Disney's Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World opened in 1971 and is the first park that anyone thinks of when they think of Disney. Although the Magic Kingdom park is only 107 acres in size it attracts nearly the same amount of visitors as the other Disney parks put together.
Magic Kingdom is split into seven different lands which are centred on the most famous landmark in Florida- "Cinderella Castle". One of the most magical sights of all is to catch your first view of "Cinderella Castle" on the ferry over Seven Sea's Lagoon to the entrance of Magic Kingdom.
The Share A Dream Come True Parade and the night time spectacular SpectroMagic Parade are held here along with the amazing 'Wishes' fireworks, these are not to be missed!
There is a great Character greeting opportunity is at the opening time of Magic Kingdom when the Characters arrive at Main Street Station.
2010 Attendance figure = 16,972,000
Arriving at the Magic Kingdom
If you arrive at the Magic Kingdom on one of the shuttle Buses then you will be dropped off at the park entrance but if you are driving then the Magic Kingdom has a unique arrivals procedure.
You approach the Magic Kingdom along World Drive, you will come to Toll Plaza where you purchase your car park ticket. After Toll Plaza follow the road and the signs and eventually you will end up at one of the huge car parks. You will be directed by the car park cast members where to park your car.
Once you vacate your car, make sure you have everything with you as it's still quite a way to the actual Magic Kingdom park. You will see everyone walking to the ends of the car park, here you wait for a Tram, the tram will take you to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC).
At the TTC you can purchase your tickets if you don't already have them, if you already have your tickets then just walk past the ticket kiosks. Once past the Kiosks you are presented with two choices, these being the Monorail and the Ferry.
To get to the actual Magic Kingdom Park entrance you need to take one of these forms of transport, head left to get the Ferry and straight on to get the Monorail. Both methods take about the same amount of time, unless you have only just missed a Ferry, then the Monorail may be a little quicker. Which ever method you take you will arrive at the Park Entrance.
Magic Kingdom Attractions & Entertainment
1 Splash Mountain
2 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
3 Tom Sawyer Island
4 Country Bear Jamboree
5 Frontierland Shootin' Arcade
6 Pecos Bill Café
7 Cinderella Castle
8 It's a Small World
9 Peter Pan's Flight
10 Mickey's PhilharMagic
11 TANGLED Meet and Greet Experience
12 Snow White's Scary Adventures
13 Prince Charming Regal Carousel
14 Dumbo The Flying Elephant
15 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
16 Mad Tea Party
17 Cinderella's Royal Table
18 The Pinocchio Village Haus
Mickey's Toontown Fair [Now Closed]
19 Minnie's Country House [Demolished]
20 Toontown Hall Of Fame [Closed]
21 Judge's Tent [Demolished]
22 Mickey's Country House [Demolished]
23 Donald's Boat [Demolished]
24 The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm [Closed]
25 Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
26 Tomorrowland Speedway
27 Space Mountain
28 Astro Orbiter
29 Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
30 Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
31 Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
32 Stitch's Great Escape!
33 Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
34 Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station
35 The Hall Of Presidents
36 Liberty Square Riverboat
37 The Haunted Mansion
38 Liberty Tree Tavern
39 Liberty Tree Tavern
40 Columbia Harbour House
41 Swiss Family Treehouse
42 The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
43 The Enchanted Tiki Room
44 Jungle Cruise
45 Pirates of the Caribbean
46 El Pirata Y El Perico Restaurant
Main Street, U.S.A.
47 Walt Disney World Railroad
48 Main Street Vehicles
49 The Crystal Palace
50 Tony's Town Square Restaurant
51 The Plaza Restaurant
52 Casey's Corner
53 Main Street Bakery
54 Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade
55 Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
56 Main Street Electrical Parade
There are Guest Lockers located at the TTC and the entrance. Lockers allow you to secure items that you may need during the day but don't want to carry around the park all day. Don't forget to retrieve your items at the end of the day.
There is a very wide choice of attractions to entertain everyone. For details on the main attractions please select an item from the Magic Kingdom Menu on the left.
Parades & Fireworks
The Magic Kingdom currently hosts a daily parade called "Share a Dream Come True". There is also a night parade called "The Main Street Electrical Parade", this parade is not always running so please check the Park Hours schedule for dates and times. At night the Magic Kingdom currently hosts the fabulous "Wishes" fireworks display. For more details of these please make a selection from the left menu.
There is a very wide array of dining experiences available in the Magic Kingdom park. These range from snack food to full restaurant dining. For details of the main dining facilities please click on the Dining Link from our Menu.
There are lots of opportunities for you to spend your dollars in the Magic Kingdom. As soon as you enter the Park you'll walk down main street which is a street full of shops. I would advise giving this a miss and just head for the attractions. You can go shopping when you are ready to leave the park. Most of the rides will exit you into a gift shop so you won't miss out! For more details on Shopping please click the Shopping link on the Top Menu.
Download and print the Magical Beginnings Park Maps specially designed for Guests with little ones!
DOWNLOAD HERE (6.95Mb PDF)
Magic Kingdom during construction
Showing Fantasyland, castle and main street at the very top of the picture
Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle
From the Walt Disney Archives the pictures below show the park’s first map wasn’t a guide map as we know it today, but a multi-page newspaper called The Walt Disney World News. The first edition, titled “Vacation Kingdom Opens,” celebrated the opening of the park on 1st Oct.
The park’s first map appears on page 4, and is followed with a listing of attractions, shops and restaurants in each “land.” While many of the park’s original attractions still exist today, there are shops and entertainment offerings. How about following up your Peter Pan’s Flight with a performance by The Polka Band? Or buying greeting cards on Main Street, U.S.A.? Or hot dogs at Refreshment Corner instead of Casey’s Corner?
©The Walt Disney Archives
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