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


3) See the fireworks in a whole new light

If you’ve been to Magic Kingdom several times already, you’ve probably also seen the nighttime fireworks before. If you’re ready for a new experience at night, why not see the fireworks from a birds eye view? There’s no better place to get that view than from the observation deck outside the private Sonoma and Napa rooms at the California Grill Restaurant inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This experience is yours when you book the “Celebration at the Top” event at California Grill, which begins one hour before the fireworks display. Enjoy canapes, sushi and other small plate items before the nighttime show. Choose from California wines and beers. And as the “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular begins, you and yours can head out to the private observation deck and catch breathtaking views of the Magic Kingdom as fireworks boom over the park. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

2) Stay for dinner at Beast’s Castle

This is a must-do experience, and because it’s so popular, it’s also a hard-to-score dining reservation. Dinner at Beast Castle is an exciting event for Disney fans of all ages. Once the 180-day window opens, make your reservation via the My Disney Experience app, online at or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Upon your arrival for dinner, you’ll be seated in either the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing or the Castle Gallery. Each of the dining rooms is exquisitely and elaborately decorated. If you get to have dinner in the West Wing dining room, bring your camera because you’ll see the enchanted rose from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as it drops petals throughout your meal. Enjoy entrées like roasted rack of lamb, Ratatouille, chicken breast, scallops and braised beef. For dessert, try the Grey Stuff—it’s delicious—seriously! Or try the Éclair a l’orange, a custard with chocolate ganache. After your meal, be sure to stay and meet Beast. This is the only experience at which you can have your picture taken with him (he’s not available during lunch hours). There is no substitute for dinner at Beast Castle, so don’t forget to book early!

1) Stay for the Kiss Goodnight

Every night should end like this—and thanks to Disney magic, it does—but only at Magic Kingdom. The “Kiss Goodnight” is a special time at Magic Kingdom, after the park officially closes for the night. It takes place after any of the nighttime spectaculars and usually about an hour after park closing (Magic Kingdom stays open for an hour after its posted closing time to allow Guests time to see the shops on Main Street, take pictures, etc.) It’s at that time each evening, as Guests as making their way down Main Street U.S.A. toward the park exit, enjoying that last-minute browse of the shops, that the “kiss” takes place. “When You Wish Upon a Star” plays throughout the park, and Cinderella’s Castle is covered in lights and twinkles. It’s the last “production” of the evening and such a special way to leave the park. It even makes Disney fans a little misty-eyed at times!

These are just a few experiences to get you started on your tour of the Magic Kingdom. You can’t go wrong, no matter which attractions you experience. How many days are you from your next Disney trip? Better get your planning started! Have a magical day!

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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.