Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom from A to Z

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Magic Kingdom is the original park in Walt Disney World and continues to be the most visited theme park to date.  There is so much to see and do at the Magic Kingdom that we created a list of our favorite experiences from A to Z so that you won’t miss a thing while visiting.  These are sure to bring magic to your Walt Disney World vacation.

A – Adventureland

One of six lands in Magic Kingdom, Adventureland is full of adventure for guests to experience.  This is where guest can find the famous Dole Whip at Aloha Isle.  Adventureland is also home to the adventurous food location of Skipper Canteen.  For rides, adventurers can visit The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Enchanted Tiki Room, Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and Jungle Cruise.  Guest won’t want to miss a stop in Adventureland when they visit Magic Kingdom.  Adventure will be sure to find them here.

B – Be Our Guest

The newest restaurant to open in Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest brings to life the beloved story of Beauty and the Beast.  Guests can experience a meal inside the enchanted Beast’s castle where three different scenes from the movie come to life.  From the breathtaking Grand Ballroom, the dark and mysterious West Wing and the beautiful Castle Gallery, guests can experience a quick-service breakfast or lunch as well as an upscale, two-credit, sit-down dinner.  No matter what your choice, eating at Be Our Guest is an experience you won’t want to miss.

C – Columbia Harbour House

Located in Liberty Square, this hidden gem is an excellent option for a quick, delicious meal.  Offering unique seafood options such as fried shrimp and lobster rolls, Columbia Harbour House is a great quick-service location in Magic Kingdom.  A little out of the way and offering a bigger seating area, this is a nice, quieter options for a quick service meal.

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D – Dumbo the Flying Elephant

A true classic ride at Magic Kingdom, Dumbo is a must do when visiting.  Updated with a second carousel opening in 2012, guests can now play while waiting to ride.  Once it is their turn to ride, guest can soar high with Dumbo controlling their height as much as they want.  Fly high above or soar nice and low.  Either way guests will have a fun time on this classic ride.

E – Enchanted Tales with Belle

Enchanted Tales with Belle allows guests to experience the beloved story of Belle and her Beast.  Guests start by entering Maurice’s workshop before joining Lumiere in the library where guests become part of the story.  Little ones, and even grown-ups, can be a part of the action.  This is an amazing way for guests to meet Belle and experience Disney magic at its finest.

F – Festival of Fantasy

Festival of Fantasy is Magic Kingdom’s afternoon parade that will occur once a day during good weather.  This magical parade brings to life a host of favorite Disney characters.  The floats are unbelievable as they look like they are right out of the movies themselves.  This is a popular parade and guest will want snag a spot early to experience the magic.

G – Gaston’s Tavern

Hidden back in Fantasyland, Gaston’s Tavern is a fun place to grab a snack.  Known for the big cinnamon rolls and Lafon’s brew, Gaston’s is themed perfectly to the movie.  This is a nice place to catch a morning snack and relax before hitting more rides and shows.

H – Happily Ever After

Magic Kingdom’s new evening show, Happily Ever After, is a must see.  Using new projection technology like never seen before, this show brings to life numerous Disney favorites all projected on Cinderella’s Castle.  With an amazing musical track, breathtaking views and excellent fireworks, this show has everything guest could wish for when ending a night at Magic Kingdom.

I – “it’s a Small World”

Another classic ride in Magic Kingdom, it’s a Small World is a favorite of many guests.  This slow, boat ride will take guests through a variety of different countries all looking for world peace.  Sing along on this 10-minute ride that leaves guest feeling a little happier.

J – Jungle Cruise

If guests are ready for an adventure, they will want to head over to the Jungle Cruise.  This boat ride will take guests on a trip through different rivers around the world.  Guests will want to be aware of wild animals, native tribes and cheesy jokes.

K – Kiss Good Night

At the very end of the night, guests can catch what is called the Kiss Good Night.  This is a simple 2-minute light show on the castle as Magic Kingdom says “goodbye” to guests as they head down Main Street and prepare to leave.  This is a magical and beautiful time to just breathe in all the magic.

L – Laugh Floor

Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor is a hilarious, hidden gem in Magic Kingdom.  Guests are able to hang out with their favorite monsters as they work to collect laughter.  This interactive show allows guests to become part of the story.  Guest will want to make sure to bring some jokes along with them.

