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10 Q&As for Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

No Walt Disney World vacation is compete without spending lots of time in the Magic Kingdom as the park is filled with incredible experiences for guests of all ages. Featuring several immersive themed lands, the Magic Kingdom boasts beloved attractions, dining, entertainment, shopping, and much more. In order to make the most out of their time in the park, guests should be sure to check out these frequently asked questions before visiting. Here are some common questions and answers that can help guests have the most magical time while enjoying all that the Magic Kingdom has to offer!

1. Is the Magic Kingdom just for kids?

While all of Walt Disney World is family-friendly, many guests worry that the Magic Kingdom is only enjoyable for those with young children. While younger guests are sure to be amazed by the Magic Kingdom, so are adults who can enjoy a wide array of attractions in addition to amazing theming and details, fine dining, and so much more. The Magic Kingdom is absolutely not just for children, but rather guests of all ages who are sure to have an unforgettable time.

2. What thrilling attractions are there?

Part of what makes the Magic Kingdom great for guests of all ages are some thrilling attractions that have height requirements for safety reasons. Guests are sure to love the mountains found in the park- three thrilling experiences each with their own unique stories. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad brings guests on a runaway mine train through the quaint mining town of Tumbleweed, Splash Mountain follows the adventure of Br’er Rabbit and ends with a plummet into the Briar Patch, and Space Mountain blasts guests into space for a high speed adventure through the darkness. These attractions pack some big thrills and are very popular with guests who meet the height requirements.

3. What are some quick service restaurants?

There are plenty of dining options in the Magic Kingdom, especially quick service locations that offer up a variety of cuisines in convenient and fast settings. Casey’s Corner is themed to feel like a vintage ball park eatery and serves up classics including corn dogs and hot dogs. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café in Frontierland features Mexican favorites and Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland serves up a mix of American and Italian cuisine. A very popular quick service location is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland where guests can enjoy classics like hamburgers while watching Sunny Eclipse perform. Guests also have plenty of other quick service locations in the park including Sleepy Hollow, Gaston’s Tavern, The Friar’s Nook, and The Lunching Pad.

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4. What are some full service restaurants?

In addition to quick service restaurants, guests can also enjoy a delicious meal from several full service restaurants found throughout the Magic Kingdom. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant serves up classic Italian dishes in a setting straight out of Lady and the Tramp and The Plaza Restaurant invites guests back to the charm of the turn of the century with American favorites. The skippers of the Jungle Cruise bring the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen to life with dishes inspired by flavors from around the world with humorous names. Family-style American favorites are also served up at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside of Cinderella Castle as well as the Crystal Palace. Finally, Be Our Guest Restaurant welcomes guests inside the Beast’s Castle where they can dine on French cuisine in rooms directly inspired by the classic Disney animated film.

5. Are there any underrated attractions?

There are plenty of amazing attractions that always have lengthy wait times thanks to their popularity with guests, but there are also several attractions that are definitely considered to be overlooked and underrated. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a wonderful show where guests can follow one family throughout the years and see how their lives have improved with each new invention. Another underrated attraction that shouldn’t be missed is the Swiss Family Treehouse which features amazing and innovative ways that the Robinson family survived as well as unparalleled views of the Magic Kingdom. Some other amazing underrated attractions that shouldn’t be missed are the Hall of Presidents, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

6. What are the best places to shop?

The Magic Kingdom features some amazing shopping locations where guests can find both generic Walt Disney World merchandise as well as unique souvenirs. The Emporium is one of the largest stores on property and sells everything from clothing and accessories to toys and housewares. Guests are sure to also love checking out Mickey’s Star Traders, Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, Memento Mori, Sir Mickey’s and Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar. In addition, classic embroidered Mickey ears can be purchased at The Chapeau and fine jewelry, bags, and collectibles can be found at Crystal Arts and Uptown Jewelers.

7. Where can characters be found?

While there are currently no formal meet and greet locations open due to the pandemic, there are still plenty of opportunities for guests to see favorite characters in the Magic Kingdom. Character cavalcades run consistently throughout each day and follow the typical parade route from Splash Mountain through Frontierland and Liberty Square before emerging near Cinderella Castle and continuing all the way down Main Street. Guests who spend time on the parade route can spot various cavalcades including Mickey and friends, Goofy, Disney Princesses, and Tinkerbell.

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8. What things are there to do at night?

Nighttime in the Magic Kingdom brings on a whole new sense of immersive theming thanks to beautiful lighting and many outdoor attractions that take on an entirely different feel at night. Guests will truly feel like they are flying through outer space at nighttime on the Astro Orbiter, soak up the ambiance of Storybook Circus on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and enjoy an added layer of mystery in the dark on the Jungle Cruise. Some other great attractions to check out after dark include Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

9. What are the best viewing spots for the fireworks?

A highlight of any night in the Magic Kingdom are the beautiful fireworks shows that light up the skies over Cinderella Castle. Happily Ever After combines classic Disney music and characters, massive fireworks, and impressive projections on Cinderella Castle to tell the story of a happy ending. While the fireworks can be seen throughout the Magic Kingdom, some of the best locations to watch from are the hub grass and the balcony of the Walt Disney World Railroad’s Main Street station. Some other unique viewing locations include the path between Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain and Fantasyland near the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

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10. What are some can’t miss snacks?

Guests who are looking to satisfy a sweet tooth or craving have plenty of unique options to choose from while enjoying time in the Magic Kingdom. The iconic Turkey Leg can be found at the Liberty Square Market, Dole Whips are offered at the Sunshine Tree Terrace, and ice cream delights are served up at The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Guests will also love fresh Spring Rolls from the Spring Roll Cart in Adventureland, a massive Cinnamon Roll from Gaston’s Tavern, and several variations of tots at The Friar’s Nook.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.