How to Visit Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Theme Park

Ten Parts:General Park visitMain Street, USATomorrowlandFantasyland and New Fantasyland/StorybooklandLiberty SquareAdventurelandFrontierlandCinderella CastleNighttime SpectacularExiting

A Walt Disney World trip isn't complete, until you and your family have visited the Magic Kingdom. It's just your luck, if you don't have the chance to visit it. But once you have the time, it's the best place to visit, to see your childhood shine once again. Be a kid again, and explore it with the same childlike passion you once felt.

Part 1
General Park visit

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    Decide if you truly want to visit the Magic Kingdom. Discuss some of your other options that exist for the other nearby Walt Disney World parks or local attractions in the area. With other major possibilities being the Epcot, the Disney (Hollywood/MGM) Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom and the mess of water parks and other activities that Disney sponsors, decide if this park is your best choice.
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    Drive and park at Walt Disney World. The address to the Magic Kingdom is located at 3111 World Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.[1]. The cost to park your car at the Magic Kingdom will run you about $17 for cars and upwards from there (depending on complexity of vehicle)[2]. Depending on how far into the lots it took you to get to park, you could be located in either the Aladdin, Cruella, Hook, Jafar, Mulan, Peter Pan, Rapunzel, Scar, Simba, Ursula, Woody, or Zurg parking lots that are located on campus. [3]
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    Purchase your tickets at the Ticket and Transportation Center that the Magic Kingdom 's parking area thrusts you upon when you park.
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    Take the monorail or boat-line over to the park. The parking lot for the Magic Kingdom is at the Ticket and Transportation Center (nicknamed by Disney enthusiasts as the TTC). The ride is about 10 minutes(by boat) and about 5-8 minutes (by monorail).
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    Enter through the turnstiles.
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    Walk underneath the Walt Disney Railroad bridge and you'll enter onto the concourse for the main Magic Kingdom portion of the park. You'll see Main Street USA directly in front of you.
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    Look at the set up of the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is formed into about 6 lands around one central hub area/monument called Cinderella's Castle. These lands include Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Frontierland and Adventureland.[4]
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    Take one lap around the park from Main Street USA through Frontierland, Fantasyland, and making it's way back to Main Street USA on the Walt Disney World Railroad. The train makes one complete trip in 20 minutes, but gives you a general idea of what to expect and where to go and can pick you up and bring you elsewhere most of the time, so your feet don't walk miles around and back, many times.

Part 2
Main Street, USA

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    Walk through Main Street USA. Main Street USA is a long walkway that contains shops and a few desert-type bakeries. There aren't any real rides or shows in this section. However, when the parade comes through in Walt Disney World, it's nice to know; the parade marches down Main Street USA on it's way to it's exit/entrance gate nearby the Railroad.
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    Enter onto the hub of the park, but don't cross through Cinderella's Castle yet. Cinderella's Castle is at the hub of the park and will take you from the Hub to Fantasyland.

Part 3

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    Bear right and pass into Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland contains a futuristic view of what life might be like for most Americans.
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    Take a ride aboard Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. "Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin" is a fun ride where you get to compete with the person sitting next to you! You shoot at the "Z" targets throughout the ride.
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    Watch one revolution of time at the Carousel of Progress. The Carousel of Progress was once an exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair in New York, NY[5] and was one of Walt's own ideas that he instilled in it's creators/builders.
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    Take a ride on the Astro Orbitor. The Astro Orbitor will give you a "spin" that you will likely never forget (though this spin is perfectly safe, since you ride a "spaceship").
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    Take a ride aboard the PeopleMover for those wishing to take things easy. This very slow moving ride can take a little while, but moves super slow and is nice and cool as it rides past and along the edge of some buildings. At one point, you can see inside of Space Mountain (and when the lights are turned on in Space Mountain, you can see part of it's track layout.)
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    Ride Space Mountain, if you need thrill in your life, and for those who don't fear riding intense roller coasters.This is one of the wildest roller coasters in Walt Disney World, so brave it if you can, otherwise pass.
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    Take a ride in a Disney-styled car at the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway. Anyone who's driven a car can drive these things, but there is a height restriction to reach the pedal, so if you are a kid, ask your parents to help you.

