Orlando, FL: Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Scale a giant treehouse, explore an abandoned mine, and skirt a towering fortress on this 1.6-mile loop in Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
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Scale a giant treehouse, explore an abandoned mine, and skirt a towering fortress on this 1.6-mile loop in Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

It's a small world? Umm, no. Each year, 11 million more people stroll through Disney's Magic Kingdom than hike through Yosemite's granite wonderland. If you find yourself face-to-face with a giant mouse or staring a one-handed pirate in the face, rely on this 1.6-mile loop to keep the family happy—and to return you safely to reality.
INFO: Permits $79 ($68, under age 10); disneyworld.disney.go.com/
-Mapped by Ed Lee

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 2.6

Waypoints

DIS001

Location: 28.416664, -81.581203

The loop begins on Main Street, U.S.A. Hike north into the Magic Kingdom.

DIS002

Location: 28.418663, -81.581334

Swing by the towering statue of Walt and Mickey, generally regarded as the first to explore the region, lay the trails, and preserve the area for future generations. Next, head west.

DIS003

Location: 28.418483, -81.582085

Round the horn for a passage into Adventureland. Continue into the jungle.

DIS004

Location: 28.418571, -81.582988

Scale the Swiss Family Treehouse.

DIS005

Location: 28.418269, -81.583331

Alladin's Magic Carpets: Beware the spitting camels and the Tiki gods.

DIS006

Location: 28.418033, -81.583342

Board the riverboat for a quick jungle cruise; keep an eye out for plastic animals.

DIS007

Location: 28.418136, -81.584151

Pirates of the Caribbean: Paddle over a waterfall into a series of caves. Beware of roaming pirates.

DIS008

Location: 28.419127, -81.584534

Board a log boat to explore bayous and caves. Caution: There's a 52-foot drop.

DIS009

Location: 28.419676, -81.584512

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Venture into an abandoned mine and hike through an old gold-mining town.

DIS010

Location: 28.419516, -81.584237

At the dock, catch a raft ride across the river to explore Tom Sawyer Island.

DIS011

Location: 28.419618, -81.583452

Tour the clubhouse located on Tom Sawyer Island.

DIS012

Location: 28.420738, -81.58408

Trek through dense woods to the main entrance of the Fort Langhorn. Near the back, past the blacksmith, look for the 'Escape Route' which traces the river's edge to safety. Return to the raft dock for the trip back to the mainland.

DIS013

Location: 28.419416, -81.582677

The routes passes the Liberty Tree in Liberty Square.

DIS014

Location: 28.420137, -81.582851

Take a side trip to the Haunted Mansion. Rest your legs during the Doom-buggy ride, but beware of the hitch-hiking ghosts.

DIS015

Location: 28.420478, -81.582025

Travel to a distant continents, then dart across the path to Neverland to hang with the Lost Boys.

DIS016

Location: 28.420309, -81.581831

Grab a quick snack before starting the trek to Never Land.

DIS017

Location: 28.420396, -81.58122

Pass a herd of flying elephants, then head south to the pinnacled fortress.

DIS018

Location: 28.41982, -81.581206

The trail leads to a medieval castle that dominates the southern skyline.

DIS019

Location: 28.418829, -81.578322

Crest the summit of Space Mountain and gaze at the shooting stars and glimmering constellations.

DIS020

Location: 28.418469, -81.579679

Get your permits stamped and sign the log book at the Intergalactic Ranger Station. Continue west to return to Main Street.