The Magic Kingdom is the flagship park of the Walt Disney World Resort. Opening on October 1, 1971 it opened with six themed lands and many classic attractions. Over the years it has evolved to include an additional land that has since been re-absorbed into Fantasyland as the park continues to grow its borders.

The lands of the park radiate from a central hub at the end of Main Street U.S.A. near, around and through the 189 foot tall Cinderella's Castle.

Each individual land carries its own unique theme, yet these themes are magnificently blended with smooth transitions from land to land.

Clockwise from Main Street U.S.A. are Adventureland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. From Adventureland and Liberty Square guests can access Frontierland. Prior to the 2012 expansion dubbed "New Fantasyland" guests could enter the often renamed Mickey's Birthdayland/Mickey's Starland/Mickey's Toontown Fair from Fantasyland. Now that the expansion is complete this area is considered a part of Fantasyland known as Storybook Circus.

Guests young and old can find something they enjoy at the Magic Kingdom; it is the most visited theme park in the world.


Disney Description

Walt Disney World
is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney
...and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World being Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together.

Dedicated this 25th day of October, 1971

Roy O. Disney


Historical Notes

Estimated attendance through the years courtesy of Themed Entertainment Association TEA-ERA/AECOM.

Year Attendance % Change Global Rank
2016 20,395,000 -0.5% 1
2015 20,492,000 6.0% 1
2014 19,322,000 4.0% 1
2013 18,588,000 6.0% 1
2012 17,536,000 2.3% 1
2011 17,142,000 1.0% 1
2010 16,972,000 -1.5% 1
2009 17,233,000 1.0% 1
2008 17,063,000 0.0% 1
2007 17,060,000 2.5% 1
2006 16,640,000 3.4% 1

Extinct Lands

Extinct Attractions

Extinct Entertainment

Extinct Restaurants

Extinct Shops

Extinct Meet and Greet

Extinct Events


Significant Personnel

  • Vice President: Dan Cockerell (August, 2015 - Present)
  • Vice President (Former): Phil Holmes (Early 2000s - August, 2015) - Phil.M.Holmes@Disney.com
  • Imagineering Creative Lead for Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, and all Resorts and Recreation at Walt Disney World: Eric Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering