A Day in the Magic Kingdom with Kids
Consider making Advance Reservations for dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table (407/939-3463), located inside Cinderella Castle.
If you have preschoolers, stop at the Town Square Theater to start off the day meeting Mickey (as well as Disney's most popular princesses); then make your way down Main Street and head straight to Fantasyland. Tots will be wowed when they ride the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Kids under the age of 8 will want to take a spin on the Mad Tea Party, ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and soar on the iconic Peter Pan's Flight.
If your kids are 6 or older, start the day at Tomorrowland and brave Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (younger kids will love this one, too) and Space Mountain. Then cool off a bit and catch the show at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. (Littler tykes like the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, but there's not much else for them here, so skip it if you don't have a lot of time.)
Grab lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café in Tomorrowland or the Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square.
Next, head west to Liberty Square. Most kids 10 and older will like the animatronic history lesson in the Hall of Presidents show. Before leaving, visit the Haunted Mansion and then move to Frontierland. Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are best suited for those 8 and older, while the Country Bear Jamboree and Tom Sawyer Island are fun for the younger set and parents looking to get off their feet.
Go to Adventureland next. Ride the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean (and check the schedule for Captain Jack's Pirate Tutorial—a must for pint-size pirates), and Jungle Cruise, and then let the kids burn some energy in the Swiss Family Treehouse. Younger kids (ages 4-8) will appreciate the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Check the board on Main Street for showtimes—Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire (Fantasyland) and the The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History (Liberty Square) are entertaining—and then consult the daily Times Guide. If the fireworks display and evening parade are scheduled, be sure to stick around to watch them, too.
A Day in the Magic Kingdom for Teenagers & Adults
Consider making Advance Reservations at Cinderella's Royal Table (407/939-3463) if you want a sit-down dinner.
From Main Street, cut through the center of the park to Frontierland, challenge Splash Mountain, and then ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. If you need to rest your feet or escape the heat, the Country Bear Jamboree is the place for it -- adults will find it an amusing throwback, though teens may think it's too corny.
Next, go to Liberty Square and visit the Haunted Mansion and Hall of Presidents; then have lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern.
Now cut diagonally through the park, past Cinderella Castle, and into Tomorrowland to Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.
If time permits, head to Adventureland for the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean; then, if it's scheduled, end the day with the Wishes fireworks display.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.