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Top 10 Q&A’s for Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971—and it truly is a magical place. It is home to Cinderella Castle and six different lands—Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. If you’re planning a trip to Disney World soon, we hope these frequently asked questions about Magic Kingdom and their answers will help you in putting together your trip itinerary.

10. Is it crowded?

In a word, yes—during peak seasons in the park. But don’t let that stop you from making the trip to Magic Kingdom and taking in all there is to experience. The idea of crowds is not foreign to Walt Disney World, and because of this, there are some things in place to help you navigate the crowds, including the FastPass+ system, which allows Guests to reserve a time in advance to enjoy three different attractions per day. These times can be reserved 60 days in advance if you’re staying on Disney property during your visit and up to 30 days in advance if you’re staying elsewhere. Access the FastPass+ system by visiting www.MyDisneyExperience.com or via the My Disney Experience app. Having those FastPass+ times reserved will help to make the crowds less of an issue once you visit the park.

9. Isn’t Magic Kingdom just for kids?

Magic Kingdom is for the kid in all of us—whether we are 2 or 92. Magic Kingdom makes real all the fairy tales we loved as children and makes them available for us to experience on a fantastical level. There are coasters to ride, princesses to meet, amazing food to eat, showstopping entertainment to enjoy and memories to share. Magic Kingdom is probably the park with the most “Disney” feel to it, and there are hundreds of things for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

8. Will my teenagers enjoy Magic Kingdom?

Absolutely! Lots of teens tend to be thrill seeking junkies, and if yours are, you’re in luck because Magic Kingdom has some amazing attractions your teens will love. In Adventureland, head to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. At Frontierland, be sure to experience Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. Then inside Fantasyland, be sure to head to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction before you make your way to Tomorrowland to ride Space Mountain.

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7. Are there things for my preschoolers to enjoy?

Preschoolers will love Magic Kingdom.  All of their favorite Disney characters are at Magic Kingdom—many that they can meet and have pictures made with. And the characters they might not be able to meet still have roles in many productions during the day at Magic Kingdom, such as the opening ceremony (rope drop), the Festival of Fantasy parade and the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party. Little princesses-in-training can meet Elena of Avalor, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall, and little princes can shake hands with the incomparable Gaston near his tavern in Fantasyland. There are lots of rides for younger children to enjoy, such as It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, the Jungle Cruise, the Dumbo ride at Storybook Circus and more. Don’t forget to meet Mickey and Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater at the front of the park.

6. We bought five-day tickets. Should Magic Kingdom be the park we visit twice?

Because Magic Kingdom has so much to offer, you’ll find it difficult to experience everything you want to experience at the park in just one day. For this reason, if you are only going to repeat one park, Magic Kingdom should probably be the one.

5. I have a child with special needs. Is there anything in place that will help him access the rides more easily?

Yes—and it’s a wonderful thing! If a member of your traveling party has special needs that make it difficult to wait in queues for attractions, Disney World offers the Disability Access Services Pass, or DAS Pass. The DAS Pass entitles the bearer, as well as his or her traveling party, to enjoy attractions without standing in a line. You simply walk up to the kiosk at the FastPass+ entrance to an attraction and ask for a return time. You will be given a time when you can enjoy the attraction with little or no wait. To receive a DAS Pass, go to Guest Relations at the front of Magic Kingdom and ask for one. Be sure to have your entire traveling party with you so that everyone can be linked together on attractions. For more information on the DAS Pass and Disney’s dedication to welcoming Guests with disabilities at the Walt Disney World Resort, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/.

4. Which Magic Kingdom restaurants are the best for families?

Most every restaurant at Magic Kingdom is great for families. If you’re looking for a character dining experience, enjoy a meal at the Crystal Palace and meet Winnie the Pooh and friends. If you like Italian food, make a dining reservation at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Have lunch at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Café in Frontierland and move outside to enjoy the Festival of Fantasy parade. If you’re lucky, you can score a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside Magic Kingdom or at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland. Both of these reservations will need to be made 180 days in advance. Call (407) WDW-DINE to book.

3. Does Magic Kingdom have any live entertainment?

Yes! In Adventureland, learn how to be a scurvy pirate with Captain Jack Sparrow during the Pirate Tutorial. Mickey’s Friendship Faire takes place each day in the forecourt of Cinderella Castle. The Festival of Fantasy Parade takes place each afternoon around 3:00 p.m., and the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party also takes place every day at Magic Kingdom. The Dapper Dans move around Town Square singing favorites as a barber shop quartet. For information about shows and showtimes, consult your Times Guide on the day you visit Magic Kingdom.

2. What is “rope drop?”

Rope drop refers to the ceremony performed every morning to “open” Magic Kingdom for the day. Get there early—15 or 30 minutes before Magic Kingdom opens and make your way to Cinderella Castle for the best seat in the house as Mickey, Minnie and all their friends welcome Guests to a wonderful new day at the most magical place on earth. There’s music and dancing and even fireworks! Don’t miss it!

1. Does Magic Kingdom have a nighttime spectacular?

Yes! You’ll want to stay in the park to experience the Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After nighttime shows. Once Upon a Time tells stories from some of Disney’s beloved films with projections on Cinderella Castle. It is hosted by Mrs. Potts and Chip from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular is a beautiful fireworks display that you can see from different places around Magic Kingdom. Both shows are amazing and you won’t want to miss either one!

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.