The six themed lands inside Magic Kingdom are each iconic in their own unique way.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about the best Magic Kingdom lands, along with ranking each one.
We’ll start with our favorite land and work our way down.
Ranking The Best Magic Kingdom Lands
Our pick for the best land in Magic Kingdom is Fantasyland. Of all the lands, it’s the one that is most the quintessentially “Disney”. Fantasyland uses the general theme of a magical, medieval carnival setting to achieve its general theme. Its unmistakable Disney magic and the sheer amount of attractions make it our top pick for best land.
There are lots of uber-popular rides in Fantasyland, so make sure to get your FastPasses in order. We’ve also got an awesome guide to Magic Kingdom FastPasses and ride rankings.
“Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” – Walt Disney
The Sections of Fantasyland
- Enchanted Forest: The Enchanted Forest section of Fantasyland includes many of the best attractions Magic Kingdom has to offer, including most of the Disney Princess-related attractions.
- Castle Courtyard: This section is located directly behind Cinderella’s Castle and includes attractions like the Prince Charming Regal Carousel and It’s a Small World.
- Storybook Circus: The Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland is tucked around back. As its name implies, it’s the circus-themed section of the land.
The Best Fantasyland Rides and Attractions
- Seven Dwarves Mine Train (Enchanted Forest): One of the most recent additions to Magic Kingdom is the Seven Dwarves Mine Train. It’s a roller coaster-style ride that takes you through the Seven Dwarves’ mine in a minecart. It’s a fun coaster and it features some of the most impressive animatronics in Disney World. The Mine Train immensely popular and FastPasses are in very high demand.
- Enchanted Tales With Belle (Enchanted Forest): This attraction takes you directly into the world of Beauty and the Beast. Children will especially love listening to Belle tell stories with animatronic characters and props.
- Peter Pan’s Flight (Castle Courtyard): Peter Pan’s Flight takes you through scenes straight from Peter Pan. You’ll fly right over locations like London and Captain Hook’s ship from the comfort of your own flying ship.
- It’s a Small World (Castle Courtyard): It’s a Small World is probably the most contentious attraction at Disney World, mostly due to the infamous song played throughout the ride. Guests either love it or hate it. The ride itself is a boat ride through grand sets of animatronic dolls that represent various cultures from around the globe.
- Mad Tea Party (Castle Courtyard): Mad Tea Party is one of Magic Kingdom’s most iconic attractions. The ride puts you inside teacups from Alice in Wonderland. Once inside your cup, the whole platform will rotate. You also have control over your own teacup via a wheel in the middle that you can pull to make your teacup spin.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Castle Courtyard): This ride puts you inside one of Pooh’s honey pots and takes you through a dreamland full of Heffalumps and Woozles.
- Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid (Enchanted Forest): Under the Sea transports you into the underwater world of The Little Mermaid. It features vast, colorful sets full of animatronic characters and music.
- Mickey’s Philharmonic (Castle Courtyard): Mickey’s Philharmonic is a 4-D musical journey through some of the most famous Disney films of all time. The attraction is inside its own theater in the Castle Courtyard.
The Best Fantasyland Restaurants and Food
- Be Our Guest Restaurant (Enchanted Forest): Be Our Guest isn’t just our favorite table-service restaurant in Fantasyland- It’s our favorite restaurant in all of Magic Kingdom. The restaurant is an amazing recreation of the Beauty and The Beast Castle and has an awesome French-inspired menu. It’s our number one pick on our lists of Best Lunch Restaurants at Magic Kingdom and Best Dinner Restaurants at Magic Kingdom.
- Cinderella’s Royal Table (Inside Cinderella’s Castle): Since Cinderella Castle is technically part of Fantasyland, we’re including Cinderella’s Royal Table on this list. CRT is a fine-dining, table-service restaurant inside the Castle. It features character dining and includes all of the most famous Disney princesses.
- Gaston’s Tavern (Enchanted Forest): Gaston’s Tavern is a quick-service restaurant with a theme that revolves around Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. It serves items like sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and the signature “LeFou’s Brew” frozen drink.
- Storybook Treats (Castle Courtyard): Storybook Treats is a quick-service restaurant that serves a handful of ice cream treats like sundaes and soft serve.
- Pinocchio Village Haus (Castle Courtyard): Pinocchio Village Haus is a quick-service restaurant that serves Italian favorites, flatbreads, and sandwiches.
- The Friar’s Nook (Castle Courtyard): The Friar’s Nook is a quick-service restaurant that serves things like loaded buffalo chicken tots and fried Twinkies.
- Cheshire Cafe (Castle Courtyard): Serves the iconic Cheshire Cat Tails made with iced pastry and filled with chocolate.
Frontierland is themed after the American West. It’s home to two of Magic Kingdom’s best thrill rides, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. The Mountains, along with the classic American Disney theme, make it one of the highlights of Magic Kingdom.
