Magic Kingdom is the original of Walt Disney World's four theme parks. Modeled on Disneyland in California, the additional space and control available to Walt Disney in Florida allowed him to do things on an even bigger scale, making it a unique park and not just a replication of another.
Designed with a classic hub-and-spoke layout, guests are eased into an alternate reality with a walk down a turn-of-the-century small town street at the end of which they can choose from different fantastical lands with complete themes. Another unique element to Magic Kindgom is that most guests will need to take a monorail or ferry to get from their car to the park.
- Location: Northern end of the Walt Disney World property.
- Date Opened: October 1, 1971
- Approximate Annual Attendance: 17 million
- Size: 107 acres
- # of Lands: 6
- # of Rides and Attractions: 31
- # of Entertainment and Shows: 9
- # of Dining Locations: 27
Park Hours: The opening time for Magic Kingdom is 9:00 a.m. all year. The park generally closes at 8:00 p.m. in the off season and 10:00 p.m. during peak seasons though on certain days it may close as early as 6:00 p.m. and as late as 11:00 p.m., with some closings at midnight or 1 a.m. during the busiest few days of the year.
Early Entry: The Extra Magic Hours program offers guests of the on-property hotel resorts to enter one of the parks an hour earlier than the posted opening time. Only limited attractions will be open during the extra hour; see Disney's Extra Magic Hours Web page for the current schedule of Extra Magic Hours days.
Late Departure: The Extra Magic Hours program offers guests of the on-property hotel resorts to spend an extra three hours at the park. The schedule of evening Extra Magic Hours days differs from the morning Extra Hours Days.
- ATMs: Magic Kingdom as three ATM locations. The first is in the locker area beneath the Main Street Train Station. The second is in Frontierland near the Shooting Arcade. Tomorrowland also has an ATM in the video arcade near Space Mountain.
- City Hall: In City Hall, immediately to the left as you enter Main Street.
- Disney Dollars: Disney Dollars are the private currency of Disneyland. Any cash accepting location inside of the park will accept Disney Dollars as well.
- Equipment Rental:
Strollers, manual wheelchairs, and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) can be rented just inside the park. Stroller replacements are available (with receipt and on an as available basis) at Frontier Trading Post, Tinker Bell's Treasures, and Tomorrowland arcade.
Strollers rent for $15 per day for a single and $31 for a double. Length of stay rentals are available for $13 and $27 per day. Manual wheelchairs rent for $12 per day or $10 per day for length of stay. ECVs are $50 per day with an additional $20 refundable deposit. No length of stay rental is available. If you are renting a wheelchair or ECV you may also want to stop by City Hall to request the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities which will provide information on ride access and other issues.
In-park rentals do not allow you take strollers out of the park, but rather you must get a new one at each park. Your rental receipt will allow you to get a new rental the same day (supplies permitting) when you get to another park.
For additional information on getting around the parks with wheelchairs and ECVs, see our Walt Disney World Mobility page.
- For rental strollers that cost less than Disney's, and that you can use anywhere you go throughout your visit, check out MousePlanet partner Magic Strollers. Affiliated with Owner's Locker, Magic Strollers will deliver your single or double stroller to your resort before you arrive and pick it back up when you leave. Magic Strollers delivers to resorts throughout the Orlando area, not just to Walt Disney World. Visit their site and check them out for yourself, or order now!
- First Aid and Baby Care: Both are located next to the Crystal Palace restaurant on Main Street.
- Lockers: The only lockers at Magic Kingdom are located beneath the Main Street railroad station. Locker rentals cost $7 per day for a standard size locker and $9 per day for a large locker, plus a $5 refundable deposit.
- Kennel: Magic Kingdom (and all of the Walt Disney World parks no longer (as of September 1, 2010) has its own kennel facilities. Best Friends Pet Care is now operating a 50,000 square foot pet resort at 2510 Bonnet Creek Parkway in the Epcot resort area.
In additional to single day visit or overnight boarding for cats and dogs the facility can also handle a certain number of other pets such as hamsters, birds, and pot-bellied pigs. It is not required that you either be visiting the parks to kennel your animal in the facility although a discount is given to people staying at one of the on-property resorts.
Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended, especially during peak seasons. Hours vary but the center is generally open from an hour before that day's earliest park opening to an hour after the last park closes, so remember to take pet retrieval time into account when planning the end of your day.
Overnight boarding starts at $37 for dogs ($34 if a resort guest), $23 ($21) for cats, and other animas range from $12-$23 ($10-$21) depending on size. Full day kenneling of dogs is $27 for basic kenneling, cats are $15; less than six hours is $16 and $15 respectively.
For more information or reservations, call 1-877-493-9738 (877-4 WDW PETS) or visit their web site. See MousePlanet contributor Vance Cope's article (September 10, 2010) on the opening of Best Friends Pet Care.
- Smoking: Only in designated areas. Main Street: Next to Tony's Restaurant and next to the Plaza Inn; Adventureland: Next to the Swiss Family Treehouse and along the back walkway to Frontierland; Frontierland: Next to Big Thunder Mountain exit; Liberty Square: Next to bridge closest to Liberty Tree Tavern; Fantasyland: Next to the Fairytale Garden; Tomorrowland: Next to the Indy Speedway and the train station
Direct access to the information page for every ride or attraction in Magic Kingdom. To find all the rides and attractions in a specific area of the park, use the links in the previous section, The Lands.
- Liberty Square
- Main Street, U.S.A.
- Main Street Vehicles Use turn-of-the-(20th)-century transporation to get from one end of Main Street to the other.
- Walt Disney World Railroad Take a tour around the Magic Kingdom, or just use it as a shortcut around parade crowds.
Direct access to the information page just about every show, entertainment, or regular meet-and-greet in the park. To find all the shows and entertainment in a specific area of the park, use the links in the earlier section, The Lands.
- Liberty Square
- Main Street, U.S.A.
- Main Street Electrical Parade Disney's classic nighttime parade returns to the Magic Kingdom for the third time.
- SpectroMagic Light invades the night with these elaborate floats using advanced fiber optic and computer technology. On indefinite hiatus
- Wishes The fireworks spectacular uses music and explosions to examine how wishes come true.
Direct access to the information page for every regular dining location in the park. Outdoor vending (ODV) locations are not listed, though they are detailed on the Dining section of each land's page. To find all the shows and entertainment in a specific area of the park, use the links in the earlier section, The Lands.
- Liberty Square
- Main Street, U.S.A.
Disney offers the following tours giving detailed or behind-the-scenes looks at their parks.
Here you will find a list of selected lands and special events that have been removed from Magic Kingdom.
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