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How To Experience Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando
January 12, 2023 By CityPASS
Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort is perfect for a quick weekend getaway or a week-long trip with the whole family.
Featuring exciting rides like Peter Pan's Flight and Thunder Mountain Railroad, delicious restaurants like Enchanted Tiki Room and Liberty Tree Tavern, and Magic Kingdom® Park attractions like the Conservation Station and the Dapper Dans quartet, it's no wonder people travel from around the world to experience all the enchantment the park offers.
This article features some can't-miss Magic Kingdom® Park rides, attractions, and tips on making the most of your Walt Disney World® Resort vacation.
Can't-Miss Rides and Attractions at Magic Kingdom® Park
Magic Kingdom® Park is the most popular theme park in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. Whether you've been to Disney World before or it's your first time, make sure you visit the following rides and attractions to make the most out of your visit to Magic Kingdom® Park.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the most popular ride in Magic Kingdom and one of the park's most exciting rides for younger visitors. To comply with Disney World's safety regulations, riders of the Mine Train must be at least 38 in (97 cm) tall.
This rollercoaster offers riders a speedy adventure through a diamond mine in a mine cart that goes up, down, and around, making for a thrilling experience.
However, because of the ride's popularity, lines can be long for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so consider using Disney's Genie or Genie+ services to reduce your wait time.
The perfect ride for a hot Florida afternoon, Splash Mountain takes riders along a winding river in a cut-out log. The ride takes you through the dark mountain alongside animatronic animals until you reach the big finale — a giant drop into the water.
While the ride is typically less busy in the mornings and evenings when it's not the peak heat of the day, you might want to brave the crowds to ensure you dry off quickly after you get off the ride.
Riders in the front of the ride will take most of the water, while those in the back are more likely to experience a gentle splash, so consider planning your seat based on how wet you want to get.
Although Splash Mountain has a height requirement of 40 inches (102 cm), young children can experience the fun at the Laughin' Place.
If you're ready to be transported to the depths of the South American jungle, be sure to ride on the Jungle Cruise. Unlike many of the rides in Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Cruise is perfect for all ages and has no height restrictions.
Enjoy the experience of being ferried around the river in large boats with other riders while your Skipper guides you through the dense jungle, delivering jokes about the scenery and animals you pass.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is the perfect choice for a slow, relaxing break from the heat of the day. Not only did this ride inspire a hugely successful film franchise, but it takes riders along a dark, meandering river as they hear the sound of pirates singing and see scenes of treasure, Tortuga, and shipwrecks.
Take a recess from wandering around this Disney park and grab lunch or dinner at the Blue Bayou, a restaurant featuring Louisiana Cajun-Creole food that you can enjoy as you watch the boats slowly drift by.
Space Mountain is a favorite amongst visitors to Disney World, and this popular ride is ideal for rollercoaster lovers. You can find Space Mountain in Tomorrowland and enjoy the space-themed views as you careen through the dark.
The rocket ship blasts you past comets, stars, and meteorites at lightning-quick speeds and features tons of turns and drops.
To ride Space Mountain, you must be at least 44 inches (112 cm) tall.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Another hugely popular ride in Magic Kingdom® Park is the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This thrilling roller coaster takes you on an authentic minecart as you make your way through an old gold mine.
Although it's more of a kid-friendly coaster than Space Mountain, the ride can be too rickety for some visitors' liking, so keep that in mind!
Riders must be at least 40 inches (102 cm) tall.
One of the preferred attractions at Halloween, Haunted Mansion is a classic creepy ride at Magic Kingdom and is the perfect place to experience some spooky Disney magic!
Parents with young children who are easily afraid may want to avoid this ride, even though all ages can ride it.
Cinderella Castle is one of the most popular attractions in the park for a photo-op, and it's worth visiting during sunset for an extra magical photo, despite the crowds.
After you get your picture, take a tour of the castle and enjoy a fine-dining meal at Cinderella's Royal Table. You'll need to make reservations if you want a table at the restaurant, so be sure to plan ahead!
Hall of Presidents
The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square, is the perfect place to enjoy the air conditioning and learn a little more about our nation's history. The theater features a nearly half-hour-long movie about the United States' founding and the Constitution's creation.
Although this may be less appealing to the youngest members of your party, this attraction is a must-see for history buffs.
Plan Your Trip to Orlando's Walt Disney World® Resort
Once you've visited Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando and experienced all it offers, you'll understand why it's called the happiest place on earth.
Disney World is the perfect getaway with year-round sunshine and four theme parks, including Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios®, EPCOT®, and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
Use Orlando CityPASS® tickets to save money in Orlando and make the most of your upcoming Walt Disney World® Resort trip.
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