With six themed lands, a multitude of attractions, rides, shows, a variety of different restaurants and shops, and alcoves to explore, your day at the Magic Kingdom is yours to design. With everything that there is to offer at Magic Kingdom, you can easily spend two complete days exploring and enjoying everything the Magic Kingdom has to offer. Here is our list of the top 15 most popular activities there:
15. Enjoy a delicious baked good from the Confectionary – located on the right-hand side of Main Street, U.S.A., this bakery features a wide array of different sweet treats to enjoy from fudge, taffy, to hand-crafted marshmallow rice treats. The Confectionary is a definite must-do on your way into (and out of) the park!
14. Search for the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom – this interactive, self-guided adventure has two starting points – the first is in the fire station at the entrance to Main Street, U.S.A., the other is located in Liberty Square. You explore the park hunting for clues to defeat the Disney villains.
13. Take a ride of the Walt Disney World Railroad – I am guilty of often overlooking the railroad as a method of transportation. The railroad takes you from Main Street to Frontierland to Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus. In between stops, you catch glimpses of some wonderfully themed areas and views of the Magic Kingdom you do not see when walking around. If trains are of particular interest to you, be sure to check out Disney’s Behind the Steam tour!
12. Get some Mickey ears (or t-shirt, pin, stuffed animal) – Main Street is home to the best merchandise shop in Magic Kingdom at the Emporium (a close second is Big Top Souvenirs in Fantasyland). Get something to remember your trip by or start a whole new collection!
11. Character Interaction – Magic Kingdom has a multitude of different opportunities to meet your favorite characters. Nothing is as special as meeting a character in the Magic Kingdom. There are many to choose from – Tinkerbell, Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Merida, Princess Tiana, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Belle, Anna, Elsa, Gaston, Ariel, Chip and Dale, Woody, and Aladdin. Be sure to consult your Times Guide to see where and when your favorites will be visiting!
10. Enjoy a classic Disney treat – Magic Kingdom is one of the few places that you can enjoy a Dole Whip! Other favorites to check out are turkey legs, Mickey pretzels, citrus swirls, and delicious waffle sandwiches. No trip is complete without at least one of these treats!
9. Watch one of the parades – currently, Magic Kingdom is home to the Festival of Fantasy Parade, as well as the Main Street Electrical Parade. You have to grab a seat on the sidewalk and watch one (or both) of these parades. My personal favorite at this moment is the Festival of Fantasy Parade – it features a multitude of Disney characters and some amazingly themed floats.
8. Become a princess, knight, or a pirate – the Magic Kingdom features two different experiences for the young ones in the group to be transformed into a princess, knight, or a pirate. The Bibbity Bobbity Boutique can transform kids under 12 into a princess or a knight. If you are looking for something more adventurous, head over to Adventureland where your little one can become a member of the Pirates League!
7. Climb one (or all) of the mountains – with the completion of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, there are now four peaks to conquer in the Magic Kingdom. Be sure to scale at least one of them. My favorite is Splash Mountain, but Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain are crowd-pleasers as well!
6. Experience a Disney classic – Magic Kingdom is constantly evolving. New Fantasyland is a testament to that. One of the most rewarding experiences can be to do a classic attraction – Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, Swiss Family Treehouse, Jungle Cruise, Carousel of Progress, or the Enchanted Tiki Room. The benefits of the classics are twofold: the first being experiencing something that has been around since the beginning. The second is that generally, these attractions rarely have much of a line.
5. Relax at a table service restaurant – while exploring Magic Kingdom and all of the attractions, it is easy to forego sitting down and enjoying a meal, but the restaurants where you can sit down and relax are amazing! Everyone has a different favorite, but all offer delicious food and great service!
4. Seek out Hidden Mickeys – Imagineers originally began hiding the Mickey outline in various attractions as their “signature.” Over the years, hundreds of hidden Mickeys dot the park, some in plain sight, others requiring a keen eye for detail. You can look for yourself or grab a guidebook to help out on your search!
3. Enjoy the hidden details – ever count the number of lanterns in the Liberty Tree in Liberty Square? There are 13. One signifying each of the thirteen original colonies and states. The names on the Main Street windows are nods to those who were influential in designing and creating the park. There are many, many more wonderfully rich details that are hidden in plain sight. Take some time to enjoy these!
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2. The entertainment – Magic Kingdom offers a variety of different live entertainment. The Dapper Dans roam Main Street, U.S.A. serenading guests with classic barbershop quartet numbers. Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party features a lot of Disney dancers and characters in an interactive dance party! Whatever you enjoy, there is something for everyone!
1. Fireworks – no trip to the Magic Kingdom is complete with taking in the nightly fireworks show, Wishes! Be sure to find some space in front of Cinderella’s Castle 20 minutes before the show and you’ll be treated to another amazing activity: Celebrate the Magic!
There is so much to see and do at the Magic Kingdom! What is your favorite activity when you’re in the Magic Kingdom?
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