's Expert Guide to Disney's Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom truly is the heart of the Walt Disney World experience and arguably the most magical theme park on the planet. Home to the iconic Cinderella Castle (the most photographed edifice in the world), Magic Kingdom brings the storybook tales from childhood to life, with fantasy, adventure and a whole lot of imagination. The sentimental pull of seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time—or the 101st—is undeniable.

What not to miss

Disney Classics

Attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World and Jungle Cruise are true family-friendly classics, given the nod of approval by Walt Disney himself.

It's A Small World

Character Meet And Greets

Meeting Mickey and his friends has become an art form for many guests. Not sure where to find your favourite character? Ask any Cast Member. They can give you times and locations. Visit Princess Fairytale Hall for the chance to meet your favourite Disney princess and be sure to have a fat pen and an autograph book ready!

Festival of Fantasy Parade

No one does a parade better than Disney, and this is truly one of their finest, filled with Princesses, inspiring music and an outrageously cool steampunk-style dragon.

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Happily Ever After

Walt Disney World pioneered ‘storytelling through fireworks’, and this fabulous nightly display features snippets of beloved characters’ stories, with music, narrative, and, of course, some truly magnificent pyrotechnics. It’s a magical finale to a perfect Disney day. 'Happily Ever After' replaced the famous 'Wishes' show in 2017, aiming to inspire guests to fulfill their own dreams. The show features a mix of classic and new Disney characters, as well as new music and dazzling special effects.

Happily Ever After Disney fireworks

Expert Tip

Find Out What’s On

Make sure you check out what’s going on in the park as soon as you arrive. There are plenty of amazing shows, parades and performances running throughout the day that you won’t want to miss!

New Attractions/Expansions

Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire at the Magic Kingdom

Don’t miss Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, a spectacular new show that takes place every day on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Featuring all your favourite Disney characters, you can expect to see sisters Anna & Elsa and their adorable friend Olaf, Rapunzel & Flynn Rider, Tiana & Prince Naveen and of course Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the gang. The Muppets have recently made a debut in the all-new The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History show. Taking place throughout the day outside The Hall of Presidents, get ready to meet Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

Expert Tips

Princess Fairytale Hall Advice

Meet and greets with Anna and Elsa, from Disney’s blockbuster animated movie Frozen, are the hottest ticket in the World, so scheduling a FastPass+ time is absolutely essential to avoid long waits—or disappointment. Remember, you can book 60 days in advance if you’re staying at a Disney resort or 30 days in advance if you’re staying offsite.

Be Our Guest

Alcohol is only served to guests at dinner at Be Our Guest and cannot be taken out of the restaurant. If you would like to enjoy a drink, take the monorail to one of the Magic Kingdom resorts, bearing in mind you may not bring alcoholic beverages with you if you return to the park.

Festival of Fantasy Parade Advice

Stand near Liberty Tree Tavern or in the Hub to view the parade and you’ll be in prime position to see the Maleficent Dragon breathe fire!

Annual Events

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Is an after-hours, specially ticketed event. Unlike traditional Halloween scare-fests in Orlando, this is totally family-friendly fare, with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Co putting on their party best for a trick-or-treat festival featuring a specially-themed parade, shows, story-tellers and plenty of costumed characters. Highlights include Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, Happy Hallowishes Fireworks, Halloween Riverboat rides and the eerie makeover of Main Street USA which lends a superb ‘spooktacular’ appearance. Most of the park’s rides are open until late, and party-goers definitely benefit from the limited number of guests in attendance (save the busiest attractions for party-time and you’ll avoid the long waits). The fireworks and parade are the most popular events, and people stake out their spots up to an hour in advance for the best views.

Boo To You Parade

  • Dates: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party occurs on select dates starting in early September and continues through to the end of October. The party commences after regular park times and requires a separate paid-for ticket for entry. Treats from well-marked stations around the park are free with admission.

  • Tickets: This event is extremely popular, and must be booked well in advance on 407 939 5277.

  • Costumes: Costumes are permitted during the party for both adults and children.

  • Times: After regular park closing.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Is an essential seasonal favourite featuring festive stage shows, carol singers, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime parade accompanied by Santa Claus himself, the shimmering beauty of Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle, and a brilliant specially-themed fireworks display. Magic Kingdom during the Christmas season is joyful enough, but when you walk through a gentle ‘snowfall’ on Main Street, it truly becomes magical.

Mickey and Minnie at Christmas Walt Disney World

  • Dates: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights beginning in early November and continues through mid-December.

  • Tickets: Guests are required to purchase a separate ticket for entry. Tickets sell out quickly so it is advisable to book as early as possible by calling Disney’s main reservations line at 407 939 5277.

  • Times: The party begins after regular park closing.

Exclusive Experiences

The Keys to the Kingdom

The Keys to the Kingdom is a 4½-5 hour guided tour of many backstage areas, including the service tunnel that runs under the park and the entertainment production buildings. 16 years and up only.

Family Magic Tour

Disney’s Family Magic Tour is a 2-hour guided adventure that takes you on a search for clues throughout the park.

Disney’s Steam Trains Tour

Join the Disney crew who prepare the park’s trains each day for a backstage look at how they maintain these magnificent machines. Ages 10 and up.

Expert Tip

Disney World at Christmas

If you are visiting during the first weekend in December, you may want to avoid Magic Kingdom, especially on Saturday. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is taped that weekend, and crowds will be horrendous.

Estimated Visit Time

Magic Kingdom: Two days

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