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The first of Walt Disney’s theme parks in Florida, Disney’s Magic Kingdom first opened in 1971. Disney’s Magic Kingdom may be the most iconic theme park in the world, and is readily recognized as the “happiest place on Earth”.

The heart of Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom Park is definitely a can’t-miss when you’re planning a magical vacation. Walking down Main Street USA and seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time has been known to bring adults to full-on tears. And we love that!

The park is filled with all of the best things about Disney with beautiful shows, exciting rides, and fireworks that make you gasp. If your schedule permits, the Magic Kingdom is a two-day park easily. So let’s dive right in and talk about the rides, attractions, food, and more that you will find in the well-known park. 

Tickets for Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Tickets for Disney’s Magic Kingdom are currently $124 for adults and children over 10 for a one-day pass and $118 for children ages 3 to 9. Keep in mind that ticket prices may vary depending on packages that you may purchase and the number of days that you will be visiting. You can purchase tickets at the gate, but you may save a considerable amount of money by buying them in advance or as part of a package. Ticket prices are also subject to change. 

Hours for Disney’s Magic Kingdom

The hours at Disney’s Magic Kingdom have recently changed due to to the Covid-19 pandemic, and you need to check the hours that the park will be open before you head over.

As of this writing, Disney’s Magic Kingdom is open from 9 am until 6 pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday the park opens at 9 am and closes at 9 pm, and on Sundays, the park opens at 9 am and closes at 8 pm. 

Parking at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Parking at the Magic Kingdom is a little different than it is at the rest of the parks. For the other parks, parking is at the front entrance, but not for the Magic Kingdom park. Parking for Disney’s Magic Kingdom is at the Transportation and Ticket Center.

From here, you can ride either the monorail or the ferry to the park. Both of these transportation methods have implemented Covid-19 health and safety measures, and masks are required. Parking is free for guests who have an annual pass and those who are staying at a Disney resort.

For all other guests, parking is $25 for standard parking, $45-$50 for preferred parking (varies seasonally), and $30 per day for oversized parking. 

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Disney Parks Safety

Remember that all of the parks have implemented Covid-19 health and safety measures to keep both cast members and guests as safe as possible. Masks are required to be worn at all times, except when guests are eating. Walking while eating is no longer allowed.

Temperatures are checked for each guest before they will be allowed entrance into the park. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 will be denied entry as well as the other members of their party.

You will find markings in the ride queues and at restaurants to encourage parties to remain six feet away from other groups. There are also plenty of hand washing and sanitizing stations available throughout all of the parks. 

Rides at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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Adventureland

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Take a magic carpet ride over Agrabah around Genie’s magical lamp. This ride accommodates four passengers per carpet. Passengers in the front control the up and down motion of the carpet, while rear passengers control the pitch of the carpet from front to back. Watch out for “spitting” camels, and be sure to look down for gems hidden in the streets. 

Jungle Cruise

Hop aboard your boat and let your trusty skipper navigate the waters as you take a ten-minute floating tour of four continents. You will see a variety of animatronic animals including rhinos, hippos, lions, zebras, snakes, and more as you navigate the tropical landscape.

The Swiss Family Tree House

Designed after Disney’s live-action film Swiss Family Robinson, as you walk up the steps to the top of the treehouse you will see pulley systems to carry items to the top of the tree and a water wheel. Not Disney’s most exciting attraction, and one of the few that is not handicap accessible, but still worth checking out at least once. 

Pirates of the Caribbean 

Before boarding your ship you will walk through an underground cavern with lots of twists and turns. Once you board your ship you will take a sharp drop in the darkness only to find yourself smack in the middle of a battle with cannon shots and all. Be on the lookout for Captain Jack Sparrow as you progress through the ride. 

Frontierland 

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a roller coaster and has a 40” height requirement. The attention to detail here is amazing from the authentic old mining equipment to the smell of sulfur in the mine as your runaway mine cart speeds through. This is one of Disney’s Magic Kingdom’s most popular rides. 

Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island is a walk through attraction that is a big playground for kids. Walk across the barrel bridge and then take a seat in the shade of the huge trees while your kids play in caves and Fort Sam Clemens. 

