Looking for all of the best things Magic Kingdom has to offer for adults? We’ve got you covered!
Magic Kingdom can be a great theme park for adults if you know the right experiences to prioritize. Along with the unmistakable nostalgia factor, there are plenty of moderately thrilling rides, good restaurants, and even adult beverages scattered around the park.
This guide will cover everything you need to know get the most grown-up fun out of their time at this iconic park.
Best Magic Kingdom Rides for Adults
While the majority of the rides at Magic Kingdom strongly appeal to young children and families, there are a good number of them that adults will enjoy without the kids. We’ve listed them here for you to reference on your next adult trip to Magic Kingdom.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (10/10)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has been a favorite of mine since I was twelve. It’s a really thrilling outdoor coaster with a Wild West, runaway train theme. The ride is located in Frontierland at the back left of the park, past Splash Mountain.
Once you board the ride, “hang on to your hats and glasses folks, ‘cuz this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!” True to this statement, it is one of the wildest roller coasters in Magic Kingdom. Even so, it’s no comparison to the thrills of the giant coasters in Busch Gardens, but we would consider it to be the most fun ride in this park for adults.
Ride passes are highly recommended for Big Thunder on almost any day. Try to book in advance, otherwise it’ll be more difficult to book while in the park. You don’t want to get stuck waiting for an hour in the middle of the day here; the outdoor line is covered but gets very hot quickly.
If you’ve never been on Thunder Mountain before and want the full ride description, we’ve broken it all down in our post on “How Scary is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?”
Space Mountain (10/10)
Space Mountain is another classic coaster and an adult favorite that we try to ride with every visit to Magic Kingdom. Thankfully the line queue is located indoors for this one. The actual ride is an indoor steel roller coaster that uses gravity to pull your spaceship from the top of the building to the bottom, going around fun and fast maneuvers along the way.
You’ll start by boarding a fairly tight ride vehicle that seats six people individually from front to back. Then you’ll enter a mystic portal and begin your very dark journey through space. The lights are completely shut off for this ride, making it seem much faster than it actually is.
Anyone who enjoys thrill experiences will have a blast on this one and we highly suggest getting a pass here. Passes are pretty easy to book on a daily basis, but don’t chance it by waiting till the last minute. Just keep an eye on the Lightning Lane passes as early and often as possible to score yours.
If you’ve never been on Space Mountain before and want the full ride description, we’ve broken it all down in our post on “How Scary is Space Mountain?“
Splash Mountain (10/10)
Splash Mountain is another classic from Walt Disney’s original Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. It’s a cute, kitschy ride themed after the Song of the South movie. This is a log flume ride that is tame at points and wild at others. You’ll start by floating along the river and taking a couple small drops that prepare you for the 50 footer at the very end of the ride.
As indicated by it’s name, Splash Mountain is a water ride that’s sure to get you wet at some point. You won’t get entirely soaked like you would on something like Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom, but you’re very likely to get splashed or sprinkled. Pro tip: the back left seat is the least likely to get wet!
Ride passes are very easy to book here, especially in the winter when no one wants to get wet. However, we still recommend you book them as early as possible because passes are always hard to find while inside the park in the middle of the day.
If you’ve never been on Splash Mountain before and want the full ride description, we’ve broken it all down in our post on “How Scary is Splash Mountain?“
Pirates of the Caribbean (9/10)
Which came first? The Pirates of the Caribbean movie or the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride inspired the movie, therefore you’ll see a lot of the same scenes during the ride that are featured in the Curse of the Black Pearl (the first Pirates in the series). They actually modified the ride when the movie premiered, sprinkling Jack Sparrow animatronics around the different scenes. There are four Captain Jacks mixed into the ride, so see how many you can spot.
Pirates is another water ride, but you won’t be getting wet on this one – if you do, it’ll be just a few drops. You’ll first board your ship and set sail into a misty cove reminiscent of the Isla de Muerta. Along the way, you’ll witness Captain Barbossa gunning down an English settlement, watch Tortuga burn and see prisoners luring in the dog with the keys.
We recommend ride passes for this experience, but wait times are likely to fluctuate throughout the day if you don’t get them. If you need help learning how to book passes or determining which rides will be best for your traveling party, take a look at our Magic Kingdom Lightning Lane Guide for more information.
Jungle Cruise (8/10)
Jungle Cruise is another ride that inspired the movie premiering Summer 2020, which features many animals you’d see in the Amazon or the Rainforest or other jungle type climates. The ride is located in Adventureland, a hop, skip and a jump away from Pirates.
