2019 Magic Kingdom for Adults the Complete Guide

Walt Disney World for Adults: Magic Kingdom Edition!

The Magic Kingdom is thought to be the most magical place on earth, especially for kids. No need to worry. This place is just as magical for adults who love the charm Walt Disney World is known to have.

As a grown-up going to the Magic Kingdom, all you have to do is unleash your freedom and dive in.


Disney’s Magic Kingdom is For Adults Too!

This park is a wonderful starter for those interested in the classic Disney appeal. It gives a good variety of thrilling attractions on the more milder side.

You’re in the thick of theme park entertainment with all the shows, parades, and fireworks in one place.

I’m usually alone in my solo theme park adventures, but on occasion you may find me doing Disney with my friends the adult way!

Try not to think about the massive number of crying kids, annoying teens, and cranky toddlers. Let not the music of adolescent beings prohibit your trip to the Magic Kingdom theme park. This venture you have chosen can be super fun.

…to the degree you have no imaginative restrictions or boundaries.

Buy all your Disney apparel without anyone (like a parental-figure) telling you “no you can’t have that,” or “it’s not in the budget!”

This could be a good or bad thing depending on if your personality allows for self-control.

This Magic Kingdom Guide will answer:

  • What makes the Magic Kingdom a park for grown-ups?
  • Are there tips for adults going to the Magic Kingdom?
  • What is there to do at the Magic Kingdom for adults?
  • Is the Magic Kingdom fun for adults?
  • What is the Magic Kingdom itinerary for adults?
  • Are there Magic Kingdom Must Do’s for adults?
  • What are the best attractions at the Magic Kingdom for adults?
  • Where can you find alcoholic beverages in the Magic Kingdom?

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

What makes the Magic Kingdom a park for grown-ups?

It’s the wonderful magic that greets you on Main Street U.S.A.

I like to remember my first visits which are triggered by the enchanted sites and sugary smells along the main road.

For the occasional theme park goer, the Magic Kingdom is a manageable and easy park to navigate.

The Magic Kingdom is divided into six lands:

  • Main Street U.S.A.
  • Tomorrowland
  • Fantasyland
  • Frontierland
  • Liberty Square
  • Adventureland

The lands are centered around the hub, which is Cinderella Castle. This is especially important to note when planning and mapping out your trip.

Cinderella Castle at The Magic Kingdom
Cinderella Castle at The Magic Kingdom

When it comes to experiencing the attractions, if you’re a thrill ride junkie, then this may not be the park for you. If you’re an adult who likes to mix up moderate thrills with more relaxing moments, then you’re in the right place.

Start your trip off by walking through the shops of Main Street U.S.A.

The next adult thing to do is to grab the best Starbucks drink and find a nice table outside Casey’s Corner overlooking the castle.

While you’re in your Magic Kingdom daze, go over your itinerary for that day and take a few pictures to set off your trip.

Tips for Adults Going to the Magic Kingdom

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Cinderella Castle

1 – Get to the park before it opens.

I mention this tip in almost every post because it is very important. Especially if you’re coming to any of the central Florida theme parks.

The Magic Kingdom is the busiest theme park in the world so be sure to get there before to the gates open.

Remember: Try to arrive an hour and a half before the park opens.

This may seem radical, but if you’re parking you have to take into consideration:

  • Finding a parking space.
  • Getting on the tram to the transportation ticket center.
  • Taking the monorail or boat over to the Magic Kingdom gates. There can be a very long line to get on the monorail or the boat.
  • Getting through the ticket turnstiles. This may take a while due to new security safety measures of having your bags checked.

2 – Be sure to check out the crowd calendar.

The calendar gives you an estimation of peak times at the Magic Kingdom throughout the year.

Beware, its times can change and is not always 100% accurate, but it gives you a general idea of the park’s busyness. Plus, the Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in world!

What are the Best Times to Visit the Magic Kingdom?

  • January
  • February
  • April
  • November

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These months are closely followed by March, May, September, and October as still pretty decent visiting times.

Learn more about the Best Days to Go to Disney World here!

3 – Plan out your day using the Disney FastPass+ system.