Splash Mountain 

Splash Mountain is a water ride, so be prepared to get wet! Themed after the film Song of the South the ride takes you on a journey as Brer Bear and Brer Fox attempt to catch up to Brer Rabbit. Your log will wind its way through caves and down three short drops before the final 52-foot plunge. Make sure to check out the audio-animatronics strategically placed throughout this ride. 

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Tomorrowland

Astro Orbiter

This ride takes you flying high above the park and is not for anyone who is scared of heights. You actually have to take an elevator to get on the ride! There are some amazing views of the park from this ride. Try the ride at night for an extra cool view of the lights around Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland Speedway

Drive around this 2000 foot race track at hair-raising speeds of about 7 miles per hour! Kids love this ride, and can even drive the car if they are 54” tall or higher. They must be 32” tall to ride as a passenger. 

Space Mountain

Space Mountain is a staple of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This is a roller coaster, though its highest speeds are only 28 miles per hour and there are no upside-down loops. The theme of the ride is space of course, and in this dark ride, you will hear the asteroids whizzing by your rocket ship. 

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Take a ride in a space cruiser through an arcade and use your lasers to defeat the evil emperor Zurg. Use your laser cannon to rack up points as you move through the game and see who in your group ends up with the highest score!

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

This ten-minute slow-moving ride takes you on a leisurely one-mile tour of Tomorrowland. You will see windows looking down on Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. This ride has no engines and is pulled by magnets, and while it is not a super thrilling ride, it is a great option if you just need to sit down and rest for a few minutes. 

Liberty Square

The Haunted Mansion

Another classic Magic Kingdom ride, the lines for this one can be quite long, however, the Imagineers paid attention to even the tiniest details so there is a lot to see and interact with even while you wait your turn in the queue. Once you have made your way up to the mansion, butlers and maids will take you into the library. From here you will ride on doom buggies on a tour throughout the mansion where a black widow bride has dispatched and laid to rest her many husbands. 

Liberty Square Riverboat 

The Liberty Belle riverboat is an authentic replication of an old paddlewheel riverboat, that travels the Rivers of America and circles around Tom Sawyer Island a few times each day. This ride is great if you are looking to rest for a little bit while still actively doing something in the park. 

Fantasyland 

The Barnstormer

The Barnstormer featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini follows the storyline of Goofy as a stunt pilot for a circus. Your airplane will follow Goofy’s out of control path swooping and swerving through the air until finally bursting through a billboard with your plane. This is a short ride, less than a minute, and is not really designed for adults, but kids love it! 

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This family-friendly roller coaster takes place in the seven dwarfs diamond mine. You will ride in a mine car deep into the diamond mine and eventually into the forest with Snow White and all of her friends. There are some great animatronics and songs from the film involved in this ride. While it is family-friendly children need to be 38” tall to ride. 

Mad Tea Party Tea Cups

Take a ride in a spinning teacup at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. These teacups spin around a large teapot, and you can control how much your teacup spins, which kids love! This ride is probably not the best choice for anyone who experiences motion sickness. 

Peter Pan’s Flight

This is one of Disney’s Magic Kingdom’s original rides and has not changed over the years. There is no animatronics, and no fancy special effects, in fact, most of the special effects you see are created by a simple glow in the dark paint. Hop on a pirate ship and fly above the Darling’s nursery, over London, and above the battle of Captain Hook and Peter Pan. Even with its lack of elaborate special effects, this is one of those rides that truly encompasses the magic of Disney and everyone should ride it at least once. 

Under The Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid

Sit down in your clamshell and take a journey under the sea with Ariel, Sebastion, Flounder, Prince Eric, and Ursula. The temperature and lighting in the dark rid change as you move through the story making it feel as though you really have traveled underneath the water into Ariel’s world. Don’t be surprised to hear your fellow guests singing along to the music on this ride.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Head right into the circus before taking your turn to fly on Dumbo. There is an interactive queue here where you can play games while you wait your turn (you will get a pager that buzzes when it is time to ride). Once on the ride, you will fly in the air on baby Dumbo, freshly delivered from the stork. This is a ride that guests of all ages thoroughly enjoy. 

