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6 Reasons Why We Love Going Back to Magic Kingdom

On October 1, 1971 Magic Kingdom opened its doors, and the Orlando area has never been the same. It is the park that most people think of when Walt Disney World comes to mind. It is home to classic rides, a few thrills, great dining, and much, much more. Magic Kingdom is the most attended theme park in the world. Giving six specific reasons why we love going back again and again would not be possible, so the items listed here are general.

6. Dining

Two of the most popular restaurants at all of Walt Disney World are located inside Magic Kingdom, and ironically they’re both inside castles. At Be Our Guest Restaurant you will dine inside Beast’s Castle, and you will truly feel like you’ve stepped into the movie. Cinderella’s Royal Table is more than just a princess character meal. If you’ve ever wanted to head inside Cinderella Castle, this is the way to do it. While these are arguably the two most popular restaurants at Magic Kingdom, there are so many other dining options that you might have a hard time making up your mind! Enjoy more Jungle Cruise-type jokes, eat an out-of-this-world burger, step inside Lady and the Tramp, sit at an old fashioned ice cream counter, or try a sweet waffle sandwich. Those are just a few of the dining options at Magic Kingdom. When you’re looking for a snack, make sure you have Dole Whip at least once on your vacation. You can find it at other places at Walt Disney World, but somehow it tastes better at the iconic Aloha Isle.

5. Characters

Character interaction is an important part of any Walt Disney World vacation, and at Magic Kingdom you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet some of your favorites. You’ll find everyone from princesses to classics. This is also where you can meet Gaston, who has gained a reputation for being one of the funniest face characters around! Make meeting Mickey at Town Square Theater a priority, you’ll notice something special about him there. Here’s a character tip; don’t miss Pete’s Silly Sideshow in the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland. Many guests don’t wander that far back in the park, and the lines are usually manageable. At Pete’s Silly Sideshow you can meet Donald, Goofy, Minnie, and Daisy in two separate lines.

4. Shows

From the Let the Magic Begin welcome show to Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, you will love the live entertainment at Magic Kingdom. Enjoy the Dapper Dans, let out your inner child in a dance party, power a city for monsters, watch characters in a parade, or learn American history from the Muppets. Make sure you pick up a Times Guide when you enter the park so you can quickly see what is happening and where. One special moment that too many people miss takes place at 5:00 each evening. The Flag Retreat is held on Main Street, U.S.A., and it is a beautiful tribute to those who have risked or laid down their lives for freedom.

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3. Thrills

If you’re looking for huge thrills at Walt Disney World, you should probably try Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. At Magic Kingdom you won’t find any rides that go upside down or hit the speed limit, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find some thrills. Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster that takes place in the dark, while on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad you will journey through an old mining town in a rickety train. Splash Mountain lulls you into a sense of complacency; until you see that you’re about to drop five stories. The newest coaster at the park is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It’s a smooth ride without any huge drops. If your child is 35 inches or taller and isn’t yet sure about roller coasters, try The Barnstormer. There is a height restriction for the other four rides mentioned as well.

2. Family Rides

Walt Disney was a family man, so it should not come as a surprise that Magic Kingdom is filled with rides for families. Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Haunted Mansion are just a few of the classics without a height restriction. There are rides based on movies, rides that allow you to fly high in the air, rides that spin you around, and rides that give you a glimpse into the future. There are so many family rides at Magic Kingdom that you might not be able to do them all, especially on a crowded day. Make sure that you take advantage of FastPass+ so that you’ll have three fewer lines that you’ll have to wait in.

1. Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle just says Walt Disney World. It is one of the most photographed places at Disney, everyone wants to get a picture in front of the Castle. It has witnessed thousands of proposals, is home to a shop where princesses are born, allows guests to feast like royalty, and so much more. Cinderella Castle comes alive at night, and is one of the most special sights at Walt Disney World during the holidays. It is not uncommon to see adults cry as they gaze upon Cinderella Castle. It brings out the child in everyone.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.