When traveling to Walt Disney World, one of the great adventures is entering the fairy tale world we all know as, the Magic Kingdom, home to Cinderella’s Castle.
This post will begin my four part series going into each Walt Disney World Park where I will talk about park layout, popular attractions and even tips and tricks to maximize family fun!
Once arriving at the Magic Kingdom by either via Bus, Boat or even Monorail!
After getting through the gates, you will first need to pass through one of two tunnels underneath the famous Walt Disney World Railroad. It is then you will now be walking down Main Street, U.S.A. where you will be able to see the signature landmark of the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Castle.
Main Street, U.S.A. consists of restaurants, shops, bakeries and even a barber shop! If you are looking for awesome Disney souvenirs, you can either wait until leaving to purchase so you are not carrying these goodies around all day, or if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, you have the option to have any souvenir you buy sent to your Resort and available for pick up at the front desk usually by the next day!
Once getting to the end of Main Street, after dodging as many families having their pictures taken by Disney Photo Pass cast members in front of the castle as humanly possible, you can decide to go to any of the many wonderful lands the Magic Kingdom has to offer:
- New Fantasyland
As you can see, the park is designed where you can enter any land via one of the 4 bridges located at the center of the park.
I typically like to start at my absolute favorite land, Tomorrowland (purple colored land), and work my way around the other lands counter clockwise.
Tomorrowland features my absolute favorite and Disney Classic ride, Space Mountain (23). This is a fun and exciting roller coaster that takes place in space! Well not really but it is a ride through pitch black with subtle lights and stars surrounding you.
However, most people to smart small and ride the famous People Mover (24) where you can take a futuristic ride throughout all of Tomorrowland.
Fantasyland is home to the famous Mad Tea Party (19), “it’s a small world” (12) and Peter Pan Flight (11). However, after major renovations a few years ago, and a re-branding of “New Fantasyland”, it is now home to the Beast’s Castle from beauty and the beast which features one of my all time favorite restaurants inside, Be Our Guest. Another major addition in which I have not yet had the pleasure of riding yet is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a Snow White inspired Roller Coaster in the heart of New Fantasyland.
After moving on from New Fantasyland, you can find yourself in Frontierland, which ranks as my second favorite land in Magic Kingdom thanks in large part to attractions such as the Haunted Mansion (10) which is really in Liberty Square, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (5), and of course, Splash Mountain (6).
As for the final land, Adventureland, this is probably my least favorite of all the lands despite having not only the Jungle Cruise (2) but also the ride that inspired the movie, but then the movie inspired the ride, Pirates of the Caribbean (3) where you can sail with Captain Jack Sparrow!
After a long day at the Magic Kingdom, three restaurants I would highly recommend would be Be Our Guest, as mentioned previously, The Crystal Palace (left of 28), which is a buffet styled meal with Winnie the Pooh characters, or Cinderella’s Royal Table which is inside the Castle itself. Please bear in mind, these three restaurants are among the most popular in all of Disney so please try to book reservations in as far in advance as possible.
Nothing however can top ending your day but with the wonderful fireworks at the Magic Kingdom!
One extremely fun and exciting way to enjoy these fireworks is the prepaid event, Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party where you can view the fireworks from a private area near Tomorrowland (right of 28) and have all the Dessert you can imagine! This is something that also will require reservations and is roughly $50 per adult.
As for any tips I may have for the park, I would highly recommend trying to arrive early and going for Space Mountain first, that tends to have one of the longer waits out of any of the rides at the park. Also, try to save Splash Mountain for mid to late afternoon just in case you get to wet on the ride, a hot sun later in the day will help dry you off.
If you are setting up FastPass+, given you are only allowed three FastPass+ selections per day, I would recommend setting them for either: Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Mine Train or Peter Pan, those tend to be the most popular rides. The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion are also popular but they usually float around the 20-40 minute wait time which is manageable compared to Space Mountain that can be as high as 180 minutes!
Also, when leaving, if you are caught in the middle of a fireworks show or parade, given the streets are usually packed with people or blocked off due to a parade, one of the best tricks to avoid all the foot traffic is to walk through the stores on Main Street. All the stores and bakeries are connected giving you the ability to walk through it all to eventually get back to the front of the park in time to beat everyone else trying to leave to catch a Bus, Boat or Monorail.
There is nothing better than an absolute wonderful day at the Magic Kingdom where dreams always come true, the cast members are the most polite people in the entire world and the food and rides are absolutely exceptional.
Please visit this park at least once in your life for one of the best experiences you can ever imagine!