You’ll board a tour boat piloted by an awkward skipper, who is destined to make you cringe for the whole tour with their terrible dad jokes. The tour guide takes you around lots of different scenes in the jungle and you’ll encounter snakes, tribal natives, elephants and more.
All the creatures along the ride are animatronic, so no worries about anything jumping on you or boarding your boat. At one point, you’ll travel through a cave with ancient Asian jewels, statues and treasure that may seem a little scary, but nothing happens here.
Ride passes are highly recommended for this experience as the line can get long and is very boring to wait through. We suggest looking regularly to see if time slots open up throughout the day.
Haunted Mansion (8/10)
The Haunted Mansion is one of the most iconic rides at Magic Kingdom. We’d rank it higher, but it can appear a little hokey to some adults – the ideal age group for this one is probably teenagers and young adults.
The Haunted Mansion is a grim ride that isn’t meant to be completely scary, but rather more playfully haunting. The entire ride features cartoonish characters, ghosts and ghouls and is a slow moving track ride that is set on a continuous loop.
You’ll enter many different rooms along the ride with different types of ghosts with varying pasts. For the most part, it’s meant to be funny and nothing will pop out at you along the way. The end features a cheerfully grim song, then a ghost photo op inside your ride vehicle before you exit.
Ride passes can be a little more difficult to nail down for Haunted Mansion but they’re not impossible to snag. Look frequently throughout the day and book the first one you see if this ride is a must-do for you.
Astro Orbiter (7/10)
Astro Orbiter is one ride that a lot of people end up missing, especially if they’re first time guests. Disney doesn’t have ride passes available for this one, which is the main reason people miss it. It’s also located on top of the People Mover, so the entrance is difficult to find.
You’ll find the it past the Lunching Pad; it’s a large red elevator and there’s generally a line for the attraction on the back side of the restaurant. Once you make it to the front of the line, the cast member will select about a dozen guests to board the elevator to the top.
When you get to the top you’ll get the chance to select your own spaceship, which allows two riders per vehicle. The ride is designed similarly to Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Magic Carpets of Aladdin, where the spaceships fly in a small circle and the ride vehicles can be manually controlled to move up or down.
This may not sound particularly exciting, but the best part of this ride is that it’s one of the tallest points in the park. While you ride, you’ll get to see the entire Magic Kingdom park from the air. We suggest going at dusk or at night so you can see the full beauty of the other attractions lit up at the end of the day.
Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants for Adults
Magic Kingdom has a whole lot of restaurants to choose from, but not all are worth trying. We’ve listed the ones we feel that adults will enjoy the most. For a more in-depth breakdown on all of each Magic Kingdom restaurant, see our post on Magic Kingdom Dining: the Ultimate Guide.
Table Service Restaurants
It’s important to note that the Table Service Restaurants are currently the only places to get alcoholic beverages inside of Magic Kingdom. Adults will toast to that!
Be Our Guest (10/10)
Our first choice for a dinner at Magic Kingdom is Be Our Guest Restaurant. And, in our opinion, it’s a restaurant that’s in a league of its own at this park. Not only is it our favorite dinner spot, but it also won top pick in both our Top 10 Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants for Lunch and our Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants for Adults lists. It’s an incredibly detailed recreation of the Beauty and the Beast castle and offers a strong menu full of French-inspired dishes.
The food is much better than almost everything else inside the park and the setting is unmatched, themed after the Beast’s castle in the animated movie with stunningly recreated decor. The attention to detail displayed by the restaurant is downright impressive, from the castle gates to indoor special effects.
Reservations here are extremely popular, so it’s a good idea to book your dinner here as far in advance as possible – Disney allows up to 180 days in advance. You won’t want to take the risk of finding a last minute reservation, as they are few and far between.
Don’t worry though- it’s totally worth the trouble of finding a reservation. Adults will especially like the upscale nature of this restaurant and the option to request dining in the Main Ballroom area, the West Wing or the Library. We highly recommend adults go for dinner over any other meal period during the day as this is the quietest time with fewer children and families.
Cinderella’s Royal Table (9/10)
A dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table is definitely the most “grand” dinner experience that Magic Kingdom has to offer. No surprise, as the restaurant is located inside Disney World’s defining feature, Cinderella Castle. It’s also the only true fine-dining establishment inside Magic Kingdom, though Be Our Guest’s dinner menu would also qualify. The food is always very good and the atmosphere is outstanding.
