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10 Essential Experiences You Must Have At Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Guests who visit Walt Disney World love to spend the majority of their time in the four theme parks. Of the four theme parks, one of the most popular is the Magic Kingdom which opened with the resort in October 1971. The park is filled with beautifully themed lands that aim to bring places of fantasy, adventure, and entertainment to life through wonderful details and experiences. Each land is home to attractions, dining, entertainment, and shopping and guests can spend days on end in the park enjoying new details and experiences along the way. With so much to enjoy in the Magic Kingdom, guests might have trouble trying to figure out which are the absolute must do experiences that can’t be missed. From classic and thrilling attractions to wonderful encounters and beautiful areas, there are some experiences which are necessary when visiting the Magic Kingdom. Here are the ten essential experiences that every guest must have at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

10. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom aims to bring guests back to the Wild West where the sense of adventure and thrilling encounters run amok. One of the most popular experiences in the land is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which is the wildest ride in the wilderness. Guests board a runaway train and find themselves whipping though the mining town of Tumbleweed where there are crumbling caverns, a local saloon, and lots of local wildlife. With twists and turns, guests are sure to love a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

9. Pirates of the Caribbean

One of the most beloved attractions in the Magic Kingdom invites guests to set sail with some swashbuckling pirates. Pirates of the Caribbean brings guests to the high seas and through eerie caves, a burning seaside village, and a raging battle between a fort and a pirate ship. With familiar faces including Captain Jack Sparrow and the catchy “Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me)” guests are sure to absolutely love Pirates of the Caribbean.

8. Splash Mountain

Found right next door to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is another thrilling attraction that might leave guests soaked. Splash Mountain brings guests on a journey with Br’er Rabbit who is looking for more adventure while evading capture by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear. Guests can enjoy different scenes that showcase many characters that exist in Br’er Rabbit’s world before taking a steep plunge into the Briar Patch below.

7. Haunted Mansion

Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is home to one of the most popular and well known attractions in all of Walt Disney World. The Haunted Mansion invites guests into a stately manor home where nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts create all sorts of interesting and eerie occurrences. Guests move through the attraction in Doom Buggies and enjoy a creepy narration by the Ghost Host who introduces them to favorite characters like Madame Leota, Constance the Bride, and the three hitchhiking ghosts.

6. Peter Pan’s Flight

Fantasyland is home to some of the most classic and beloved attractions including on that brings the classic Disney animated film Peter Pan to life. Peter Pan’s Flight sprinkles guests with pixie dust and has them soar high over the streets of London and Neverland in pirate ships. Guests can look down over memorable moments and characters including Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, and Smee.

5. It’s A Small World

Across from Peter Pan’s Flight is an attraction that no guest can skip in the Magic Kingdom. It’s A Small World brings guests on a whimsical cruise around the world featuring characters that celebrate the culture and locations of different continents around the world. Each room features unique decorations and landmarks and plays the classic song “It’s A Small World.” No trip to the Magic Kingdom is complete without taking a trip on the happiest cruise that ever sailed.

4. Space Mountain

Tomorrowland is home to the future including space and an attraction that is out of this world. Space Mountain invites guests into the intergalactic space hub Starport 75. From the hub, guests can blast off to galaxies across the universe in near darkness. With plenty of thrilling twists, turns, and drops, Space Mountain is a favorite of many guests.

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3. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

A classic experience that many guests consider a rite of passage can be found in the Storybook Circus area of the Magic Kingdom. Dumbo the Flying Elephant invites guests to take a ride in the famous elephant and soar high above the surrounding areas. With whimsical music, massive circus tents, and views and are truly beautiful, guests simply have to enjoy a whirl on Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

2. Enjoy the Hub

No area in the Magic Kingdom is as recognizable as the hub thanks to the beautiful Cinderella Castle. The structure features wonderful architecture and details and can be enjoyed from all around the hub area. Guests can find a quiet area in the grass and enjoy the wonderful views of Cinderella Castle, flowers and gardens, and nearby fountains.

1. Meet Mickey

The one experience that no guest can skip in the Magic Kingdom is meeting the mouse himself! The best place to meet Mickey is in the Town Square Theater just inside the entrance to the park. There Mickey is decked out in his magician’s finest and ready to create all sorts of magic for guests to enjoy. With wonderful photo opportunities and the chance to rub elbows with the head cheese, meeting Mickey is a must do in the Magic Kingdom!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.