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Magic Kingdom 101

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has expanded and changed greatly in its 46 years on the planet. Disney fans love to go on and on about what’s gone and what’s coming. But for people who don’t visit very often, they want to know what is in the park right now.

So, here’s a “101” (* starred items are Pop In team member favorites).

Attractions

Which “mountain” will be your favorite: Space Mountain (above), Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain?

Adventureland

Swiss Family Treehouse (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Opened May 23, 2001)

Jungle Cruise (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (Opened Oct. 1, 1971 as Tropical Serenade)

Pirates of the Caribbean* (Opened Dec. 15, 1973)

Frontierland

Splash Mountain* (Opened Jul. 17, 1992)

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad* (Opened Sep. 23, 1980)

Tom Sawyer Island (Opened May. 20, 1973)

Country Bear Jamboree (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

Liberty Square

The Hall of Presidents* (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

Liberty Belle Riverboat (Opened May 20, 1973 as the Richard F. Irvine)

Haunted Mansion* (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

Fantasyland

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel* (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

Mickey’s PhilharMagic* (Opened Sep. 30, 2003)

Peter Pan’s Flight* (Opened Oct. 3, 1971)

it’s a small world* (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

Enchanted Tales with Belle* (Opened Dec. 6, 2012)

Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid (Opened Dec. 6, 2012)

The Barnstormer* (Opened Oct. 1, 1996)

Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

Mad Tea Party (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Opened Jun. 5, 1999)

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Opened May 28, 2014)

Tomorrowland

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (Opened Apr. 2, 2007)

Stitch’s Great Escape (Opened Nov. 16, 2004)

Tomorrowland Speedway (Opened Oct. 1, 1971)

Space Mountain* (Opened Jan. 15, 1975)

Astro Orbiter (Opened Nov. 28, 1974)

PeopleMover* (Opened Jul. 1, 1975)

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress* (Opened Jan. 15, 1975)

Buzz Lighyear’s Space Ranger Spin* (Opened Oct. 7, 1998)

Food Venues

Magic Kingdom offers sit-down restaurant dining, fast food quick service dining (like Casey’s Corner pictured above), and snacks around every corner. It’s impossible to go hungry, but it is possible to go broke. A great tip is to share meals and snacks. Portions are large at Disney.

Main Street, U.S.A

Tony’s Town Square: Italian, sit-down restaurant themed to Lady and the Tramp

Main Street Bakery: Star Bucks cafe and bake shop

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: Quick service ice cream shop

Plaza: Turn of the century, sit-down restaurant serving comfort foods

Casey’s Corner*: Quick service location serving hot dogs and fries

The Crystal Palace: Character dining-buffet

Adventureland

Sunshine Tree Terrace: Quick Snacks

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen*: African, sit-down restaurant with Adventurer’s Club memorabilia

Aloha Isle*: Home of the famous Dole Whip

Tortuga Tavern: Quick service comfort foods

Golden Oak Outpost: Chicken Fingers

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café*: Mexican, Quick Service

Westward Ho: Quick Snacks

Liberty Square

The Diamond Horseshoe: A western saloon restaurant serving comfort foods

Liberty Tree Tavern*: A colonial themed, sit-down restaurant serving American holiday fare

Sleepy Hollow*: A wildly popular quick service location serving meals and snacks

Liberty Square Market: Quick snacks

Columbia Harbour House*: A colonial themed, quick service restaurant serving New England fare

Fantasyland

Cinderella’s Royal Table*: A castle themed, character dining, sit-down restaurant serving high end entrees.

Pinocchio Village Haus: A quick service restaurant serving Italian fare and themed to Pinocchio

Be Our Guest: A castle themed, sit down restaurant themed to Beauty and the Beast

Gaston’s Tavern*: A quick service snack location with seating

Prince Eric’s Village Market: Quick snacks

Cheshire Café: Quick service cafe and pastry location

Storybook Treats: Quick service desserts

The Friar’s Nook: Quick service meals

Big Top Souvenirs*: Quick service treats

Tomorrowland

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café: Quick service restaurant serving burgers, hot dogs, chicken, etc.