The setting at Cinderella’s Royal Table is absolutely its number one draw. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small child or an adult, the idea of having dinner inside Cinderella Castle is intriguing. That’s why it’s on our list of 30 Magic Kingdom Tips & Secrets as the top character dining experience in the park.
During your meal, the most famous Disney princesses will visit your table which provides a quieter, more private setting than what’s typical inside the park. If princesses aren’t necessarily your thing, Cinderella’s is still a stunning atmosphere for dinner and adults can upgrade with a few additions to make a significant occasion even more special – including a champagne toast.
Reservations are nearly impossible to find unless you book 180 days in advance. Even then, be prepared to start your reservation process at 12am midnight on the 180th day before your desired reservation date. If you’re unable to get it on that day, continue checking every day leading up to your vacation as one is bound to become available at some point.
Liberty Tree Tavern (9/10)
If you love Thanksgiving food and are ready for a slightly different Disney dining experience, Liberty Tree Tavern is perfect. Even though it’s not your mother’s home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, Liberty Tree’s offerings are great. A meal here is also a fun way to take a break from common Disney themes.
The Patriot’s Platter served at dinnertime is our number one meal choice here. You get pot roast, turkey, and roasted pork. Herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and seasonal vegetables are served for the sides. Last, a large Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake finishes the meal off. Every part of this meal is all-you-can-eat, so you can eat as much as you’d like.
Adults will like the selection of craft beers and other alcoholic beverages offered here, as well. Definitely plan on booking a reservation for this one as walk-up reservations are rarely available even on less busy days. Online reservations are pretty easy to get leading up to your vacation, though.
Jungle Navigation Co. serves up the most adventurous meals in Magic Kingdom. The selection and unique combinations appeal more to adults than to kids, especially those with more profound palettes.
The theme of the restaurant is set to reflect the Jungle Cruise ride, so you know you’re in for some awkward interactions with your server. A dinner at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is perfect for Magic Kingdom guests that are tired of boring food and dining experiences.
The menu is large and has a ton of variety. This is one of the few places that you can get many varying international foods in one Disney World restaurant. Most of the menu takes inspiration from regions of Asia, Africa, India and Latin America.
Again, it’s always good to get any Magic Kingdom dinner reservations as far in advance as possible, but the Skipper Canteen is often a good option for a more last-minute reservation.
The Plaza Restaurant (8/10)
The Plaza Restaurant is a little more unassuming when it comes to adult meals. It’s got a pastel, Victorian era theme with modern and vintage styles mixed into the design. It’s set just off the Hub at the edge of Main Street, U.S.A facing Cinderella Castle.
We recommend this one more so for lunch than for dinner, but if you do get dinner here you have the perfect spot for viewing the fireworks if you choose to watch them when you’ve finished your meal.
The food served here ranges from lighter to heavier American fare including typical choices like salads and sandwiches, or hearty burgers and lobster dishes. The experience is not quite as grand as others mentioned on this list, but it’s still a great spot for a decent meal if you haven’t been able to get reservations at other locations.
The Plaza actually has one of our top choices for Best Burgers in Magic Kingdom. Check out this post if you’ve been craving a really great burger in the park.
Quick Service Restaurants
The quick service restaurants listed below are the best options in Magic Kingdom whether you’re an adult or child. We chose these specifically for their amount of deliciously sweet or delightfully savory choices that adults will especially appreciate when looking for a filling snack or meal in the Kingdom.
Sleepy Hollow (10/10)
Sleepy Hollow is located just to the left of Cinderella Castle, as you’re entering Liberty Square. It’s a nice little walk up stand that has delicious offerings at all times of the day. It’s best known for it’s waffle sandwiches, which you can easily share or eat on your own.
For breakfast, we like the Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwich, for lunch try the Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich and the very best snack you can get in Magic Kingdom is their Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich, made with nutella and fresh fruit.
We like Sleepy Hollow so much, it’s topped several of our Magic Kingdom dining lists, including the Ultimate Guide to Magic Kingdom Breakfast.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (10/10)
The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is the best place to end the day with a nice helping of delicious ice cream. They have a wide variety of ice cream flavors that you can build into a sundae, cone or cookie sandwich.
The most widely known dessert here is the Mickey’s Kitchen Sink: three scoops of ice cream, topped with whipped cream, hot fudge and caramel and strawberry sauce, and sprinkled with chocolate and peanut butter chips. It comes adorably placed in a sink shaped like Mickey’s red pants and is perfect for sharing.