It’s a Small World

This boat ride in the dark takes you past animatronic dolls from around the world singing the song “It’s a Small World”. First debuted as an exhibit at the World’s Fair in 1964, and transformed into an iconic ride at both Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and Disneyland. This is another ride that every Disney guest should experience at least once. 

This ride is a favorite of young children, but guests of all ages can join in the fun. Enjoy the famous Disney music as the carousel spins slowly around and the horses rise slowly up and down. As you ride, take note of the eighteen hand-painted scenes on the wooden canopy above the ride that tells the classic Cinderella tale.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Sit down in a “Hunny pot” and travel through the Hundred Acre Woods with Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and Gopher and get blown away by the blustery day, continue traveling through the story as Tigger bounces alongside, and meet Pooh in his dream where Heffalumps and Woozles are trying to steal his precious hunny! As the ride concludes you will see Piglet being rescued from the “Floody Place”. This is a must ride at the park, especially if you have a Pooh fan in your group. 

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Shows & Attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Country Bear Jamboree

Head on in for a seat at Grizzly Hall and watch as 20 animatronic bears put on a knee-slapping good show. Hear the musical talents of the Five Bear Rugs, Teddi Barra the Tampa Temptation, and many more. This is an original attraction at Disney’s Magic Kingdom that was suggested by Walt Disney himself. 

Hall of Presidents

Inside the atrium of the Hall of Presidents, you will find several small exhibits and memorabilia, as well as portraits of the President’s of the United States. Inside the theater, you will see a digitally projected film, hear President Abraham Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address, and be introduced to each of the American Presidents. Each President is dressed in era-appropriate clothing and all of the President’s since Bill Clinton has personally recorded their speech. 

Designed by Walt Disney himself, this attraction originally debuted at the World’s Fair. An excellent way to pass 20 minutes sitting down out of the heat. An audio-animatronic family tells the story of the turn of the century, the 1920’s, 1940’s, and the present day. Some guests don’t find this attraction particularly exciting, but it is hard to pass up an opportunity to see the vision of Walt Disney. 

Enchanted Tales with Belle

This interactive show with Belle allows guests to play some of the character parts. You begin in Maurice’s (Belles’ father) workshop and step through a magical mirror into the library at the Beast’s castle. From here Lumiere and Belle tell an interactive story. If you have a princess fan in the group you should definitely add this show to your itinerary. 

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

This 4-d attraction airs on the world’s largest seamless theater screen and will make you forget that you are sitting in a theater. Instead, you will be a part of the action as the sights, smells, and sounds immerse you into this attraction. Donald Duck steals the show and you are then led on a wild, musical adventure through several Disney films until Mickey catches up and saves the day! 

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

This show takes you on a journey to collect laughs to help generate electricity for the city of Monstropolis. Mike Wazowski is the Monster of Ceremonies and will talk and interact with some of the guests. You can even text in a joke before the show starts that might get used in the show. 

Princess Fairytale Hall 

This attraction is a meet and greet area where guests can meet their favorite Disney princesses. Designed to look like a castle courtyard guests walk past pictures of the princesses before splitting off into different areas to meet their princess of choice. The available princesses change from time to time. 

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Restaurants at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

There are lots of amazing restaurants to check out at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, so here they will be broken down by the lands that they are located in. 

Fantasy Land

Be Our Guest

If you have ever wanted to dine in Beauty and the Beast’s Castle then this is the dining experience for you. The restaurant serves plentiful portions and delicious food.

If you’re familiar with the previous lunch and breakfast options, you’ll want to note that only lunch and dinner are offered now. The table service restaurant serves one appetizer, entree, and dessert trio per person. 

Cost: $62.00 ( Adult) $37.00 (Child)

Open: Yes, lunch, and dinner only at this time. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, 2 table service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? Yes, reservations and menu selection can be done in the My Disney Experience app. 

Pinocchio Village Haus

Famous for their flatbread offerings, but they also have some tasty entrees like Chicken Parmesan Pasta and Antipasto salad. Their Tangled Wall eclair is not to missed… miniature chocolate frying pan included!

