Magic Kingdom Theme Park

Magic Kingdom Park Guide

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 the 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. 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.

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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.

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Magic Kingdom Attractions

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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.

Print out a copy of the Magic Kingdom Hidden Gem pocket guide from our Pocket Guide page and have more fun in the park discovering the hidden gems.

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 the hidden gems.

Arrive at the park 30 minutes before 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 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.


Baby Care Center

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.

Kingdom Strollers is the top choice for families traveling to Orlando, Disney, and surrounding areas! Kingdom Strollers provides premium stroller & crib rentals delivered straight to your Orlando theme park resort, hotel or vacation home free of charge. Book your stroller as soon as you book your vacation for best selections!


Lost Children

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 IDs. 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 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 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 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.

Magic Kingdom Early Theme Park Entry

Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels can enjoy more time in the theme parks with Early Theme Park Entry benefit. 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.


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Dining & Food

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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.

Magic Kingdom Lockers

Lockers are located inside Magic Kingdom adjacent to the Wheelchair and ECV rental location.  Guest lockers have been upgraded at all Walt Disney World theme parks. The process for renting a locker has now changed, as each locker location is now equipped with a self-service kiosk. Guests paying with cash or credit card may now 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 Standard (12.5” X 10” X 17”) size for $7.00, Large (15.5” X 13” X 17”) size $10 per day, and Jumbo (17” x 22” x 26”) size locker for $15 per day. Guests are no longer required to pay a deposit when renting a locker.

Parades & Fireworks

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Magic Kingdom Character Cavalcades

As a part of the reopening plan in July 2020, The Magic Kingdom began hosting character processions throughout the day. These have several character themes and take places at unscheduled times along the regular parade route.  The new Character Cavalcades offer an opportunity for Magic Kingdom visitors to see their favorite characters throughout the day.  These cavalcades take place along The Festival of Fantasy parade route, which can be viewed on the Magic Kingdom park map. The route begins in Frontierland and runs through Liberty Square and down Main Street USA.  To avoid crowding, there is currently not a set schedule for these character experiences. They seem to happen every 20-30 minutes throughout the day.

Each Character Cavalcade appear in random and the exact characters appearing in each themed procession will vary in each appearance.

Mickey’s and Friends Cavalcade
Mickey and his friends invite you to have a good, good, good, good time as they turn the parade route into a party.
A Royal Princess Processional
Get a glimpse of some of your favorite Disney Princesses as part of a royal processional down the parade route.
Fantasy Friends Cavalcade
Join some of your favorite Fantasyland friends as they set out on a new adventure down the parade route.
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
With a little bit of faith, trust, and pixie dust, Tinker Bell takes off down the parade route.

The processions move slow enough that you should be able to take a selfie with your friends from a distance

Since these are not officially scheduled, keep your eyes open along the parade route so you don’t miss one

Characters will routinely trade out between cavalcades, so see which new ones you can find

Since these are relatively short, guests shouldn’t have the same issue crossing pathways as they would with the more traditional parades

These cavalcades will generally start in Frontierland (near Splash Mountain) and end on Main Street (near the firehouse)

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.

Disney Enchantment

Be swept up in a world of wonder filled with friendship, love and fun as you watch this nighttime spectacular unfold. Inspiring everyone to believe in magic, Disney Enchantment will feature captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and—for the first time—immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom park.

It’s an awe-inspiring show you won’t want to miss—debuting October 1, 2021

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

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 initially 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.

Magic Kingdom 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. 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 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” provides 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.

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. 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 a service animal to take breaks and relieve 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.

Magic Kingdom Transportation and Other Information


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 permanently. 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 split into 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.

Smoking Area

Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas are the only place where guests may smoke. Walt Disney World Resort is a smoke free environment and 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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