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Magic Kingdom in Disney World
Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida

Getting there from Miami

Magic Kingdom is located approximately 286 miles north of Miami Beach, FL. If you need transportation from Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach, Miami Beach 411 can arrange a 1-Day Tour or Multi-Day trip.

About the park

The Magic Kingdom theme park opened October 1, 1971, and is the most famous of all of the Florida theme parks. Its layout and attractions are similar to those of Disneyland in California. While Disneyland's official slogan is "The Happiest Place On Earth," the official slogan of the Magic Kingdom is "The Most Magical Place On Earth.

The Park is located one mile southwest of the Disney World main entrance, approximately 30 miles south of Orlando, FL. You can visit Magic Kingdom by car, water taxi (from Disney resorts and theme parks) or use Disney bus transportation. The monorail system does connect this theme park.

Magic Kingdom 1-day Ticket - $89 (Ages 10+) - $83 (Ages 3-9).
Hours: Depending on the time of year, Magic Kingdom park hours can range between 8am and 1am. Call Guest Services at (407) 824-4321 for park hours and showtimes during your visit.
Size: 107 acres
Parking: $14, Free for Disney Resort Guests
Address: 3111 World Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Park tips
  • Sunscreen and walking shoes are a must.
  • Be sure to check the weather before you go to the park.
  • You must pass through a security checkpoint before entering.
  • Main Street U.S.A. tip board posts wait times for popular attractions.
  • Measure your child's height so you know which rides they can enjoy.
  • Use FastPass strategically.
  • Ride the most popular attractions early in the day.
  • Haircuts are available at Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street.
  • Behind the scenes tours are available.
  • Bring your autograph book to Mickey's Toontown.
  • ATM's are located at the Main Street train station, Frontierland
  • Shooting Arcade and Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. arcade.
  • Many Disney Cast Members speak more than one language. The flags on their name tags indicate which languages they speak.

Park layout

As you enter the Park be sure to take a park map. This will let you know the location of the attractions, park hours and what times certain attractions/shows are presented.

The Basic Layout of the Magic Kingdom is seven “lands” centered around Cinderella’s Castle. The lands are: Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

Main Street

Main Street - Inspired by Walt Disney's hometown of Marceline, Missouri, Main Street represents an ideal American town. This section of the park has shops, restaurants, a railroad, an old-time cinema and a town square. NOTE: Shops on Main Street become packed at the end of the day. To avoid crowds, the best time to shop is early in the afternoon.

As you walk down Main Street you will find:

Main Street Cinema – This old-fashioned, movie theatre shows Mickey Mouse cartoons on a continuous loop. There are no seats; it is standing room only, but kids usually just sit down on the floor.

Main Street Railroad – Ride the rails aboard an authentic 1928 steam engine train. The journey takes about 20 minutes to complete a round-trip. The trains make stops in Frontierland, Toontown and Main Street.

Old Fashioned Transportation – Catch a ride from Town Square to Cinderella's Castle. Modes of transportation include horse car, omnibus, jitney, horseless carriage or fire engine.


This land is accessible from Main Street if you stay to your left and cross over a small bridge. It is themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific.

Jungle Cruise – This ten minute humourous boat ride takes you on a tour of Southeast Asia and the Amazon rainforest. In 2005, the Disney Company announced that the Jungle Cruise would be adapted into a motion picture, following the footsteps of other Disneyland attractions (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree) that have been adapted for the big screen.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 16 flying carpets take riders for a spin on this Dumbo-style attraction. NOTE: The controls that move the ride up and down is located in the back seat of the carpet. If you child wants to man the controls, have them sit in the rear as you board the ride.

Pirates of the Caribbean – This ten minute boat ride is quite dark as it takes riders through scenes depicting pirates taking over a town. NOTE: pay close attention to the pirate captain in the scene where he auctions captured women as brides. The "captain" is a test model for updates to audio-animatronic technology and many innovations are tried on him first. As a result, his movements are far more lifelike any other audio-animatronic in all of Disneyworld

Swiss Family Treehouse – Bassed on the movie "Swiss Family Robinson" this treehouse has many levels and requires a lot of climbing.

Tiki Room – This nine minute show has over 200 singing audio-animatronic birds, flowers and tiki statues that perform for you The attraction has been updated to include The Lion King's Zazu and Aladdin's Iago.


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – This four minute high speed thrill ride is one of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions. The ride contains over 2700 feet of track and reaches a top speed of 36mph (faster than Space Mountain). You must be over 40 inches tall to ride and it is not recommended for pregnant women or for people with heart or back problems. Fastpass is accepted.

Country Bear Jamboree - This 17 minute show is hosted by life-sized audio animatronic bears that entertain you with their songs. Audiences will sing along, stomp their feet and clap their hands at this popular attraction. NOTE: this show changes to a Holiday version of the Country Bear Jamboree between Thanksgiving and New Years.

