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The Perfect Adult Itinerary For Magic Kingdom

Many assume that Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World is just for little kids. That isn’t the case at all. There is a ton of magic and excitement throughout Magic Kingdom. The adults can enjoy just as much as the kids.

We will take you through a perfect day at Magic Kingdom for adults. We will look at what to ride, where to eat, what shows to watch, and how to have an overall magical time at Magic Kingdom- even as an adult.

Before heading to Magic Kingdom for the day, you must determine if Genie+ will be a feature you invest in for the day. Because Magic Kingdom has so many rides, we often feel that Genie+ is a good deal for this Park. Also, since many more thrilling rides tend to have long lines throughout the day, Genie+ will help you navigate the Park with lower wait times, allowing you to see and do more.

If you choose to purchase Genie+, look at our posts on How to Disney regarding which Genie+ selections you should focus on at Magic Kingdom.

Space Mountain at Night
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Magic Kingdom is the Disney Park with the most attractions, and even for adults, there is a lot to fit into one day. Because of this, we highly recommend using early entry if you are a Disney Resort Guest. This allows you get enter Magic Kingdom 30 minutes before the listed opening time. This is a fantastic way to experience Fantasyland and Tomorrowland with lower wait times.

As an adult, we are going to skip over the highly popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and focus on Space Mountain during this morning time. Space Mountain is a more thrilling attraction, in our opinion, and we don’t feel like the long wait for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is worth it for us.

After blasting through space, we will head to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin for a quick but friendly competition. This ride is an interactive game where Guests work to earn points to defeat Zurg.

Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain

Regular Park Opening

Once we have finished up in Tomorrowland, we will make our way over to Frontierland. Here our focus will be on Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. These two mountains are thrilling and so much. Because they are so popular, we want to ensure we head there as soon as the land opens (typically at the 9:00 am listed Park opening).

Our last stop in the morning will be to finish with Jungle Cruise. This ride has become extremely popular; therefore, the lines have become excessively long. We will stop by Jungle Cruise before breakfast to avoid waiting. We love the fantastic skippers, and the jokes are always hilarious.

Liberty Square WAffle


Around 10:00, we like to grab a quick bite to eat. Our favorite location in Magic Kingdom is Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square. Here we enjoy the waffles we can get with fruit, Nutella, or pain. Both are delicious. We also enjoy finding a spot to relax right next to Cinderella Castle.

Two another favorite location for a quick breakfast is Gaston’s Tavern, where you can enjoy the extremely large and delicious cinnamon roll. At Friar’s Nook, we love breakfast sandwiches, tater tots, and mini donuts.

No matter where you choose to eat, make sure your mobile order. With limited breakfast options, these locations get busy quickly. By using mobile order, you will be able to avoid some of the waits.

Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom
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More Rides

Before the rush of the afternoon, we are going to focus on a few more attractions. Pirates of the Carribbean and Haunted Manion are two that we don’t want to miss. Pirates of the Caribbean is a great Disney attraction that has it all. Great music, a fantastic storyline, and a little thrill while enjoying a slow-moving boat ride combine to make this ride a must-do.

Haunted Mansion is classic Disney. It combines storytelling and imagination in a magical way that only Disney can do. We love this ride and are constantly seeing new things each ride.

spring roll cart
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It is hard to believe that we are talking about lunch already, but we also go to Disney to eat. Since we had breakfast not too long ago, we will look at some smaller options. The Spring Roll Cart outside Adventureland has fantastic spring rolls that shouldn’t be missed.

The other quick meal we enjoy at Magic Kingdom is at Sleepy Hollow, where we love the spicy chicken waffle. This is large enough to share but has such great flavor. We enjoy like to grab one and hang out on the hub grass.

If you need a larger meal or want to get out of the sun, we suggest heading to Columbia Harbour House. Here you can enjoy fish and chips, salads, and chicken nuggets. The upstairs dining area is large and provides a good, relaxing area.


Don’t Forget the Entertainment

Now that you have refueled, it is time for some relaxation. Even as an adult, we highly recommend visiting some of the shows. We love the hilarious comedy show Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor. Mickey’s Philharmagic is a throwback to our younger days as we experience some of our favorite Disney songs from beloved movies.

Visit the Hall of Presidents, Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Carousel of Progress. These are all well-done shows, entertainment, and an excellent way to relax.

Jungle Navigation Company Skipper Canteen
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If you want a sit-down dinner, we often recommend heading to one of the monorail Resorts. Steakhouse 71, Grand Floridian Cafe, and ‘Ohana are all fantastic dining options a quick walk or monorail ride away.

However, if you want to stay in the Magic Kingdom for dinner, we recommend looking at Skipper Canteen’s menu. This is a unique menu that also provides some entertainment.

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Finally, to wrap up your day at the Magic Kingdom, we recommend you stay for the fireworks. No matter how old you are, there is something magical about fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom isn’t just for little kids. There is much for adults to see and enjoy throughout this iconic Park. We hope you have a wonderful day enjoying the magic, no matter your age.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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