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The Top 10 Experiences at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

 

6) Order the Kitchen Sink

Toward the end of the strip of shops on Main Street U.S.A., as you approach Cinderella Castle, you’ll find a quaint little ice cream shop—tiny, but bustling with Guests eager to get their ice cream fix for the day. In the summer, lines wind out of the shop and onto the walkway in front of it. The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor has all kinds of frosty cold treats available, but for an experience unlike any other, step up to the counter and order the “Kitchen Sink.” Mickey’s Kitchen Sink includes just about everything but the kitchen sink in this larger-than-life ice cream experience. It comes in a souvenir plastic sink that looks like Mickey’s trademark red pants and yellow buttons, with a faux faucet and Mickey Mouse gloves as the faux hot and cold water handles. Inside the sink, however, is a frozen feast fit for a king. Hot fudge, caramel syrup and strawberry sauce top generous scoops of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. But they aren’t finished there! Sprinkled on top of this unscalable mountain of calories are chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, cherries and other goodies! No exaggeration—Mickey’s Kitchen Sink can easily handle the spoons of two to four family members (or friends), so grab your favorite people and get over to The Plaza for your turn to try this legendary Main Street ice cream treat. Be sure to come hungry and don’t plan too much strenuous activity afterward!

5) Gaston’s Tavern

“My, what a guy! That Gaston!” The wannabe beau of Belle has never been short on attitude, pride or arrogance. Perhaps that’s why some of the treats and snacks served up in his tavern are oversized too. The experience to have here is one you’ll want to save for your cheat day! Gaston’s Tavern offers hummus and pretzel chips, veggies in a cup and fountain drinks—none of which are unique to this counter service eatery. But the most fun (and calorie-ridden) item on the menu is one you’ve got to try—they call it a cinnamon roll, but it should be called a “cinnamon slab”—it’s huge!! It’s served warm and so ooey-gooey—you won’t be able to fully enjoy it without making a bit of a mess, but you won’t care after one bite! Be sure to bring plenty of napkins to your table, and don’t forget to wash down that hunk of cinnamon bliss with a stein of LeFou’s brew—the Tavern’s signature non-alcoholic drink, featuring frozen apple juice, marshmallow and mango-passion fruit foam!

4) Meet royalty at Fairytale Hall

Once upon a time, years ago at Disney World, there was an attraction called Snow White’s Scary Adventures at Magic Kingdom. It was among fans’ favorites, but it was closed before the new Fantasyland expansion was realized. In its place today stands Princess
Fairytale Hall. The regal Hall is divided into two sections—each hosting two Disney princesses. The inner walls of Fairytale Hall are ornately decorated with regal colors, tapestries and draperies. It’s surely a place fit for royalty, and with good reason! Here you and your little princesses can meet Princesses Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella and Elena of Avalor. The beautiful heiresses greet Guests in a large drawing room inside the Hall. PhotoPass photographers are on hand to make sure that every magical moment is captured. The princesses are kind enough to also sign autograph books and share with Guests the latest news about their respective kingdoms.

Though all four princesses reside in Princess Fairytale Hall, Rapunzel and Tiana meet Guests in a separate drawing room from where Cinderella and Elena meet Guests. FastPass+ times are offered for this experience, but you’ll need one FastPass to meet Rapunzel and Tiana, and one FastPass to meet Cinderella and Elena. These are two separate experiences at Fairytale Hall and there are two separate queues in which to wait.

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About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.