Large crowds will pile up here at the end of the night, enticed by the smell of freshly made waffle cones. For this and many other reasons, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is our number one choice for Best Ice Cream in Magic Kingdom.
Aloha Isle (9/10)
Aloha Isle is home to the beloved and infamous Dole Whips. Get your whip fix with the regular soft serve or the soft serve float, or try one of their seasonal options that rotate over the course of the year. For those who aren’t familiar, Dole Whips are made from pineapple whipped into a frozen treat.
The Friar’s Nook (9/10)
The Friar’s Nook is located on the backside of Cinderella Castle in Fantasyland and has some of the most delicious fried snacks and meals in Magic Kingdom. For this reason, it gets extremely busy and has very limited seating, so be prepared to take your dish on the go.
They actually have a few good breakfast options, but the real crowd pleasers are their loaded tots. Get them with either Bacon Macaroni & Cheese or Buffalo Chicken.
Westward Ho (9/10)
Westward Ho is an unassuming little stand in Frontierland that’s home to some of the most savory bites you can get in Magic Kingdom. You’ll find Breakfast Sandwiches, Corn Dogs, Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers and our favorite – the Candied Bacon Skewer.
It’s a great place for getting your snacks throughout the day, especially paired with their selection of Joffrey’s Coffees.
Golden Oak Outpost (9/10)
Golden Oak is a snack cart in Frontierland that doesn’t have really large meal portions, but we go here for the delicious snack items. Get your fill of crispy Chili Cheese Fries or special Loaded Onion Rings and be on the lookout for rotating seasonal items that get better and better each visit.
Casey’s Corner (8/10)
Casey’s Corner is the most popular quick service place simply because it’s located at the front of the park, right on the corner of Main Street, U.S.A. The small restaurant has an old-timey baseball feel harkening back to the early days of the sport.
You’ll get delicious hot dogs, corn dogs, nuggets and fries here that make a great snack or meal at any point in the day. We suggest getting the Corn Dog Nuggets with Fries or the Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Fries for a great snack to split with a friend.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe (8/10)
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe is the perfect place for a hearty sit-down lunch, especially if you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex style food. They have a bunch of options to choose from including Chicken Nachos, Pork Carnitas Rice Bowls and Southwest Salads. Mobile order is available at this location and it’s great for skipping the line and grabbing a seat inside.
Columbia Harbour House (7/10)
Columbia Harbour House is a great option for lunch time and has a plethora of great American dishes to choose from that differ from the standard burger or hot dog. It’s known for it’s baskets of fried seafood, but you can also get other seafood items like the Lobster Roll or Grilled Salmon.
We really like the Chicken Pot Pie here. The best part of the Harbour House is that you can use mobile ordering and take it to go, or choose a spot inside. They’ve got a pretty large building with two floors that provides ample seating for the masses.
Tortuga Tavern (7/10)
The Tortuga Tavern, just outside of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, is a great place to get your Caribbean or Jamaican fix. They’ve got just a few items like Jerk Chicken and Jerk Teriyaki Hotdogs that make a great snack or small meal option during the day.
Best Magic Kingdom Attractions & Entertainment for Adults
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (10/10)
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is often overlooked when considering the vast number of experiences you can have at Magic Kingdom. But adults will be remiss if they skip this attraction! It’s a great experience when you’ve got a long break during the day, or just need some air conditioning.
We don’t recommend using passes for Monsters, as wait times are generally low and the auditorium is large enough to fit a big crowd for each show. The Laugh Floor is a comedy show that features new characters from the Monster world, practicing their stand-up routines for the audience.
It may sound like it could be mediocre, but it actually surprised us with how funny it was the first time we went. It’s hard to get us to laugh at just anything and this show had us laughing on multiple occasions.
Each show is different and the comedians will play to the audience. The monsters are actually reacting to the audience in real time and making up jokes according to what’s happening. On occasion they’ll pull out a rehearsed line, but the bits are usually made up as they go along and the comedians are pretty talented.
The Hall of Presidents (10/10)
The Hall of Presidents is one of the most grown-up attractions at Walt Disney World, so much that it may bore young children. It is a definite must-do for history buffs and anyone curious about American heritage and culture.
There are no passes available for this experience, but wait times are typically so low you wouldn’t need one anyway. The production takes place in a large, circular auditorium with an enormous screen presentation of America through the ages.
