Magic Kingdom Guide

Arguably the most famous park in Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom park is quite often an obvious starting point for many visitors, particularly if it is a their first trip to Orlando. Magic Kingdom was the first park to open in Walt Disney World back in October 1971, only a few years after the death of Walt Disney himself. The park’s iconic centre point is of course Cinderella Castle, and although very similar in many ways to its sister parks in Paris and Los Angeles, there are plenty of differences and many would argue that Magic Kingdom in Orlando offers the best Disney experience.

Although Magic Kingdom is not as big as some of the other parks in Orlando, there is still plenty to do for all the family in this 107 acre wonderland boasting well over 40 attractions. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities along with several nice restaurants, although you will find that the restaurant choice is not as impressive here as it is in some other parks, notably Epcot. It is split into 6 “lands” and some planning is recommended if you want to make the most of your day in Magic Kingdom, especially in high season when the crowds can be rather large.

Magic Kingdom Entrance

The Magic Kingdom Park Entrance

Where is Magic Kingdom?

If you are staying at a World Disney Resort, then it’s easy to just hop on one of the many free buses and these will drop you off right at the gate. If you’re not, then you will need to enter via the toll plaza and pay the $17 parking fee to use the huge car park for the day. Magic Kingdom is at the innermost part of Walt Disney World and some three quarters along World Drive.  The entrance to World Drive is easily located from the exit of the 192, or you can take the exit from the I4 to Epcot Center Drive and then onto World Drive.

Most visitors to Magic Kingdom tend to arrive between 9.15 am and 11.30 am so try to get in early if possible to avoid the rush and get a decent space in the carpark. In high season it may even be worth waiting until the afternoon if you can’t make it in early, as this will help you to avoid the morning rush and quite often the parks can stay open until as late as 11pm anyway. It’s worth making a note of exactly where you are parked too. As you will by this time be aware, the carpark is enormous and many of the rental cars can look identical so make a note and save yourself the bother of trying to hunt for your car later. Although big, the carparks are clearly labelled with character names (e.g. Goofy row 20). Once you are parked, simply hop on one of the freely available trams and this will take you to the Transportation and Ticket center. There are ticket booths here, but hopefully if you’re reading this and you’ve planned ahead then you will already have your tickets! From the Transportation and Ticket center, you have the option of taking either the monorail or the ferry boat over to the main park itself. It’s worth bearing in mind the the monorail is generally a little quicker, but the ferry boat can offer the more “magical” experience, particularly for first time guests.

Main Street USA Magic Kingdom

Heading down Main Street USA to the big attractions

 

Main Street USA

Once you have made it into the park itself, you will be greeted with Main Street USA, the first of the 6 lands inside Magic Kingdom. It’s worth noting that if you do make it for opening time, there is a welcome parade with singers and dancer in costume which can be well worth a watch. There is also a character train that you can see arrive at the Main Street Station, where a selection of Disney characters will then arrive for a meet and greet in the town square. If you’re at the park for opening time, now would be a good time to keep moving with the crowds down to the end of street where there will be a rope drop at the official opening time. This is your opportunity to head for one of the big rides before the queues start to build up and the wait times increase. Splash Mountain and Space Mountain tend to attract some of the longest queues in Magic Kingdom one of these is probably your best bet. If you’re more interested in getting onto Splash Mountain (this will probably be where the vast majority of the crowd will head) then take a left in front of the Crystal Palace and follow the rest of the crowd. If Space Mountain is more your thing, then a right by the Plaza Restaurant will see you safely into Tomorrowland and on to Space Mountain.

Exposition Hall

Featuring film material from the Disney archive and a mini theatre/cinema, this can be a great place to take a look at some Disney classics. There’s also a few interactive games to keep the kids busy and some cartoon photo opportunities.

City Hall

The City Hall is more of an amenity than an attraction but provides a useful information point where you can pick up park maps and schedules plus make bookings at the various restaurants. Booking restaurants can be essential at peak times and it is recommended that you book up all of the Disney restaurants that you would like to visit for the duration of your stay in the Walt Disney World Resort area.  At the City Hall, you will also be able to find out information on character appearances.

Also in the Main Street area is the Town Square. From here you have the option to take a ride on a horse drawn bus or a fire engine and you can take a look in the Car Barn mini museum, a hidden gem located between the firehouse and the barber shop, something that most people visiting Magic Kingdom usually miss! There’s also plenty of shopping to do on Main Street as it features the main shops in Magic Kingdom including the rather large Emporium store. If queues are long on some of the bigger more popular attractions, then why not take a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad. This wonderfully western themed attraction is a steam train that circles the whole of Magic Kingdom. It’s worth bearing in mind though, that the station for the railroad in the Town Square can still get very busy so it may be worth catching the train from a different station.

Other things to see in Main Street include the Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! street party that takes place up to three times daily. Starting in the Town Square, the party heads down Main Street with energetic dancers, disney characters and more and provides a great it of entertainment. There is also the opportunity to see the Main Street Philharmonic and the Dapper Dans throughout the day in this area of the park.

The Main Street Philharmonic Performing

The Main Street Philharmonic Performing

 

Adventureland

Heading to the left as you approach the end of Main Street you will find Adventureland.

Jungle Cruise (FastPass Available)

A lovely scenic boat cruise made into a very entertaining adventure thanks mostly to the captain of the boat who provides a lively narration with a few amusing jokes thrown in for good measure. Your cruise will take you magically through several different continents as you encounter wild animals, waterfalls and tropical plants. It’s another quality Disney production so queues can be long making a FastPass worthwhile in high season.

An elephant featured in Jungle Cruise

An elephant featured in Jungle Cruise

Swiss Family Treehouse

Effectively a nice replica of the treehouse that was featured in the classic Disney film Swiss Family Robinson. As you walk through the treehouse, take some time to explore its many rooms and features and check out the excellent views of the park at the top!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Another very popular ride in Adventureland featuring Captain Jack Sparrow and other characters from the popular movies. The attraction is based on and underground boat ride adventure that with Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Captain Barbossa on the hunt for yet more buried treasure. Who’d have thought!? It’s a wonderful family ride with some excellent special effect and impressive animatronics. Bear in mind that this ride can draw some lengthy queues at peak times and some young children may find the dark sections a little scary.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Mainly aimed at younger children but can be a bit of fun for adults too, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride allows you to ride a (you guessed it) ‘magic carpet’ round and round to try and avoid the spitting camel. The carpet tilts and moved up, down and around as it levitates.

The Enchanted Tiki Room

This can provide you with a nice break from the heat as it’s air conditioned and is well suited to small children. It’s basically a 15 minute audio animatronics show lead by Zazu from the Lion King and Iago from Aladdin. There’s over 225 choreographed animatronic performers here and queues are generally on the small side so give it a try to escape the heat and keep the children amused!

Pirates League

This is effectively the boy’s version of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and allows your child to transform into a full grown pirate! As with Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique there are various packages available with prices ranging from $29.95 to $74.95 (plus tax). The different packages have lots of options for face painting, bandanas, swords, costumes and of course photos.

Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Boats

Not far from Jungle Cruise, this attraction requires a nominal fee and allows children (or adults) to take control of a remote controlled boat.

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial

Training in pirate skills runs up to seven times a day and Captain Jack himself will recruit boys and girls as volunteers to learn how to sword fight. Be warned though, your child will need to raise his or her hand high and look pretty keen as Captain Jack only selects around 4 children a time for the sword fighting class. Once the sword training is finish, Captain Jack invites all those boys and girls from the audience that want to ‘Join Ye the Crew’ and they can then take a pirate oath and receive a scroll as they become an honorary pirate!

 

Frontierland

This part of the park is the next area that you will reach after passing through Adventureland. Frontierland is a western themed area and is one of the most popular and often busy parts of the park. It’s particularly popular in the morning as it contains some very popular rides such as Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad so it’s recommended to head here early if you want to avoid the worst of the queues. Be warned though, there’s sure to be plenty of other people who have the same idea so the earlier the better is a good tactic to use!

