Alright ladies and gents! On with our exploration of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Straight to the left of the Crystal Palace is the entrance into Adventureland. So gather up your adventure sacks and get ready to explore – as we remember, THE WILDERNESS MUST BE EXPLORED! So let’s get going!
There are a lot of things to do here in Adventureland. Some of my favorite rides are here, and although there’s not a lot of eating options, there are plenty of things to do and see before you head on to Frontierland for a bite. Like the post about Main Street, I’m going to give you some of the top places to eat, shop, and play. Then, give you some insider knowledge and tips to things you could miss or pass on that you should give a go! So, let’s start this up with places to eat. There is only one Table Service area, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a tasty Adventureland treat!
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd Skipper Canteen – Maybe it’s the long name or just the fact it’s a little hidden, but the one and only table service option of Adventureland lays right within the gates, opposite of the river. They offer African, American, Asian and Latin cuisines, and for entrées, you’re looking at $30 per person. However, I always recommend, if you’re doing Disney on a budget, to look at splitting a meal with someone else in your party. Disney portions are HUGE! You won’t miss out on any of it. They offer a lunch and dinner option. ($$ – 25-35 per person)
Sunshine Tree Terrace – Okay, so, there’s some back story to this as well that I think is worth sharing. Around some of the merchandise stores, especially in home and kitchenware, you’ll see a little orange bird – aptly named Orange Bird – that has a bit more of a story than I originally knew. Sunshine Tree Terrace used to be part of the original Sunshine Pavillion when Walt Disney World first opened. It was a nod to the Orange Tree Farmers of Orlando, famous for the Florida Orange. The Farmers partnered up with Disney and created the Orange Bird to promote. You could only meet the actual Orange Bird character at Disney World in the early 70’s until the mid 80’s, until they reimagined Adventureland and separated Sunshine Tree Terrace, Aloha Isle, and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Today, you can find the Orange Bird flitting around on merchandise and on the menu.
Alright, now to the actual food. STT is a quick service area that offers the infamous Dole Whip and Citrus Swirl. There’s also sweet drinks like Pina Colada Slushies, Raspberry Lemonade, Iced Coffee, ect. Since this is just a dessert and beverage station, the cost is going to be like $3-4 per person. ($ 3-5 per adult)
Aloha Isle – Similar to Sunshine Tree Terrace, Aloha Isle only does desserts and beverages (with the exception of a fresh cut pineapple spear). Dole sponsors this little area, so you can grab some pineapple juice, Dole Whip, and a Dole Pineapple Float. Always tasty and giving you a bit of a Tiki Taste of Adventureland, I highly recommend! ($3-6 per adult)
Tortuga Tavern – The Tavern as of the past year or so has been closed due to renovations, when it opens it will serve as another quick service area that will offer the quick eats like the Turkey Leg, Hot Dogs, and Cookies. ($8-10 per adult)
There’s always something to do here in Adventureland, as the name serves itself, it’s usually always an adventure. I’m gonna give you some of my favorite areas here, and of course, I do always recommend downloading the My Disney Experience app on the App Store, as that will give you anything too look up or add to your plan for your own personal vacation.
Swiss Family Tree House – I do not recommend that you miss this, but if you are sporting really little ones, or someone in your party has trouble with stairs, then, I would just admire the outside. However, if you’re up for some really cool Imagineering, I’d head on up that way. It’s all based on the book and film the Swiss Family Robinson, where a family gets stranded on an island and has to create their home in a tree in order to survive. The Imagineering is amazing here, the details are awesome, and if you’re an avid picture taker like I am, I would go for this. (Average Wait Time – 0 minutes)
Magic Carpets of Aladdin (FP+) – What else calls for an adventure than a Magic Carpet Ride over Argrabah? A walk through Adventureland. Here, you can board onto your very own magic flying carpet and fly over and under and see the land in all of its beauty. If you are familiar with the Dumbo ride, this is almost identical, so it’s perfect for the little ones – especially if you come right back from meeting Aladdin and Jasmine in their meet and greet location just a bit north of the ride. (Average Wait Time – 40 minutes)
Enchanted Tiki Room – This isn’t as much of an attraction as it is a cult classic. Those who are avid Disney Parks goers know the Tiki Room from Disneyland, where Walt wanted to use his animatronic ideas to bring birds to life in order to talk to you. Here in the Orlando park, this turns into a 10 minute South Sea’s musical with the use of the old animatronics along with the new. It’s a great old time attraction, and good if you need to get the little ones out of the sun, or rain. (Average Wait Time – 10 minutes)
Jungle Cruise (FP+) – DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. This ride can sometimes have a longer wait, but is always worth it! You board the cruise ship with your own personal skipper who is always good for a good time. In this ride you can travel from Orlando, to Asia, to Africa and South America all in like, 15-20 minutes! Crazy right? Well, I don’t want to spoil it all, but with this snarky and witty skippers, your experience of the backside of water is going to be unforgettable. (Average Wait Time – 50-60 minutes)
Pirates of the Caribbean (FP+) – Also a cult classic, Pirates of the Caribbean will never disappoint. It originally was not integrated into the Orlando Park, but after three years, the imagineers decided it was best to bring it back, aren’t we glad that it did? This is a dark ride, but also a water boat ride. There aren’t any parts that I would deem too scary for kids, but it’s always good to keep them close to you just in case. (Average Wait Time 30-40 min)
That is all I have for you for Adventureland, in terms of finding the best parts of the adventure, but also remember that in every land, there will be a specific kind of merchandise to purchase as well. Next to the Sunshine Tree Terrace is a general ‘wild’ store where you can pick up any of your adventurer needs. Also make sure to stop by the gift store outside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride for all of your Piratey needs!