Once the short video has played through, the curtains will rise to reveal every single American president from George Washington to Joe Biden presented as their own audio-animatronic. The spotlight will shine on each individual, stating their name, where they were born and noting the years of their presidency. Some of them will even speak to the audience.
It’s a truly fantastic experience that will leave you feeling more patriotic after seeing it. The stage is updated every time a new president is elected, so if you haven’t seen it in a while you have to go back!
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (9/10)
The Carousel of Progress is an oldie but a goodie. It’s an attraction from Walt’s own vision and remains open in his honor, even if it’s a little outdated. (We actually hope they renovate this one next to be more relevant to the times).
The ride is themed around our ever-changing technology, beginning with the early 1900s. It starts with a man named Roger who is describing the technology of the day, including his ice box and indoor plumbing. As the rotating theater swings you to the next scene, 1920’s Roger is now enjoying electricity and quicker travel times.
The theater rotates again and displays Roger’s 1940’s home complete with refrigerator, dishwasher and a television. Then you quickly hurdle through time to see Walt’s concept of a “future” 1990’s home where Roger’s family is experiencing VR headsets and voice activated technology (which we are now experiencing). You’ll see here why the ride needs an update, but it’s a very nostalgic experience.
This is the perfect ride for escaping the mid-day sun when you’re looking for things to kill time before your next ride pass. It’s located in the far corner of Tomorrowland and can be easy to pass up if you’re heading straight for Space Mountain. Look for it just past Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in the far right corner.
Tom Sawyer Island (8/10)
For those of us who read Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this island is a real treat. You’ll find the island located in the middle of the Rivers of America that flows from Frontierland to Liberty Square and the island is only accessible by log raft. The dock is opposite of Splash Mountain.
Once you arrive on the island, you’re turned loose to explore all of Tom Sawyer’s findings and creations. You can peek inside Harper’s Mill, walk through crevices and caverns, cross creaky bridges and have a look through Fort Langhorn.
The island offers a calm environment with beautiful nature walks and scenery of the Magic Kingdom lands which makes a great photo opportunity. There are several designated rest areas around the island for guests to relax for a bit before heading out on their next adventure.
Liberty Square Riverboat (8/10)
Another way to sail the Rivers of America is to climb aboard the Liberty Belle, the giant riverboat with a loading dock in the center of Liberty Square.
The boat ride is slow moving, long and relaxing that takes you down the river to the back of Magic Kingdom. You’ll see things like Tom Sawyer’s Island and the backside of Big Thunder Mountain and the Haunted Mansion which aren’t visible to other guests inside the park.
The ride is narrated by Mark Twain who shares stories from his adventures along the Mississippi River.
The Dapper Dans (7/10)
The Dapper Dans is a fun outdoor show to catch if you’re hanging out on Main Street, U.S.A. If you can snag a bench seat when they’re performing, this makes it all the more worth while.
We suggest grabbing a drink from Joffrey’s or Starbucks, taking a seat and waiting for a Dapper Dans show. The barbershop quartet will come out several times a day for a 20 minute long singing session, entertaining guests with old classics like Yankee Doodle Dandee and Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.
Main Street Philharmonic (7/10)
Similar to the Dapper Dans, this is another outdoor performance but you can only catch it twice per day. Look for them either on Main Street, U.S.A or in the Storybook Circus area at the back of the park.
The Main Street Philharmonic is a marching band that plays for 20 minutes, featuring band favorites like Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Best Magic Kingdom Experiences for Adults
Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour (10/10)
Keys to the Kingdom is the ultimate tour experience that Magic Kingdom has to offer. It’s better suited for teenagers and grown-ups loaded with facts on behind-the-scenes operations at the park, on how certain rides and attractions were conceived, and on Walt Disney’s vision for Magic Kingdom.
This tour lasts 5 hours and takes you through multiple backstage and hidden areas. Tour guides will happily answer questions and give you a ton of fun trivia facts about the inner workings of the park. You’ll even get the chance to go backstage on several classic Magic Kingdom rides and see the “utilidor” system in action.
Keys to the Kingdom requires that you have a park ticket for the day of your tour and you’ll meet at Tony’s Town Square Theater. The tour itself is an additional $99 per person, but Annual Passholders and DVC Members get 15% off the price. Lunch is always included for this experience and some parts of the tour are subject to change.
Signature Celebration Package at Cinderella’s Royal Table (10/10)
This exquisite package is a truly magical experience and includes some of the best possible things you can do inside Magic Kingdom. The cost is $199 per person and makes a perfect option for celebrating a significant birthday or anniversary.