Cost: $ 10.49 (Adult) $6.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, 1 quick service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? Yes, in the My Disney Experience app.

Friar’s Nook 

The menu here changes frequently but the offerings are always delicious and unique. Currently, you will find Loaded Buffalo chicken tots, Creamy bacon macaroni and cheese tots, and all-beef hot dogs. 

Cost: $9.99 (Adult) $6.49 (Child)

Open: Yes, lunch, and dinner only. Breakfast temporarily suspended. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service and snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Gaston’s Tavern

This is the place to pop in for a warm cinnamon roll and LeFou’s brew, a tasty (non-alcoholic) beverage that can only be found here. 

Cost:$5.99 (Adult) $5.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits, and quick service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Who wouldn’t want to share a meal with a princess? This experience has been modified due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. They are now only open for lunch and dinner, and only one princess will be present at a time, and she will remain socially distant. 

Cost: $75.00 (Adult) $45.00 (Child)

Open: Yes, lunch, and dinner service only currently. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, 2 table service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Storybook Circus Snacks

A great place to stop in for popcorn, pretzels, churros, and Mickey ice cream bars. 

Cost: $6.00 (Adult) $6.00 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Prince Eric Village Market

You can find fresh fruit, chocolate-dipped bananas, Mickey ice cream bars, popcorn, and more at this small kiosk. 

Cost: $6.00 (Adult) $6.00 (Child)

Open: No, temporarily closed. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service and snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

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Maurice’s Amazing Popping Machine Snacks

You can find popcorn in souvenir buckets here as well as frozen bananas, and frozen lemonade to cool off with. 

Cost: $6.00 (Adult) $6.00 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Liberty Square

Liberty Tree Tavern

The food is traditional American (think Thanksgiving or Sunday dinner) and is all you care to enjoy. Pot roast, oven-roasted pork, or roast turkey with seasonal vegetables are some of the delicious foods that you can enjoy. Reservations are highly recommended. 

Cost: $39.00 (Adult) $21.00 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one table service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Diamond Horseshoe

If you have ever wanted to eat in a wild west saloon then here is your chance! Home-cooked favorites like beef brisket, macaroni and cheese, and pulled pork can be found on the menu here. 

Cost: $39.00 (Adult) $21.00 (Child)

Open: No, temporarily closed. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one table service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available?

Columbia Harbor House

A great place to stop in for a quick, delicious meal. Soups and salads are available here, and the fried shrimp chicken and fish are favorites!

Cost: $13.99 (Adult) $6.99 (Child)

Open: No, temporarily closed. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one quick service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? Yes, in the My Disney Experience App. 

Sleepy Hollow

A great place to grab breakfast (before 11 AM) and a place for snacks for the rest of the day. Funnel cakes, and even a sweet and spicy chicken waffle sandwich with house-made chips are on the menu here. 

Cost: $ 10.99 (Adult) $7.99 (Child) 

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service and snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Liberty Square Market

Here you can find turkey legs, Mickey pretzels with cheese, trail mix, fruit, Greek yogurt, and more. 

Cost: $12.49 (Adult) $3.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service and snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Tomorrowland 

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

A great place to stop in for a burger, chicken sandwich, hot dogs, or some Galaxy Loaded fries! The toppings bar here for add ons is a favorite of many Disney guests. 

Cost: $12.99 (Adult) $6.69 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? Yes, in the My Disney Experience app. 

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

Pop in here for a Pumpkin Spice milkshake (available seasonally), a fruit smoothie, or a brownie sundae treat. 

Cost: $6.99 (Adult) $6.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits, and quick service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Lunching Pad 

Here you will find Pepper Jack cheese stuffed pretzels, hot dogs, sweet cream cheese stuffed pretzels, pulled pork sandwiches, and frozen slushies. 

Cost: $6.79 (Adult) $6.79 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service and snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Tomorrowland Terrace

This quick-service restaurant is only open seasonally, but you can get a burger, chicken tenders, or Asian lettuce cups here. 

Cost: $10.99 (Adult) $6.99 (Child)

Open: No

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one quick service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? Yes, in the My Disney Experience app. 

