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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
- Distance: 2.6
Location: 28.416664, -81.581203
The loop begins on Main Street, U.S.A. Hike north into the Magic Kingdom.
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.
Location: 28.418483, -81.582085
Round the horn for a passage into Adventureland. Continue into the jungle.
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Scale the Swiss Family Treehouse.
Location: 28.418269, -81.583331
Alladin’s Magic Carpets: Beware the spitting camels and the Tiki gods.
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Board the riverboat for a quick jungle cruise; keep an eye out for plastic animals.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Paddle over a waterfall into a series of caves. Beware of roaming pirates.
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Board a log boat to explore bayous and caves. Caution: There’s a 52-foot drop.
Location: 28.419676, -81.584512
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Venture into an abandoned mine and hike through an old gold-mining town.
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At the dock, catch a raft ride across the river to explore Tom Sawyer Island.
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Tour the clubhouse located on Tom Sawyer Island.
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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.
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The routes passes the Liberty Tree in Liberty Square.
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Take a side trip to the Haunted Mansion. Rest your legs during the Doom-buggy ride, but beware of the hitch-hiking ghosts.
Location: 28.420478, -81.582025
Travel to a distant continents, then dart across the path to Neverland to hang with the Lost Boys.
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Grab a quick snack before starting the trek to Never Land.
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Pass a herd of flying elephants, then head south to the pinnacled fortress.
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The trail leads to a medieval castle that dominates the southern skyline.
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Crest the summit of Space Mountain and gaze at the shooting stars and glimmering constellations.
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Get your permits stamped and sign the log book at the Intergalactic Ranger Station. Continue west to return to Main Street.