This 10 minute relaxing people mover ride takes you around
Tomorrowland in a slow moving vehicle. The ride passes
through the Buzz Lightyear attraction and Space
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway - These gas-powered
run along a track as you steer and work the pedal. The
one lap trip takes five minutes to complete. You must
be at least 52 inches to drive the car by yourself.
Ariel’s Grotto – Meet Ariel
from "Little Mermaid" as she greets visitors
throughout the day. The line here is usually quite long,
but there are areas for children to play while you wait.
NOTE: Given the close proximity to Dumbo, it's
a good idea for a parent to take their child on Dumbo,
while the other parent waits on line to see Ariel.
Dumbo – This ride allows riders
to fly with Dumbo and control the height of your flight
with a lever inside the Dumbo shaped vehicle. NOTE: A
good way to get two rides for one wait time is for a parent
to enter the ride with the child and have the other parent
count at least 32 people before entering the line alone.
When the parent and child are riding, the other parent
will be waiting to board on the next Dumbo flight.
Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel –
The oldest ride in the park, this carousel was built in
1917 and first used at Olympic Park in New Jersey. The
ride boasts 90 horses, so even with a long line, your
wait is usually short.
Fairy Tale Garden – This small
theatre area is located next to Cinderella’s Castle.
Several times during the day, Belle from Beauty and the
Beast performs a story in this outdoor stage area. Seating
is very limited and usually fills up quickly. If your
child (or you) are big Belle fans, this is the best way
to see the Princess.
It’s A Small World – This
slow moving boat ride was originally created for the New
York’s World Fair. The attraction takes you passed
hundred of dolls dressed in costumes that represent countries
around the world. During November and December, the ride
is decorated with holiday decorations, and the chorus
of "Jingle Bells" and a bridge of "Deck
the Halls" are added to the song. Ride Length: 12
Mad Tea Party - This attraction takes
you for a spin as you ride in oversized tea cups. This
ride is not for people with weak stomachs or who suffer
from motion sickness.
Mickey’s Philharmagic – This
3D show is projected on a 150 foot wide screen. Special
effects are included so you can experience the show from
every seat in the theatre. Show Length: 12 minutes.
Peter Pan’s Flight – This
attraction makes you part of Peter Pan’s flight
to Neverland as you leave the nursery and sail high above
London as you travel to meet the Lost Boys, the Mermaids
and Captain Hook. Fastpass is accepted.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- This fun attraction takes you on a tour through the
Hundred Acres Woods. You will meet Pooh, Tigger, Piglet
and Owl as you ride in your honey pot shaped vehicles.
Fastpass is accepted. Ride Length: 3 minutes.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures –
Ride on one of the dwarfs' mine cars into Snow White's
adventures as the Evil Queen chases Snow White into scenes
from the animated film. The three minute ride can frighten
Michey's Toontown Fair
Barnstormer – This small steel
roller coaster is designed for children. The coaster car
is made to look like a barnstormer plane and it zips you
along the track at a very quick speed. You must be at
least 35 inches tall to ride.
Donald’s Boat – This attraction
allows children to cool off as it includes fountains and
other water features. If you do not wish your child to
get wet steer clear of this play area.
Judge’s Tent – Just a few
steps from Mickey’s House and Garden, you will enter
he Judge’s tent. Here you can meet Mickey –
he is here all day. There is usually quite a wait inside,
but visitors are treated to Mickey cartoons as you wait.
Mickey’s Country House –
this walk through attraction allows visitors to get a
peek at Mickey’s country home. As you walk through
the rooms you visit Mickey’s kitchen, game room,
Minnie’s Country House –
Explore Minnie’s bright pink home, as you check
out her kitchen, her living room and even listens to her
Toontown Hall of Fame – Enter the
big tent and find a huge souvenir shop and a place to
meet your favorite Disney characters. NOTE: watch for
the signs as you enter so you don't end up waitng in the
Character Meetings – You can meet
your favorite Disney characters at: Ariel's Grotto,
Judge's Tent, Storytime with Belle and
Toontown Hall Of Fame.
Share A Dream Come True Parade –
Take in this
dazzling parade as it winds its way between Main
Classic Disney themes are explored in a series of floats
featuring massive snow globes - a fitting symbol of nostalgia,
journeys and imagination.
the scenes tours
The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
Join the Disney railroad engineers as they prepare the
Magic Kingdom steam trains for their daily railroad operation.
Duration: 3 hours.
Family Magic Tour
Your Disney trivia knowledge is put to the test as you
search high and low for clues on an interactive scavenger
hunt. Cost: $25. Duration: 2 hour.
Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour –
Learn the remarkable history of the Park and hear intriguing
stories about Walt Disney, his visions, philosophies and
accomplishments. Cost: $58. Duration: 5 hours.
Mickey's Magical Milestones Tour
Learn about the mouse that started it all. This tour traces
the creation and career of Mickey Mouse.
Cost: $25. Duration: 2 hours.
To schedule Disney tours call: 407-WDW-TOUR.
Signature Dining -
Cinderella's Royal Table,
Liberty Tree Tavern, Plaza Restaurant, Tony's
Call (407) WDW-DINE
90 days in advance to make dining reservations.
Fast Food -
House, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café,
El Pirata Y El Perico Restaurant, Main Street
Bakery, Pecos Bill Café, Pinocchio
Village Haus, Plaza Pavilion
The least crowded time to visit is from Labor Day to Thanksgiving
and from the week after President's Day (mid-February)
to the start of Spring Break (mid-March).
can definitely make the most of your vacation by staying
at one of the Disney
World hotels. If you do, you will enjoy special benefits
such as Magic Hours, discounts at six Disney
World golf courses, and the special Walt Disney World
quality and service.
But if you choose to stay at one of the many hotels
near Disney World, you can still visit all of the
Disney properties to enjoy the atmosphere, have a meal,
or shop. You may be charged for parking, but you can get
validated for up to one hour of parking for each $10 you
spend while you're there.
of the more popular deluxe priced resorts
Kingdom Lodge, and the Grand
Floridian Resort hotels.
Disney sells Magic Kingdom tickets on their website, but
you can not print the tickets, meaning you must order
early and have the tickets mailed to you. You
can also buy tickets through your local auto club, Disney
Store or through a school or work activities office. Many
offsite hotels also sell Disney passports at the front
suggest researching Disney
ticket prices in advance, and buy your pass before
you get to the park. No sense wasting the first hour waiting
in line at the ticket booth.
and Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) - Rentals are available
for a fee of $10 for a wheelchair (multiple day rentals
are $8/day) and $35 for the ECV.
Strollers - Strollers are available
for rent at the front of the park for a charge of $10/day
for a single and $18 for a double.
Disney-Magic Kingdom Theme Park
3111 World Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 824-4321
Grand Opening: October 1, 1971
Employees: 3,200 cast members
Size: 107 acres