Following the success of Disneyland, which opened in 1955, entertainment pioneer Walt Disney (1901-66) set his sights on what he called his company’s “most exciting and challenging assignment” — the creation of a vast vacation paradise known today as Walt Disney World Resort. Walt’s dream was realized when Magic Kingdom, the first of four theme parks at the sprawling Florida site, opened Oct. 1, 1971. Walt’s older brother and lifelong business partner, Roy O. Disney, inaugurated the park with a heartfelt dedication that remains today on a bronze plaque in Main Street, U.S.A.: WALT DISNEY WORLD is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney … and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney’s dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place … a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn — together.
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Deciding what ticket to get for your visit to Magic Kingdom is no simple matter. You can get a ticket with one-day’s worth of admission, a ticket with 10-days worth of admission or something in between. You can also add options like a Park Hopping or Park Hopper Plus (which includes water parks, miniature golf and golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex). Other admission options are available such as Walt Disney World annual pass, Florida resident passes and more. For detailed information on Walt Disney World admission options visit MFL’s “Walt Disney World Tickets” page.
Magic Kingdom Attractions
Six happy lands transport guests to worlds of fantasy, adventure and wonder at Magic Kingdom, the first of four theme parks that comprise the world’s No. 1 vacation destination.
- Adventureland – Disney’s “True-Life Adventure” documentary films provided the spark for this exotic land of jungles and wild animals.
- Fantasyland – Fairy tales spring from storybook pages in this whimsical land of castles, princesses and flying elephants.
- Original Fantasyland – “it’s a small world“, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Merida Play ‘N’ Greet at Fairytale Garden, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh Character Meet & Greet, Mad Tea Party, Cinderella Castle, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Princess Fairytale Hall (meet Cinderella & a visiting princess or meet Rapunzel and a visiting princess)
- Enchanted Forest – Under the Sea: The Voyage of The Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle; Ariel’s Grotto Meet ‘N’ Greet, Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster
- Storybook Circus – The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini, Fantasyland Train Station, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, and Dumbo the Flying Elephants, Pete’s Silly Side Show Character Greetings (Minnie, Daisy, Donald & Goofy).
- Liberty Square – Step back to the age of colonial America in this land honoring the country’s early heritage.
- Main Street, U.S.A. – Walt Disney’s childhood in Marceline, Mo., inspired this re-creation of a bustling thoroughfare in early 20th century America, complete with horse-drawn trolley and vintage barbershop.
- City Hall, Main Street Vehicles, Walt Disney World Railroad, Town Square Theater (Meet Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell), Harmony Barber Shop, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive game headquarters
- Tomorrowland – Leap forward into the future in this neon-lit land of rocket ships and aliens.
Print out a copy of the Magic Kingdom Pressed Coin Checklinst pocket guide from our Pocket Guide page and have more fun in the park discovering the hidden gems.
Arrive at the park 30 minutes prior to opening to see some of your favorite characters like Mickey and Goofy arrive on the train. Plus, you can enjoy the rides with minimal wait times.
Pick up a Magic Kingdom Times Guide as you enter the park for important information such as park hours, special hours, show times, parade and fireworks times, character greeting times and other park hours to help you plan your day.
Throughout the park Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience. Even better, your photos can be accessed, shared, and ordered online. Visit our Disney’s PhotoPass Guide and Memory Maker page for more information on Disney’s PhotoPass service.
If not everyone in your party wishes to experience and attraction or if not everyone is capable of experiencing an attraction, then you may benefit from using the free Rider Switch Services offered at Disney parks.
Mothers with infants can visit Magic Kingdom worry free with the services of the Baby Care Centers. The Baby Care Center is located on Main Street USA (between Casey’s and The Crystal Palace near First Aid). The facility offers Guests a place to feed, change and nurse babies. Highchairs, rocking chairs, nursing rooms, changing tables and a microwave to heat bottles and food are available. The Baby Care Center also offer formula, bottles, pacifiers, children’s Tylenol, cold and allergy medication, band-aids, Motrin, children’s undergarments, t-shirts and baseball caps for Guests to purchase in those “baby emergencies”.
Stroller rentals are available for single day rentals as well as length of stay. Visit our Stroller page for detailed information on stroller rental.
