MAGIC KINGDOM OVERVIEW
- UPDATED APR 25 2015
- By Len Testa
The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World's most popular destination, and is first on everyone's list of things to experience when they arrive in Central Florida. The park is full of great attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and The Jungle Cruise, and features lots of entertainment including parades, fireworks spectaculars, character meet and greets, and shows. However, the park can be overwhelming and become quite crowded, even during the low season.
The TouringPlans suite of tools will help you experience all of the magic without getting caught up in crowds and lines. Scroll down to learn more about the Magic Kingdom and how the TouringPlans tools will help you do more in this classic park.
Today's Park Information
Crowd Levels (next 3 days):
Park Hours (next 3 days):
- 8:00 am - 12:00 am / (2:00) Crowds: 6/10
WHEN TO VISIT THE MAGIC KINGDOM
The Magic Kingdom is Disney's most popular park all year round so it can be tough to figure out when is the best time to go. Luckily, that is what TouringPlans does, and does it well. We track crowds at the Magic Kingdom every minute of every day all year round. Check the Crowd Calendar to see how crowded it will be on the day of your visit. Crowd Levels vary a lot depending on when you choose to go. Christmastime is packed, September is quiet, and May is in-between. Levels can change often too so make sure you use the Crowd Tracker to be notified when the crowd levels change.
Throughout the year, the Magic Kingdom hosts many Special Events that can be fun and some that need to be avoided if you don't like crowded theme parks. After you choose which week to visit you still need to know what's going on at the park to make sure you're ready for the magic. Check our list of Refurbishments & Closures too. We don't want little Jimmy super-pumped to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train a hundred times in a row only to discover it isn't open.
Special Events at the Magic Kingdom
Fall at the Magic Kingdom is "Party" Season. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a spooktacular evening event that requires a separate ticket in early fall. Once November arrives the theme switches to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party . Similar party - different decorations - just as fun!
PLANNING YOUR DAY AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM
"I wouldn't leave home without the trifecta — the Unofficial Guide, Touringplans.com research, and Lines app on hand to locate my personalized plans and see how the crowds/lines look for the day!"
- Courtney P., TN
Magic Kingdom has more attractions per square foot than the other parks which means more choices. It also means that if you plan right you can beat the crowds and save yourself a lot of time standing in line. Our Touring Plans show you what to see, when to see it and how to minimize your time in line while doing it. We wrote the book on touring the Magic Kingdom - literally.
Want to know how to use Fastpass+? How to see Seven Dwarfs Mine Train without waiting seven hours? Subscribe to TouringPlans for full access to our Lines App, the number one rated app for touring the Magic Kingdom. Lines shows you all the schedules, crowd levels and wait times you need to navigate the park.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM
There's magic to be found in every nook and cranny of the Magic Kingdom. Here's the Rudolph family from KY checking out the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive game.
The Magic Kingdom has so much to see and do that it could potentially take several days of your vacation to experience it all. Don't miss:
- The Magic Kingdom Mountain Tour: Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and Walt Disney World's newest attraction, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Haunted Mansion
- It's a Small World
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
In between rides, take some time to meet and greet the Magic Kingdom's most popular characters at meet and greet locations around the park. You'll find:
- Frozen princesses Anna and Elsa and their visiting princess friends at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Snow White
- Peter Pan and Wendy
- Mary Poppins
- Tinker Bell and more!
WHERE TO EAT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM
"Utilizing Touring Plans' tips and tricks and knowing to book at 180 days was key to us getting a dinner reservation at the time we wanted at Be Our Guest Restaurant."
- The Clark Family
The Magic Kingdom has a small selection of sit-down restaurants with family- friendly fare. Use the TouringPlans menu database to find the best values in the Kingdom that your family will eat. Learn about restaurants like the highly popular Crystal Palace, a buffet with American-style offerings for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner that features Winnie the Pooh and friends, to Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest, two fairytale-themed restaurants, your party can sit down to a variety of offerings.
There are also several quick-service restaurants like Casey's Corner that features the best hot dogs around and Cosmic Ray's that offers kid-friendly choices from hamburgers and pulled pork sandwiches to chicken nuggets and fries.
And, if those choices aren't enough to fill your day, don't forget the snack offerings in the Magic Kingdom that have made the park famous including the pineapple-flavored soft-serve Dole Whip, popcorn and candied almonds, churros, turkey legs, cupcakes, cake pops and more.