16. Meet Mickey Mouse
Located on your right-hand side as soon as you enter the park, the Town Square Theater is the very best place to meet Mickey on all of Disney property. This is because the mouse in this meet-and-greet does more than just pose for pictures. What exactly does he do? Well, let’s just say he’s never left speechless.
15. People-Watch on Main Street
When planning a trip to Disney World, you probably think about fun rides, spectacular shows, and delicious food. What you probably don’t think about is people-watching. Still, there is nothing quite like grabbing a cup of coffee from the Main Street Bakery, finding a comfy place to sit, and watching the crowd go by for a while.
14. Fight Emperor Zurg
When you reach the hub at the end of Main Street, you can veer off to the right in order to reach Tomorrowland. There you will find a whole collection of great attractions, including “Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin”. Be sure to hop on this fun adventure through space and fight off Emperor Zurg before you leave the land of tomorrow.
13. Zoom Through Space
Another Tomorrowland must-do, Space Mountain is an intense rollercoaster that is completely shrouded in darkness. This means you never see the next turn or drop coming, making the whole ride incredibly thrilling. On top of that, the outer space theming is top-notch and leaves you feeling as though you are actually zooming through the stars.
12. Hop On a Mine Train
If you leave Tomorrowland and continue making your way around the park you will soon find yourself in Fantasyland. This is the place of magic and enchantment and allows guests to be transported into some of their favorite classic Disney films. One of the best ways to hop into a beloved movie? Ride the “Seven Dwarves Mine Train” and tag along as they work in the mines and then head home for the day.
11. Meet a Princess
While in Fantasyland, you will, of course, want to meet a princess or two. Head over to Princess Fairytale hall to meet with a couple of classic favorites, or visit Ariel in her grotto. Either way, you will have a wonderful time chatting it up with royalty, and you’ll leave with pictures to prove the meeting really did happen.
10. Eat at “Be Our Guest”
When lunchtime rolls around, you’ll need to find some food somewhere. Why not make your midday meal an attraction in and of itself? “Be Our Guest” offers visitors a meal and an immersive experience all in one by serving food in Belle’s castle. This is one eatery you won’t want to miss!
9. Fly Over London
After lunch, a quick flight over London and through Neverland is definitely in order. Of course, you’ll need a little bit of pixie dust to carry out this incredible feat. Therefore, you might need to walk on over to “Peter Pan’s Flight” and see if Tinkerbell might be able to help. Who knows? Your Neverland buddies might even offer you a ride in one of their enchanted pirate ships.
8. Visit Grim Grinning Ghosts
As you head out of Fantasyland, it’s likely you’ll walk right up to the “Haunted Mansion”. This is a beloved Disney ride and for good reason. This mansion is filled to the brim with puns, special effects, and of course, Grim Grinning Ghosts. Be sure to hop in a Doom Buggy and see it all for yourself.
7. See the Parade
The “Festival of Fantasy” parade is truly an incredible sight to see. The costumes, floats, music, and choreography come together to create a spectacle that people of all ages enjoy. Finding a spot to watch this fun performance can be difficult though, so try to stake one out early!
6. Thunder Around
When the parade ends, you’ll definitely want to head into Frontierland. This is the home of “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”, a themed rollercoaster that is fun for the adults in the group while still remaining tame enough for the younger thrill-seekers. So hop on, but remember, “Hold onto your hats and glasses, folks, cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”
5. Splash Down
Florida weather is almost always warm—or outright hot—and sunny, which means getting a bit wet can feel pretty amazing. Fortunately, “Splash Mountain” is always an option for cooling off, squeezing in some extra thrills, and watching some adorable animatronics put on a great show at the same time. Don’t skip this one!
4. Sail With Pirates
Have you ever wished you could sail with pirates? Lucky for you, a quick trip down to Adventureland will give you the opportunity to do just that. “Pirates of the Caribbean” is a slow dark ride that the whole family will love. The attention to detail on this attraction is incredible, and the catchy song will continue playing in your head for the rest of the day.
3. Take a Jungle Cruise
Next on the agenda? A cruise through the jungle on a collection of the world's major rivers. On the “Jungle Cruise,” you are sure to be rolling in your seat as your “punny” skipper tells ridiculous jokes and navigates your boat through animal habitats and plenty of “dangerous” situations.
2. Try a Dole Whip
There are some who would claim you haven't lived if you haven't tried a Dole Whip float. While we aren't sure that’s entirely true, we do have to agree this is a pretty heavenly snack. Therefore, a quick stop at Aloha Isle to pick one up before leaving Adventureland is definitely a good idea.
1. Live Happily Ever After
Finally, you simply must finish off your magical day with a gorgeous fireworks display that you won’t soon forget. “Happily Ever After” is shown nightly over Cinderella Castle, and it is the perfect ending to a perfect day.
There you have it! A list of the 16 things you absolutely must do when visiting the Magic Kingdom. Take this list with you as you head through the main gate, and remember to have a great time!