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Guide to Adventureland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Adventureland is supposed to be a land of well…. adventure!  Who’d have thunk it?  And by in large, it lives up to its name.  When we think of adventure, we think of exploration, the fun of experiencing new people, cultures, or attractions!  And Adventureland does that.  Whether it be exploring a large tree house or following Captain Jack Sparrow, there are tons of adventures to be found here for people of all ages.  Here in our guide to Adventureland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this part of the park.  The guide covers the various attractions, food, shops, and more that you can find.

The land has a myriad of architectural themes incorporated into it, but they don’t feel like an odd hodgepodge of things thrown together.  Rather they are fairly seamlessly woven together to create this tremendous tapestry of a unique far away land.  Technically, the land features design elements representing South America, Spain, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, but it feels uniquely cohesive.

As you leave Main Street, U.S.A and enter Adventureland, you cross over a wood plank bridge with various Polynesian feeling adornments.  The multitude of vegetation around the bridge does a nice job of separating Main Street, U.S.A from Adventureland.  You immediately sense that you’ve transitioned to somewhere adventurous.  As you continue migrating through Adventureland, the design changes by the step.

Adventureland is home to a couple of very popular attractions, a can’t miss food items and some shops that are uniquely Adventureland.

Adventureland Attractions

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean has always been a classic Disney ride, with lots of people riding every day.  Depending on who you ask, many think it is “the” attraction in Adventureland.  It saw a bit of a resurgence when the 2000s Johnny Depp movie series came out.  The ride even got a makeover to include Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow along with Captain Barbossa.  Depp has shown up to play Captain Jack on the ride a few times, but unfortunately, it’s always at the Disneyland ride.

The attraction is housed in a Spanish-Caribbean looking fortress and that theme continues through the attraction.  You’ll board a boat and set sail looking for treasure or maybe just a good time.  You’ll see some villains along the way, while you watch Jack try to get out of a few slippery situations.

The attraction is great for a hot afternoon, as the queue can be fairly long, but it is almost all shaded and a good part of it is indoors, with wonderful air conditioning.

Attraction Duration: 8 minutes

FastPass+ Availability: Yes

Minimum Height:  None

Seating Set Up: Up to 4 riders per bench in the boat.  Each boat has 6 benches

Rider Switch Available: No

Single Rider Available:  No

Kid Scare Factor:  Low.  The ride is in the dark at certain points and there are some good special effects of skeletons.  There is one medium size dip.

This is one of the boat captains of the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.
This is one of the boat captains of the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.

Jungle Cruise

Join your boat captain and 20 or 30 of your closest friends as you head out on a cruise through the Amazonian jungle.  This cruise takes you through various scenes where animatronic people and animals show various highlights of jungle life.  While this was some state of the art technology when it debuted, it definitely isn’t anymore.  And given the fact you can just stroll on over to Animal Kingdom and see real animals, why is this ride so popular?

The captains.  Plain and simple. The boat captains engage in a veritable comedy hour on the 10-minute-long journey through the jungle.  Generally, most of the humor is high on the “dad” joke meter, with lots of bad puns, campy jokes, and general silliness.  If you’re in the mood for that type of thing, it will be great.  If you aren’t, you may want to skip this attraction.  Kids generally find it very funny.  Especially younger ones.

Attraction Duration: 10 minutes

FastPass+ Availability: Yes

Minimum Height:  None

Seating Set Up: Seats up to 30 people per boat

Rider Switch Available: No

Single Rider Available:  No

Kid Scare Factor:  None

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

This attraction is another carnival-style ride where you spin around, much like Dumbo and Astro Orbiter.  The big difference here?  You’re on a magic carpet.  Oh, and it’s in Adventureland.  Exciting, I know.

Be aware that if you don’t occupy the whole carpet, someone you don’t know could control an aspect of your time on the ride.  The front bench of the carpet controls how high you go, while the back bench will control the tilt forward or back of the carpet.

Also, watch for the camels.  They spit water at you.  If you want to stay dry, mind how high you are.

Attraction Duration: 2 minutes

FastPass+ Availability: Yes

Minimum Height:  None

Seating Set Up: 4 people per carpet.

Rider Switch Available: No

Single Rider Available:  No

Kid Scare Factor:  Low.  It doesn’t go very fast, but you can get decently off the ground.  If your kids don’t like heights, it may bother them.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

This Polynesian themed show features four macaws that delight young and old with a chorus of fun tunes.  The birds are joined in song by the various tikis, plants, and other birds throughout the room.  Be aware that a good bit of the show takes place above you, so you will have to look up towards the ceiling for a good while to take it all in.

The waiting area here is pretty fun as you get a glimpse of what is to come.  Those waiting for the next show will be entertained by two talking toucans, named Clyde and Claude.

A little-known fact for you, the first version of the Tiki Room that debuted at Disneyland was the first-ever audio-animatronic show. 

Attraction Duration: 15 minutes

FastPass+ Availability: No

Minimum Height:  None

Seating Set Up: Theater seating.

Rider Switch Available: No

Single Rider Available:  No

Kid Scare Factor:  Low.  There are moments of simulated thunder and rain, along with a volcanic eruption.  Kids that are easily frightened or scared of loud noises may struggle with this.

Swiss Family Treehouse

Based on the Swiss Family Robinson movie, this attraction recreates the treehouse-based home that the Robinson family built following being marooned on an island.  If you don’t remember the movie, the family is shipwrecked on South Pacific island, so it fits well with the Polynesian themed setting you see when you first enter Adventureland.

This is a magnificent tree house and a great place for older kids to explore.  If you venture in, know that you will climb lots of stairs and maybe have a bit more physical activity than you bargained for.  It’s a six-story climb (116 steps to be exact) to the top of the treehouse.  If you get all the way up there you’ll be able to see pretty much all of Magic Kingdom.  This can be a good place to watch the fireworks show at night.