This system allows you to book up to three attractions before you arrive to the park. FastPass+ ensures that you can ride the top attractions on your list without feeling like you’ve missed anything.

Hipster Power Tip: You can book your FastPass+ from the Walt Disney World resort website or on the Disney app. Do this by linking your magic band or your theme park ticket to your account.

This is an absolute MUST DO tip for any trip at ANY of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

4 – Download the Walt Disney World park app and purchase tickets online.

The Disney app allows you to make your FastPass+ reservations before your visit. You can book FastPasses while you’re in the park. The app will also allow you to book dining arrangements within the app.

Tickets are also cheaper when you purchase them online.

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My Disney Experience App

Hipster Power Tip: You will want to have this app on hand while you’re at the park to keep track of wait times. The app is about 80% accurate when it comes to the wait times. Because the flow of traffic is constantly moving, the wait times may not be up-to-date by the minute.

5 – Dress comfy but stylish.

Make sure you have a good pair of sneakers, a light-weight t-shirt, shorts, and a hat to block the Florida sun. You’ll want to remain stylish.

After all, we are ThemeParkHipsters!

Plus, you want your pictures to be memorable.

Red ThemeParkHipster shirt in front Incredible poster at Magic Kingdom.

6 – Have water on hand.

The must bring item is water. The Florida heat and humidity is hard to describe to out of town guests who are use to milder temperatures.

The Florida summer heat and sometimes the early fall heat can affect someone who’s not used to it.

Hipster Power Tip: Have water, sunscreen, glasses, a hat, a small umbrella, and a frosty towel in your theme park backpack.

7 – Don’t be afraid to ask a cast member for help.

Disney cast members are some of the best people who are around to help. They like to service each guest the Disney way.

In the mist of helping, they sometimes do what’s called “plussing” your day. Which adds more Disney magic to your day than you paid for.

Hipster Power Tip: Never be afraid to ask a cast member for help. You never know what you may learn or receive when asking.

8 – Ride a top attraction during a parade at the Magic Kingdom.

This is a tip I used to do when I was a teenager because I was anti-parades and anti-shows.

If you are the same type a person, then this is the ideal time to ride a high-priority attraction.

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9 – Go to the Magic Kingdom during the weekday.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be the quieter and less crowded days at the Magic Kingdom.

10 – Book a character meal in advance at the Magic Kingdom.

The Crystal Palace and Cinderella’s Royal Table offer special dining with Disney characters. These dining experiences book up quickly.

If this is something you would like to do on your adult day at the Magic Kingdom, then definitely book in advance.

What is there to do at the Magic Kingdom for adults?

First of all, you get a chance to revel in the magical mind of Walt Disney himself as you experience firsthand, his thoughts and dreams.

Pirates of the Caribbean black flag with red text at the Magic Kingdom

You can also hop on Disney’s famous rides such: The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain.

While you’re there, enjoy throwback attractions like the Jungle Cruise, the Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

Another thing adults can do in Disney World is have a great cocktail. What better way to enjoy some of the amazing attractions at the Magic Kingdom than with an adult beverage.

We’ll go through where you can find alcohol in the Magic Kingdom later in this guide.

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Is the Magic Kingdom fun for adults?

Absolutely, yes!

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a safe place for both adults and children. It allows everyone to let go and enjoy their imagination.

When going as adults you can do all the rides and you can buy all the toys without having to ask anyone.

We’re all children at heart who have to “adult “to stay within the norms.

When you are exploring the park, you’re able to put your adult hat away for a second and release the kid inside of you.

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What’s the Magic Kingdom itinerary for adults?

  • Before you get to the Magic Kingdom purchase your tickets and download the park map.
  • Book your FastPasses to popular attractions, such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain.
  • Arrive at the gates prior to the parking opening and head down Main Street U.S.A.

