Magic Kingdom Overview

Magic Kingdom

Opened in 1971, Magic Kingdom is the smallest park (in terms of acreage) located in Walt Disney World and has six main areas or “lands” – Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Adventureland. Each of these areas are laid out in a circle/spoke pattern around Cinderella Castle.


Main Street, USA

Main Street, USA is located at the front entrance of MK park and extends all the way to the area in front of the castle. Main Street does not have any rides (unless you include riding the various Main Street Vehicles or the Walt Disney World Railway), but it does offer quite a bit of entertainment options. Currently, Main Street entertainment includes the Citizens of Main Street, the Dapper Dans, Casey’s Corner Pianist, the Main Street Trolly Show, the Flag Retreat, and a few Character Meet and Greets. The Main Street Philharmonic, Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party, and the Festival of Fantasy Parade all travel down Main Street as well. Also included in the Main Street area are the Let the Magic Begin park opening show, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show, and various firework shows (depending on the season/time of year) that take place in front of Cinderella Castle.

A variety of food and beverage options ranging from Quick Service counters to sit-down Table Service restaurants are also available in Main Street. There are currently six restaurants/counters that vary in price and offerings:

  1. Casey’s Corner (Counter/Quick Service)
  2. The Crystal Palace (Table Service – Buffet-Style Character Dining)
  3. Main Street Bakery (Counter/Quick Service)
  4. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Counter/Quick Service)
  5. The Plaza Restaurant (Table Service)
  6. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (Table Service)

There are also a number of Shops located on Main Street, and each offers a different selection (some shops throughout Disney World are very similar, but you can often find unique or specially-themed items sold only in certain shops). Currently the list of shops include:

  1. Box Office Gifts
  2. The Chapeau
  3. Crystal Arts
  4. Curtain Call Collectibles
  5. Disney Clothiers
  6. Emporium
  7. Main Street Confectionary
  8. Newsstand
  9. Uptown Jewelers

Also located on Main Street is the Harmony Barber Shop (where you can get actually get a haircut) and the Main Street Chamber of Commerce – Package Pickup where you can pick up any items you have bought in Magic Kingdom and had delivered to the front of the park.


Tomorrowland

If your headed down Main Street, USA and arrive at the main hub area in front of the castle, the first “spoke” (path) to your right will lead you into Tomorrowland. This “futuristic” land has an outer space feel and filled with neon lights that make the area glow brightly at night. Entertainment options in Tomorrowland depend on the season, so there aren’t really any stage shows or parties offered consistently all year long. An exception to this is Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, which is listed as an attraction, but is really an interactive comedy stage show.

The current rides in Tomorrowland are:

  1. Astro Orbiter
  2. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  3. Space Mountain
  4. Tomorrowland Speedway
  5. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  6. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (this is also more of a ride-through “show” of sorts with animatronics)

Stitch’s Great Escape! is still listed as “Temporarily Closed”, but this ride has been in limbo for quite some time now and will most likely be replaced at some point in the future.

The Quick Service and Table Service options are rather limited in Tomorrowland, and there aren’t really any true Table Service restaurant experiences unless your at a special Dining Event. The regular Tomorrowland restaurants include:

  1. Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (Quick Service)
  2. Cool Ship (Quick Service)
  3. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Quick Service)
  4. The Lunching Pad (Quick Service)
  5. Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant (Quick Service)

There are five Shops located in Tomorrowland, which are:

  1. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Photos (though it doesn’t sound like a shop, this store does sell Toy Story merchandise)
  2. Merchant of Venus
  3. Mickey’s Star Traders
  4. Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.
  5. Ursa’s Major Minor Mart

Fantasyland

The next land traveling counter-clockwise around the center hub “wheel” is Fantasyland, which can be entrances connected to Main Street (at the end of the street next to the castle), Tomorrowland, and Liberty Square. While Cinderella Castle is located at the end of Main Street, USA, it is technically considered a part of Fantasyland – in a way, it is sort of the “grand entrance” to Fantasyland.

Fantasyland has the most Disney classics-inspired attractions, restaurants, shops, and “shows”. Alongside several Character Meet and Greets, the entertainment options in Fantasyland are Main Street Philharmonic at Storybook Circus and The Royal Majesty Makers. I would also include Enchanted Tales with Belle and Mickey’s PhilharMagic as both of these are types of shows – Belle’s is an interactive show of sorts and Mickey’s is a screen show.

Fantasyland rides include:

  1. The Barnstormer
  2. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  3. “it’s a small world”
  4. Mad Tea Party
  5. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  6. Peter Pan’s Flight
  7. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  8. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  9. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

Also located here is a stop for the Walt Disney World Railway and Casey Jr. Splash “N” Soak Station, which is actually a play area with fountains rather than a ride.

There are eight Quick Service and Table Service restaurants in Fantasyland, which are:

  1. Be Our Guest Restaurant (Table Service and Quick Service – depending on what time of day you are there)
  2. Cheshire Cafe (Quick Service)
  3. Cinderella’s Royal Table (Table Service – Character Dining)
  4. The Friar’s Nook (Quick Service)
  5. Gaston’s Tavern (Quick Service)
  6. Pinocchio Village Haus (Quick Service)
  7. Prince Eric’s Village Market (Quick Service)
  8. Storybook Treats (Quick Service)

The shops in Fantasyland are generally themed to match the area in which they are located, as can be noted by many of their names. There are eight shops total if you include Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which sells clothes and accessories associated with this experience.

  1. Big Top Souvenirs
  2. Bonjour! Village Gifts
  3. Case Jr. RailRoad Mercantile
  4. Castle Couture
  5. Fantasy Faire
  6. Hundred Acre Goods
  7. Sir Mickey’s

Liberty Square

With entrances located at both Main Street, USA hub area and Fantasyland, Liberty Square sits to the left of the Cinderella Castle (if you’re facing the front of the castle) in between Fantasyland and Adventureland. With only two main “attractions”, Liberty Square is quite small compared to the other lands in Magic Kingdom. The only live show is The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History, which takes place outside in the windows of the buildings (I would also include The Hall of Presidents as a show though it technically listed as a ride).

The two attractions in Liberty Square are:

  1. The Hall of Presidents (which is more of a show with animatronics)
  2. Haunted Mansion

Also located here is the Liberty Square Riverboat.

Food and beverage options in Liberty Square include two Table Service restaurants and three Quick Service restaurants:

  1. Columbia Harbour House (Quick Service)
  2. The Diamond Horseshoe (Table Service)
  3. Liberty Square Market (Quick Service)
  4. Liberty Tree Tavern (Table Service)
  5. Sleepy Hollow (Table Service)

The Liberty Square shops are:

  1. Liberty Square Parasol Cart
  2. Liberty Square Portrait Gallery
  3. Memento Mori
  4. Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe

Frontierland 

Frontierland is the only land in Magic Kingdom that does not have a direct entrance located on the “wheel” of the hub area in front of the castle, meaning that Frontierland can only be accessed by walking through Liberty Square or Adventureland first. Frontierland has no year-round entertainment currently listed, and the only holiday themed entertainment that takes place in Frontierland is the Halloween version of the Dapper Dans Barbershop Quartet. However, I would consider Country Bear Jamboree as entertainment as it is an animatronics show.

Attractions in Frontierland include:

  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  2. Country Bear Jamboree (though it is more of a stage show)
  3. Splash Mountain

Also in this area is the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, Tom Sawyer Island, and a stop for the Walt Disney World Railroad.

Food is very limited in Frontierland with only three Quick Service options. These three Quick Service restaurants are:

  1. Golden Oak Outpost
  2. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  3. Westward Ho

There are a few shops located in Frontierland that are themed to match whatever they are near:

  1. Big Al’s
  2. Briar Patch
  3. Frontier Trading Post
  4. Prairie Outpost & Supply (this one is listed on the Disney website as selling “food”)
  5. Splashdown Photos

Adventureland

This is the first land you come to on your left if you are standing in the hub area facing the castle. Adventureland has entrances off of Main Street, USA and Liberty Square.

This area only has one consistent Meet and Greet – Aladdin and Jasmine – and the only entertainment in Adventureland is Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial (UPDATE: Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial had it’s last show in October 2018).

There are four attractions in Adventureland, which are:

  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Also found in Adventureland are the Swiss Family Treehouse (which is more of an area to walk through than a ride) and A Pirates Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas (a scavenger hunt type game).

Adventureland has one Table Service restaurant and three Quick Service restaurants:

  1. Aloha Isle (Quick Service)
  2. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen (Table Service)
  3. Sunshine Tree Terrace (Quick Service)
  4. Tortuga Tavern (Quick Service)

There are also five shops located in Adventureland:

  1. Agrabah Bazaar
  2. Island Supply by Sunglass Hut
  3. La Princesa de Cristal – Caribbean Plaza
  4. The Pirates League
  5. Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar


For an overview of the other Disney World Parks, visit the Walt Disney World Overview page.

Disney frequently makes changes and updates to their parks, hotels, and shopping areas, so information is subject to change and may do so at any time. Any information in this post was current at the time of publishing. Post last updated October 14, 2018.