Adventureland

As you already know, the Magic Kingdom is divided into various themed areas. Starting with Adventureland, here's a rundown of the rides, shows, and attractions you'll find in this area of the theme park. Anything that's specifically targeted to young kids (and not necessarily teens or adults), however, is described in the next chapter.

The Jungle Cruise

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This is one of the Magic Kingdom's original rides that opened in 1971. Safari boats modeled after the movie The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn carry guests down a man-made river. You'll see life-size Animatronic animals as you embark on a ten-minute journey. You should definitely experience the Jungle Cruise during daylight hours. Be prepared to hear corny jokes from your tour guide.

FAST FACT

The river water in the Jungle Cruise is dyed brown to give it an authentic African river look. Without the dye the depth would seem very shallow, ruining the illusion that you are in deep African river water.

Pirates of the Caribbean

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Since 1973, this boat ride has taken guests on a magical journey to a port on the Spanish Main. You'll be singing “Yo ho, yo ho; a pirate's life for me” along with the life-size Audio-Animatronic pirates as you experience this enjoyable ten-minute cruise. While it's no longer state-of-the-art and isn't a thrill ride, Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the Magic Kingdom's most popular rides. Also, Captain Jack Sparrow has been added to the attraction.

ô This is a must-see attraction.

HOT SPOT

When this ride first opened, it featured pirates chasing the women of the town. Women activist groups complained about this so much that Disney changed it around so that the women now chase the pirates.

Swiss Family Treehouse

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Inspired by the 1960 Disney film Swiss Family Robinson, this is a giant tree house that guests of all ages are welcome to climb and explore. This tree contains over 300,000 lifelike polyethylene leaves that appear to grow on 1,400 man-made branches. Children in particular will enjoy exploring the hidden areas located in this tree house. This is a climbing activity, so guests with health concerns or physical limitations should be cautious.

The Enchanted Tiki Room — Under New Management

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Originally, this was one of the first Disney attractions ever to utilize Audio-Animatronics (robotic characters that seem lifelike). A version of this show was first introduced at Disneyland back in 1963. It featured 225 Audio-Animatronic birds that sang and entertained guests during a seventeen-minute performance that was extremely cute.

Back in 1998, this attraction was reworked. While the concept is pretty much the same, this attraction is now “hosted” by Audio-Animatronic adaptations of Iago (from Disney's Aladdin) and Zazu (from The Lion King). So, if you haven't visited the Magic Kingdom in the past few years, seeing this new show will provide a new entertainment experience, yet rekindle a touch of Disney nostalgia.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

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Here's your chance to hop aboard a magic carpet and see Agrabah in style. Based on Disney's Aladdin, guests climb aboard moving vehicles (four people per carpet), which they then control. Carpets can move up and down, plus pitch forward and backward. During the ride, water gets shot at guests by spitting camels. (Don't worry, you'll hardly get wet.) This ride is very similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, but has a different theme.

HOT SPOT

Throughout the day, at specific times that are listed within the Magic Kingdom Guide Map, Disney characters will make appearances throughout the park. Look for the white-gloved Mickey Mouse hand icons on the map.

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