Aside from being one of the most magical parks in all of the Walt Disney World Resort, the Magic Kingdom, which opened on October 1, 1971, also boasts six different lands within its gates—Main Street U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Frontierland and Adventureland. And while each land has its perks, one land seems to stand out when being true to its name—Adventureland. Every attraction is an adventure! And with so much to see, do, experience and enjoy in this land, it’s no wonder it’s the first land you come to when you enter the Magic Kingdom gates and head to the left! Here are ten things we love about Adventureland, and you will too!
10. Pirates of the Caribbean
This attraction has been a Guest favorite since it first opened. It has only become more popular since its most recent refurbishment in 2015. FastPass+ times are offered daily for this attraction, and they can fill up quickly. During this dark boat ride, Guests are taken through areas overtaken by pirates. Captain Jack Sparrow makes his appearance in several different places throughout the ride, and when you see him, you’re almost certain it’s Johnny Depp in person and not an audio-animatronic! This attraction is a lot of fun, and you’ll leave singing, “Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!”
9. Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
An adventure awaits Guests when they visit the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. The attraction was inspired by Disney’s 1960 Swiss Family Robinson, in which a family who is bound for New Guinea instead finds themselves shipwrecked on an island with no way to leave. They begin to build a life for themselves on the island, including a home centered around a huge tree. At this attraction, you will do a lot of climbing and walking around in the treehouse. You can see the different “rooms” the family built in the house, including artifacts and decorations. It’s fun for the whole family, especially families with younger children, and it’s quite the adventure indeed!
8. Dole Whips
If you haven’t heard of Dole Whips, you’ve probably never been to Disney World either. A very simple dessert, this ice-cold pineapple soft serve has become a Guest favorite and phenomenon with a sort of cult following as well! This frosty treat is available at Aloha Isle inside Adventureland. Enjoy your Dole Whip in a cup or as a float. If you’re watching your calories, you can even try fresh pineapple spears.
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7. Aladdin and Jasmine
Have you always wanted to meet Aladdin and Jasmine, have your picture taken with them and get their autographs? Your adventure awaits you inside Adventureland, across from the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction.
6. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Have you ever been in a room with more than 225 birds, tiki gods, plants and flowers crooning and singing in a celebration of the enchanted jungle? That’s the adventure that awaits you when you enter Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. More than 225 audio-animatronics take part in the musical numbers, hosted by four gorgeous macaws. This attraction has a long history that began at Disneyland and has continued over the years at Disney World too. Although this attraction is older, it is one of the classics that makes going to Walt Disney World worth it! Don’t miss the adventure here that’s perfect for the whole family.
5. Jungle Cruise
Only at Disney World is there adventure in just seeing the “backside of water.” If you’ve never heard that term, you probably haven’t enjoyed the Jungle Cruise yet, so be sure to experience it on your next trip to Magic Kingdom. It is also one of the classic attractions at Disney World. Sit back and relax on this slowly-moving boat ride that takes you on a journey down some of the most famous rivers on earth including the Nile and the Amazon. See several audio-animatronic animals in their “natural” habitat. The entire tour is narrated by a very “punny” skipper, who seems to find a humor (of sorts) in just about everything. Don’t miss this adventure!
4. Skipper Canteen Restaurant
You can even take your taste buds on an adventure in this land at the Skipper Canteen Restaurant! This eatery serves a menu of African, Asian and Latin cuisine, including a Jungle green salad with apples and walnuts, corn pancakes, grilled steaks, curried vegetable stew, lamb chops, Thai noodles and seafood stew. For dessert, try the “Quick Sand”—Jasmine rice pudding with mango, lemon curd and pineapple. Or try the Kungaloosh—an African chocolate cake with cashew-caramel ice cream and caramelized bananas. You can even be adventurous and try exotic Coca-Cola beverages from Brazil and Thailand.
3. The spitting camel
Watch out for a camel that spits as you approach the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction. No spoilers here. I’ll just leave it at that!
2. Tortuga Tavern
Take a break from your adventures at the Tortuga Tavern—a quick-service restaurant with a “scurvy pirate” feel to it. Your quick-service American favorites are here—everything from hot dogs and barbeque ribs to turkey legs and more.
1. The palpable spirit of adventure
All over Adventureland, Guests can truly feel a spirit of adventure. From the swashbuckling pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction to the hippos and elephants on the Jungle Cruise, you and your family will enjoy one adventure after another in this magical land—and you’ll keep coming back for more!