This Walt Disney World Park was the first to open on October 1, 1971 (That’s right, it has a very special birthday this year, if you hadn’t already heard!). The park sits on 107 acres in Bay Lake, Florida and features the iconic 🏰 Cinderella Castle, sitting at 189 ft. tall.
👨👩👧👦 On an average year this park sees around 20 million guests.
🏨 When Magic Kingdom opened, it opened along with two resorts, the Contemporary 🚝 and the Polynesian 🌺.
💬 Despite what you may have heard, this park is NOT just for little kids or just for girls.
Keep reading for more fun facts!
🗺 The park is divided into five themed “lands” plus the popular Main Street USA. The unique lands are:
Fantasyland – Themed after Disney’s animated fairy tale films. Each Fantasyland has a castle, as well as several gentle rides themed after those Disney films.
Frontierland – Themed to the American Frontier of the 19th century, Frontierlands are home to cowboys and pioneers, saloons, red rock buttes and gold rushes.
Adventureland – Themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia, South America, Oceania and the Caribbean.
Tomorrowland – Features numerous attractions that depict views of the future and represents what Walt Disney envisioned it to be like. And although Space Mountain is found in several Disney parks, Magic Kingdom is where it made it’s debut.
Liberty Square – although many of the lands are duplicated across all Disney parks in some way, this one is exclusive to the Magic Kingdom. Themed after colonial America, replicas of both the Liberty Bell and Liberty Tree can be seen here.
One of a Kind Rides
There are SO many iconic rides in this park, for all ages, boys and girls. It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite.
Adventureland features Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. These are classics.
Frontierland has 2 of the famous mountains…Splash and Thunder. Liberty Square is where you’ll find one of my favorites, The Haunted Mansion. It’s a must do on my list every time! Fantasyland is home to the infamous It’s a Small World. But if that is what your nightmares are made of (IYKYK), fear not! It has so much more, including Peter Pan’s Flight, Winnie the Pooh, and of course, Dumbo!
Finally, there’s Tomorrowland. It features the iconic Space Mountain. We also enjoy Tomorrowland Transit Authority’s People Mover. It’s so relaxing and gives some really great views of the parks.
You can’t forget about the amazing shows you’ll find here. From Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and Mickey’s Philharmagic to the historic Carousel of progress and yes, the Tiki Room. It has some of the first audio-animatronics that have now become a core of so many Disney rides and shows.
And what would Magic Kingdom be without it’s parades, cavalcades, and nightime spectaculars. Nothing beats a Disney Fireworks show you can see nightly, not even on 4th of July.
Oh, the food. It’s the things dreams are made of. From sweet to salty, everyone can find their favorite treat here! Here’s some of our favorites:
Breakfast – fruit and nutella waffle from Sleepy Hollow
Lunch or Dinner quick service – basically anything at Pecos Bill’s
Lunch or Dinner (table service) – If you like the traditional food, Liberty Tree Tavern is the way to go, with their Thanksgiving style meal. If you’re up for something a little more exotic, The try Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. It’s fun and delicious!
Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! – The cheeseburger eggroll from the eggroll cart outside Adventurland, the grey stuff cupcake at Gaston’s Tavern (this one comes and goes), any flavor of Dole whip float, found at multiple locations throughout the park. If you want the O.G., you’ll find it at Aloha Isle in Adventureland.
Keys to the Kingdom Tour
While visiting Magic Kingdom, you can go on a very special tour called Keys to the Kingdom. It is an in-depth, 5-hour look at the most iconic theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. It explores the creation and remarkable growth of one of the most beloved parks at Walt Disney World! Explore secret locations you’ve always wondered about and get the inside scoop on some of your favorite attractions.
During your tour:
✨ Uncover the hidden secrets of classic attractions at Magic Kingdom park.
✨ Access the famed underground “Utilidor” tunnels that allow people and supplies to travel beneath the park unseen.
✨ Discover little-known facts, trivia and other exciting tidbits about the park.
✨ Enjoy a delicious lunch—included with your tour.
✨ Take home an exclusive keepsake!
✨ This tour is $114 per person
Theme park admission is required, and it is only for ages 16 and up. What a wonderful way to explore deeper into Magic Kingdom and learn it’s secrets!
There is so much more than I could even cover here, truly something for everyone. Magic Kingdom is simply a magical place for all ages!