Welcome to Big Castle Travel’s Saturday Stroll series! This weekly series takes you through each land in each park in Walt Disney World. Last time we visited Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. This week we will hang a left at The Crystal Palace and cross the bridge to Adventureland.
We have organized this in two ways. First, we have organized it into sections similar to how Disney organizes it in the My Disney Experience app: Attractions, Restaurants (Dining), Entertainment, and Shopping. Second, we listed them in order of appearance as if you took a counterclockwise path around the land, starting from the bridge from the hub to Adventureland.
Let’s get started on our Saturday stroll through Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland in Walt Disney World!
Attractions at Disney World include both rides and experiences. We have listed the permanent and daily attractions, but be on the lookout for seasonal attractions and special events while you are in Magic Kingdom!
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
We start off our stroll with one of the more disappointing rides in Magic Kingdom. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a standard floating carousel ride similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant or Astro Orbiter. This ride has the added element of water spitting animatronic golden camels, but it is unlikely riders will ever get wet.
What makes The Magic Carpets of Aladdin disappointing is the location. There simply isn’t much to look at as you fly around the center of Adventureland. The ride vehicles also get incredibly hot in the middle of the day due to no shade from nearby trees or buildings.
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
This Disney classic has seen a few refurbishments over the years. The original was a tropical exploration of Walt Disney’s original animatronic technology. From 1998 to 2011, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was “under new management” thanks to influences from The Lion King and Aladdin. That redesign was interesting, but a version much closer to the original Disneyland show has since been installed.
The Enchanted Tiki Room can be hit or miss with children. It is a great option for an air conditioning break midday though!
A Pirate's Adventure - Treasures of the Seven Seas
A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas is a fun, interactive adventure that is almost hidden in the far corner of Adventureland. This attraction is targeted toward kids who love everything about pirates, but there is nothing wrong with adults playing too!
Aspiring pirates will complete 5 total missions in this area. As guests complete each mission they will receive a collectible card. This can be a fun distraction on crowded park days!
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean is the ride that wasn’t, then the ride that made a movie, and is now the ride influenced by the movie. Based on the Disneyland version, this dark ride was not an opening day attraction. Most people will say that Disney did not consider adding the classic boat ride to Magic Kingdom until after fan outcry.
Since then, Pirates of the Caribbean has spawned a long list of live action movies. The movies became so popular that movie elements have been incorporated back into the ride. While kids can ride this slow boat ride, keep in mind that it may be scary to little ones.
The Jungle Cruise is another classic Disneyland attraction that was brought to the Magic Kingdom for opening day. Originally, Walt Disney wanted to improve the ride by adding live animals instead of the animatronics. While that wasn’t feasible in the early 70s, Walt’s dream eventually did come true in the 90s with Animal Kingdom.
But when you are in Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Cruise is the only way to see wild animals, animatronic or otherwise. Enjoy the scenic outdoor boat ride as you adventure through popular rivers of the world. Don’t be surprised if your skipper cracks some incredibly punny jokes along the way.
Swiss Family Treehouse
Most guests do not know that one of the best views of Magic Kingdom can be seen from the top of the Swiss Family Treehouse. This attraction requires walking and climbing around the island home of the stranded Swiss family.
While there are no animatronics here, the Swiss Family Treehouse is reminiscent of traditional Disney imagineering. Take the walk slowly, and take the time to enjoy the detailed theming throughout the treehouse.
Say it with me, “Disney World food is more than just pizza and hamburgers.” Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland area has four permanent restaurants in addition to various stands and roaming vendors.
Sunshine Tree Terrace
Sunshine Tree Terrace is pretty close to Aloha Isle in terms of nostalgia and cult following for regular Disney visitors. If you prefer orange over pineapple, then this is your spot!
This quick service spot is exclusively focused on serving Orange DOLE Whip in various offerings.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Adventureland’s only table service restaurant is the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. Much like the Swiss Family Treehouse across the avenue, take your time when walking through Skipper Canteen and pay close attention to the decorations.
Both lunch and dinner options at Skipper Canteen provide flavorful dishes inspired by multiple global cuisines. Reservations are definitely recommended, as Skipper Canteen is solidly above average for Magic Kingdom restaurants.
If you are new to Disney then you need to know about the pineapple DOLE Whip. At Aloha Isle you can try the original DOLE Whip in a few different forms. The pineapple flavor is an even mix of sweet and tart. The serving size is fairly large too, so be sure to share it with a friend if you have never tried it before!
We are going to be honest with you, Tortuga Tavern is simply an overflow restaurant for crowded park days and unsuspecting guests. The shredded beef and brisket options can be tasty, but otherwise there isn’t much going on in the Tavern. This quick service spot also serves a Turkey Leg with Chips if you do not want to trek up to Liberty Square.
Entertainment at Walt Disney World encompasses most shows, parades, and character interactions. We list the entertainment offerings that are available daily in each land. Adventureland does not have any permanent entertainment, and rather hosts numerous characters and events over the course of the day. Be sure to check a local times guide and ask Cast Members for any special entertainment options while you are in Magic Kingdom.
One thing to remember about Walt Disney World is that each shopping experience is unique in some way. DO NOT make the mistake of thinking that each shop has the same merchandise and clothing or you might miss out on your new favorite item!
Here are the permanent shops in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.
Island Supply by Sunglass Hut
Every adventurer needs sunglasses for those bright and sunny days. The Island Supply by Sunglass Hut has both overpriced shades as well as a few collectible sunglass pairs that change each year. Unless you are a sunglasses connoisseur, you are better off bringing your own.
The Agrabah Bazaar is themed well, in that is looks like a loose collection of shops, stalls, and stands. The majority of the merchandise is generic, but there will be a few themed items that you will not find outside of Adventureland.
La Princesa de Cristal - Caribbean Plaza
La Princesa De Cristal – Caribbean Plaza is a small cart that sells crystal keepsakes from the same shop in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. If you are staying at a Disney World Resort, then we recommend having any purchase here sent back to your room instead of risking it breaking in the park.
Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar
Similar to the Agrabah Bazaar, Plaza del Sol Cariba Bazaar has some unique items you won’t find anywhere else. Plaza del Sol is the gift shop for Pirates of the Caribbean, so it is fitting that you can find the best pirate-themed merchandise here.
The Pirates League
Avast mateys, are you ready to join The Pirates League? If you are familiar with Bibbidi Bobbiti Boutique and their princess makeovers, then you may be happy to know that you can get the same service for aspiring pirates!
Be sure to make your reservations well in advance so that your boys and girls can stroll the park looking like the rest of their pirate brethren.
Who doesn’t love a random merchandise cart to round out the shopping experience? Bwana Bob’s is located near the bridge back to the hub and Main Street U.S.A.
This cart specializes in adventure-themed headwear as well as character plushes in their finest adventure outfits.