Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park
Over 50 attractions and experiences are packed into Magic Kingdom’s relatively small 142 acre footprint. These 142 acres also make up the busiest theme park in the world so planning is key. You will need multiple days to do everything so set those expectations accordingly.
A brief introduction to the Magic Kingdom. For more information on the attractions please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Annual Visitors (2019):
Avarage Daily Visitors:
Lake Buena Vista
Magic Kingdom Attraction Mix
- Roller Coasters & Thrill Rides 14% 14%
- Family & Children’s Attractions 64% 64%
- Shows 22% 22%
Magic Kindom Location
Magic Kingdom Parking
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
The physical aspect of walking around theme parks almost every day for 2 or more weeks comes as a surprise to many people. To illustrate the physical exertion, I use my Google Fit app to track my step count and distance walked in each park. I’ve crunched the numbers and the figures below represent my most recent visit to the park.
13.48 km (8.37 miles)
An overview of the attraction types you can expect to find in the Magic Kingdom
Free guides, maps and tools to help you plan smarter!
An up-to-date park map to give you an idea of the layout and know where your favourite attractions are in relation to one another. Days in the parks can be long, don’t walk further than you have to!
A handy overview of the park. Download and read at your pleasure and use in conjunction with the park map and attraction tick list to plan your day.
Set your priorities for the day by knowing the must-do attractions and ones to avoid. Set expectations so there is no disappointment when you arrive and know what else you can do if there is time.
Not sure where to begin? Let a travel professional handle the planning so you can get on with enjoying your day.
For a park mainly aimed at younger children there are an impressive mix of roller coasters to be found.
Thrill rides are not the main aim but some attractions provide a decent amount of thrills from expectations.
With a budget of around $70m in todays money, Magic Kingdom’s solo water attraction really delivers.
The piece-de-resistance of this park is the sheer number, scale and budget of dark rides you can find here.
You’ll find more to do here than you can fit into one day, especially if you have your heart set on meeting some characters.
Despite there being numerous wonderful shows the focus for children here is on a plethora of meet and greet opportunities.
See Magic Kingdom Visually
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Getting To The Park
The park and car park sit on opposite sides of the man-made Bay Lake. From parking up, expect it to take anywhere from 20 minutes up to an hour to get into the park.
Monorail is generally quickest but check the queue lines for the boats. On exceptionally busy days the boats will be quicker than waiting for the monorail.
Another hack is to use the quieter resorts line rather than the express line. Resort monorails stop at all resorts between the park and Transportation & Ticketing Center but they can be quicker than standing in a long queue for the express monorail.
If you are staying in a resort hotel, busses from the hotels to Magic Kingdom drop off outside the park entrance saving the hassle of getting across the lake.
Rope Drop Techniques
If you don’t have a specific attraction in mind, don’t follow the crowds that gravitate around the park in a counter-clockwise direction, usually starting in Tomorrowland.
Instead, head clockwise through Adventureland and bag a couple of early goes on popular attractions like Pirates Of The Caribbean, Jungle Cruise or Splash Mountain before the main crowds arrive.
Remember that on-resort guests have access to the park 30 minutes before general ticket holders so the queues won’t be non-existent but, for perennially popular attractions, the queues in the first hour of opening are far less than the rest of the day.
Magic Kingdom's Most Popular Attractions
Queue times vary on the time of year but if the following attractions are on your bucket list make sure you get to them early or try and get a Genie+/Lightning Lane reservation to cut your queueing time:
- Space Mountain
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- It’s A Small World
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Haunted Mansion
- Meet & Greet Princesses & Mickey/Minnie