Attraction Duration: Take it at your own pace

FastPass+ Availability: No

Minimum Height:  None

Seating Set Up: N/A

Rider Switch Available: No

Single Rider Available:  No

Kid Scare Factor:  Low.  The only real risk is heights or the occasional little kid who gets scared by the bigger kids going crazy running all over the place.

A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas

This is another one of the scavenger hunt adventures you can do at Disney World.  Captain Jack Sparrow looks to you to help him find five different treasures in Adventureland.  With each treasure collected, you’ll receive a treasure finder card.  Complete the hunt and you will get a sixth card featuring Captain Jack.

Attraction Duration: 20-30 minutes

FastPass+ Availability: No

Minimum Height:  None

Seating Set Up: N/A

Rider Switch Available: No

Single Rider Available:  No

Kid Scare Factor:  None

Adventureland Entertainment

Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland is another part of the park that is light on entertainment.  They used to have a pirate tutorial with Jack Sparrow, but sadly that ended a few years ago.  If you are looking for some street entertainment, you will have to go somewhere else.

Adventureland Dining

Aloha Isle

If there was only one thing you can eat in Adventureland, then go to Aloha Isle and get yourself a Dole Whip.  If you don’t like pineapple type items, this won’t be the place for you.  But man is it good.

Location: Just to the west of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, near the Enchanted Tiki Room

Table Service or Quick Service:  Quick Service

Menu: Click Here

Cuisine Style: American

Price Range: Inexpensive (Snacks are $6 or less)

Hours:  9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Mobile Orders Accepted: Yes

Dining Plan Eligible:  Only for snacks

Dining Plans Accepted: All, only for snacks

Dining Plan Credits Required: 1 snack credit

The chili glaze added both spice and a hint of Asian flavors to the "Tastes like Chicken" Because it is! from Skipper Canteen.
The chili glaze added both spice and a hint of Asian flavors to the "Tastes like Chicken" Because it is! from Skipper Canteen.

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen

The skipper canteen is designed to tie into the Jungle Cruise.  It is purported to be run by Alberta Falls, daughter of Albert Falls, the fictional operator of the Jungle Cruise.

The canteen is not a place for people looking for bland theme park food.  They offer a fairly bold menu with numerous flavor profiles that can delight most people.

Many of the same skippers that take you on your guided Jungle Cruise are the ones working in this restaurant.  So be advised that a lot of the “dad” joke repertoire we talked about being present on the attraction makes its way here.

Location: Just across the walkway from Swiss Family Treehouse, shortly after you cross over the bridge from Main Street, U.S.A.

Table Service or Quick Service:  Table Service

Menu: Click Here

Cuisine Style: African, Asian, and Latin

Price Range: Moderate (Adults can eat for under $35/person; kids for under $15/person)

Hours:  11:30 AM to 9:00 PM

Mobile Orders Accepted: No

Dining Plan Eligible:  Yes

Dining Plans Accepted: Disney Dining Plan and Deluxe Dining Plan

Dining Plan Credits Required: 1

Sunshine Tree Terrace

Sunshine Tree Terrace is basically like Aloha Isle, but with citrus flavors instead of pineapple.  They are yummy treats for sure.

Table Service or Quick Service:  Quick Service

Menu: Click Here

Cuisine Style: American

Price Range: Inexpensive (Snacks are $6 or less)

Hours:  10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Mobile Orders Accepted: No

Dining Plan Eligible:  Only for snacks

Dining Plans Accepted: All, only for snacks

Dining Plan Credits Required: 1 snack credit

Tortuga Tavern

This quick-service location serves up a pretty limited menu.  You get some pretty typical theme park fare here, with hotdogs, turkey legs, and the like.  This restaurant operates seasonally.

Location: Across the walkway from Pirates of the Caribbean

Table Service or Quick Service:  Quick Service

Menu: Click Here 

Cuisine Style: American

Price Range: Inexpensive (Entrees are less than $12 per person)

Hours:  11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Mobile Orders Accepted: No

Dining Plan Eligible:  Yes

Dining Plans Accepted: All

Dining Plan Credits Required: 1

Adventureland Shops

There are a few interesting shops to check out in Adventureland, but like all our other guides we’re just hitting the ones we think you will find more notable.

The Pirates League

The Pirates League serves as a great foil to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  One designed for royalty and prim and proper behavior, this one designed for those who believe in their own rules and that the high seas are where they belong.  Let your little one transform into a pirate, complete with makeup and everything.  They even have options girls will enjoy such as a mermaid transformation or Redd from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Package prices are much more reasonable (if there is such a thing at Disney World) here compared to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, with the most expensive one running $100.  Whether less money equals better value, well, that’s in the eye of the beholder.

Island Supply by Sunglass Hut

Lose your sunglasses on Splash Mountain or just outright forget to bring a pair with you on your trip?  This is your place to find good quality replacements if you need them.  Prices are marked up for a theme park premium though.

For the record, Mike lost a pair of sunglasses at Disney World and bought a pair of Mickey Ray-Bans here.  Have them to this day and they are great.

Wrapping Up our Guide to Adventureland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

With that, we will wrap up our guide to Adventureland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  It features a couple of iconic Disney World attractions that are truly must do.  We would love to hear what you think of Adventureland!  Where will you headfirst?

If you are interested in the other lands of Magic Kingdom, you can use the links below to skip to our guides to those areas of the park.  Otherwise, you can head back to our Disney World Trip Planning Guide to explore more of what Disney World has to offer.

Guide to Main Street, U.S.A.

Guide to Tomorrowland

Guide to Frontierland

Guide to Fantasyland

Guide to Liberty Square

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