  • Once you’ve taken in Cinderella Castle go left and head towards Adventureland.
  • This is where your attraction adventure will begin. Once you’re there hike up the Swiss Family Treehouse. The treehouse provides amazing views of the Magic Kingdom.
  • Join other park goers on the Jungle Cruise and listen as the skipper enthusiastically tells stories that echo on the rivers of the jungle.
  • Now it’s time to head on another voyage to find Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Once you’ve escaped the treacherous boat ride grab a Dole Whip. If anybody knows the Disney culture, then you know you must have a Dole Whip on any trip to the Magic Kingdom. If you don’t care for pineapples they do offer alternatives.
  • After your refreshment, head over to Frontierland and hop on Splash Mountain.
  • During Splash Mountain, you will go on an adventure with Br’er Rabbit as he avoids Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear.
If getting wet is not an adult thing for you to do, then skip it and ride the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This is a classic, simple, fun ride reminding you of childhood. It’s enjoyable both alone or when you’re there with people who love screaming on rides as much as you do.
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Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom
  • Next, take a break and explore the fabulous Tom Sawyer Island. You have to take a mini boat over to the island. It’s only a three-minute ride at the most.
  • On the secluded island you will see Liberty Square from different viewpoints. There are also many caves to discover and it’s a location to take a break from the hot weather.

Hipster Power Tip: Tom Sawyer Island is a cool place for adults to hang out and get away from the noisiness of the Magic Kingdom.

  • Once you have enjoyed your time at Tom Sawyer Island ride the Haunted Mansion. This is a Walt Disney World classic ride and it has so much rich history and storytelling.

Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom

  • After dancing with the happy haunts, take a break and have lunch.
  • I prefer Liberty Tree Tavern, but you can book a character dining RSVP at the Crystal Palace. It’s a nice adult thing to do and it is a lot of fun if you love character meet and greets.
  • After lunch, head over to Fantasyland and ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It’s a ride that’s not a high-level, out of your mind roller coaster. It’s more of a beginner’s type of roller coaster, but it’s still pretty exciting.
  • Ride Space Mountain. Space Mountain is one of the staple and signature attractions in the Magic Kingdom. The FastPass+ booking usually fills up quickly.
Be sure to book your FastPasses for Space Mountain before coming to the park for this attraction.

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  • Go on the Carousel of Progress. It’s not a thrilling ride. It’s dated, but it’s such a classic Disney attraction that I say this is one of my top adult must do attractions.

Remember: This is not anything out of the ordinary; however, the story-line and what Walt Disney was trying to convey on this ride is priceless.

  • Since you have that attraction out the way, head over to challenge the space cadets on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. It’s like Men in Black Alien Attack or Toy Story Mania. Be sure to get the highest score on this out-of-the-world ride.
  • It’s time for you to relax on your adult adventure. This can be a moment to go back to your hotel room to rejuvenate or you can find your perfect space for an evening parade.
  • In addition, you can have a special dining experience booked at one of the Magic Kingdom Resorts.

The best option is grabbing a drink and chilling out under the tree in Liberty Square.

Get the full Disney World Itinerary for adults here!

Magic Kingdom Must Do’s for Adults!

Magic Kingdom Must Do's for Adults!

  • Conquer each mountain!
  • Do a special tour like the Keys to the Kingdom.
  • Create your very own special tour such as, a food only day or attraction day.
  • Dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant.
  • Ride the Tomorowland PeopleMover at night!
  • Try the kiddie, whimsical rides.

Get lost in childhood memories on Peter Pan Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, “it’s a small world,” and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

  • Have an adult beverage in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Board classic Disney rides like Carousel of Progress.

Remember to find a nice quiet area of the park to regroup.

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Tom Sawyer Island

My favorite thing to do when I want to escape the crowd is to hitch a ride over to Tom Sawyer’s Island and find a quiet seat. I also like to sit in the front area of Liberty Square next to the entrance and people watch.

You can also to take the classic Disney train ride around the park where you will learn some facts about Disney.

What are the best attractions at the Magic Kingdom for adults?

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion
  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Space Mountain

Where can you find alcoholic beverages in the Magic Kingdom?

Drinking at the Magic Kingdom. Golden glass of white wine.

Up until 2012 the Magic Kingdom had been somewhat of a dry theme park, meaning no alcohol allowed. Times have changed.

