Attraction Guide to Walt Disney World’s: Magic Kingdom

Roy Disney once said that the “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.”  The Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 and is Walt Disney World’s flagship park.

Here is an attraction guide to Walt Disney World’s: Magic Kingdom for Adventureland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.

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Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland

Adventureland is inspired by the remote jungles of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean.  Adventureland contains classic attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the Swiss Family Treehouse, and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

Pirate cellmates try to lure a dog with cell keys in its mouth over to their locked cell

The Pirates of the Caribbean takes guests on a swashbuckling voyage while sailing.  Guests that be seeking adventure can navigate past Pirates Grotto, Dead Man’s Cove, Hurricane Lagoon, a foggy Caribbean fort, and a striking 12-gun galleon.  Guests will also see the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow!  Guests can be any height to enjoy this attraction. Savvy mates can skip the long lines as this attraction now offers Fast Passes.

A wooden engraving that says "Jungle Cruise" on top of a building

The Jungle Cruise takes guests on a sailing voyage where they can see hippos, elephants and maybe even a headhunter. The trek begins at a forgotten tropical jungle outpost and continues on a 10-minute voyage to the Amazon in South America, the African Congo, the Nile River, and the Mekong River. The clever jokes told by the tour guide make this attraction a favorite!  Guests can be any height to go on this cruise.

Guests will be transported to a tropical paradise inside the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room presents exotic birds, Tiki god statues, beautiful singing plants, and chanting wooden masks.  Guests of all ages can enjoy this Magic Kingdom attraction.

The Swiss Family Treehouse is the ultimate adventure where guests can climb the iconic treehouse and visit the rooms inhabited by the famous Swiss Family Robinson.  Guests who reach the top will enjoy a 360-degree views of Adventureland and Magic Kingdom park.  Guests can be any height to climb this treehouse.

A boy and girl ride The Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction at Magic Kingdom park

Guests can master their own magic flying carpet when they visit the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Guests will board a colorful, 4-passenger vehicle and fly over a colorful bazaar and beautiful flora. Guests in the front can control how high their carpet flies, while guests in the back can tip their flying carpet forward or backward. Guests can be any height and there are Fast Passes available. FastPass+ is offered for this attraction.

Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square

Guests will feel like they are in the American Revolution when they visit Liberty Square, which resembles a colonial American town. Liberty Square is home to such attractions as the Liberty Square Riverboat, Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents, and The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History.

A paddlewheel steamboat docked at Liberty Square Riverboat Landing at night

The Liberty Square Riverboat is steam-powered paddler wheeler that sails on the Rivers of America. Guest of all ages can enjoy a 17-minute journey into America’s early frontier around Tom Sawyer Island.

Spooky bluish glow of the exterior of the Haunted Mansion at night

Guests can take a spirited tour on the Haunted Mansion when they board a gloomy Doom Buggy. This supernatural attraction hosts a chilling assortment of 999 unearthly specters and includes the Ghost Host, Madame Leota, the Portrait Chamber, the Graveyard, and of course, hitchhiking ghosts! Guests of all ages can enjoy this haunt and FastPass+ is offered.

The Colonial brick building of the Hall of Presidents has a clock tower with a bell and a weather vane

The Hall of Presidents is modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  This patriotic attraction presents all 44 of the men who have served as U.S. President.  Guests will enjoy the Audio-Animatronics show that traces the history of the United States in an epic theatrical production.

The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History also shares our nation’s history with fun and silly sketches and song. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the Great Gonzo will entertain guests with hilarious reenactments of the midnight ride of Paul Revere and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland

Guests can relive the American Old West in Frontierland while exploring the Rivers of America. It contains classic attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and the Country Bear Jamboree.

Mining trains zoom over rugged terrain on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will take guests on the wildest ride in the wilderness!  Guests will board a rollicking runaway mine train and climb a 200-foot mountain to the Big Thunder Mining Company.  This ride includes a booming waterfall, canyons and caves, a ghost town, and fun critters including bats, opossum and a goat. Guests must be 40in (102cm) or taller to ride this train. FastPass+ is offered for this Magic Kingdom attraction.