Frontierland

Frontierland

Splash Mountain (FastPass Available)

Arguably the most famous and most popular ride in Magic Kingdom is Splash Mountain. It’s based on an old Disney classic from way back in 1946 called “Song of the South” with the main characters Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. As you can probably gather from the title this is a water ride and you are of course liable to get very wet. Of course, this is not necessarily a problem in the height of a Florida summer, but if you are visiting in Winter then it’s certainly worth bearing in mind. You sit in a traditional 8 passenger logboat with the  first part of the ride being very gentle and filled with all sorts of cartoon fun. This is of course lulling you into a false sense of security for the dramatic ending. The ride suddenly takes a darker turn before you finally take a 45 degree 5 storey plummet into a pool below. This ride gets VERY busy, especially in high season so to make the most of your time in Magic Kingdom. Restrictions: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller.

Splash Mountain - Caution you will get wet!!

Splash Mountain – Caution you will get wet!!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (FastPass Available)

This is the other big draw in Frontierland and puts a lovely Disney spin on the classic ‘runaway train’ concept. The detail is excellent on this haunted and abandoned mine themed roller coaster and like all the most popular rides it gets very busy so it’s best to ride early straight after you’ve been on Splash Mountain. Restrictions: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from Tom Sawyer's Island

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from Tom Sawyer’s Island

Tom Sawyer Island

Enjoy a raft ride across to the Island and let the kids explore this representation of early America. There’s plenty to see and do here and it can provide you with a nice break from the rest of the park for an hour or so whilst the crowds are at their worst. On the island you will find caves, rope bridges and more, including the old Fort Langhorn where you can fire air guns at passing boats. It’s a little known fact that the original version of this Island first opened in Disneyland Resort back in 1956 as the only attraction that was personally designed by Walt Disney himself so it’s definitely a piece of history worth visiting.

Taking the raft to Tom Sawyer Island

Taking the raft to Tom Sawyer Island

 

Liberty Square

As you continue around the Magic Kingdom park, Liberty Square is next on the list with some interesting history and some great attractions that are well worth taking a look at.

The Haunted Mansion

An old favourite for both adults and kids this is a fun attraction that can draw some fairly hefty queues at peak times. Essentially a very clever and very Disney take on the traditional ghost house. According to Disney, the mansion has sat abandoned in Liberty Square since 1971 and now contains 999 ‘unearthly specters’. Watch out for the very clever ‘hitchhiking ghosts’ part at the end of your journey when you unknowingly pick up and extra passenger!

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion

Liberty Square Riverboat

This adventure sees you riding upon an authentic paddle steamer boat as you take a journey down America’s rivers and around Tom Sawyer’s Island. This relaxing 17 minute trip offers up some great views along the way and featured narration by author Mark Twain. The boat itself is a superb working replica of the paddle steamers that once ferried people along the Mississippi River and is of course offered up in spectacular Disney style with excellent detail.

The Hall of Presidents

Situated in the heart of Liberty Square, this attraction features both film and audio-animatronics. The first part is the film and this tells the story of the constitution and the United States of America itself. Following on from this is the technically impressive audio-animatronic presentation featuring all 43 Presidents of the United States right through to the present day with Barack Obama. This attraction is indoors and therefore can serve as a nice and interesting break from the Florida sun, although probably not that interesting for young children.

 

Fantasyland

Walk on round past Cinderella Castle and you will come to Fantasyland, the heart of the park and where Disney’s magic comes alive, especially for the younger children. Of course, there’s plenty to do for kids here but there’s also some interesting shops and other attractions to keep adults interested too.

Cinderella’s Golden Carousel

This vintage carousel ride is hugely popular and provides a massive draw throughout the day, especially in high season. Expect big queues but children love it and it is the centerpiece of  fantasyland after all!

“it’s a small world”

A slow boat ride described by Disney as “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed” and although children love it, some adults may disagree when they’re still humming the theme song two days later! The boat ride takes you on a trip through different continents, each with a large selection of colourful audio-animatronic dolls singing the classic song. The effect is actually surprisingly good and even sceptics will likely come out with a smile on their face.

