Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

(October 1, 1971 - present)

 

History and photos of the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom guidemap - 1971

It's the flagship of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

It's the vacation destination that most kids, and many adults, dream about visiting.

It's a highly detailed theme park built around fairytale castle and divided into six themed "lands," each of those lands filled with high-quality rides and shows.

Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom guidemap - 1984

Known to many people as simply "Disney World," this is the Magic Kingdom, the first park to open at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida.  Since the Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971, hundreds of millions of people have made the theme park an annual vacation destination.  Attendance has risen significantly since those early days.  In 2013, over 18 million people visited the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Circled by a steam train, the interior of the Magic Kingdom is divided into six themed lands:  Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.  A seventh land, Mickey's ToonTown Fair, was closed on February 11, 2011 and re-themed to fit with the new expansion of Fantasyland.  Positioned in the middle of the park is its famous icon, Cinderella Castle.

Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom guidemap - 2014

Accessing the Magic Kingdom can be a little bit tricky if you're not prepared.

Parking - Driving to the Magic Kingdom, along with riding there on a chartered bus or other method, involves driving to the Transportation and Ticket Center and then taking the monorail or ferryboat to the Magic Kingdom.  Remember that at the TTC you're still about a mile from the theme park, so plan accordingly.  A quick trip to the car and back may take you thirty minutes.

Walt Disney World monorail system - Guests staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa can use the monorail for direct access to the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World resort launch - Guests staying at the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts, along with Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, can take a speedy boat ride across Bay Lake and/or Seven Seas Resort to access the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World bus system - Guests staying at all other Disney resorts, including the Swan and Dolphin, can access the Magic Kingdom directly with the bus system.

Additional photo pages for the Magic Kingdom include:

entrance area

rope drop ceremony

Cinderella Castle

The Hub

parades (includes SpectroMagic (EXTINCT!))

Rivers of America

Tiana's Showboat Jubilee! (EXTINCT!)

Walt Disney World Railroad

Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams

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Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom:

Magic Kingdom - view from Disney's Contemporary Resort:

Magic Kingdom - view from Disney's Contemporary Resort - night:

Magic Kingdom - 100 Years of Magic celebration (2002):

Magic Kingdom - The Happiest Celebration on Earth (2005):

Magic Kingdom - Year of a Million Dreams celebration (2007):

Magic Kingdom - Let the Memories Begin! celebration (2011):

Magic Kingdom - attraction posters - Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrowland, Snow White's Adventures and Walt Disney World Railroad:

Magic Kingdom - Christmas decorations:

Magic Kingdom - Christmas decorations - night:

Magic Kingdom - Plaza Christmas tree (EXTINCT!):

Magic Kingdom - Disney's Pirate and Princess Party (2007 version):

Magic Kingdom - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (2008 version):

Magic Kingdom - painted Mickey Mouse statues (2004):

Magic Kingdom - Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive attraction:

Magic Kingdom - miscellaneous photos:

Magic Kingdom - wildlife photos: