Any day spent in the Magic Kingdom is a day filled with wonder, magic and excitement. From the attractions to the dining and entertainment, there are so many ways to fill your time in the park. While each guest tries to fit all of their must-do items into their day, there may be things that you miss out on, simply because there aren’t enough hours in the day. This is all the more reason to come back another day to experience all that the Magic Kingdom has to offer. Aside from the headline events and attractions, we have put together a list of 10 things that you may be missing during your visit to the Magic Kingdom.
10. Opening Show
It can be hard to get yourself out of bed early on your vacation, but a trip to the Magic Kingdom before the park opens can make it all worth it. While the official start time can fluctuate depending on how many guests are lined up early, in general, the start time aims for about 10-15 minutes before the park opening. In the current opening show, Let The Magic Begin, your favorite Disney characters come out to welcome you with song and dance on the Castle Forecourt stage. Countdown the opening of the park in Disney fashion and be one of the very first to get in line for your favorite rides!
9. Main Street Confectionery
As one of the first stops along Main Street, the Confectionery is a bakery filled with so many wonderful and iconic treats, with many of them baked inside. The smell of the snacks wafts out onto the street, inviting guests to search for the source of the delicious scents. Whether you visit during the day or at the end of your night, the Confectionery can be your one-stop shop for things like cake pops, Krispy rice treats, cupcakes, cookies and so much more.
8. Dapper Dans
Also along Main Street, throughout the day you can be greeted by the dulcet tones of the infamous barbershop quartet known as the Dapper Dans. These gentlemen dress in pinstriped shirts, straw hats and tap shoes and sing classic songs from Disney and beyond in perfect four-part harmony. In addition to their vocal prowess, they also play Deagan Organ Chimes which are unusual looking instruments that cause everyone to stop and try to figure out how they work. Their performances are fun and always entertaining as everytime they walk out onto Main Street, a crowd quickly begins to form around them to hear the street fill with their music.
7. Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom
Hades is trying to take over the Magic Kingdom and Merlin is looking for apprentice sorcerers to help him defeat Hades and his gang of Disney Villains. At the Firehouse on Main Street, you can pick up all the tools you’ll need on your quest (for free) and head out using a mystical map to help you open Magic Portals where you’ll battle villains and try to reassemble the crystal of the Magic Kingdom. Using a series of cards that you receive, guests can complete missions throughout the park. It’s a great way to add extra adventure to your visit to the park and as you complete tasks, some of the Disney pals will pop up in the portals to congratulate you along the way.
6. Enchanted Tales With Belle
Over in Fantasyland, a small pathway leads to Maurice’s cottage where guests can explore as they wait for one of the Magic Kingdom’s best experiences for kids. Through a magical mirror in the cottage, guests enter the Beast’s Castle where they are greeted by the enchanted wardrobe who prepares them for surprising Belle with the story of how she met the Beast. It’s a heartwarming experience for kids of all ages and especially families as everyone has a role to play in the story.
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5. Be Our Guest Breakfast & Lunch
Also in Fantasyland, the Beast’s Castle houses the Be Our Guest Restaurant with incredibly detailed décor inside each of the three dining rooms: the Castle Gallery, the Grand Ballroom and the West Wing. While a dinner reservation to the restaurant is one of the most highly sought after reservations in Walt Disney World, many guests forget that Be Our Guest is open as a quick service restaurant before that. Whether you try to make a breakfast or lunch reservation, you will experience the same magic that the castle has to offer – and enjoy a great meal.
4. Big Thunder Mountain At Night
There are several attractions in Walt Disney World that have a completely different feel at night. No other ride showcases this better than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland. During the day, the sun beams down on the rock formations and heats up the land. At night, the air cools and the lights surrounding the mountain change to give an orange and blue glow to the landscape. The mines are a little darker and some twists and turns are a little more surprising as the dark makes it hard to see what’s coming up ahead. While going through the town of Tumbleweed, all of the buildings that seemed dormant during the day have come to life as the lights inside reveal what the townsfolk are up to. It’s always worth making sure you can find time in your evening to ride Big Thunder Mountain a second time.
3. Caves At Tom Sawyer Island
Inspired by the classic stories of Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Island is an escape from the busy pathways in the Magic Kingdom. Only accessible by a log raft, the island offers a place to explore with Fort Langhorn, old mills and even a barrel bridge to cross. What guests may miss on the island are the caves that run under the Fort (as a means of escape) and into the mines. These may seem scary at first, but they are well-worth exploring and will take you to a different part of the island when you exit, which only adds to your adventure.
2. Targets In Buzz Lightyear
It’s hard to put together a list of things you might be missing in the Magic Kingdom without mentioning Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Guests miss plenty of the targets each time they ride, but the trick to becoming a Galactic Hero is knowing which targets are worth the most points. In general, the more difficult it is to hit a target, the higher the score will be. Big scoring targets include the left hand of the giant robot in the first room, the highest target on the top of the volcano and the target at the very bottom of Zurg’s ship. Hit these targets and you’ll be well on your way to a high score for the day.
1. Goodnight Kiss
While it may seem daunting to stay in the park until it closes, guests who accomplish this feat will be met with the Goodnight Kiss – a message of thanks for spending your day at the Magic Kingdom as well as sharing the words of Walt Disney before wishing you a good night. It’s a last little bit of Disney magic that makes your day in the Magic Kingdom extra special. Once you hear it, you can’t help but head out of the park with a smile on your face, knowing that the memories you make during the day will last long after you’ve returned home.
What are your “can’t miss moments” in the Magic Kingdom?