Goofy’s Country Dancin Jamboree – This 18 minute show is hosted by Goofy and his friends. The show includes musical songs and country line dancing that involves audience participation.

Shooting Arcade – This area is made up of rifles with infrared bullets. You can shoot the rifles to hit targets that will create sound and visual effects. This area requires additional fees to play.

Splash Mountain – This four minute log flume ride is based on the stories of Brer Rabbit and the Disney movie "Song of the South". The ride ends with a steep, wet drop into the briar patch. You must be over 40 inches tall to ride and it is not recommended for pregnant women or for people with heart or back problems. Fastpass is accepted.

Tom Sawyer Island – This island is only accessible by taking a raft across the Rivers of America. The island is only open during daylight hours and contains bridges, and places to explore.

Liberty Square

Hall of Presidents – This 23 minute presentation uses both a film and audio animatronics to present the history of the presidency of the United States. The “cast” includes all US Presidents from George Washington to the current president.

Haunted Mansion – This was one of the Magic Kingdom’s original attractions and it remains a favorite today. You begin the ride as a walk through into an old haunted mansion as you visit the library, where you witness the room stretching. You then ride through the rest of the attraction, in your two seat doom buggy. The ride is dark and offers some moderate scares.

Riverboat - Take a relaxing ride aboard the “Liberty Belle” steamboat around the Rivers of America. The 15 minute scenic cruise is one of the original attractions that has been part of the Magic Kingdom since 1971.


Astro Orbiter – This Dumbo-style ride is perched atop the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. This two minute ride takes you on a flight in rockets and gives you a great view from above of tomorrowland.

Carousel of Progress – Created by Walt Disney himself, this attraction follows the journey of an ordinary family through the 20th century and beyond. This attraction is presented in a circular, moving theater. Show length: 20 minutes.

Buzz Lightyear – Journey into the world of Buzz Lightyear. As an honorary Space Ranger, you pilot your vehicle and fire at targets throughout the ride. As you hit your targets you earn points that are displayed on a scoreboard inside your car. Ride Length: 5 minutes.

Stitch’s Great Escape – Stitch from "Lilo & Stitch" escapes from a teleportation tube and wreaks chaos throughout the audience. This multi sensory experience has some scary elements including total darkness during some portions of the presentation. Show length: 15 minutes.

Space Mountain - This roller coaster is one of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions. It takes place in total darkness and provides high speed turns. Although the actual speed is only 28 miles per hour, the ride feels much faster and scarier to the rider. You must be over 44 inches tall to ride and it is not recommended for pregnant women or for people with heart or back problems. Fastpass is accepted.

Time Keeper – This 360° film stars Robin Williams, Rhea Perlman, and Jeremy Irons. The attraction is presented in a standing room only, so kids may complain about standing throughout this presentation. Show length: 20 minutes.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority – This 10 minute relaxing people mover ride takes you around Tomorrowland in a slow moving vehicle. The ride passes through the Buzz Lightyear attraction and Space Mountain.

Tomorrowland Indy Speedway - These gas-powered racecars.
run along a track as you steer and work the pedal. The one lap trip takes five minutes to complete. You must be at least 52 inches to drive the car by yourself.


Ariel’s Grotto – Meet Ariel from "Little Mermaid" as she greets visitors throughout the day. The line here is usually quite long, but there are areas for children to play while you wait. NOTE: Given the close proximity to Dumbo, it's a good idea for a parent to take their child on Dumbo, while the other parent waits on line to see Ariel.

Dumbo – This ride allows riders to fly with Dumbo and control the height of your flight with a lever inside the Dumbo shaped vehicle. NOTE: A good way to get two rides for one wait time is for a parent to enter the ride with the child and have the other parent count at least 32 people before entering the line alone. When the parent and child are riding, the other parent will be waiting to board on the next Dumbo flight.

Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel – The oldest ride in the park, this carousel was built in 1917 and first used at Olympic Park in New Jersey. The ride boasts 90 horses, so even with a long line, your wait is usually short.

Fairy Tale Garden – This small theatre area is located next to Cinderella’s Castle. Several times during the day, Belle from Beauty and the Beast performs a story in this outdoor stage area. Seating is very limited and usually fills up quickly. If your child (or you) are big Belle fans, this is the best way to see the Princess.

It’s A Small World – This slow moving boat ride was originally created for the New York’s World Fair. The attraction takes you passed hundred of dolls dressed in costumes that represent countries around the world. During November and December, the ride is decorated with holiday decorations, and the chorus of "Jingle Bells" and a bridge of "Deck the Halls" are added to the song. Ride Length: 12 minutes.

Mad Tea Party - This attraction takes you for a spin as you ride in oversized tea cups. This ride is not for people with weak stomachs or who suffer from motion sickness.

Mickey’s Philharmagic – This 3D show is projected on a 150 foot wide screen. Special effects are included so you can experience the show from every seat in the theatre. Show Length: 12 minutes.

