Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Top 10 Must Do's at the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom was the first park to open at Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971.  Known as "the Most Magical Place on Earth," the Magic Kingdom has consistently had the most visitors annually than any other theme park worldwide.  The park consists of 6 wonderfully themed lands; Advenureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A.  Standing at 189 feet tall is the park's icon, Cinderella Castle, which provides a spectacular backdrop for the nighttime fireworks show.

The Magic Kingdom has the most attractions of any of the four parks and perhaps that is why I had such a hard time narrowing down the Must Do's to only 10!  Since it was just too difficult to pick only 10 Must Do’s, there are a couple of honorable mentions that are worth noting.

10. Meet Characters
You can't go to the Magic Kingdom without meeting at least one character!  From Princesses to Mickey and pals, there is no shortage of characters throughout the park. 

9. Eat Snacks 
The Magic Kingdom is home to many favorite snacks that are must eats.  You can find the Dole Whip in Adventureland, Funnel Cakes at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square, grab a hot dog from Casey's Corner, and get all sorts of tasty treats from the Main Street Confectionery.  There are so many wonderful snacks to choose from!  Take a moment on your next visit to enjoy the atmosphere of the Magic Kingdom with your favorite snack.

8. Dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant
Perhaps the most popular restaurant in all of Walt Disney World, Be Our Guest Restaurant is located in the Beast's castle in Fantasyland.  Lunch offers quick service options while dinner is a table service meal.  You may be seated in one of the three dining rooms: the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing or the Castle Gallery.  The restaurant is truly breathtaking!  It's like you are in the movie.  Reservations are strongly recommended for both lunch and dinner and can be made 180 days in advance. 

7. Haunted Mansion
This classic attraction has been home to 999 happy haunts since opening day in 1971.  The Haunted Mansion is a slow, dark ride located in Liberty Square where guests board a Doom Buggy to tour this haunted home.  You'll pass through classic scenes like the portrait chamber and the graveyard.  It may be a little scary for young guests but the ghosts are truly harmless. 

6. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Take a flight aboard a flying elephant for a
magical flight above Storybook Circus.  This is a classic attraction that it is still a favorite.  During the New Fantasyland expansion, Dumbo also received an upgrade and now has two sets of rotating elephants and a circus themed play area to entertain the kids while you wait for your turn to fly.  You're never too old for a ride on Dumbo.  This is a major Must Do for kids and kids at heart!

5. "it's a small world"
It's hard not to sing along while riding this classic attraction.  It's also hard to get the song out of your head!  "it's a small world" combines the musical talents of the Sherman brothers with the artistic direction of Mary Blair to create "The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed."  During this 10 minute journey, guests travel through scenes representing all seven continents and containing over 300 traditionally dressed dolls spreading the message of cultural unity and harmony.  This timeless attraction is a must do and singing the song is part of the fun!

4. Festival of Fantasy Parade
The Festival of Fantasy Parade is a truly magical and fantastical display of characters from Fantasyland.  The parade includes a mix of innovative floats, brightly colored costumes and original music full of whimsy and imagination.  Floats include Flynn Rider and Rapunzel on a Tangled inspired float, Peter Pan and Wendy aboard a flying pirate ship, and Maleficent as a fire breathing dragon.  It's a truly spectacular parade!  If you don't want to stake out a spot along the parade route, you can get a FastPass+ for a seat in a special viewing location.

3. Celebrate the Magic
Another marvel in Walt Disney imagineering, Celebrate the Magic is an amazing show where Cinderella Castle comes to life before your eyes.  The castle acts as a canvas and favorite characters and scenes from classic Disney films are projected right onto the castle.  It's one of the most magical things I have ever seen!  This 10 minute show receives seasonal additions throughout the year so be on the lookout for new content on each visit.  The best views of the show are from Main Street, U.S.A. and around the central hub.  Make sure to get a spot early as you can't miss this show!

2. Triple Mountain Whammy
Ok, this is technically 3 Must Do's but I needed to include them all and didn't have enough numbers!  The Triple Mountain Whammy consists of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain.  There is nothing more exciting than when you are first tall enough to ride these attractions.  These three mountains are major Must Do's! 

1. Wishes
There is no better way to end a night at the Magic Kingdom than by viewing Wishes!  This 12 minute nighttime spectacular is just that; Spectacular!  The show is one of the biggest fireworks display in Magic Kingdom history.  Grab a spot early or get a FastPass+ for a reserved seat.  Jiminy Cricket narrates as a medley of Disney favorites plays.  It's one of those Disney experiences that bring tears to my eyes every time. 

Honorable Mentions
Peter Pan's Flight
Set sail aboard your very own flying pirate ship on this is a classic attraction located in Fantasyland.  Begin your journey in the Darling children's nursery as you make your way to Never Land where you see classic scenes from Peter Pan like Mermaid Lagoon and Skull Rock.  This is a favorite attraction amongst guests so it's recommended that you visit early in the day or utilize FastPass+.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
One of the newest attractions in Fantasyland is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  This family friendly roller coaster brings you into the mines "where a million diamonds shine" and where you can see the Seven Dwarfs hard at work singing "Heigh Ho."  It's a very popular attraction that is not to be missed.  Make sure to visit first thing in the morning or use FastPass+.

It's no surprise that the Magic Kingdom is one truly magical park.  It has so many classic attractions, many of which Walt Disney helped design when they opened at Disneyland park.  It was truly difficult to narrow down this Must Do list because there are just so many wonderful attractions at the Magic Kingdom.  What are your family's Must Do's?



  1. I LOVE Celebrate the Magic. Not enough people realize just how great it is!! You're right, it's one of the most magical things I've ever seen.

    1. That show brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. The technology is just so amazing! And I love the song that goes along with it.


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