Adventureland at Magic Kingdom
Adventureland draws its inspiration from the exotic lands of Africa, the Far East, Polynesia and the Caribbean and this is reflected in the sights and sounds as you walk around.
If you are short on time make sure you don't miss Jungle Cruise
and Pirates of the Caribbean
Adventureland is one of the less visited lands at the Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom but still has some good family rides.
Disney's Jungle Cruise approaching the dock
Jungle Cruise (FastPass available)
The Jungle Cruise takes you on a boat ride through the waterways of three different continents; along the Nile in Egypt, the Congo in Africa, the Amazon in South America and the Mekong in Cambodia.
The wait is undercover but the queues can be deceptively long as you snake back and forth outside the offices of the Jungle Cruise company.
The boats are canopied launches modelled on the African Queen and steered by a Disney Cast Member who keeps up a witty (if somewhat corny) banter throughout the trip.
As you pass through jungle scenes, on the banks and in the river itself you come across various animatronic animals and people; watch out for hostile natives and the elephants who may get you wet.
Apparently when the ride was first introduced, it was a serious ride (based on Walt Disney's True Life Adventure Series) but over the years more and more humour has been introduced which gives it its charm today.
Swiss Family Treehouse
The Swiss Family Treehouse is based upon the story of the Swiss Family Robinson who found themselves shipwrecked on a deserted South Seas island.
It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk through the giant banyan tree house complete with running water, or more accurately up and down as this involves a lot of steps (but no ropes or ladders). The banyan tree has around 300,000 polyethylene leaves on more than 1400 branches.
Pirates of the Caribbean
This is a very popular ride and features in all the Disney parks (the one in Disneyland Paris is actually better) and the title has now been made into a very funny feature film starring Johnny Depp. The wait is undercover and you walk down cool tunnels through caverns containing long lost prisoners.
Like Jungle Cruise you are in a boat but this time you are indoors and encounter lots of swashbuckling pirates along the way. At one point you get caught in the cross fire when a pirate galleon attacks a town and the pirates run amok. This is classic Disney animatronics at its best with yet another song you will have trouble getting out of your head.
It is quite dark in places and some of the sights and sounds might frighten small children; there is also a small drop whilst in the boat.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
This ride is quite new and is similar to the Dumbo ride in Fantasyland only this time each car takes four people. It is based upon the Disney cartoon 'Aladdin' and you soar around on a magic carpet over the town of Agrabah. There is a lever in the front which controls the height and a lever in the back which controls the pitch forwards and backwards.
Like Dumbo, this ride appeals to small children so expect long queues.
Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)
This is an attraction you will either love or hate. On our first trip to Disney World, 'friends' of ours said what ever you do you mustn't miss the Tiki birds. To this day we have not forgiven them !!
The Enchanted Tiki Room has been updated, hence the 'under new management' sign and now includes Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from the Lion King. The show lasts for 20 minutes and features a number of songs performed by a multitude of birds, flowers and mythical tiki gods from the Polynesian Islands.
Small kids will love it.
Access to other Lands
As you walk up Main Street towards Cinderella's Castle, there is a large circular plaza with a number of paths leading off it. If you take the path on your left, you cross a bridge and enter the lush world of Adventureland.
In fact the Liberty Square end of this corridor is a good place to watch the parade from and then you can quickly slip back into Adventureland.
Eating in Adventureland
There are not many places to eat in Adventureland but because Adventureland tends to be quieter than other lands in the park it can be a good place to eat.
The El Pirata Y el Perico Restaurante (The Pirate and the Parrot) across from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride serves Mexican food including tacos, nachos and taco salads. Counter service with lots of under cover seating.
If you just need a drink or a dessert then both the Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle serve hot and cold drinks including juices and floats plus ice creams and yoghurts.