As of December 2016, the Magic Kingdom has added alcoholic beverages to five restaurants:

  • Be Our Guest
  • Tony’s Town Square
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
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Be Our Guest Restaurant

Wine Selection (Served Dinner Only)

  • Cadaretta Syrah, Walla Walla
  • Charles de Fère, Jean Louis Blanc de Blancs, France
  • Cline Cashmere Grenache Blend, Sonoma Valley
  • Conundrum, California
  • Flora Springs Chardonnay, Napa Valley
  • Flowers Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
  • Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley
  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages, Burgundy
  • Helfrich Pinot Gris, Alsace
  • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir, Burgundy
  • Lasseter Family Winery Paysage, Sonoma Valley
  • Michel Redde Sancerre, Loire Valley
  • Pierre Sparr Riesling, Alsace
  • Roth Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley
  • Simi Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
  • Terra d’Oro Moscato, California
  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Yellow Label, Reims

Beer Selection (Served Dinner Only)

  • Chimay Blue, Belgium
  • Hoegaarden Wit, Belgium
  • Kronenbourg 1664, France
  • Kronenbourg Blanc, France
  • Saison Dupont, Belgium
  • Stella Artois Cidre, Belgium
Tony’s Town Square

Wine Selection (Served Lunch and Dinner)

  • Antinori Castello della Sala ‘Bramito’ Chardonnay, Umbria
  • Banfi Chianti Superiore, Tuscany
  • Benvolio Pinot Grigio Grave, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Luce delle Vite ‘Lucente’ Super Tuscan, Tuscany
  • Nino Franco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore ‘Rustico’ Brut, Veneto

Beer Selection (Served Lunch and Dinner)

  • Birra Moretti Lager
Cinderella’s Royal Table

Sparkling Wine & Champagnes (Served Lunch and Dinner)

  • Cuvée Dom Pérignon Brut, Épernay – Champagne
  • Enchantée by Nicolas Feuillatte Brut, Chouilly – Champagne
  • Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Rosé, Épernay – Champagne
  • Paul Cheneau ‘Lady of Spain’ Brut Cava, Spain
  • Rosa Regale ‘Sparkling Red’ Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont
Skipper Canteen

Wine Selection (Served Lunch and Dinner)

  • Don Miguel Gascón Malbec, Mendoza
  • Loosen ‘Dr. L’ Rielsing, Mosel
  • Franciscan Chardonnay, Napa Valley
  • Infamous Goose Sauvginon Blanc, Marlborough
  • Iron Horse ‘Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvée Brut, Green Valley Sonoma
  • King Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Beer Selection (Served Lunch and Dinner)

  • Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, Colorado
  • Stella Artois Pale Lager, Belgium
Liberty Tree Tavern

Wine Selection (Served Lunch and Dinner)

  • Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Beringer White Zinfandel, California
  • Iron Horse ‘Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvée Brut, Green Valley Sonoma
  • Mimosa Featuring Iron Horse ‘Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvée’ with Orange Juice
  • William Hill Chardonnay, North Coast

Beer Selection (Served Lunch and Dinner)

  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
  • Bud Light Lager
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager

*Beverage options subject to change and may be only available seasonally.

What to Know Before You Go

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Before when end this Magic Kingdom for adults guide, let’s go over some of the most common questions I’m asked.

How much does the Magic Kingdom tickets cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Magic Kingdom ticket starts at $118* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).

What Magic Kingdom hours?

The Magic Kingdom usually opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 9:00 p.m. However, during the peak summer days the park may be open until midnight.

Remember when planning your trip, always check the park’s website or mobile app for the current hours and wait times.

What are the best Disney resorts for Solo Travelers?

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What rides at Disney World have single rider line?

The Magic Kingdom currently does not have any single rider attractions. While planning out your day, you’ll want to have your FastPasses booked as mentioned earlier in this guide and arrive early to the park.

Disney World Single Rider Attractions
  • Test Track – Epcot
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Hollywood Studios
  • Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this guide for planning your next Magic Kingdom grown-up trip. Getting your Disney game plan together doesn’t have to be intimidating.

This guide is meant to help you have a jump start to mapping out your most amazing day ever at the Magic Kingdom!

Be sure to review the Magic Kingdom Map below for your trip!

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I want to know what you love doing the most when you go to Magic Kingdom? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Now go out and have fun!

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!


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