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If I Only Had One Day At Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom I Would…

Walt Disney World is home to four amazing theme parks, but sometimes guests only have a limited amount of time that they can spend on property. When this happens, many guests choose to make the most of the short time they have and visit the original theme park that opened with the resort in 1971. The Magic Kingdom is a truly amazing Disney Park that is home to differently themed lands that feature attractions, dining, shopping, entertainment, and more. Guests who spend time in the park simply cannot see everything there is to see in one day, however there are some experiences that are so amazing that they should most definitely be enjoyed if guests find themselves with only one day to spend there. From favorite snacks and meals to attractions and entertainment, there is plenty to enjoy in one day at the Magic Kingdom. Here are the nine experiences that guests who only have one day in the Magic Kingdom have to enjoy.

1. Sleepy Hollow

Those who are looking to make the most of one day in the Magic Kingdom should plan on arriving right when the park opens and there is wonderful breakfast location where they can indulge in a decadent meal. Sleepy Hollow is located on the far side of the bridge spanning between the castle hub and Liberty Square and guests can order a variety of freshly made waffles. One of the most popular options is the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich which is topped with a chocolate-hazelnut spread, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries.

2. Mountains

The Magic Kingdom is home to several thrilling attractions that are all housed inside of mountains and guests who only have one day in the park should aim to experience them all. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is located in Frontierland and brings guests on an adventure on a runaway mine train. Splash Mountain is found right next door and brings guests on a soaking adventure with Br’er Rabbit that ends in a plunge into the Briar Patch below. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland invites guests into the mines where the Dwarfs are hard at work and Space Mountain in Tomorrowland blasts guests off on a thrilling adventure through the darkness of space.

3. Pirates of the Caribbean

One of the most beloved attractions in Walt Disney World is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. Pirates of the Caribbean lets guests set sail with swashbuckling pirates who have left their skeletal remains in eerie caves where dead men tell no tales. After a short drop, guests emerge in a burning seaside village where the pirates are ransacking and causing mischief while singing “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me).”

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4. Haunted Mansion

Another guest favorite attraction is located in Liberty Square and is packed with eerie moments. The Haunted Mansion brings guests on a tour of a beautiful home that is residence to nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts. The disembodied Ghost Host guides guests on their tour as they encounter spirits such as Constance the bride, Madame Leota, and the three hitchhiking ghosts. Guests who only have one day in the Magic Kingdom definitely need to enjoy a ride on the Haunted Mansion.

5. Meet Mickey

No visit to the Magic Kingdom is completely without meeting Mickey himself. While there are several places that Mickey can be found in the park, one of the most popular is Town Square Theater right inside the main entrance of the park on Main Street. There Mickey is wearing his magician’s costume and ready to pose for photos with guests in addition to performing magic tricks, signing autographs, and giving hugs.

6. Dole Whip

One snack offered in the Magic Kingdom is so popular that it has its own fan following and often times has a line of guests waiting. Aloha Isle in Adventureland is home to the Dole Whip which can be ordered in a cup and features the options of pineapple dole ice cream, vanilla dole ice cream, or a combination of both. Guests can also enjoy a Pineapple Float which combines the dole whip ice cream with pineapple juice.

7. Festival of Fantasy

Each afternoon the Magic Kingdom is home to an amazing live parade that brings whimsy and magic to life. The Festival of Fantasy Parade begins in Frontierland and works its way through Liberty Square before parading down Main Street. Guests who enjoy the parade can spot familiar characters like Mickey, Minnie, Rapunzel, Ariel, Peter Pan, and more on imaginative floats that celebrate fantasy and whimsy. With upbeat music, many characters, and special moments, the Festival of Fantasy Parade should definitely not be missed.

8. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen

Guests who are looking to enjoy a delicious and entertaining meal should head to Adventureland to eat at the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. The location is operated by the skippers from the nearby Jungle Cruise who continue their dry humor and sarcasm from the attraction in each meal. Open for lunch and dinner, guests who enjoy this full service location can order up meals such as the Curried Vegetable Stew, Dr. Falls Signature Grilled Steak, Perkins Thai Noodles, and more.

9. Happily Ever After

No day in the Magic Kingdom is complete without enjoying the nightly show that brings Cinderella Castle and the skies above it to life. Happily Ever After celebrates the joy of a happy ending and guests who situate themselves on Main Street will have the perfect view of the show. Special projections on Cinderella Castle make the building look alive with favorite characters as fireworks burst in perfect accompaniment in the skies above. Enjoying a show of Happily Ever After is the perfect way to end one day 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.