Before I begin, let me just say that this is simply a humble, humorous look at all the lands in the Magic Kingdom; I love them all, but admit it- some lands are just better, and some, well, aren’t. There is no right or wrong when making your own ranking of the lands; but I’m right.
Liberty Square is fine. I don’t dislike it; but what is in it really? Sure, there’s the Haunted Mansion (an ill-placed attraction, but that’s a discussion for a different day) and The Hall of Presidents (honestly I’ve never known anyone who has had the desire to watch this show); but other than that, what is there? A couple of restaurants, a store or two, and the riverboat. Like I said, I don’t dislike it. The theming is very good, and I really do feel like I’m back in colonial America when I step foot in this land. But the fact is, there just isn’t much to do.
Adventureland is a little better than fine, and honestly, its saving grace is Pirates of the Caribbean. Sure, there’s The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, dole whip, the Jungle Cruise, and the Swiss Family Treehouse, but let’s be honest; The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is just a knock off Dumbo; dole whip is not for everyone (i.e. me); the Jungle Cruise, while entertaining, has far too long a line for what it is; and does anybody actually like the Swiss Family Treehouse? Now, I know what you’re thinking at this moment: but Lindsey, you forgot the Tiki Room! No, I didn’t. I’m just choosing to ignore this attraction in my analysis. Why? Well, it pains me to say it, but I’m not a fan of the Tiki Room. However, I am aware that most people are, so I thought I’d be fair and just leave the beloved attraction out of this act of disrespect against Adventureland.
Okay. Now we’re getting to the good lands. While I don’t think Frontierland has a lot, it does have two of the best rides in the park: Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. These rides are so good, so classic, and such a huge part of the integrity of the Magic Kingdom that it bumps what would otherwise be a somewhat dull land to the number 4 spot.
We’ve now entered what I deem to be the best three lands in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Honestly, it was hard choosing the order in which I put them, because they’re all so amazing. Tomorrowland has it all; some fast rides, some slow attractions, food; you name it, it’s there. Space Mountain, arguably Disney’s most iconic “mountain,” resides in this land, alongside fan favorites such as the Peoplemover, Carousel of Progress, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin; all these attractions, plus others I have neglected to mention, make this land one of Magic Kingdom’s best.
The Tomorrowland Entryway
It was hard not to name Fantasyland the number one best land in the Magic Kingdom. Fantasyland is where adults truly become children again, alongside their own children. It’s the place where you can fly with Peter Pan; where you can meet your favorite princesses, where you can swim below the shore with Ariel, where you can visit the Beast’s castle, and so much more. It is the center of magic in the park, where the old and young become one, and live out Walt Disney’s dream for Disneyland and Disney World: for adults and kids to play and be merry, together.
The magical Fantasyland
Main Street USA
Here it is- my number one best land in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. While it doesn’t have any rides, it has far much more to offer. Beginning with the appearance, Main Street USA encapsulates the heart of Walt Disney. Modeled after his small hometown in Missouri, Main Street reminds us of old, small-town America; where you knew your neighbors, could meet them for a root beer at the local malt shop, and revel in simplicity. Apart from its facade, Main Street offers much more: a glass shop where one can buy unique souvenirs and watch the glass masters at work, an art gallery where college-aged Disney lovers like me can marvel at the works of various Disney artists, then go home and cry because we can’t afford anything, and Casey’s Corner, where you can go to enjoy a delicious foot-long hot dog. There is even a barber’s shop, in case you couldn’t fit in a haircut before you left for vacation (or if you just want a sprinkle of pixie dust). However, one of the best things about Main Street is the possibility. The end of Main Street, standing in front of Cinderella Castle, is the center of the hub-and-spoke model of the park. From here, you can go in any direction: fly into the future; become a prince or princess; go adventuring and exploring, and so much more. Main Street USA is the heart of the Magic Kingdom, where possibilities are endless, and time is limitless.
Do you agree with my ranking? Do you completely disagree? Let me know how you would rank the lands of the Magic Kingdom in the comments!