Mad Tea Party

Putting a Disney spin on the classic tea cups ride, children love this classic and particularly having a go with their own “steering wheel” that allows them to contribute to the spinning effect. Although it is basically just a dressed up fairground ride it is very popular and queues do get long at times. There’s also some visits from Alice in Wonderland characters from time to time.

The Many Adventures of  Winnie the Pooh (FastPass Available)

An excellent musical adventure aimed at children that sees you travelling through the Hundred Acre Wood in an oversized hunny pot with some great special effects and another wonderful Disney soundtrack.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

A Snow White themed family roller coaster that is due to open in May 2014. The coaster system is meant to be the “first of its kind” and the ride will see you travelling through a mind glittering with various precious gems.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Another kids favourite that allows you to take a 2 minute ride on the back on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This swooping ride can also get very busy at peak times so get there early unless you want to queue.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic (FastPass Available)

A 10 minute 3D movie that the whole family can enjoy. There’s some fantastic special effects here and even ‘smells’ for you to enjoy as Donald Duck tries to conduct the Enchanted Orchestra and of course with Donald at the helm, it doesn’t go exactly to plan! The massive screen is used brilliantly to immerse you in the world of plenty of Disney classics featuring characters galore.

Peter Pan’s Flight (FastPass Available)

This one is sometime known for being a little on the tame side but it’s still very popular with children due to the ‘flying’ effect and can still attract some rather large queues.

Dream Along With Mickey

A very popular show that is shown in front of the Cinderella Castle on Main Street USA. It’s shown up to six times per day and features loads of characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and plenty of Disney princesses.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (inside Cinderella Castle)

One of two of these outlets, the other being in Downtown Disney. Here you the opportunity to purchase a makeover package for your little princess to transform them into a, you’ve guessed it a – a little Disney princess. Packages vary in cost between $54.95 and a whopping $194.95 and it is geared up to cater for guests between 3 and 12 years old. Guests must be accompanied by an adult though and depending on the makeover selected, it normally takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

The Barnstormer

A junior roller coaster that sees children climbing aboard a stunt plane to become part of the ‘Great Goofini’s’ act. The ride is a little short but thankfully full of detail in true Disney style and it sees you sweeping around a barn following the flight path set out by the ‘Grand Goofini’. Restrictions: 35 inches (89 cm) or taller.

 

Tomorrowland

As you continue to make your way around the park, you will come across Tomorrowland, which is the last of the 6 lands in Magic Kingdom. Tomorrowland has a sort of “Space age” them with a Disney twist of course and features some great rides and shops.

The Entrance to Tomorrowland

The Entrance to Tomorrowland

Space Mountain (FastPass Available)

Space Mountain is another one of the most popular rides in Magic Kingdom and with good reason. It was refurbished in 2009 to add some new special effects, adding to an already impressive experience. Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster that’s very fast and features some exceptionally tight turns and it’s in almost complete darkness (apart from a few special strobe effects and shooting stars)! It’s great fun and of course hugely popular so as with any of the most popular rides we recommend either going first thing at opening, late in the day, with a fastpass or during a popular parade. This should help you to avoid the worst of the queues. There’s also the Tomorrowland Arcade situated near the exit that proves popular with kids and is also a great place to waste a little time while waiting for your Space Mountain Fastpass. Be aware, the games in the arcade are not included in your admission. Restrictions: 44 inches (113 cm) or taller.

The Space Mountain Entrance

The Space Mountain Entrance

Tomorrowland Speedway

Although the gas powered cars do have a working accelerator and steering, there is a guide rail situated underneath each so it’s not quite the full on racing experience you may be expecting. Still, children love it and the queue can get very long at peak times. Restrictions: 32 inches (81 cm) or taller.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

This is another classic Disney attraction, personally created by Walt Disney for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. It’s an impressive 21 minute stage show featuring plenty of audio animatronics that take you through the 20th century to the present day, showing you technological innovations that have made everyday life easier and more comfortable. The theatre is actually revolving which is certainly different as it takes you through the years, hence the ‘carousel’ part of the name.

Stitch’s Great Escape (FastPass Available)

A 15 minute theatre style experience that see guests recruited by the Galactic Federation Prison Service before being ushered into a round teleportation chamber where you sit (with shoulder restraints) until a mysterious level 3 prisoner is due in for arrival (Stitch). Of course, Stitch manages to escape before running riot in the darkened room bouncing around the audience with surprise noises and even smells in the multi sensory experience. Due to the nature of the show with the scare factor and the darkness, this attraction can sometime be a little scary for some children. Restrictions: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (FastPass Available)

This is your opportunity to join the ever popular Buzz Lightyear on his mission to destroy the evil Emperor Zurg. Use your ‘laser cannons’ in a shootout with Zurg’s robot army. It’s great fun for the whole family and kids love to take control of the ‘cruiser’ where the onboard joystick allows it so spin a full 360 degrees at your command. For the more competitive family members, your cruiser will keep score too!

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

These electromagnetic cars offer you a sneak preview of Disney’s idea of an “emission free mass transit system of the future”. Effectively gives you a relaxing 10 minute tour of the Tomorrowland area including a cool look inside Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. The tour is narrated and also offers a look at some early architectural models of Epcot and Space Mountain as well as some cool Disney space collectibles. Definitely worth a ride, especially as queues rarely get that long.

Astro Orbiter

Essentially  quite similar in principle to Dumbo in Fantasyland except with rockets rather than elephants! It’s also a little faster and feature a joystick that allows you to control the height of your rocket. It’s a definite hit children and therefore queues can get rather large as you may expect.

Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor

Based on the hit film, the Mike Wazowski has decided to open a comedy club to capture people’s laughter after discovering the laughter provides 10 times the energy of screaming whilst powering Monstropolis. The show is hilariously funny and features a whole host of comedians who take to the digital stage with high tech voice links ensuring every show is slightly unique. There’s also plenty of audience interaction too, so don’t be surprised if you become a featured part of the show at some point!

Disney Parades in Magic Kingdom

A trip to Magic Kingdom wouldn’t be complete without witnessing at least one of Disney’s magical parades that are performed periodically throughout the day. Although it sounds cheesy, parades do add a sense of Disney magic that you simply don’t get in other theme parks and are well worth checking out.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

This parade is new for 2014 as the old Celebrate a Dream Come True parade retires. The Festival of Fantasy parade is an all out celebration of Fantasyland and includes some new state of the art floats with many popular Disney characters as well as costumed performers, stilt walkers and more. There’s characters to see here from Tangled, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Brave, Pinocchio, and not to mention the usual array of Disney Princesses as well as Mickey and Minnie. Duration: 12 minutes

Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! Street Party

A wonderfully colourful street party that runs up to three times daily. Characters can be seen wearing Mardi Gras beads while they ‘move it’ and ‘shake it’ to the music. There’s plenty of guest participation here and to be honest it will be hard to resist shaking it along with the characters once the music is in full swing.  There are giant gift boxes in front of Cinderella Castle, from which popular Disney characters will emerge. Durations: 35 minutes

Wishes

A fantastic firework display always makes a great way to end an evening and none more so than the ‘Wishes’ firework display that emd most evenings in Magic Kingdom park. The superbly choreographed show begins with Tinkerbell appearing from Cinderella Castle (the centerpiece for this display) and is narrated by none other than Jiminy Cricket. The magical show features plenty of memorable moments from some of Disney’s all time classics and some of the firework explosions are truly breathtaking. A simply perfect day to end a day at Magic Kingdom. Duration: 12 minutes

Don’t forget if you feel like splashing the cash you can also book a Disney Fireworks Cruise as you can in Epcot. For around $300 to $350 (package dependent) you can hire your own private boat to see the fireworks in true style. Snacks, soft drinks and a driver or ‘Captain’ are all provided and you can also order private dining to your boat if you require. There’s also a child friendly version called Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage that includes meeting some characters from Peter Pan.

The "Wishes" Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

The “Wishes” Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom at Christmas and Halloween

The park usually operated two special events that are ticketed separately to the rest of the park. These normally run between 7pm and midnight although you can usually get in as early as 4pm. Most of the rides are still open and there are plenty of other fun activities laid on too.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Running on selected dates in September and October with a very Disney-esque take on trick or treat fun! There’s loads of treats to be had for children as well as lots of special parades, music , fireworks and more.

