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5 Reasons We Love Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Guests who enjoy a vacation in Walt Disney World simply must spend lots of time in the Magic Kingdom. The park opened in 1971 with the Walt Disney World Resort and is home to different lands which each feature their own unique theme. With attractions, entertainment, dining, and shopping designed to make guests feels as though they have traveled to different places like the most exotic corners of the world, space, and fantasy, the park is a favorite of many guests. While some guests love the Magic Kingdom for its classic and thrilling attractions, others love it for the wonderful details found throughout or the amazing entertainment. With so much to do and see in the Magic Kingdom, there are definitely some experiences that are so quintessential, they make the park what it is today. Here are the top five reasons why we love Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

5. The Mountains

The Magic Kingdom is home to its very own mountain range composed of three totally unique and thrilling attractions. Tomorrowland is home to Space Mountain which brings guests into the intergalactic space hub Starport 75. There guests can board rockets which blast off to all corners of the galaxy. With high speeds and twists and turns in near darkness, Space Mountain is beloved by many guests. Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom is home to the other two mountains, including Splash Mountain. This thrilling journey has guests board logs and set sail with Br’er Rabbit who is on the search for more adventure. With several small drops and a final plunge into the Briar Patch below, guests are sure to love the wonderfully detailed scenes of Splash Mountain along with the soaking finale! The final mountain can be found right next door to Splash Mountain and brings guests into the mining town of Tumbleweed. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the wildest ride in the wilderness where guests can explore dark caves, crumbling caverns, and the rollicking town itself at blinding fast speeds on runaway mine trains. No visit to the Magic Kingdom is complete without conquering all three mountains!

4. The Classics

In addition to the thrilling mountain range, the Magic Kingdom is also home to its fair share of classic attractions which many guests consider to be beloved. The world famous Jungle Cruise in Adventureland brings guests on a tour of the most exotic rivers of the world and even offers a rare glimpse at the backside of water. The classic Pirates of the Caribbean can also be found in Adventureland and allows guests to set sail with the swashbucklers through eerie caves and a burning seaside village. Liberty Square is home to the Haunted Mansion where nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts are waiting to spook and scare guests. Fantasyland features the classic It’s A Small World where guests can set sail on the happiest cruise there ever was as well as Peter Pan’s Flight where the classic Disney animated film is brought to life. With plenty of classic attractions for all guests to enjoy, it is no wonder why so many love the Magic Kingdom.

3. The Underrated

While there are plenty of thrilling and classic attractions in the Magic Kingdom, there are also a fair share of experiences that are considered underrated and often overlooked by guests. This is a total shame as these underrated experiences are amazing in their own ways! Guests who spend time in the Magic Kingdom should be sure to enjoy Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the Country Bear Jamboree, the Swiss Family Treehouse, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

2. Cinderella Castle

One of the main things that guests absolutely love in the Magic Kingdom is the beautiful Cinderella Castle. The icon of the park can be found at the end of Main Street beckoning guests to travel deeper into the park and enjoy all that it has to offer. With gorgeous details including amazing mosaics in the breezeway and gold trimmed turrets, Cinderella Castle is one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in the world and guests who visit Walt Disney World absolutely love it.

1. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Perhaps one of the most beloved experiences in the Magic Kingdom occurs each night once the sun sets. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular closes each day in the Magic Kingdom and occurs high in the skies over Cinderella Castle. The show is narrated by Jiminy Cricket who reminds guests how important it is to believe in the power of a wish. Combining beautiful fireworks with Disney music and special moments like Tinkerbell flying overhead, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is one of the most beloved experiences in Walt Disney World and definitely can’t be missed when spending time in the Magic Kingdom!

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello 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.