Part 4
Fantasyland and New Fantasyland/Storybookland

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    Walk into the area to the northwest of Tomorrowland called Fantasyland and the nearby New Fantasyland (or sometimes even referred to as Storybook Land).
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    Ride the Mad Tea Party if you want to ride a tea-cup styled ride.
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    Take a right past the Mad Tea Party and take a ride on the ever-popular Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Don't ride Dumbo, if the wait line is long. Dumbo is very popular with the young and young-at-heart crowd. However, due to the 2012 addition of a second Dumbo next door, that line may be shortened quite a bit, but sometimes still does grow to long lengths that are only half as long.
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    Don't miss the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland.
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    Take a ride on the Barnstormer in Fantasyland, if Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has got a long line, or if you choose not to because it seems too rough. The Barnstormer can be found near the railroad depot for Fantasyland.
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    Sit back and relax on either Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid or, if your kids are still quite young, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
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    Ride the classic merry-go-round at the Magic Kingdom 's Prince Charming's Regal Carousel, and travel back in time to your childhood again.
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    Get to know the it's a small world song as you ride the it's a small world ride. The it's a small world ride is a staple of any theme park rider's vacation plans to the Magic Kingdom.
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    Take in a 3D showing of Mickey's PhilharMagic.
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    Take a ride in the sky at Peter Pan's Flight. It's neat to be able to see the town and areas that were once shown in the movie, up close.
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    Take a ride at the Haunted Mansion, if you're up for a not-too-scary scare.

Part 5
Liberty Square

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    Pass into Liberty Square, which is nearby Cinderella's Castle and take a riverboat tour near Liberty Square on the Liberty Square Riverboat.
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    Watch an informative viewing of the presidents (including our most recent president, Barack Obama) at the Hall of Presidents exhibit. Not only will you learn some interesting facts about the presidency, but seeing some of these audio animatronics that look life-like of each of our last presidents is very amazing to all who visit.
    • Also take note of the official presidential seal in the waiting room. Don't try to climb over the railing to get close to the seal. It's closely-guarded and police will come and get you if you try to climb over the barricade and try to take a picture with it (escorting you completely out of the building).
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    Take in a showing of the Country Bear Jamboree, wedged in between Liberty Square and Adventureland.

Part 6

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    Take a ride into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, where you'll get to feel like a real pirate. "Arrrgggh, matey! Ahoy lads!"
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    Don't miss the Enchanted Tiki Room, if the hot humid air is panting down on you. It's nice and cool inside and you can take a long load off your feet for a little while. The show lasts about 10-15 minutes (depending on how long you must wait to exit standing in line).
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    Take a ride on the Jungle Cruise if you wish. Jungle cruise is a cruise along the Walt-Disney World river featuring several audio animatronic animals and even some audio animatronic Native American Indians join in the "party". This is a good start for a cool, misty ride (especially if it's windy and rainy (though each boat is covered in a top on top of you)).
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    Fly a magic carpet in Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Don't worry if you don't get to experience the thrill; it's much like Dumbo, but you fly on carpet-looking instruments.
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    Skip the Swiss Family Treehouse if you can.Not only do you have to walk up many, many stairs, but also with no elevator to take you to the top, and on top of that, there's little to see and do once you reach the top!

Part 7

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    Ride Splash Mountain, if you want a thrill of a lifetime ride on a log-flume type of ride. Your heart will be pounding from the thrill you'll receive here, and you'll be ready for more action. Splash Mountain is good on those days when it's hot and humid, but the lines tend to be crazy long by Noon, so get here first thing if you'd like to ride.
    • This ride always closes down the moment any lightning or thunder is observed in this region of the state. However, they do send down "test cars" as a just-in-case measure, to check when the area is safe and still keeps the car motors running smoothly. You should see empty cars while this ride is underway during a thunderstorm.
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    Take a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad if you want to ride a roller coaster that's less intense than Space Mountain but more intense than the Barnstormer or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Part 8
Cinderella Castle

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    Take a walk back over to Cinderella Castle and walk through Cinderella Castle. Reach to go through it from the Main Street end of the hub in the park. It is quite immense when you walk through it. Most people try to get a feel for it's size, so be one of those visitors and try it out.

Part 9
Nighttime Spectacular

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    Catch a showing of Celebrate the Magic, the Magic Kingdom's unique projection show on select nights, which is projected to the front section of Cinderella's Castle.
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    Take a peak at the Magic Kingdom 's nighttime illuminated parade. The name of the parade has changed several times over the last few years. In times past, they have featured a different parade called "SpectroMagic, but a different (and more historical parade has come back to serve out the remainder of it's life here) called Main Street Electrical Parade, and both have the same qualities. The only thing that's different is the musical score.
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    Take a peak at Wishes, the Magic Kingdom 's nighttime show. Especially in the holiday season(including different ones for Halloween and Christmas - (hence HalloWishes and Holiday Wishes), Wishes is very interesting and makes you want to feel like a kid again. Almost any place in the Magic Kingdom is a good place to watch Wishes, however, Main Street USA facing Cinderella Castle is by far the best (and most-popular) area to watch it (so be there bright and early before people catch on to your viewing spot). Try to get to your chosen viewing spot at least half an hour to an hour in advance, as viewing spots everywhere tend to fill up quickly.

