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”. Walt’s dream was realized when Magic Kingdom opened October 1, 1971. Walt’s older brother and lifelong business partner, Roy O. Disney, inaugurated the park with a heartfelt dedication. This dedication remains emblazoned 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.
Admission Attractions Kids Early Theme Park Entry Dining Lockers Theme Park Map Disabilities Map Parades & Fireworks Special Ticket Events Tours Wheelchair Accessibility and Service Animals Transportation and Other Information
There are many options for your admission to Magic Kingdom. You can get a one day ticket, 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 available are Walt Disney World annual pass, Florida resident passes and more. For detailed information on Walt Disney World admission options, visit our “Walt Disney World Tickets” page.
Magic Kingdom Attractions
Six happy lands transport guests to worlds of fantasy, adventure, and wonder at Magic Kingdom.
Disney’s “True-Life Adventure” documentary films provided the spark for this exotic land of jungles and wild animals.
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 ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel’s Grotto Meet & Greet, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- 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 (Pluto, Daisy, Donald & Goofy).
Tall tales of the Wild West come to life in this prairie outpost where cowboys and miners roam.
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), Harmony Barber Shop
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 Checklist pocket guide from our Pocket Guide page and have more fun in the park discovering these inexpensive souvenirs.
- Arrive at the park 30 minutes before opening to enjoy the rides with minimal wait times.
- Use your My Disney Experience app and Disney Genie for important information such as park hours, special hours, show times, parade and fireworks times, and character greeting times 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 an 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 the length of stay. Visit our Stroller page for detailed information on stroller rental.
It can be frightening to become separated from your child in a theme park. There are many fascinating distractions at Magic Kingdom, and children can wander off in a blink of an eye. Prepare before your visit to ensure you and your child know what to do if you become separated.
- 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 is more than one adult in your party, split up and have one go to the pre-determined meeting location while another follows the direction of a Cast Member.
- All lost children are 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 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 should check out the Educational Opportunities available throughout Walt Disney World.
Magic Kingdom Early Theme Park Entry
Guests of a Walt Disney World hotel enjoy more time in the theme parks with Early Theme Park Entry. Guests can enter Walt Disney World theme parks 30 minutes prior to it being open to the general public. This benefit offers guests more time to enjoy shorter lines during these extended theme park time. There is no charge for this Disney Resort guest benefit. Not all attractions are open during these 30 minutes. For details and a list of attractions currently listed as open during Early Theme Park Entry go to MFL’s Early Theme Park Entry page.
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.
- Liberty Square
- Main Street, U.S.A.
- Snack Carts Throughout the Park
Magic Kingdom Lockers
Lockers are located inside Magic Kingdom adjacent to the Wheelchair and ECV rental location. The locker locations offer a self-service kiosk. Guests paying with cash or credit card proceed directly to the kiosk to rent a locker. Guests paying with a MagicBand or gift card should see a Cast Member at the nearest merchandise location where the Cast Member will provide the Guest with a code to access one of the lockers. Lockers are available in Small (12” X 10” X 17”) size for $10.00, Large (15.5” X 13” X 17”) size $12 per day, and Jumbo (17” x 22” x 26”) size locker for $15 per day.
Parades & Fireworks
Happily Ever After
No one does entertainment like Disney. Some of the most amazing fireworks displays will be found at a Disney destination. Magic Kingdom hosts “Happily Ever After” most nights around Cinderella Castle. This display takes guests through the journey of all of the fantastic 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.
It’s an awe-inspiring show you won’t want to miss.
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Magic Kingdom also features an incredibly unique afternoon parade. Consult the park hours and times guide for parade times 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.
Magic Kingdom Special Ticket Events
Magic Kingdom offers many special events throughout the year. Special events may impact the operating hours of Magic Kingdom during your visit. Disney After Hours is a specially-ticketed event held in the Magic Kingdom that allows Guests to ride most attractions with minimal waits. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a highly anticipated family-friendly annual fright-fest held on weekends from mid-August 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.
Magic Kingdom Tours
Guests interested in guided tours can take advantage of some excellent tours offered at the Magic Kingdom. 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.
Magic Kingdom 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, Magic Kingdom offers Length of Stay rental for $10.00 per day. The wheelchair rental location at Magic Kingdom is at the Stroller Shop inside the park entrance.
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 a service animal to take breaks and relieve themselves. A Cast Member must accompany the Guest to the designated backstage areas.
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.
Magic Kingdom Transportation and Other Information
In addition to Walt Disney World buses running to the Magic Kingdom from individual Walt Disney World resorts, there are also park-to-park buses. 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 Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, 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. Guests board the monorail at Magic Kingdom and transfer to the Epcot monorail at the Transportation and Ticket Center.
Guests driving to Magic Kingdom park in the parking lot and catch a water ferry or monorail to Magic Kingdom. 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 split into character names, including Zurg, Jafar, Hook, Scar, Cruella, and Ursula. For more information, see our Parking Information page.
Walt Disney World Resort is a smoke free environment. Therefore smoking is only permitted outside the theme park gates in dedicated areas. You can find the smoking area for Magic Kingdom on our page for Walt Disney World designated smoking areas.
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