Peter Pan’s Flight – This attraction makes you part of Peter Pan’s flight to Neverland as you leave the nursery and sail high above London as you travel to meet the Lost Boys, the Mermaids and Captain Hook. Fastpass is accepted.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - This fun attraction takes you on a tour through the Hundred Acres Woods. You will meet Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Owl as you ride in your honey pot shaped vehicles. Fastpass is accepted. Ride Length: 3 minutes.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures – Ride on one of the dwarfs' mine cars into Snow White's adventures as the Evil Queen chases Snow White into scenes from the animated film. The three minute ride can frighten youngsters.

Michey's Toontown Fair

Barnstormer – This small steel roller coaster is designed for children. The coaster car is made to look like a barnstormer plane and it zips you along the track at a very quick speed. You must be at least 35 inches tall to ride.

Donald’s Boat – This attraction allows children to cool off as it includes fountains and other water features. If you do not wish your child to get wet steer clear of this play area.

Judge’s Tent – Just a few steps from Mickey’s House and Garden, you will enter he Judge’s tent. Here you can meet Mickey – he is here all day. There is usually quite a wait inside, but visitors are treated to Mickey cartoons as you wait.

Mickey’s Country House – this walk through attraction allows visitors to get a peek at Mickey’s country home. As you walk through the rooms you visit Mickey’s kitchen, game room, and bedroom.

Minnie’s Country House – Explore Minnie’s bright pink home, as you check out her kitchen, her living room and even listens to her answering machine.

Toontown Hall of Fame – Enter the big tent and find a huge souvenir shop and a place to meet your favorite Disney characters. NOTE: watch for the signs as you enter so you don't end up waitng in the wrong line.

Special attractions

Character Meetings – You can meet your favorite Disney characters at: Ariel's Grotto, Judge's Tent, Storytime with Belle and Toontown Hall Of Fame.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Take in this dazzling parade as it winds its way between Main Street, U.S.A. and Frontierland. Classic Disney themes are explored in a series of floats featuring massive snow globes - a fitting symbol of nostalgia, journeys and imagination.

Behind the scenes tours

Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Join the Disney railroad engineers as they prepare the Magic Kingdom steam trains for their daily railroad operation. Cost: $40. Duration: 3 hours.

Disney's Family Magic Tour Your Disney trivia knowledge is put to the test as you search high and low for clues on an interactive scavenger hunt. Cost: $25. Duration: 2 hour.

Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour
Learn the remarkable history of the Park and hear intriguing stories about Walt Disney, his visions, philosophies and accomplishments. Cost: $58. Duration: 5 hours.

Mickey's Magical Milestones Tour
Learn about the mouse that started it all. This tour traces the creation and career of Mickey Mouse. Cost: $25. Duration: 2 hours.

To schedule Disney tours call: 407-WDW-TOUR.

Restaurants and dining

Signature Dining -
Cinderella's Royal Table, Liberty Tree Tavern, Plaza Restaurant, Tony's Town Square

Call (407) WDW-DINE 90 days in advance to make dining reservations.

Fast Food -
Casey's Corner, Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café, El Pirata Y El Perico Restaurant, Main Street Bakery, Pecos Bill Café, Pinocchio Village Haus, Plaza Pavilion

Orlando weather


Disney vacations

The least crowded time to visit is from Labor Day to Thanksgiving and from the week after President's Day (mid-February) to the start of Spring Break (mid-March).

You can definitely make the most of your vacation by staying at one of the Disney World hotels. If you do, you will enjoy special benefits such as Magic Hours, discounts at six Disney World golf courses, and the special Walt Disney World quality and service.

But if you choose to stay at one of the many hotels near Disney World, you can still visit all of the Disney properties to enjoy the atmosphere, have a meal, or shop. You may be charged for parking, but you can get validated for up to one hour of parking for each $10 you spend while you're there.

Some of the more popular deluxe priced resorts include Walt Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the Grand Floridian Resort hotels.

Disney sells Magic Kingdom tickets on their website, but you can not print the tickets, meaning you must order early and have the tickets mailed to you.
You can also buy tickets through your local auto club, Disney Store or through a school or work activities office. Many offsite hotels also sell Disney passports at the front desk.

I suggest researching Disney ticket prices in advance, and buy your pass before you get to the park. No sense wasting the first hour waiting in line at the ticket booth.

Wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) - Rentals are available for a fee of $10 for a wheelchair (multiple day rentals are $8/day) and $35 for the ECV.

Strollers - Strollers are available for rent at the front of the park for a charge of $10/day for a single and $18 for a double.

Company info:
Disney-Magic Kingdom Theme Park
3111 World Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 824-4321
Web: www.disneyworld.disney.go.com
Grand Opening: October 1, 1971
Employees: 3,200 cast members
Size: 107 acres

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