All of the “lands” in Magic Kingdom have their own unique charm, which makes it difficult to rank them. But we’re up for the challenge!
For many people, Magic Kingdom is the first place that comes to mind when thinking of Walt Disney World. And with the unique theming of each of the individual lands, it almost feels like several parks in one! All of the lands have a special place in our hearts, but which one is the best of the best? Let’s take a look at how they stack up!
You know it’s a close competition when the iconic Main Street, U.S.A. is at the bottom of the list! There’s no doubt, we love stepping into the park and getting our first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. But despite all of the charm of Main Street, U.S.A., there aren’t many attractions in this land, especially with the Walt Disney World Railroad currently out of commission.
That’s not to say Main Street, U.S.A. doesn’t have anything going for it — of course that’s not true! It’s always a treat to catch some of the “streetmosphere” like The Dapper Dans. And Casey’s Corner is one of our go-to Quick Service restaurants at Magic Kingdom.
Overall, we think that Main Street, U.S.A., sets the mood perfectly for guests entering Magic Kingdom. It just doesn’t have quite as many things enticing us to stay like the other lands do!
Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room — yes, Liberty Square is home to The Haunted Mansion, which is arguably one of the best attractions in all of Walt Disney World. In fact, it even won our attractions showdown this year!
Liberty Square also has Columbia Harbor House working in its favor. It’s a solid Quick Service location with options that branch outside of “standard” theme park fare. And we live for the delicious waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow!
But even though we love Liberty Square, we don’t spend nearly as much time here as the other lands. This mostly comes down its small size, but hey, the competition is tough so Liberty Square just doesn’t field enough options to rank higher!
So, why didn’t Tomorrowland place higher on the list?? Well, the food options aren’t exactly our favorite here. There aren’t any table-service options, and the food at the Quick Service locations doesn’t stack up as well as others around the park. Plus, the futuristic theme of Tomorrowland tends to cause a bit of an identity crisis, since the concept of what looks futuristic is constantly shifting. Take the recently updated Tomorrowland sign for example!
Oh, and the gas fumes from Tomorrowland Speedway definitely didn’t earn this land any points! Overall, with some big attraction hits and a few theming/dining misses, Tomorrowland falls in the middle of the pack.
We can count on walking out of Adventureland with our Jungle Cruise skipper’s corny jokes stuck in our head and a snack in hand — and we love it!
With both Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland is home to two of the most popular thrill rides in the park! Plus, Country Bear Jamboree is a classic attraction with an enthusiastic fan base.
This land also has a few great dining locations! For a Table Service meal, guests can stop by The Diamond Horseshoe seasonally. Or for Quick Service, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe is one of our go-to choices, with some awesome Southwest-inspired menu options and a fixin’s bar!
The attractions are thrilling, fun, and iconic. The dining locations are solid. And the atmosphere of Frontierland always puts a smile on our faces. Which made it our runner-up, second only to:
Fantasyland very fittingly takes the crown! As much as we love all of the other lands, this one gives us the most quintessential Magic Kingdom vibe. Plus, there are tangible reasons it takes the top spot as well! There are some truly awesome attractions here, including consistently popular options like Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and “it’s a small world.” But we also love the attractions that fly a little more under the radar, like Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Mickey’s PhilharMagic!
Fantasyland also has some of our favorite places to grab a bite! Of course, there is Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest, two of the most sought-after dining reservations on property. But there are also some hidden gems for Counter Service meals and snacks. The menu at Friar’s Nook has featured some awesome items like specialty character cones and loaded tater tots. And don’t forget to stop by Gaston’s Tavern for a gigantic cinnamon roll!
Top that magical atmosphere off with Cinderella Castle as the backdrop, and Fantasyland runs away as the clear winner!
So there you have it, our ranking of all the lands in Magic Kingdom! The competition was tough and we had to make some difficult calls. But at the end of the day, we’ll always love each of the lands in their own, unique way!
Do you agree with our rankings, or would you order them differently? Let us know in the comments below!
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