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies: Quick service desserts

Cool Ship: Quick service hot dogs, churros and drinks

The Lunching Pad: Quick service snacks and hot dogs

Tomorrowland Terrace: Quick service restaurant serving burgers, salads and sandwiches

Shopping

Impulse shoppers beware. Take photos of all the great souvenirs encountered during the day, and then before you leave the park scroll through your photos and pick the one thing you really love and buy it. It’s a great way to avoid buyer’s remorse.

Adventureland

Agrabah Bazaar

Island Supply by Sunglass Hut

La Princesa de Cristal

The Pirates League

Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar

Zanzibar Trading Co.

Fantasyland

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Big Top Souvenirs

Bonjour! Village Gifts

Casey Jr. Railroad Mercantile

Castle Couture

Fantasy Faire

Hundred Acre Goods

Sir Mickey’s

Frontierland

Big Al’s

Briar Patch

Frontier Trading Post

Prairie Outpost & Supply

Splashdown Photos

Liberty Square

Liberty Square Parasol Cart

Liberty Square Portrait Gallery

Memento Mori*

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe*

Main Street, U.S.A.

Box Office Gifts

The Chapeau*

Crystal Arts*

Curtain Call Collectibles

Disney Clothiers

Emporium*

Main Street Confectionery

Newsstand

Uptown Jewelers

Tomorrowland

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Photos

Merchant of Venus

Mickey’s Star Traders

Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.*

Ursa’s Major Minor Mart

Characters

Pluto hangs out by the flag pole outside the Town Square Theater to meet guests, sign autographs and pose for photos. Don’t forget to go inside the Theater and meet Pluto’s owner, Mickey Mouse.

Town Square Theater* (Main Street, U.S.A.)

The Crystal Palace* (buffet with characters, Main Street, U.S.A.)

Enchanted Tales with Belle* (Fantasyland)

Ariel’s Grotto (Fantasyland)

Pete’s Silly Sideshow (Fantasyland)

Fairytale Garden (Fantasyland)

Princess Fairytale Hall (Fantasyland)

Cinderella’s Royal Table* (character dining, Fantasyland)

Times To Know

Disney built some amazing floats for the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Grab a map and a “Times Guide” when you enter the park. You’ll want to know what time the parades and Happily Ever After fireworks* will be happening during your visit. Of the two parades, the Festival of Fantasy Parade* is the best.  (Even if you don’t want to see a parade or the fireworks, knowing the times is useful because you can take advantage of shorter wait times for attractions while everyone else is watching these events.)

Transportation

Early in the morning is the best time to see the Main Street, U.S.A. vehicles in action.

You can only get to the Magic Kingdom by bus, ferry, Monorail or walking from the Contemporary Resort. The Monorail* is the most magical. Inside the park, the Walt Disney World Railroad* can transport you easily around, with stops on Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, and Fantasyland. At times, Main Street Vehicles also offer one-way rides down Main Street, U.S.A. The vehicles include a horse-drawn street car, jitney, fire engine and omnibus.

Interactive Games

Keep the kiddos entertained throughout the day with Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom* (Main Street, U.S.A.) and a Pirate’s Adventure ( Adventureland).

Dress Up

These stops will cost you (a lot), but if your child wants to transform into a pirate, a princess or a knight, visit The Pirates League-Disney (Adventureland) or the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (Fantasyland).

Other Stuff You May Encounter

The Partners statue stands in front of Cinderella’s Castle. In the evening, it’s the best place to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks.
  • The “Partners” statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella’s Castle and the “Sharing the Magic” statue of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse in Town Square are touching tributes to the Magic Kingdom’s founding fathers.
Coins from the fountain makes wishes come true for guests and a lot of local charities.
  • Cinderella’s Wishing Well is located between the castle and Fairytale Garden. Thousands of coins are thrown into the fountain each day. Once a large sum accumulates, Disney donates it to a central Florida charity.
  • The Frontierland Shootin’ Gallery has been around for a loooong time. It’ll cost you about 50 cents for 25 shots.
  • The Purple Wall in Tomorrowland is newly painted. It’s a fan favorite for selfies.

Hope this helps in planning your next trip.

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