Tips to Navigate Disney’s Magic Kingdom Like a Pro

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park packs in over 40 attractions and shows on a little over 107 acres. The first of the four theme parks constructed at Disney, Magic Kingdom has a reputation for taking more than one day to experience. To get the most of your next visit, here are some helpful tips to navigate Magic Kingdom like a pro.

Have a Plan

Have a plan in place before arriving on how you would like to tackle the day. Know what attractions and areas you think your family would most enjoy so you can be sure to experience them sometime throughout the day. Due to the size of the park, you really want to avoid backtracking as much as possible. Having a game plan for your visit will set up your family up for an amazing visit to the park.

Enjoy the Details and Activities of Each “Land”

Walt Disney designed Disneyland and Magic Kingdom using a layout of different themed areas. Located within Magic Kingdom are six different “Lands” – Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street, USA. As you travel through each of these areas enjoy the theming, the building décor, the extraordinary number of details, and notice how the Cast Members’ (what Disney calls their employees) uniforms change depending on the themed area they are working in.


Fantasyland is located behind the Castle and is the most popular area in the park. You will experience fewer crowds if you check out this area early in the morning. The two most popular attractions in this area are Seven Dwarfs Mine and Peter Pan’s Flight. I would encourage you to head directly to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the first ride of the day. You will find this attraction behind the Castle and near the Mad Tea Party attraction (honestly, you can just follow the crowd as the majority of people with be heading to this popular attraction). Peter Pan’s Flight is the second most popular attraction in this area so try to see that one early in the morning.

Liberty Square and Frontierland

After you have finished exploring Fantasyland make your way to Frontierland. As you head to this area from Fantasyland you may want to check out the popular attraction Haunted Mansion which will be immediately on your right. Just past the Haunted Mansion, you will find yourself in Liberty Square. The primary attraction here is the Hall of Presidents. This show takes place in a large theatre. You may want to save this show for later in the day if you need a place to cool off or just relax. Continuing on you will enter Frontierland. The two popular attractions in this area are Big Thunder Mountain Railway (roller coaster ride) and Splash Mountain (water flume ride). Also in this area is the cute Country Bear’s Jamboree show. This is another fun place to take a break and relax.

Frontierland’s Tom Sawyer Island

Your little ones will love this island. It is typically not very crowded and the children will enjoy exploring caves and Fort Sam Clemens. The island is only accessible by a “raft” ride from Frontierland. Tom Sawyer Island is a fun, laid-back area that is great for allowing the children to run around and let off some steam.


The next stop on your journey around the park is Adventureland. This land is home to the Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise attractions. Young ones will also enjoy Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride (similar to Dumbo) and the Swiss Family Tree House. If you need a place to cool off, check out the Enchanted Tiki Room show, or better yet, grab a world-famous Dole Whip ice cream treat.

As you leave Adventureland you will find yourself in front of the castle with Main Street USA on your right. Continue across that area into Tomorrowland. Attractions in this area to check out are Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (fun ride where each player will be able to fire their laser cannon to score points), the popular Space Mountain (roller coaster ride in almost total darkness), and Astro Orbiter. Need a good laugh? Be sure to enjoy the Monster, Inc Laugh Floor show. In the back of this area is the Carousel of Progress. This 30-minute show is a great place to relax and cool off. As you continue around in this area you will also find the Tomorrowland Speedway. Just beyond Tomorrowland is Fantasyland and you will be back where you started.

Fireworks are back at Magic Kingdom. View the My Disney Experience app for updated showtimes. Be sure to check out this helpful article – Best Spots to Watch Fireworks at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

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