Part 10

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    Walk back through Main Street USA and out the turnstiles.
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    Ride the monorail or boat again back to the parking lot for the Transportation and Ticket Center and walk back over to your car. Though the monorail is quick and will get you past the hot sticky feeling when your feet are tired on the boat, but no matter what time of day the same two options are still available.


  • The Magic Kingdom first opened on October 1, 1971.[6].
  • The Magic Kingdom, among many of the other Disney parks, has several unnoticed cooling stations placed sporadically around the park. No, you won't see them because they are camouflaged so well, but there are cooling stations in the park (dressed as rocks and other weird things that you'd never thought would be a cooling station).
  • The Magic Kingdom is the most-often closed park. However, you'll unlikely be asked to leave, once you arrive. [7] However, the only times it will close is when a hurricane is threatening the area.
  • When 4-8 year old kids get antsy in the Magic Kingdom and it seems like your day is lagging behind, give these kids some options. Even though the Magic Kingdom has a few areas where kids can explore and run out all their excitement, this may sometimes not be enough. If you haul around a double-seat stroller, and warnings just don't work, give them time in the stroller (kids up to age 8 should still fit [8]). If they don't, you'll need to find some other way to draw out their energy. They will thank you for helping them "take a load off their feet". These youngsters tend to draw energy out more quickly, and become cranky quicker.
  • Food and beverage options are available throughout the park. Between some food stands at certain areas of the park to the standalone ice-cream stands throughout the park, you'll never lose food options.
  • Restrooms might not be readily available, but, they are available in and near some of the buildings of the Magic Kingdom in some way, shape or form. And if you have babies or infants, you can even change their diapers there (if they wear them).
  • Plan on spending at least 2 days in this park, if you want to experience all the rides in Magic Kingdom. The nighttime spectacular show is a "must see". It overlooks looking Cinderella Castle.
  • Bring lots of money to purchase plenty of things from a bunch of many Disney stores in the park.
  • Pin trading stations in this park are definitely plentiful. Collect those pins, and if you have someone else in the park who's willing to trade with you, trade some of your pins for those you deem to be more collectible.
  • If you have a smartphone with you (that is either an iOS device or Android or an Amazon Kindle tablet), you really should download and use the MyDisneyExperience app on it. Not only can you find the ride wait-times on this app, but it also helps you determine other information about the park, you might have never known about, or might have forgotten over time. Use this app to your advantage.
  • Daytime parades vary. Check your guide map as you enter the park through the turnstiles, to see what parade you're likely to see and when.
  • Keep kids (under age 5) on "leashes" (arm straps) at all times. Don't allow your kids to remove them at any time. It's hard to see your kids leashed up like a pet, but with the 30,000+ guests in the park at any time, security is of utmost importance, and their leashes will help immensely. Don't even remove them, when your kids are in their stroller, as it can take only a few seconds for the kid to get out and become missing (the leashes only would allow the child to go so far as you'd allow them to go).


  • Be prepared in the event that a sudden rainstorm impacts the area. Rain is common, and your best bet is to run/walk into the nearest attraction and seek shelter. The rain should end shortly thereafter (in most cases).
  • Always ride the ride with safety in mind. Use all safety devices the ride operator instills on you and your family.
  • Rides occasionally close and change at the Magic Kingdom. Don't fear if your favorite ride has changed or has become defunct. Something will be there to replace it, over time. Their replacements might be just as good as the ride you once loved.
  • Take extreme caution, if and when you start to hear any rumbles of thunder.
  • On those attractions that have rides, don't worry if your ride vehicle stalls with you on it. If the time is worse than a few minutes, a Walt Disney World employee will be around to collect you and your belongings. In turn, they will give you a FastPass due to the inconvenience it may have caused you.
  • Everybody's tastes are different. You can skip some ride if you don't have time or if the kids act up. Some kids might be too churlish to some, while other rides might be too intense for the younger crowd, so you may want to skip these rides.

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