The Magic Kingdom at Disney World is dubbed “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and for good reason. Featuring six themed lands across 107 acres, the Magic Kingdom captures the true essence of Walt Disney World with exciting entertainment, classic attractions, beloved Disney Characters and the charm of childhood.

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Magic Kingdom makes the whole family smile

Designed like a wheel with the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, the pathways spoke out across the Magic Kingdom theme park in Orlando and lead to six exciting lands:

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Walking along Main Street U.S.A.

Main Street U.S.A.

Main Street U.S.A. is the main entrance to the Magic Kingdom. Guests will emerge from a tunnel for the Walt Disney World Railroad and are instantly transported to early 20th-Century America, complete with stylistic and architectural influences from around the country. Main Street is lined with shops selling merchandise, food and memories, all designed with a small town America feel, inspired partly by Walt Disney’s Childhood. A Town Hall, Barbershop, fire station, and a City Hall, which serves as the guest relations lobby, bring the Americana feel to life. Main Street U.S.A. is home to several great places to eat, including The Crystal Palace (American cuisine buffet-style), The Plaza Restaurant (victorian-america themed serving sandwiches, burgers, salads & ice cream), Tony’s Town Square (inspired by the restaurant in The Lady and the Tramp and serving pizza, pasta & Panini’s) and Casey’s Corner (located at the end of Main Street and serving American ballpark fare like hot dogs and  fries. Shopping choices include The Emporium, a 17,000 sq. ft. store, the largest in the Magic Kingdom, and the Chapeau Hat Shoppe, among many others. Main Street U.S.A. is also the place to watch the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, Dream-Along with Mickey Show, SpectroMagic Nighttime Parade, Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party and the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, the biggest & brightest fireworks extravaganza in Disney history.

Walt Disney World attractions lifestyle shoot. April 2013. Photographer: Cynthia Perez

Inside Pirates of the Caribbean

Adventureland

This Magic Kingdom land represents the adventure of exploring foreign lands and is themed with an exotic mix of jungles from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific. Adventureland is home to attractions like Jungle Cruise, 1930s-style safari boat through the world’s most exotic, untamed rivers; Pirates of the Caribbean, a classic Disney attraction featuring Captain Jack Sparrow; The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Swiss Family Treehouse. Shopping options include the Agrabah Bazaar, Island Supply & Pirate’s Bazaar. The El Pirata Y El Perico Restaurant, serving Mexican fare, is the main restaurant in Adventureland. Refreshments and soft serve can be found at Aloha Isla & Sunshine Tree Terrace.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad delivers big thrills

Frontierland

Featuring all of the adventure and excitement of the Wild West, Frontierland is where guests to experience cowboys, Indians and the thrill of exploration. Several classic attractions are located here, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Tom Sawyer Island, Splash Mountain and the Country Bear Jamboree Show. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café, Golden Oak Outpost and The Diamond Horseshoe are the main eateries in Frontierland, and Big Al’s, Briar Patch, Frontier Trading Post & Prairie Outpost & Supply are the main shopping stores.

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The beauty of the Liberty Belle shines

Liberty Square

Liberty Square is based on an American Revolutionary town and honors the colonial heritage of America. It is home to attractions like the Liberty Square Riverboat (a paddlewheel steamship), The Hall of Presidents Show and the ever-popular Haunted Mansion attraction, where guests board a doom buggy and explore the supernatural activity of the Haunted Mansion. Eating options at the Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom include Columbia Harbour Hose, Sleep Hollow and Liberty Tree Tavern, an 18th-century colonial restaurant serving New England style lunches. Shopping enthusiasts will want to make time for Heritage House, Yankee Trader Gourmet Shop and Ye Old Christmas Shoppe.

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Greet Belle and the Beast at Fantasyland

Fantasyland

Disney World’s Fantasyland has brought all-new ways to play to the Magic Kingdom.  The entire area has been updated, and is nearly double the size of its predecessor.  After opening in phases, the new Fantasyland includes the quintessential fairytale experience guests of all ages will love.  Attractions here include Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Princess Fairytale Hall, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Storybook Circus and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (debuting soon).  This area is known for its Character Meet and Greets, as well as its immersive straight-out-of-a-storybook surroundings. 

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Space Mountain is classic Disney fun

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland takes guests into the future with attractions like the Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Space Mountain, Stitch’s Great Escape, Tomorrowland Speedway & Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Themed as an intergalactic convention of sorts, Tomorrowland features the Buzz Lightyear Shop, Merchant of Venus, Mickey’s Star Traders & Ursa’s Major Minor Mart as shopping options and Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, The Lunching Pad, Tomorrowland Terrace Cafe and  Noodles Station are dining options.

Park hours for the Magic Kingdom vary. Generally, the park is open at 9am and stays open until at least 8pm, if not later. Please check your vacation dates for exact times.

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