Magic Kingdom at Halloween

Magic Kingdom at Halloween

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Running between November and December, this magical event see plenty of stunning Christmas theming with decorations galore and even ‘snow’ on Main Street – quite impressive for Florida we’re sure you will agree! Hot chocolate and cookies are provided for guests  as well as more special fireworks and parades. Believe the hype, it really is a magical atmosphere at Christmas time and is well worth a try if you’ve never done if before.

 

Dining in Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom offers a large variety of dining options, although not as comprehensive as Epcot. Everything is covered from light snacks and refreshments to counter service establishments and full table service dining, most of which can be used with the Disney Dining Plan.

Snacks Only

Aloha Isle – Located in Adventureland, serving a variety of soft ice creams along with Dole Whips. You can also get chips, cold beverages and pineapple, coke or root beer floats. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit Accepted

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – Located in Tomorrowland, serving a selection of soft ice creams, sundaes, smoothies and floats along with the usual selection of cold beverages. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit Accepted

Cheshire Cafe – Located in Fantasyland, Cheshire Cafe is a great location to pick up a refreshing drink. Slushies are popular with kids and great on a hot day. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit Accepted

Cool Ship – Serving Pretzels and cold beverages in Tomorrowland near the Indy Speedway.

Crystal Palace – Situated just between Main Street USA and Adventureland, the Crystal Palace restaurant caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also plays host to character meals where you can meet the likes of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet whilst eating your meal. It’s a buffet restaurant with a lovely Victorian style atmosphere. Disney Dining Plan Table Service Credits Accepted.

Gaston’s Tavern – Serving a variety of drinks and snacks, Gaston’s Tavern is located in Fantasyland. It’s designed to look like the tavern from Beauty and the Beast and Disney has done a great job of making it look like the one in the film. Be sure to try their signature drink called “Lefou’s Brew”, an interesting mix of frozen apple juice and toasted marshmallow. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits Accepted.

Liberty Square Market – Located in Liberty Square and serving a selection of hot snacks and cold drinks. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits Accepted.

Main Street Confectionery – Situated on Main Street, this candy store also sells a great selection of quality fudges and cookies. Worth a look for a sweet treat!

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – A traditional ice cream parlor on Main Street USA, serving hand dipped ice cream cones along with floats and sundaes. Can be very popular at peak times, especially towards the end of the day when the large majority of people are heading back to their cars. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits Accepted.

Sleepy Hollow – Located in Liberty Square with limited outdoor seating only, serving some classic favourites such as funnel cake, caramel corn, waffle cakes and more along with the usual selection of beverages. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits Accepted.

Storybook Treats Located in Fantasyland, serving the usual selection of beverages plus ice cream, sundaes, floats and milkshakes plus there’s some outdoor seating here too. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits Accepted.

Sunshine Tree Terrace – Located in Adventureland, this snack bar offers a variety of slush drinks along with ice cream and cookies.  Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits Accepted.

Westward Ho Refreshments – Located in Frontierland, serving the usual selection of beverages plus corn dogs and chips. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits Accepted.

 

Counter Service Restaurants (Quick Service Only)

Casey’s Corner – Located in Main Street USA, Casey’ Corner serves both lunch and dinner and had a baseball theme with piano performances at certain times throughout the day. There’s the usual selection of beverages plus Hot Dogs, Corn Dog Nuggets, Chili and Fries to choose from. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service & Snack Credits Accepted (Lunch & Dinner)

Columbia Harbour House – Located in Liberty Square just across from the Haunted Mansion serving a selection of seafood for both lunch and dinner. There’s additional seating upstairs too if it gets busy in peak periods. Disney Dining Plan Snack and Quick Service Credits Accepted.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – The largest counter service restaurant in Magic Kingdom situated in Tomorrowland. There’s plenty of indoor air conditioned seating and there’s also more than one section offering a choice of food so it can be a great place to visit if members of your party want different foods without visiting multiple locations. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credits Accepted.