M – Mountains

Some of Magic Kingdom’s most popular rides are the mountains.  Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain are three of the most exciting, most thrilling and most popular rides in Magic Kingdom.  Each of them offers lots of fun as guest can drop into the laughing place, travel through the wild west and blast off into space.  Guests will want to make sure they tackle these three while visiting Magic Kingdom.

N – Neverland in Peter Pan

Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the most popular rides in Magic Kingdom.  Guests board a ship and are able to fly with help from Tinker Bell.  Guest then leave London and head to Neverland where they find the Lost Boys and Captain Hook.  Guests will want to grab a fastpass for this ride or head here early in the morning as wait times can be long in the afternoons.

O – Once Upon a Time

A nighttime spectacular Once Upon a Time is a 14-minute projection show that is not to be missed.  Narrated by the beloved Mrs. Potts, guests can see clips from their favorite Disney movies such as Cinderella, Frozen and Beauty and the Beast as she tells a nighttime story to Chip.  Take time to see this magical show.

P – PhilharMagic

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a fun, uplifting 3D show that brings to life classic movies such as The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and Beast as Donald Duck tries to prepare the orchestra for Mickey Mouse.  This show takes music and Disney magic and puts them together in an uplifting, fun filled show.

Q – Quiet

It is hard to believe in Magic Kingdom that there are quiet areas, but they can be found.  Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a great option for those seeking some quiet away from the crowds.  This slow-moving track ride, takes guest above the crowds on a leisurely ride through Tomorrowland.  Also located in Tomorrowland is Carousel of Progress.  This 21-minute ride takes guest through the 20th Century in four different acts.  This is a great ride to relax on during a hot, busy afternoon.

R – Royal Friendship Faire

Mickey and friends perform on the castle stage throughout the day.  Featuring great music, fun dancing and a variety of characters guests will want to sing and dance right along with them.  Check the times guide to make sure the party isn’t missed.

S – Seven Dwarf Mine Train

The most popular ride in Magic Kingdom, Seven Dwarf Mine Train is a family friendly, fun roller coaster.  Guests travel through the mines as they visit the Seven Dwarfs in a breathtaking scene.  Don’t forget to take a peek into the cottage so you can see Snow White dancing, but beware of the Evil Queen sneaking around as well.  Fastpass is must for this ride as wait times are long most of the day.

T – Town Square Theatre

Guests can meet Mickey Mouse as well as Tinker Bell at the Town Square Theatre located on Main Street.  Travel to Pixie Hollow to see Tink or visit Mickey in his Magician outfit. Two great meet and greets!

U – Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid

Take a trip under the sea with Ariel and friends on this ride.  Guests board a clam shell that takes them through the beloved story of Ariel and her prince Eric.  With fun songs, beautiful scenes and a happy ending, guests will want to make sure they catch a ride.

V – Very Merry Christmas Party

One of the most anticipated events of the year is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  This party is a special ticketed event that allows guests into a nighttime celebration at Magic Kingdom.  During the party, guests experience rides, shows, treats and special characters as well a special holiday parade.  Tickets go quickly for this celebration so make sure to get them earlier.

W – Winnie the Pooh

Everyone loves this silly old bear.  Winnie the Pooh can be found in Fantasyland at his Hundred-Acre Woods playground and ride.  Board a honey pot and then travel through the many stories and adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends.  This is a favorite of little ones and it offers a fun play area while waiting.

X – eXtra Magic Hours

Extra magic hours are offered to guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort.  This can be an hour before normal park opening or a few hours after regular park closing.  These hours are a great way to experience lower crowds and wait times.

Y –  Young at Heart

It is not secret that Magic Kingdom makes guests feel young at heart.  The magic takes guests back to being a kid where they can forget the real world and laugh, scream, sing and enjoy the joy in life.  Make sure while in the Magic Kingdom that you take time to slow down and enjoy all the magic.

Z – Zippity Do Da

Splash Mountain is a favorite of guests at the Magic Kingdom.  This fun boat ride with Brer Bear, Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit is full of laughs, scream and of course the fun Zippity Do Da song at the end.  Make sure you sing along!

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.