Sometimes the Magic Kingdom gets a reputation as a park that’s only fun for small kids. With attractions like Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, and Peter Pan, there’s definitely plenty that appeals to a younger crowd. But then there’s so much that the young at heart appreciate in the Magic Kingdom as well. Some adults love visiting the park simply for nostalgic value, but there’s really plenty to love for those who didn’t grow up on Disney too. Here are ten things that prove the Magic Kingdom is for kids of ALL ages.
1. Thrill Rides
Magic Kingdom contains four fast-moving thrill rides: Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Seven Dwarves Mine Train. These rides all have a height restriction for good reason—they’re too dangerous for small children. The Magic Kingdom thrill rides don’t have the intensity of multiple flips or 0-60 speed, so they’re definitely appropriate for older kids to enjoy. But without a doubt they’re full of entertainment value for adults.
2. Main Street Shopping
Small kids may be drawn to the plush displays or shiny tiaras for a short time, but there’s a lot more to experience on Main Street. Original art shops, jewelry and designer bag boutiques, live caricatures, and crystal displays are all things that adults can appreciate while small kids may not. Spending some time browsing around the Main Street shops can be an enjoyable and relaxing experience for adults.
3. Jungle Cruise
The Jungle Cruise in Adventureland is definitely appropriate for all ages, but the dry humor of the guides goes over kids’ heads most of the time. Adults, however, can smile (or groan) at the puns and pop-culture references. The Jungle Cruise is totally worth the time for adult guests.
4. Unique Snacks
Kids tend to be good with the typical popcorn, hot pretzels, and Mickey bars (and let’s be honest, so are we adults sometimes). But the Magic Kingdom offers many more unique snacks that foodie adults can really get into. Newer offerings include the Rapunzel eclair and the giant Mickey-shaped donut. Perennially favorites include the Cheshire Cat tail and the loaded mac-n-cheese. Snack-hopping around Magic Kingdom is fun!
5. Liberty Square
When I had small children, we barely spent any time in Liberty Square. The Hall of Presidents was too informative and the Haunted Mansion too scary. As an adult, there’s plenty to love in Liberty Square. Stuffed waffles are on the top of my list, as is Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, where you can find personalized ornaments. And the Muppets’ Great Moments in American History show is pretty great too!
6. Festival of Fantasy Parade
There’s no production quite like the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Everyone loves it, but adults can really appreciate the time and energy required to pull off each individual float performance. Plus, those of us who grew up on Disney classics may just get a little teary-eyed with magical memories.
7. Coffee Shops
Grabbing an iced coffee to enjoy around the Magic Kingdom is certainly a treat for adults. Starbucks is available on Main Street, and you can pay with the normal Starbucks app. Joffrey’s coffee is available from kiosks throughout the parks, and they offer a 20% discount for Disney Visa Card users (and they’ve got the best pastries!).
8. It’s a Small World
I used to adore It’s a Small World when I was a kid, but I actually love it even more now as an adult. What I used to see as a wonderful collection of colorful, dancing dolls now holds much more meaning. I like riding It’s a Small World now because I notice the cultural details and understand their importance.
9. Tom Sawyer’s Island
Tom Sawyer’s Island is a great place for all ages as well. Kids love the fort and the barrel bridge. But adults can have fun going on a quiet, shady hike or playing checkers in one of the many rocking chairs overlooking the river. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy some time away from the crowds.
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Everyone loves fireworks! And having seen plenty of fireworks displays over a lifetime, adults can recognize that no one does fireworks like Magic Kingdom does fireworks. With the castle aglow and the music synchronized, fireworks are the perfect way to end an adult day at the Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom is definitely not “just for kids”. Plenty of attractions and entertainment for all ages means that even adults can start to adopt Peter Pan’s sentiment of never wanting to grow up!
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