Golden Oak Outpost – Located in Frontierland right near Splash Mountain, Golden Oak Outpost provides a nice selection of chicken meals to satisfy your appetite! Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credits Accepted.

Lunching Pad – Located in Tomorrowland featuring a nice selection of hot dogs, snacks and assorted beverages. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service and Snack Credits Accepted.

Main Street Bakery – Located on Main Street USA this is Magic Kingdom’s first Starbucks location. Along with the usual beverages you’ve come to know and love from the brand, there’s a selection of sandwiches, baked goods and snacks too. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service and Snack Credits Accepted.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – Located in Frontierland with both indoor and outdoor seating and a Western style theme. One of the most popular counter service restaurant in Magic Kingdom and with good reason – the food is great and the portions a large! The topping bar proves very popular too and is a stand out from other counter service restaurants. It allows you to fill your burger with toppings, just the way you like it! Disney Dining Plan Quick Service and Snack Credits Accepted.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale  Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pinocchio Village Haus – Situated in Fantasyland near “It’s a Small World”, this counter service style restaurant offers Pinocchio theming and plenty of indoor seating. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service and Snack Credits Accepted.

The Diamond Horseshoe – Located in Frontierland, serving a selection of turkey dishes along with a few other choices. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credits Accepted. 

The Friar’s Nook – The ‘Macaroni and Cheese Specialist’ located in Fantasyland, serving the old favourite in a variety of ways.

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant – Situated in, you guessed it, Tomorrowland, this is a restaurant that only operates seasonally. Seating is outdoor only but there is a decent amount of coverage providing shade and there are also great views of the castle. The food served here is Asian inspired with noodles and stir fry on offer among other things. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service and Snack Credits Accepted. 

Tortuga Tavern – If Mexican’s your thing then this is a great place to go for a selection of Mexican food served in a quick service style setting. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service and Snack Credits Accepted.

 

Table Service Restaurants

Be Our Guest Restaurant – Located in Fantasyland, this restaurant serves French style cuisine and is a beautiful recreation of the West Wing from the Beast’s Castle (Beauty and the Beast), the Rose Gallery and the Ballroom. The atmosphere and presentation is top notch making this one of the most popular counter service restaurants for lunch, and it also operates as a table service restaurant for dinner. Unlike other counter service restaurants at lunch time, this one serves your food on proper China plates rather than the usual paper. While you’re in the restaurant, be sure to take a look around at some of the splendid decorative pieces on display, including the gorgeous chandelier. It has over 84 candles and 100 jewels that give it an impressive shine that is more than a match for its huge size. Reservations are suggested. Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Accepted (Lunch) and Table Service (Dinner).

Liberty Tree Tavern – Often overlooked but surprisingly popular with Magic Kingdom regulars is the Liberty Tree Tavern located in Liberty Square. Its Colonial theming is interesting and the food is very ‘Thanksgiving style’  but with plenty of other choices for those who fancy something different. Well worth a try if you’ve never given it a go before. Disney Dining Plan Table Service Credits Accepted.

The Plaza Restaurant – A victorian themed table service restaurant located on Main Street USA, the relatively small restaurant serves a fairly standard selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads but the desserts are very good indeed. Disney Dining Plan Table Service Credits Accepted.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – A lovely romantic restaurant built as a replica of the “Tony’s” restaurant featured in Lady and the Tramp. The restaurant offers wonderful theming with a gorgeous central fountain and has a great selection of delicious Italian food. Disney Dining Plan Table Service Credits Accepted.

Decorations inside Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Decorations inside Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

A Lady and the Tramp themed Dessert at Tony's Town Square Restaurant

A Lady and the Tramp themed Dessert at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Disney Signature Restaurants

Cinderella’s Royal Table – A very popular though expensive restaurant situated in Cinderella’s Castle and therefore the very heart of Magic Kingdom. Booking well in advance is recommended especially in high season. Character meals can be had in this restaurant and Cinderella will greet her guests for photos as they enter for dinner. The setting is a truly magical castle as you would expect and the restaurant also offers views over Fantasyland. The photo package is included in the price and the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Disney Dining Plan Signature Restaurant Credit Accepted.