Cool Ship Cooling Station

Grab a frozen drink and cool off in the light water mist on a hot day. 

Cost: $5.00 (Adult) $5.00 (Child)

Open: No

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits, and quick service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Adventureland

Jungle Navigation Co., LTD Skipper Canteen

This very jungle-themed table service restaurant has a variety of very interesting menu items to choose from like “Tastes Like Chicken” and Hardy Har Char Siu Pork.

Cost: $25.00 (Adult) $11.00 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: One table service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Tortuga Tavern

Pop into this quick-service restaurant for a hot dog, turkey leg, or jerk flavored brisket sandwich. 

Cost: $10.99 (Adult) $10.99 (Child) 

Open: No, only opened seasonally. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one quick service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Sunshine Tree Terrace

Soft serve ice cream, ice cream floats, and specialty frozen beverages make this an ideal stop for a hot day. 

Cost: $5.99 (Adult) $5.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits, and quick service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Egg Roll Wagon

If you are looking for an interesting twist on an egg roll then this is the stop for you! Here you will find cheeseburger and pepperoni pizza egg rolls. 

Cost: $7.50 (Adult) $7.50 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service and snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Aloha Isle

Another great spot to stop if you need something refreshing to cool off with. Here you will find coconut soft serve ice cream, Dole Whip cups, and Raspberry Swirl, and Pineapple floats. 

Cost: $5.99 (Adult) $5.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one snack credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Main Street U.S.A. 

Plaza Restaurant

Burgers, Cheesesteak, Bangers and mash, ice cream, and milkshakes are what you will find on the menu here. 

Cost: $22.00 (Adult) $10.00 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one table service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Casey’s Corner

You will find a variety of amazing hot dogs here as well as chili cheese fries, and corn dog nuggets. 

Cost: $11.99 (Adult) $11.99 (Child)

Open: No, temporarily closed. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one quick service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? Yes, in the My Disney Experience app. 

Crystal Palace

An all you care to enjoy character dining experience that allows you to share a meal with Eeyore, Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet. 

Cost: $55.00 (Adult) $36.00 (Child)

Open: No, temporarily closed. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one table service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Hard serve ice cream is available here. You can get cones, sundaes splits, and more. 

Cost: $6.99 (Adult) $3.99 (Child)

Open: No, temporarily closed. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Tony’s Town Square

A Lady and the Tramp themed Italian restaurant with lots of pasta dishes to choose from. You can also get pizza here. 

Cost: $27.00 (Adult) $11.00 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, one table service credit. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Main Street Bakery

This is a great place to stop in for some Starbucks coffee, cookies, brownies, pastries, and more. 

Cost: $5.99 (Adult) $3.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack, and quick service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Frontierland

Aunt Polly’s Dockside Inn

This location is only open seasonally, but you will find pulled pork BBQ biscuit sliders, soft pretzel sticks, brownies, and root beer floats here. 

Cost: $9.99 (Adult) $7.99 (Child)

Open: No, closed for the season. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Golden Oak Outpost

This is another location that is only open seasonally, but when they are open they serve chicken nuggets, chili cheese waffle fries, and loaded onion rings. 

Cost: $9.99 (Adults) $6.99 (Child)

Open: No, closed for the season. 

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service and snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn

The place to go for fajita’s, tacos, nachos, cheeseburgers, salads, and more. 

Cost: $11.99 (Adult) $6.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, quick service credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? Yes, in the My Disney Experience mobile app. 

Westward Ho Refreshments

A nice place to pop in for some Mickey pretzels, churros, corn dog nuggets, and more. 

Cost: $6.99 (Adult) $6.99 (Child)

Open: Yes

Disney Dining Plan Accepted: Yes, snack credits. 

Mobile Ordering Available? No

Disney’s Magic Kingdom has so much to offer to its guests. There are a lot of amazing rides, some wonderful shows, and of course plenty of delicious foods to eat.

Guests frequently ask if you can see everything that park has to offer in a single day, and the answer is no. It’s impossible to see everything that Disney’s Magic Kingdom has to offer because things are constantly evolving and changing. New seasons, new decorations, and new attractions mean guests have to come back again and again.

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