There’s nothing more frightful to parents than the thought of losing their child in the ocean of people inside a theme park. There are many fascinating distractions at Magic Kingdom and children can wander off in a blink of an eye. Be prepared so that you won’t spend precious vacation time frightened and in search of each other. Have a plan, before your vacation, make and print some Kids Travel ID’s. There are many designs to choose from, they’re easy to make and children love to have their own ID cards. When you enter Magic Kingdom at the beginning of the day, take a picture of your child from your camera, phone or by a Disney Cast Member on your Photopass so that you can readily show a Cast Member what your child is wearing and what he/she looks like if you should become separated from your child. Set up a meeting area in the park. Locate a Cast Member so that your child can meet a Cast Member “in person” and will not be afraid of them. Let your child know to look for Cast Members with Disney ID tags and to show the Cast Member their ID cards if they could not find you. If you become separated, stay in the area and enlist the assistance of a Cast Member to search for your child. Most likely your child is in the same vicinity looking for you. If you have not located your child after searching the area, and there are more than one adult in your party, split up and have one go to the pre-determined meeting location while another follow the direction of a Cast Member. All lost children will be taken to Lost Children inside the Baby Care Center by a Cast Member if they can not locate the parents in the immediate area.
Magic Kingdom Attraction Height Requirements
Walt Disney World attractions require children under the age of seven to have someone age 14 or older with them in the “same” ride vehicle and in the “same” row or the row directly behind them.
Certain attractions also require guests to be of a certain height to ride. Visit our Height Requirement page for height requirements to all Walt Disney World attractions.
Walt Disney World offers a Rider Switch service so that while one group member stays behind with any children who cannot experience an attraction, other group members can ride the attraction and then switch out.
MouseForLess Tip: When traveling with kids be sure to take breaks to keep everyone happy and well-rested. Many guests choose to go back to the resort for a swim or a nap at midday, but if you would rather stay in the parks check out this article on napping in Walt Disney World.
MouseForLess Tip: Families with kids may be interested in Educational Opportunities available throughout Walt Disney World.
Extra Magic Hours
Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels can enjoy more time in the theme parks with the enhanced Extra Magic Hours (EMH) benefit. Each day, one of the theme parks opens an hour early, or stays open two hours extra after regular park hours. This benefit offers guests more time to enjoy shorter lines during these extended theme park hours. There is no charge for this Disney Resort guest benefit. Dates and times for EMH very throughout the year. Go to Extra Magic Hours Schedule for the current schedules. Not all attractions are open during EMH. For details and a list of attractions currently listed as open during EMH go to MFL’s Extra Magic Hour Information page.
FastPass+ is a great system that lets you “eliminate the wait” at the most popular park rides and attractions. Nothing feels better than being able to bypass this wait and jump straight to the front of the line. FastPass+ allows guests staying at a Disney-owned resort to book up to 3 FastPasses+ selections per park per day up to 60 days in advance or off-site guests to book up to 3 attractions per park per day on the day of their visit.
For specific information, tips, and strategies about using Fastpass+ in the Magic Kingdom, visit our guide.
Visit our FastPass+ Guide for more details on FastPass+, and great MouseForLess tips on how to use utilize this great tool to it’s fullest. Visit our MyMagic+ to get information about using MagicBand during your park visit.
Dining & Food
Guests to Magic Kingdom may bring coolers smaller than 24″L X 15″W X 18″H. Coolers will be inspected and no glass containers or alcoholic beverages are allowed. For those who prefer to leave the cooking to Disney, the following selections are available. Click on the name below for menu. Visit our WDW Menu Page for a complete list of menus available for Walt Disney World. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan you can print out a pocket guide for Magic Kingdom in our Pocket Guide page.
- Liberty Square
- Main Street, U.S.A.
Lockers are located inside Magic Kingdom adjacent to the Wheelchair and ECV rental location. The size of the lockers are extra-large (17.5″H X 12″W X 22″D) and cost of rental is $10 per day plus $5 deposit. The key can be returned up to one hour after the park closing for the deposit refund. If Guests are park hopping, they may return the key to receive the $5 refund then present the receipt at the other park and pay $5 deposit to continue locker rental for the remainder of the day (excluding Epcot luggage lockers and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Bus Information lockers which are coin operated).
Parades & Fireworks
No one does entertainment like Disney. Some of the most amazing fireworks displays will be found at a Disney destination. Magic Kingdom hosts “Wishes” most nights around Cinderella Castle. This display takes guests through the journey of all of the amazing things that can happen when you just believe. A feature of this show is Tinker bell’s flight from the castle across the hub and above guests heads. Wishes will be ending its run on May 11. Following that, a new show, Happily Ever After will being showing nightly.
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Magic Kingdom also features an incredibly unique afternoon parade. Consult the park hours and times guide to ensure the parade will be shown on the day of your visit. Parades run from Frontierland near Pecos Bill through to the hub and end next to the fire station on Main Street U.S.A.
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is the afternoon parade and is usually presented daily usually beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Frontierland. This parade made its debut on March 9, 2014. It features classic characters and new friends from Disney and Pixar films, massive floats, vibrant colors, and even a steampunk Maleficent dragon that breathes fire.
If you want to see characters, this is the parade to see. There are characters from Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Brave, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, and Pinocchio. Of course, the parade would not be complete without Donald, Daisy, Chip, Dale, Pluto, Goofy, Minnie, and Mickey Mouse.
