Magic Kingdom

Overview

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Once Upon a Time in the Magic Kingdom

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INTRODUCTION

The MAGIC KINGDOM, which covers 107 acres, opened on October 1, 1971. It's been dubbed "The Most Magical Place on Earth!" and is home to six themed lands, and dozens of attractions that appeal to all ages.

WALT DISNEY WORLD
is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney...
and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true.

May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place...
a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages
can laugh and play and learn -- together.

-- October 1, 1971
Dedication plaque on Main Street, USA
by Roy O. Disney



LAY OF THE LAND: The Magic Kingdom is laid out like a wheel, with the hub centered directly in front of towering Cinderella Castle. Pathways act as the spokes leading to the following themed areas:

Main Street, U.S.A. -- Inspired by Walt Disney's memories of his hometown, Main Street U.S.A. is a re-creation of early 20th century small-town America, on a 7/8 scale. There are quaint shops, a town hall, fire station... even an old-style barbershop.

Adventureland -- An exotic mix of jungles, wild animals, pirates and a Middle Eastern bazaar, Adventureland is home to several of the Magic Kingdom's best-known and best-loved attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise.

Frontierland has all the adventure and excitement of the Wild West, including the wet wonders of Splash Mountain and the wild thrills of roller coaster Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Liberty Square honors this country's colonial heritage with the Hall of Presidents. It is also home to the ever-popular Haunted Mansion.

Fantasyland, including the addition of New Fantasyland, is the quintessential fairytale experience with castles, princesses and princes, pixies and boys who won't grow up. It is nearing the conclusion of a major renovation that essentially doubled its size. Read more about the Fantasyland Expansion HERE.

Tomorrowland is a look at the future where you can battle aliens at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, or whiz through the universe on a high-speed coaster at Space Mountain.

KIDS AND CHARACTERS

Magic Kingdom is THE place for children to meet and greet their favorite characters. Consult your Guide Map and Times Guides for times and locations.

Magic Kingdom Characters At A Glance
Character Meet and Greet FAQ

WHAT'S NEW?

A new VIP tour is now available for booking at the Magic Kingdom. The Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour provides you with special access to at least 10 classic Magic Kingdom attractions, which may include: Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, "it's a small world", and Peter Pan's Flight. In addition, you will have a meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse. There are no height restrictions for the attractions and entertainment on this tour, so it is open to all ages. The Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour costs $199 per person, plus tax. (Admission to Magic Kingdom park is also required, and is not included in the price of the tour.) The tour is offered on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and lasts approximately four hours. For reservations call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

A new nighttime castle projection show called "Once Upon a Time" debuted in the Magic Kingdom on November 4, 2016. It is "hosted" by Mrs. Potts from "Beauty and the Beast" and features a variety of Disney films.

Muppets Present Great Moments in American History"The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History" debuted in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square on October 3, 2016. The shows feature Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and James Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square. The Muppets gather at The Hall of Presidents to present historical tales in hysterical Muppets fashion. From the midnight ride of Paul Revere to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Muppets appear throughout the day to share their own unique take on the founding fathers and the birth of the United States of America.

Elena of Avalor -- Magic Kingdom welcomed its first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures on August 11, 2016. Princess Elena of Avalor will begin meeting fans in Princess Fairytale Hall alongside Cinderella beginning Nov. 24. Elena also is now appearing in a limited-time show, "The Royal Welcome of Princess Elena of Avalor" that takes place several times daily on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.

The Dream Along with Mickey castle show was replaced by Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire on June 17, 2016.

Disney Early Morning Magic package allows a very limited number of guests to be the first to enter Magic Kingdom on Tuesday and Sunday mornings. (Disney Early Morning Magic does NOT take the place of morning Extra Magic Hours, which will be offered on different dates.) The package includes breakfast and early access to three attractions: Peter Pan's Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Cost is $69 for adults, $59 for children, plus tax.

The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opened in Adventureland in late 2015. At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests experience "World Famous Jungle Cuisine" in one of several unique dining rooms, including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant, staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers, is located in the former Adventureland Veranda, next door to the Sunshine Tree Terrace (the old Aloha Isle).

Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom is now a permanent offering. The prix fixe French-inspired breakfast menu includes pastries, cured meats and cheeses, eggs Florentine, vegetable quiche, and the Croissant Doughnut, a fried doughnut topped with banana caramel sauce, chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Children can order brioche French toast, scrambled eggs and fruit crepes, as well as cereal and oatmeal. Breakfast is served 8-10 a.m. daily.

Renovated Central Plaza AreaThe Central Plaza area (the "Hub") at Magic Kingdom has been renovated. As a result, a new viewing area for parades and fireworks is now available. The FastPass+ viewing location for the fireworks is now the Main Street Plaza Gardens (an area adjacent to The Crystal Palace). In addition, new turrets that flank Cinderella Castle have been unveiled. The turrets extend the castle's royal look across the new expanded area.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened to the general public on May 28, 2014.

Tinker Bell is now appearing at the Town Square Theater. Disney FastPass+ is available for this character greeting experience.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade began its run on March 9, 2014, with brand new innovative floats, costumes and music. The parade features the following movies: "The Little Mermaid", "Sleeping Beauty", "Dumbo", "Pinocchio", "Peter Pan", "Tangled", and "Brave". Maleficent in her dragon form is one of the floats, and Anna and Elsa from "Frozen" appear on the first float.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Beginning May 12, a fireworks show called "Happily Ever After" will debut at the Magic Kingdom, replacing the long-running "Wishes." In addition to fireworks, the new nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, lights and projections than any Disney show before it. The 18-minute spectacle will feature scenes from classic Disney films such as "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" to modern blockbusters "Moana" and "Zootopia." Cinderella Castle will become part of the story itself, with projections bringing Disney stories to life. For example, Quasimodo from "Hunchback of Notre Dame" will swing from the turrets, Woody and his pals from Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story" will recreate the castle entirely out of toys, and Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" will envelop the castle in her signature green flames. "Happily Ever After" will be presented nightly; show times vary based on park hours.

The Hall of Presidents will be closed for six months starting in January 2017, for general refurbishment and to add the new audio-animatronic of the next US President.

WHAT'S GOING... GOING... GONE?

"Once Upon A Time" replaced the "Celebrate the Magic" projection show, which ended its run on November 3, 2016.

The Main Street Electrical Parade closed and moved to Disneyland in California on October 9, 2016. No replacement or return date has been announced.

Stitch's Great Escape in the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland was moved to seasonal status as of October 1, 2016. This means the attraction will only be open during peak attendance times.

The Notorious Banjo Brothers and Bob musical act gave their final performance at the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2016.

Anna and Elsa, from Disney's "Frozen," have left the Princess Fairytale Hall as of June 2016, and are now making appearances in their new home, Royal Sommerhus in Epcot's Norway pavilion.

The Dream Along With Mickey castle forecourt show ended on April 2, 2016 after a nine-year run.

The Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade ended its run January 5, 2014, to make way for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.