Briar-brimmed pond at Splash Mountain

Guests can take part in a “hare-raising” adventure on Splash Mountain.  Guests can sing along to “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” while drifting through caves, swamps, and meadows, and a thrilling 5-story splashdown. Splash Mountain is home to over 100 talking, singing, storytelling Audio-Animatronics critters, including Br’er Fox, Br’er Bear and Br’er Rabbit along with geese, frogs, raccoons, possums, bees and alligators. Guests must be 40in (102cm) or taller to ride Splash Mountain and FastPass+ is offered for this attraction.

The Country Bear Jamboree is a jolly country-and-western performance that showcases the Country Bears. This charming theater hosts a lifelike cast of 18 hillbilly bears in a 16-minute show of original and classic country tunes. Guests of all ages will have knee-slappin’ good time!

Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland

Fantasyland is inspired by a medieval-faire and is a carnival-style land with attractions such as It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and the Mad Tea Party.  This enchanting land also includes Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. Fantasyland also has a few themed areas, including Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and The Little Mermaid.

An English beefeater royal guard doll at the "it's a small world" attraction

Guests will feel like It’s a Small World after all when they board the “happiest cruise that ever sailed”. This enchanting 10-minute journey transports kids of all ages on the Seven Seaways Waterway where they can watch almost 300 traditionally dressed dolls singing the beloved song about peace. This fun voyage visits all seven continents and portrays diverse cultures and the bonds of friendship. Guests of any height can enjoy this attraction. FastPass+ is offered for this Magic Kingdom attraction. FastPass+ is offered for this attraction.

Night view of Peter Pan's Flight with statues of Peter Pan, Wendy and her brothers above its sign

Peter Pan’s Flight takes guests on a high-flying adventure aboard a colorful galleon. Guests will journey past Wendy Darling, her brothers Michael and John, and of course, Peter Pan as they visit Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and Never Land. Never Land includes famous scenes from the movie such as the Lost Boys and Mermaid Lagoon, Skull Rock, and Pirate’s Cove. Guests can also watch a swashbuckling duel between Peter Pan and the evil Captain Hook! Guests of all ages can enjoy this attraction.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a colorful, song-filled, storybook come to life.  Guests will visit the beloved Hundred Acre Wood as they board a giant Hunny Pot and enter a story with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Roo, Kanga, Rabbit, Owl and Tigger. Guests should be on the lookout for Heffalumps and Woozles! Guests of any height can enjoy this attraction. Guests of all ages can enjoy this Magic Kingdom attraction, and FastPass+ is offered.

The sign and entrance to Mickey's PhilharMagic at the Fantasyland Concert Hall at night

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a concert for the eyes and ears. This 12-minute 3D fantasy adventure is in a 486-seat Concert Hall and stars Donald Duck.  This fun performance features some beloved songs from Disney movies, including “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King. Guests of all ages are transported to magical places such as Beast’s Dining Hall, Ariel’s Undersea Grotto, Simba’s Africa, and Peter Pan’s Nighttime London.

Guests can celebrate their “un-birthday” in Wonderland and pour themselves into an oversized tea cup at the Mad Tea Party. There are 18 decorative cups that spin ‘round and ‘round under colorful, paper lanterns. Guests of any height can enjoy the teacups.

Guests riding a roller coaster over a hill, with Cinderella Castle in the background.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train allows guests to race through a diamond mine from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Guests will hop into a rustic mine train and wind through the Enchanted Forest and up a mountain.  The mine train then races down the mountain past a waterfall the cozy cottage where Snow White and her Dwarfs live. Guests must be 38in (97cm) or taller to enjoy this Magic Kingdom attraction. Additionally, FastPass+ is offered for this attraction.

A figurehead of Ariel in front of Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid at night

Ariel’s Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid retells this beloved mermaid’s tail with scenes from the animated classic. Guests can view Prince Eric’s castle and then become part of Ariel’s world while viewing beautiful mermaids, dancing fish, and the evil sea witch, Ursula.  Film favorites such as Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, and King Triton appear in this enchanting attraction. Guests of all ages can enjoy this undersea adventure and FastPass+ is offered.

Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland

Guests can visit an intergalactic city with rockets, UFOs and robots in Tomorrowland.  This futuristic land’s attractions include Space Mountain, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and the Tomorrowland Speedway. Other attractions include Stitch’s Great Escape!, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.

Dawn over the building that houses Space Mountain

Space Mountain features a rip-roaring rocket in the dark that blasts off to outer space.  Guests can zoom through the galaxy in this roller-coaster-type ride that ascends a 180-foot high mountain.  The rockets also fly past shooting stars and celestial satellites while Starry-O-Phonic Sounds echo. Guests must be 44in (112cm) or taller to ride Space Mountain. FastPass+ is offered for this Magic Kingdom attraction.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress allows guests to travel through the 20th century to see how technology has improved. This 21-minute Audio-Animatronics show features four acts, including Act 1: Spring, Turn of the 20th Century, Act 2: Summer, 1920s, Act 3: Autumn, 1940s, and Act 4: Winter, The Present. Guests of all ages can enjoy this light-hearted show that follows four generations of a typical American family in a revolving theater.

A father holds his son tightly as they ride tandem in a rocket ship at Astro Orbiter attraction

Astro Orbiter allows guests to pilot their very own 2-person spaceship above the sky in Tomorrowland. Pilots can control how high they fly by pulling or pushing the lever inside the ship. Guest can be any height to enjoy this attraction.  Guests can be any height to ride Astro Orbiter.

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover takes guests on a 10-minute narrated tour of Tomorrowland. This emission-free mass transit system of the future takes off from Rockettower Plaza and goes behind the scenes of some Tomorrowland attractions, including Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain. Guests can be any height to ride this attraction.

Two brothers drive in a car at Tomorrowland Speedway in Magic Kingdom park

Drivers, Start Your Engines! Tomorrowland Speedway allows guests to take the wheel of a gas-powered car and drive 7 miles per hour around a scenic .4-mile-long racetrack. The racetrack is designed after the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and features icons such as the Scoring Pylon, Gasoline Alley and the Yard of Bricks. Guests must be 32in (81cm) or taller to enjoy this attraction.  Drivers that are at least 54 inches (137 cm) tall can drive their own car. FastPass+ is offered for this Magic Kingdom attraction.

Stitch emerging from a transportation tube in a theater-in-the-round

Stitch’s Great Escape! is a “theater-in-the-round” experience that is available seasonally throughout the year.  Experiment 626 has escaped in this multi-sensory experience that features audio, video, olfactory and Audio-Animatronics special effects. Guests must be 40in (102cm) or taller to enjoy this Magic Kingdom attraction. Update: this ride is now permanently closed.

Guests can fire lasers to defeat Zurg in Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. In this thrilling space battle, Space Rangers can fire an invisible infrared laser at a constellation of “Z” insignias.  Guests can use the onboard joystick to spin their cruiser a full 360 degrees while firing lasers from their cannon. At the end of the mission, Space Rangers will receive a Star Command ranking.  Guest can be any height to enjoy this attraction, and FastPass+ is offered for this Magic Kingdom attraction.

A statue of Mike Wazowski stands atop a sign for Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland at night

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor features a live comedy show starring Monsters, Inc. and company. This 400-seat comedy club features comedy by Mike Wazowski, the manager Roz, and the two-headed monsters, Sam and Ella. Each show will be a little different in this improvisational setting. Guests may also become part of the show! FastPass+ is offered for this Magic Kingdom attraction.

New Ride Coming in 2020!

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The new TRON attraction will be called TRON Lightcycle Run. This attraction lets riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles and experience the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe.

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About Monique Smalling

Monique and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento, California with their two daughters, Sydney (14) and Reagan (13). Sydney's first trip to Disneyland was at one year old, and the family has been hooked ever since. The family has been annual pass holders for several years and visit the Happiest Place on Earth every couple of months. Each visit includes 3 to 4 days in the parks before heading to the beach. Monique and her daughters consider themselves huge Disney fans, and love sharing their knowledge and tips on the parks.

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