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EXTREME Magic Kingdom – 35 Things You Must Do from Rope Drop to Closing

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is the most popular theme park in the world, with close to 20 million visitors a year. A day at the Magic Kingdom can be both magical and exhausting. The park covers 107 acres and has been dubbed “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” It is home to six themed lands, and dozens of attractions that appeal to all ages. If you’re up to it, here are 30 things you just must do at the Magic Kingdom, from rope drop (opening) to closing.

1) Watch the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show – Arrive a few minutes before the park opens and catch the Main Street Singers and a trainload of Disney characters welcome you, from the Main Street train station.

2) View Cinderella Castle – Round the corner from Town Square and be awestruck by the magnificence and beauty of Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street.

3) Take a picture on Main Street – Let one of the many Disney Photopass photographers take your family picture on Main Street USA with Cinderella Castle in the background.

4) Observe the store windows on Main Street USA – The names on these windows represent a “Hall of Fame” of Disney legends. Enjoy the humor in the “fake” businesses accompanying these names.

5) Get yourself a pair of Mickey ears – Check out the Chapeau on Main Street for hats and monogramming.

6) Ride Space Mountain – Take a right at the central hub and experience Tomorrowland’s most iconic attraction.

7) Buzz Lightyear – Become one of Buzz Lightyear’s Junior Space Rangers and enter into battle with the evil Emperor Zurg!

8) Peoplemover – Take a tour of Tomorrowland aboard the Peoplemover (aka TTA).

9) It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow! – Experience one of Walt Disney’s first attractions at the Carousel of Progress.

10) Laugh it up! – Help Mike Wazowski fill the “laugh can” at Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor. You can even submit your own jokes!

11) Lose your lunch! – Take a spin in the Tea Cups from Alice in Wonderland. *Tip: you may want to rest afterwards, LOL!

12) Enjoy a concert – Experience some 3-D hijinks with Mickey, Donald and Goofy over at Mickey’s PhilharMagic.

13) Visit the Hundred Acre Wood – Hop aboard your own Hunny Pot and join Pooh and his friends on a short adventure in search of the pot of hunny!

14) Never grow up! – Take a trip to Neverland with Peter Pan and Wendy, but beware of Captain Hook!

15) Get that song outta my head! – It’s not a trip through Fantasyland with a ride aboard It’s a Small World!

16) Ride an elephant – A two minute flight on your favorite elephant, supervised by Timothy Q. Mouse.

17) Enchanted Tales with Belle – Be transported to the Beast’s library to meet Belle and Lumiere, and share in a lively, interactive re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”

18) Go Under the Sea – Find yourself immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid”, with Ariel and friends.

19) Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! – Be sure to experience the interactive queue before enjoying this new family-friendly coaster featuring Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs.

20) Time for lunch! – Take time to rest and head over to Columbia Harbour House for a relaxing, tasty lunch. *Tip: Go upstairs for a quieter experience.

21) Naptime – With a full tummy, you’ll need a quick nap, right? Check out the Hall of Presidents for air conditioned comfort. If you’re able to stay awake, it’s actually a very good show!

22) Christmas in July? – Take a stroll through Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, no matter what time of year.

23) Welcome Foolish Mortals – You don’t want to miss another classic Disney attraction. *Tip: notice the “hidden” Mickey in the dining room scene.

24) What time is the 3 o’clock parade? – Find a shady spot in Frontierland, grab a Mickey bar and enjoy the Festival of Fantasy Parade. *Tip: have your camera ready!

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25) Hold on to Your Hat! – Enjoy the “wildest ride in the West” on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a medium-scary coaster.

26) Find yer Laughin’ Place! – You may get wet on Splash Mountain, based on Walt Disney’s 1946 classic “Song of the South.” Crafty Brer Rabbit is pursued by Brer Fox.

27) Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirates Life for Me! – Look for Captain Jack Sparrow on Pirates of the Caribbean.

28) Take a two-week cruise – Cruise down the Nile, the Amazon, the Congo and the Mekong Rivers on the Jungle Cruise. You might even see the back side of water!

29) Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room – Another one of Walt’s favorites, this is a great place to cool off and rest.

30) Enjoy a Dole Whip – Step across the way to Aloha Isle for some pineapple goodness.

31) Big Cheese – Meet the Big Cheese himself, Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater.

32) Casey’s Corner – Grab a hot dog, fries and a drink before the evening entertainment.

33) Main Street Electrical Parade – Secure a spot on Main Street USA early for this classic Disney parade.

34) Celebrate the Magic and Wishes – Find a place in front of the castle and enjoy perhaps the two best shows at Walt Disney World! *Tip: bring your tissues!

35) Shopping – Don’t rush out with the crowds! Take your time browsing (and buying?) the vast array of souvenirs in the Main Street gift shops. *Tip: Grab a quick late night snack at the Confectionery.

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About Jimmie Jones

Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.