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7 Reasons You Will Love Staying Near Disney’s Magic Kingdom

For many people, the Magic Kingdom is the heart of the Walt Disney World magic. Staying close by can make your vacation even more special. There are plenty of choices; Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort has cabins and campsites, and there are Disney Vacation Club properties with some of these resorts. Shades of Green is also in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. It’s open to active and retired military members and their families. Here are seven reasons why you will love staying near the Magic Kingdom. There are plenty more.

7. Walk to the Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World transportation is convenient, but it can be a bit of a hassle. If you stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort you can walk to the Magic Kingdom! Just follow the signs and you’ll be at bag check in almost no time at all. It’s an easy walk, but keep an eye on your little ones because you will cross traffic. The walking path makes it simple to head back to your room for a nap or catch a meal outside of the Magic Kingdom. If you’re staying at a different resort there are still easy transportation options to the Magic Kingdom. The monorail picks up and drops off at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There are also boats that will take you to and from the various resorts. Getting to the Magic Kingdom is a breeze if you stay close by.

6. Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre

The theme parks are a lot of fun, but sometimes it’s nice to get away from the crowds for a few hours. Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre is a great place to do just that. Located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you can try your hand at several different activities. A few of the options are parasailing, water skiing, tubing, and wake boarding. You can also rent a personal sized watercraft, or if you’d prefer something more relaxing you can sign up for a guided tour. Your entire family will have a great time.

5. Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long

The words “free” and “Disney” do not go together all that often, but here is a fun free activity that your little ones will love. Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long takes place nightly, weather permitting, at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. There are songs around the campfire, and you can purchase a s’mores kit if you’d like. Chip ‘n’ Dale join in on the fun, and there is also a free Disney movie. You do not need to be staying at a Magic Kingdom Resort to take part.

4. Restaurants

Some of the most unique and delicious Walt Disney World restaurants in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. There are several signature dining experiences that you can choose from, including a AAA Five Diamond Award Winner. You will find Afternoon Tea, dinner shows, seafood, character dining, a fun Tiki bar, award winning wine lists, and one of the best breakfasts at Walt Disney World. The views from some of the Magic Kingdom Resort restaurants are unforgettable. If your stomach growls in the middle of the night, there’s even a food court that never closes. No matter what you’re hungry for, there’s a good chance that you’ll find it at a Magic Kingdom Resort restaurant.

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3. Electrical Water Pageant

Each night something special happens in the water near the Magic Kingdom Resorts. The Electrical Water Pageant is a Disney classic that many people don’t know exists. Each evening (weather permitting) the show takes place in Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. There are 14 floats that depict sea creatures. The theme then turns to patriotic. Once the short show is over, it floats to the next resort and runs again. Although the music and the floats have changed over the years, the Electrical Water Pageant is an original Walt Disney World show, dating back to 1971.

2. The Resorts Themselves

If you’re looking to stay at a place you will never forget, you will want to consider a resort near the Magic Kingdom. You will find everything from elegant to rustic. You can visit a tropical island, take a glimpse into the future, head to the American West, or stay in the lap of luxury. There is so much to see and do that you might not even want to go to one of the theme parks. Relax in the spa, watch a dinner show, spend the day in the pool, ride a horse, rent a boat, or send the kids on a Pirate Adventure. If you want to spend an evening without your children, make a reservation at Lilo’s Playhouse or Cub’s Den. Your little ones will have a blast, and you’ll be able to enjoy some adult time.

1. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

One of the best known fireworks shows on the planet is Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. It’s great to see it inside the Magic Kingdom, but it’s also incredible to experience outside of the park. There are wonderful views of the nightly fireworks from several places in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. Some of the restaurants with views will play the soundtrack, so you won’t miss a beat. There are even rooms where you can watch the show from your balcony. There is a reason why Wishes is so popular, and if you stay near the Magic Kingdom you will see why and have a view that most people will never experience.

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.