Main Street Electrical Parade
Recently, the Main Street Electrical Parade ended its long run at Walt Disney World back on October 9, 2016. This parade featured floats covered in thousands of lights. This parade originally debuted in 1972 and has been shown at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Currently the parade is showing in Disneyland. The catchy music and brilliant lights of the Main Street Electrical Parade make this parade a guest favorite.
Once Upon a Time Castle Projection Show
The Magic Kingdom also features a unique nighttime show called Once Upon A Time. It features projections on Cinderella’s Castle and is usually shown before and after the fireworks. This show features some amazing technology and is normally a crowd favorite.
Make sure you check out the special Disney Made With Magic merchandise items that interact with certain nighttime shows at Walt Disney World.
Special Ticket Events
Many special events are planned throughout the year for Magic Kingdom and may impact the operating hours of Magic Kingdom during your visit. Night of Joy is a specially-ticketed annual celebration held in the Magic Kingdom after hours in early September and features top contemporary Christian music performers. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a highly anticipated family-friendly annual fright-fest held on weekends from mid-September through October. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) is another highly anticipated annual event held on weekends in November and December. Visit Walt Disney World Annual Events Schedule for a complete list of annual special events held at Walt Disney World.
Guests who are interested in guided tours can take advantage of some excellent tours offered at the Magic Kingdom. “Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour” offers an insiders look at the Magic Kingdom’s steam trains. “Disney’s Family Magic Tour” is a guided interactive quest to save Magic Kingdom theme park from a Disney Villain. “Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour” highlights the fascinating history of WDW. “Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom” is a new tour that explores how events in Walt Disney’s life helped shape the Walt Disney World Resort and the attractions within it. To reserve tours call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687. Visit the Magic Kingdom section of Disney Backstage Tours & Experience page for details, prices and restrictions for each tour.
Wheelchair Accessibility and Service Animals
For the convenience of Guests with disabilities, wheelchairs, and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV) are available for rent at the Magic Kingdom. The wheelchair rental fee is $12 with no deposit required. The ECV rental fee is $50 per day plus a $20 refundable key deposit. The rented unit must be returned to the original rental location to receive a credit card deposit refund. Quantities are limited and subject to availability. For Guests who require a wheelchair rental for multiple days, a Length of Stay rental ticket is offered for $10.00 per day. The wheelchair rental location at Magic Kingdom is at the Stroller Shop inside the park entrance.
Guests can ask for a Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities at City Hall. Magic Kingdom can accommodate Guests with mobility, visual and hearing disabilities. Refer to the guidebook for more details on special restrictions and seating areas.
Trained service animals are welcome at Magic Kingdom and are allowed in most locations. Not all attractions can accommodate service animals. In those instances a member of the Guest’s party must remain with the animal. All service animals must remain on a leash or harness at all times. Magic Kingdom allows Guests to use backstage locations for service animal to take breaks and relief themselves. A Cast Member must accompany the Guest to the designated backstage areas. The areas allowed are backstage behind the gate next to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant; backstage behind the gate next to Pirates of the Caribbean; backstage behind the parade gate near Splash Mountain; backstage behind the gate next to the restrooms at Pete’s Garage in Mickey’s Toontown Fair; and backstage to the left of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
Most restrooms are designed for access by Guests using wheelchairs. Companion-assisted restrooms are available at the following locations: First Aid, The lower level of Cinderella’s Royal Table, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, The Pinocchio Village Haus, Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Near the Carousel of Progress and Transportation and Ticket Center East Gate.
In addition to Walt Disney World buses running to the Magic Kingdom from individual Walt Disney World resorts, Disney has added park-to-park buses on a permanent basis. Magic Kingdom guests can catch buses running to and from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot at approximately every 20 minutes throughout the day.
Park guests may also take a water ferry from Disney’s Monorail resorts, the Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground to the Magic Kingdom park.
Magic Kingdom guests also have the option of catching a Monorail to or from Epcot resort. The Monorail station is located at the Transportation and Ticket Center and you have to take the ferry or monorail to the Magic Kingdom park.
Those parked in the Magic Kingdom parking lot can catch a water ferry or monorail (monorail may not be running on nights the park is open late) from the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center. There are two tram loading/unloading zones, one for the “Heroes” lot and one for the “Villains” lot. The Heroes parking lot is divided into character names, including Woody, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Simba, Mulan and Rapunzel. The Villains parking lot is divided in character names, including Zurg, Jafar, Hook, Scar, Cruella and Ursula. Each lot also will have its own color, so essentially, all you have to remember is one of these three characteristics (hero, Rapunzel or blue) and you can find your car. For more information see our Parking Information page.
Other Walt Disney World Parks:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park