Complete guide to Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is probably the park most people think of when they hear the phrase "I'm going to Disney World." It's the park where you can dine inside of Cinderella Castle, take a ride on Dumbo, and rocket through the universe on Space Mountain.

Expectations for the overall experience are probably highest here and it's the busiest park, so it is important you head into your visit at Magic Kingdom being as prepared as possible.

Check out these resources to help you maximize your time (and money) during your trip...

How many days should I visit Magic Kingdom?

How many days calendar 1 - Complete guide to Magic KingdomFor most trips there simply aren't enough days to see and do everything at Disney World, so deciding how to divide your time is an important step in planning your stay.

The table below has suggestions for the number of days you should plan to spend at each park, but depending on your family's tastes and interests you may want to adjust how you allocate your time.

Suggested number of days in each park

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Magic Kingdom map

Magic Kingdom is home to 6 distinct areas or "lands":

  • Main Street U.S.A.
  • Adventureland
  • Frontierland
  • Liberty Square
  • Fantasyland
  • Tomorrowland

Want a map you can download? Check out this PDF map of Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom map - Complete guide to Magic Kingdom

WDW Prep Members can also get maps of each park that print out on 1 piece of paper and show when to visit each attraction.

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Parking at Magic Kingdom

Parking at Magic Kingdom is a little bit different than parking at the other 3 main parks.

When driving to Magic Kingdom, guests park about a mile away at the Transportation and Ticket Center. From there, guests have the option of taking either the ferry or monorail over to the front gates of Magic Kingdom. Because of this extra step, you should plan to budget at least 30 extra minutes for your travel time if you plan to drive.

Like the other 3 parks, the parking lots at the Transportation and Ticket Center are staffed with an abundance of Cast Members that will help direct you to your spot. If you park too far away from the front gate to walk, there will be handy trams to shuttle you back and forth from the end of your row to near the front gates.

How much does parking at Magic Kingdom cost?

  • Free for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests
  • Offsite guests $20/day
  • Passholders - Free with Passholder card and photo ID
  • Preferred Parking - $40/day

Want more tips on driving? Check out our post on using a car at Disney World.

What should I bring with me to Magic Kingdom?

Since Disney allows you to keep your bag with you on every attraction, many people find it handy to carry a bag or backpack with them into the parks.

What you pack in your backpack will vary on your age and who you are traveling with but to help you decide what you might want to bring we have an entire post dedicated to Disney World park bags.

Here are some other common questions on what to bring with you:

Can I bring food with me?

Yes! You can bring your own food items with you. The only restrictions are no glass containers (baby food is an exception) and no alcohol. Also, for the safety of the animals, no straws are allowed at Animal Kingdom.

Can I bring a cooler?

Yes, small coolers are allowed; however, the total size can't exceed 24" b 15" by 18". We recommend bringing a cooler small enough to fit into a locker or in the bottom of a stroller.

Are wagons allowed?

Items that can be pulled behind you are not allowed at Disney World, and that includes wagons.

Can I bring my selfie stick?

Sorry, but no. Selfie sticks are banned at all Disney World parks, including Magic Kingdom.

Can I bring my tripod so I can take pictures?

Tripods (and monopods) that are small enough to fit in a backpack are allowed.

I heard the lines are long. Can I bring a folding chair with me to sit in while I wait?

Folding chairs are not allowed, and we'd never want you standing in a line long enough that you'd need one! Make sure you read the touring plan information below so that you avoid standing in long lines.


Magic Kingdom rides

headermkguide2 - Complete guide to Magic KingdomMagic Kingdom is well known for its classic attractions like Peter Pan's Flight, The Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean. You can find more recent hits like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast represented, too.

Check out this guide for Magic Kingdom ride details, including when to visit each one, ride videos, height requirements, and more.

Best days to visit Magic Kingdom

monthlydashboardheader - Complete guide to Magic KingdomFor every park at Disney World, some days are better (read: less crowded) to visit than others.

We have put together crowd calendars that use an easy-to-understand, color-coded rating system. These handy crowd calendars also include park hour and entertainment information, and they can be found on the Monthly Dashboard that corresponds to your travel dates.

Magic Kingdom touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions

magickingdomtouringplans - Complete guide to Magic KingdomMagic Kingdom has an abundance of FastPass+ options as well as a huge variety of rides that should appease just about every member of your family.

To help you make the best use of your time, we have several different touring plans that will help keep you out of the lines and in the fun.

Magic Kingdom opening procedure

mkopeningpostsquare - Complete guide to Magic KingdomIf you've never visited Magic Kingdom or if you haven't visited for several years, then the opening procedure at Magic Kingdom will be a new experience.

Check out this post for maps and explanations as to what to expect and the best place to go when you arrive so that you can get to where you want to go the fastest.

Magic Kingdom dining

prosconsmkrestaurants - Complete guide to Magic KingdomThere are lots of options for dining at Magic Kingdom, including Be Our Guest (one of the most challenging reservations to get!). Check out this post to see a list of all your options including links to menus, pros and cons, plus more.

Magic Kingdom-area dining

prosconsmkresortrestaurants - Complete guide to Magic KingdomSometimes you just need to escape a park, and the monorail makes it easy to explore the nearby resorts. Some of the most popular restaurants on-property are located on the monorail route, making them a good option if you'd like to dine outside of the park.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

halloweensquareheader - Complete guide to Magic KingdomOne of the most anticipated events of the year are the parties held at Magic Kingdom, especially Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. If you're thinking about hitting up one of these popular soirees, be sure to check out this post for everything you need to know before you go.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

mvmcpsquare2 - Complete guide to Magic KingdomThere is something magical about Disney World at the holidays, and for the ultimate Disney holiday experience you'll want to check out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This special ticketed event is a lot of fun, but it does require a little bit of advance planning. Check out this post for tips, touring suggestions, plus more!

How to get to Magic Kingdom

howtonavigatesquare - Complete guide to Magic KingdomGetting around Disney World property can be intimidating if you've never visited before, but we lay out all your options for traveling to and from Disney's Magic Kingdom.

We've included information on Disney World buses and boats, Uber and Minnie Vans, and someday soon we'll get to add information on gondolas, too!


Did we leave anything out? Let us know your questions in the comments below.

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