The Best Frontierland Rides and Attractions
- Splash Mountain: Splash Mountain is among the most iconic rides at Magic Kingdom. It’s a boat ride that takes you through a series of scenes depicting Br’er Rabbit and friends from Disney’s 1946 Song of the South film. The ride finishes with what is one of the most famous Disney World experiences- a long drop that splashes down into a “briar patch” below. Some parents wonder if this one is too scary for their kids – more details are covered in our How Scary is Splash Mountain? post.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Thunder Mountain is another popular Frontierland ride. It’s a coaster that rides along a “mine track”. The ride is known for its sharp turns that jolt you side to side in your seat. First-timers can get more details on our Big Thunder Mountain Railroad post.
- Country Bear Jamboree: Country Bear Jamboree has all of that old-school Disney World kitsch. It’s a live musical performance, featuring a group of large animatronic bears.
- Tom Sawyer Island: Accessible only by raft, Tom Sawyer Island is easy for Magic Kingdom guests to totally miss. It’s a rustic recreation of locations based on Mark Twain’s writings. It’s also the only attraction designed by Walt Disney himself.
The Best Frontierland Restaurants and Food
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Tavern: Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Tavern is a Southwest-style quick-service restaurant. It serves everything from tacos and fajitas to Southwest burgers. A great all-around pick for any mood.
- Westward Ho: Westward Ho serves a handful of quick-service foods, but is most popular for its lemonade slushies and cold brew coffee. We recently tried the Candied Bacon featured on our Best Breakfast in Magic Kingdom post and loved it!
- Golden Oak Outpost: Golden Oak Outpost is a simple quick-service restaurant that serves a few items like chicken nuggets and waffle fries and breakfast sandwiches.
Tomorrowland is the Magic Kingdom land that sticks out the most. It’s a futuristic, sci-fi themed land that has quite a few attractions, including guest favorite Space Mountain.
The Best Tomorrowland Rides and Attractions
- Tron Lightcycle / Run: The newest and superior Tomorrowland ride by all standards. This exciting, fast-paced indoor coaster is based on the Tron Legacy movie version of the Lightcycle game. Riders hop aboard futuristic motorcycles for an indoor and outdoor coaster experience that twists and turns, taking off at 60 mph.
- Space Mountain: Space Mountain is probably our favorite ride at Magic Kingdom. It’s an indoor roller coaster that is almost completely dark. It’s a Magic Kingdom classic, from the exterior of its building to the coaster itself. The twists and turns in the dark make it a one-of-a-kind experience. This can be a bit intense for younger riders, so read our post on How Scary is Space Mountain? to see if the ride is right for your little ones.
- Buzz Lightyear’s Spaceship Spin: Buzz Lightyear’s Spaceship Spin is a game-ride that’s probably guilty of bruising many a friendship. You ride through intergalactic scenes shooting targets and your score is tallied up at the end of the ride to compare with your partner. This ride is fun for the whole family, but don’t say we didn’t warn you- your inner competitor will almost certainly show itself.
- Carousel of Progress: The Carousel of Progress is an audio-animatronic stage show that takes you on a journey through technological advancements for the American family. It’s a unique attraction, with the seating area revolves around the stages and a classic inspired by Walt Disney himself.
- Astro Orbitor: The Astro Orbitor is located high above Tomorrowland. It’s a rotating “spaceship” ride that offers some really cool views of the park. A cool feature of the ride is that you have the ability to partially control your spaceship, raising it lower or higher as you spin.
- Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor: Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor is an interactive comedy show that features animated characters from the Monsters Inc. world. A series of monsters perform stand-up comedy that heavily uses members of the audience as a part of the act. Don’t be surprised if you get singled out to be a part of the routine.
The Best Tomorrowland Restaurants and Food
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is a large quick-service restaurant inside Tomorrowland. It’s defining attribute is Sonny Eclipse, an animatronic musician that plays the organ on a stage inside the restaurant. It’s also got one of the Best Burgers in Magic Kingdom with the Mickey Cheeseburger; read this post for more details!
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies: Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies is Tomorrowland’s resident ice cream shop, offering an assortment of frozen desserts like sundaes and smoothies.
- Tomorrowland Terrace: Tomorrowland Terrace is a good quick-service restaurant, but is only open seasonally. Typically, it’s only open when the park is very busy. This is also the location for Magic Kingdom dessert parties, with a perfect unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle.
Adventureland’s theme alone makes it a great Magic Kingdom land. It’s definitely one of our favorites. The only reason we didn’t rank it higher is because of its lower number of top-tier attractions.
The Best Tomorrowland Rides and Attractions
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Pirates of the Caribbean is far and away the best ride inside Adventureland. It’s a beloved Magic Kingdom classic. The ride takes you on a dark boat ride through some amazing pirate sets. Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow can be found lurking all throughout the ride.
- Jungle Cruise: This one is another kitschy Magic Kingdom classic. Jungle Cruise takes you on a scenic boat tour of African, Asian, and South American rivers. The ride is famous partially due to the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the “skippers” who work as your guide.
