The Magic Kingdom was the first Disney park to open in Florida in 1971 and it’s the one that first comes to mind when people hear the words “Walt Disney World”. Despite this, there are really a lot of misconceptions out there about the park and the six lands that are situated around that most famous icon, Cinderella Castle. Check out my list of the most common misunderstandings I’ve heard and why they simply aren’t true!
1. It’s only for children.
It’s easy to see why people might think the Magic Kingdom is only for small kids if the only point of reference are the attractions in Fantasyland. There are so many attractions in this park for guests of all ages, including four coasters, with the TRON Lightcycle attraction on the horizon. Don’t rule out the other attractions too! Adults will love the nostalgia of “it’s a small world”, the Mad Tea Party, and “the Enchanted Tiki Room, making these fun to go on over and over! It goes without saying that Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is perfect for guests of all ages!
2. Adult drinks aren’t available.
It’s true that the Magic Kingdom did not serve alcoholic drinks for several decades. However, this is not the case anymore. You can make a reservation at any of the table-service restaurants in the park and enjoy a glass of wine, cold beer, or delicious cocktail.
3. They only offer chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and French fries.
These theme park food staples are definitely available if you want them, but the Magic Kingdom offers so much more in terms of dining choices. Flatbread pizzas, fresh salads, veggie burgers, and many more delicious options are available at counter service locations. Table service restaurants offer a wide variety of choices to please everyone’s palette too.
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4. It’s too noisy and crowded.
While certain areas of the Magic Kingdom can get crowded during peak hours of the day, don’t overlook sections of the park that offer a quiet spot to relax. Check out Tom Sawyer’s Island, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and the Liberty Square Riverboat for great places to enjoy the park and get away from the hustle and bustle.
5. There aren’t any thrill rides.
If Peter Pan’s Flight or The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh doesn’t appeal to you, the Magic Kingdom offers a lot of more thrilling attractions that might be more your speed. Check out Space Mountain, the high-flying Astro Orbiter, and the upcoming TRON Lightcycle Power Run Rollercoaster for exhilarating experiences.
6. The Castle can be taken down.
The central Florida region sees its share of tropical storms and hurricanes, but Cinderella Castle is built to withstand them all. The Castle was constructed with a steel frame and thick concrete walls, so it cannot be dismantled in the event of strong winds and storms.
7. Walt Disney sings in the Haunted Mansion.
As your Doom Buggy is creeping though the graveyard scene in the Haunted Mansion, check out the three singing busts sitting on the right. Contrary to popular belief, one of the busts is NOT supposed to be Walt Disney. Although it might look like him, it’s actually Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger.
8. There aren’t any new attractions in the Magic Kingdom.
Pirates of the Caribbean and the Carrousel of Progress have been “tried and true” attractions that have been a part of the Magic Kingdom for decades, but I also love the new attractions that have become fantastic parts of this park as well. Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are newcomers to the Magic Kingdom within the last several years, and you can be sure that this park is always evolving to include new attractions and experiences.
9. There aren’t any good places to shop.
If you think this is the case, look no further than Main Street USA. The Emporium, Main Street Gallery, Crystal Arts, and Uptown Jewelers are some of my favorite places to buy special gifts in all of Walt Disney World.
10. You can tour all of Magic Kingdom in one day.
In order to really experience all the enchantment that the Magic Kingdom has to offer, including the entertainment, shows, attractions, dining, and hidden gems, I would dedicate at least two days for this park.