The experience includes a meet and greet with Cinderella and Prince Charming, along with a delicious prix fixe meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table and guaranteed spots for the Disney Enchantment fireworks viewing party. The menus at Cinderella’s serve as souvenirs for guests and you’ll also receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Each guest will be given an exclusive keepsake box of Cinderella themed treats to take along with them to the fireworks viewing area where you’ll stand to watch the Disney Enchantment fireworks show. After the show, you’ll get to partake in the After-Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace for more desserts to enjoy before leaving the park.
Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour (9/10)
Marceline to Magic Kingdom is another great tour for adults to take as couples or in a group together. This 3 hour walking tour takes you on a journey through Walt’s childhood home of Marceline, Missouri and how the town inspired his creation of Main Street, U.S.A.
Along the way, avid Disney fans will appreciate the many trivia facts that cast members will share, as well as the inspiration for other portions of the park based on Walt’s experiences. The tour is considered a lighter version of Keys to the Kingdom and focuses on the most important facts of the park.
Disney requires separate park admission to participate in this tour and the tour itself costs $49 per person. Marceline to Magic Kingdom is a nice gift for special occasions and makes a great addition to the beginning or the end of your vacation.
Capture Your Moment – A Disney Parks Photo Experience (8/10)
Most people don’t realize that this service exists, but now you know! Disney offers in-park or in-resort professional photography sessions that you can book for your vacation. These are 20-minute sessions taking place directly in front of Cinderella Castle.
Capture Your Moment photo sessions are perfect for couples getting engaged or for families who are celebrating something special at Magic Kingdom. Each session is $50 and requires a reservation – also, make sure you show up on time! Photographers adhere strictly to the session schedule and each time frame gets booked up fast.
Best Magic Kingdom Events for Adults
Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom (10/10)
Adults will love Disney’s After Hours at Magic Kingdom because this event grants you exclusive access to rides and attractions after the park has closed to other guests. It’s a special ticketed event that happens on select dates throughout the year and generally costs about $129 per person in addition to your park ticket.
Throughout the event, not only will you get on rides with a very short wait time, but you’ll also get to meet special characters in the different lands around Magic Kingdom, as well as get free snacks like popcorn, ice cream and drinks.
Holidays at Walt Disney World (10/10)
We always consider doing at least one holiday inside the Magic Kingdom park during the course of year simply for the special events, themed merchandise and holiday fireworks. Adults who may not be too keen on a day filled with animated movie themes will really appreciate the effort Disney puts into making each holiday special.
Our favorite holidays to celebrate at Magic Kingdom are Independence Day and New Year’s.
On Independence Day, the Magic Kingdom will have special patriotic music sung by the Main Street performers and characters will be dressed in patriotic garb. They also put on a spectacular fireworks show filled with patriotic music and red, white and blue fireworks.
On New Year’s Eve, there are pop-up dance parties in different lands throughout Magic Kingdom, special food and characters dressed in festive clothing ready to party. The fireworks are especially thrilling for New Year’s Eve. They feature exciting music and they’re set off all around the park perimeter.
If you stay for New Year’s Day, there will be an exclusive New Year’s Day parade that you can’t see any other time of the year.
General Magic Kingdom Information
Magic Kingdom was the first park at Walt Disney World, opening October 1, 1971 with Roy Disney (Walt Disney’s brother) at the head after Walt’s passing. It’s home to many of the most iconic attractions associated with Walt Disney World, including Cinderella Castle, the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain and much more.
Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World was built as a bigger, more advanced and immersive park spring-boarding off the initial concept for Magic Kingdom in Disneyland Anaheim. The entire theme park sits on top of a series of passageways that allow characters and cast members to slip in and out of the park to their respective areas without ruining the illusion of each “land.”
Speaking of lands, Magic Kingdom’s layout is designed like a bicycle wheel with different spokes leading you to different lands in the park. The center of this wheel is called the Hub, which is home to Cinderella Castle.
All of the lands or sections of the park that are accessible from the Hub include Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square and Adventureland, (with Storybook Circus tucked behind Fantasyland) and Main Street, U.S.A. at the entrance of the park.
“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy,” said Walt. And while some adults may not see the appeal of Magic Kingdom, those who do know that it offers a magical experience for all ages. In true Disney fashion, many of the rides and experiences were built for parents to enjoy with their children, but there are many mentioned here that adults can enjoy on their own.
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