- The Enchanted Tiki Room: This is one of the oldest attractions in the park, where the “birds and trees and flowers sing”. People of all ages will enjoy this reprieve from the hot sun while being serenaded by an array of tropical animatronics.
The Best Adventureland Restaurants and Food
- Aloha Isle: Aloha Isle is our favorite quick-service restaurant in Magic Kingdom. It serves the amazing Dole Whip, a pineapple soft serve dessert. For anyone who hasn’t had a Dole Whip, you need to stop what you’re doing and go get one. They are a Disney World rite of passage.
- Jungle Navigation Co LTD. Skipper Canteen: The Skipper Canteen is one of the newest table-service additions to Magic Kingdom. It’s themed after the Jungle Cruise and has a menu full of adventurous international meals.
- Sunshine Tree Terrace: The Sunshine Tree Terrace is known for serving the Citrus Swirl, a soft serve, frozen dessert that swirls orange with vanilla. The menu also has a few other items, including the new Orange Swirl, which is essentially an orange Dole Whip.
- Tortuga Tavern: Tortuga Tavern is a simple quick-service that serves a few specialty items and classic ones like hot dogs and turkey legs.
#5 Main Street, U.S.A.
Main Street, U.S.A. is the unmistakable gateway to all things Magic Kingdom. Its ranking here is less to do with how much we like it and more to do with its lack of attractions. Main Street is more about shopping and dining than it is about typical park attractions.
The Best Main Street, U.S.A. Attractions and Shops
- Main Street Emporium: The Emporium is Magic Kingdom’s largest shop. It has just about every kind of Disney World merchandise you can think of, from kitchenware to clothing.
- Town Square Theater: The Town Square Theater is the place to be if you’re looking to meet Mickey Mouse himself.
- Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom: Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom is the starting point for an interactive scavenger hunt throughout the Magic Kingdom park.
- Harmony Barber Shop: Harmony Barbershop is a working barber shop that specializes in “First Cuts” for babies. Some people don’t realize that this is even a thing! We explain more on this and other lesser known facts about Magic Kingdom in our Magic Kingdom Tips & Secrets story.
- Crystal Arts: Crystal Arts is a shop that sells a large variety of crystal and glass souvenirs.
- The Chapeau: The Chapeau is a shop that sells Mickey Ears and other hats.
The Best Main Street USA Restaurants and Food
- The Crystal Palace: Crystal Palace is a classic Magic Kingdom restaurant, set in a beautiful Victorian building. Meals are served buffet-style and include character dining with Winnie the Pooh and other characters from the Hundred Acre Wood.
- The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: The Place Ice Cream Parlor is Magic Kingdom’s most popular ice cream shop. It offers a wide variety of different sundaes and other ice cream treats. It’s home to most of the top ice creams picks on our 11 Best Ice Creams in Magic Kingdom list.
- The Plaza Restaurant: The Place Restaurant is a table-service restaurant that serves simple American food.
- Tony’s Town Square: Tony’s Town square is a table-service restaurant that has a large menu filled with Italian family favorites.
- Main Street Confectionary: The Main Street Confectionary is a shop that sells all kinds of sweets and candies.
- Casey’s Corner: Casey’s Corner is a quick-service restaurant that serves hot dogs almost exclusively.
- Main Street Bakery: The Main Street Bakery is a full Starbucks location that serves Starbucks coffee and Disney baked goods.
#6 Liberty Square
Even though Liberty Square comes in at the end of our ranking of best lands in Magic Kingdom, that doesn’t mean we dislike it. It’s a great part of Magic Kingdom. It just doesn’t have quite as many things to do as many of the other lands.
The Best Liberty Square Rides and Attractions
- Haunted Mansion: Haunted Mansion is a Magic Kingdom staple. It’s a dark ride that takes you on a ride through a (you guessed it) haunted mansion. You’ll see all the spooky rooms of the mansion and see all sorts of resident ghosts.
- The Hall of Presidents: The Hall of Presidents is an audio-animatronic show that takes place inside a recreation of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Every US President is represented individually.
- Liberty Square Riverboat: The Liberty Square Riverboat is a ride that takes guests on a ride on the Liberty Belle, a vessel located on the edge of Liberty Square. The Liberty Belle rides along Magic Kingdom’s Rivers of America, giving guests a tour of the waterway.
The Best Liberty Square Restaurants and Food
- Liberty Tree Tavern: Liberty Tree Tavern is one of our favorite restaurants at Magic Kingdom. It’s an all-you-can-eat table-service restaurant that serves a Thanksgiving feast year-round. It’s themed after Colonial America and the staff even dresses the part.
- Sleepy Hollow: Sleepy Hollow is a good quick-service restaurant that serves some unique items like a chicken and waffle or fruit and waffle sandwich.
- Columbia Harbor House: Columbia Harbor house is a quick-service restaurant that serves a normal American and New England meals like fried seafood platters and lobster rolls.
- Diamond Horseshoe: Serves the same fare as Liberty Tree Tavern in a classic dining room atmosphere with a few additional specialty drinks.
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