Top 10 Must-Do’s: Magic Kingdom Edition At Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom is a park of fantasy, fun and history. The park has seen many changes over the years, but certain things just scream Walt Disney. It’s a wonderful area to explore and get lost in its magic.


10. Character Experiences

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but Magic Kingdom is especially character friendly. There are so many opportunities to meet characters around the park. Granted, the lines can be brutal, but at least they’re there. Pete’s Silly Sideshow is a great place to get pictures and autographs with your favorite classic characters dressed as circus stars. Princess Fairytale Hall is another wonderful facility for characters. My favorite is seeing Merida in her Scottish Highlands-aka Fairytale Garden.

9. Haunted Mansion

Welcome, foolish mortals! Does anything beat the narration on the Haunted Mansion? I don’t think so. This is a classic attraction. The killer decorations and detail make this ride almost believable. While it’s more silly than scary, it’s still wickedly fun. Read all of the tombstones for a laugh and don’t forget to check for hitchhiking ghosts!

8. Space Mountain

This is one of the best rollercoasters on property for thrill-ride enthusiasts. Who doesn’t love an adventure through the galaxy? This dark, fast rollercoaster is an awesome way to get away for a while. The interactive training missions even make waiting for this ride fun. This is also another ride essential to the history of Disney, being the second ever rollercoaster built at Disneyland.

7. Splash Mountain

The Song of the South may be a fairly unknown Disney film, but its ride is still one of the most popular. Splash Mountain is a ride with a great story and fun characters. With amazing history and extremely catchy tunes, this exciting adventure is great for everyone-well, everyone who loves massive drops and getting wet, that is. The inside of the Mountain is cute and calm and lovely, but the outside is a different story. Just when you think Br’er Fox has defeated Br’er Rabbit, you plummet 53 feet into the Briar Patch, getting absolutely soaked in the process. This is a great attraction that will keep you singing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” all day long.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates is a must do for me because of its history. Ride-turned-movies-turned-ride. I can’t remember a trip to Disney that I didn’t go on this attraction. Sure, the animatronics are old, but the “newer” one’s of Jack Sparrow-Captain, Captain Jack Sparrow-are pretty amazing. Plus, I love the drop every time.

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5. It’s a Small World

Nothing says classic Disney like Small World. This ride has definitely gone through its ups and downs over the years, but it remains. Small world was a passion of Walt’s, which makes it even more special. Even with that silly song, it really is the happiest cruise in the world-except, of course, a Disney Cruise.

4. Walk Main Street

Is there really anything more magical than walking right down the middle of Main Street, USA? What an entrance to the park! Main Street is beautiful and so detail oriented. From all of the shops, to the wonderful smells, to the view of the castle, this street has it all. There’s more than just shopping happening on this street, too. Performers called Citizens of Main Street often hang about, greeting people as they enter. The Dapper Dans, a wonderful Barbershop Quartet, are my favorite musical group on the Street, but there are so many more! The show at the Castle is fun, too. But my favorite pastime on Main Street is to grab a hot dog from Casey’s Corner and listen to the Ragtime Piano Man, Jim.

3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

As Disney World’s newest attraction, this one had to make the list. What this rollercoaster lacks in intensity, it makes up for in innovation. The technology all throughout the ride is astounding. The physical cars have brand new equipment that allow them to rock back and fourth as the ride goes on, very much like a real mine car. Outside of the mine are some amazing views of the park: before you hurtle down and around, that is. Inside the mine holds some of the coolest, most realistic animatronics I’ve ever seen. It’s a little hard considering you’re zooming along, but try to take a look at each of the dwarfs faces-they’re remarkable. Also, the new Fantasyland area is just amazing in general.

2. Festival of Fantasy Parade

I’m not usually a big fan of parades, but this one is different. What makes this parade special are the floats. They are not just vehicles with stuff on them; they’re more like miniature sets. Each float is so detailed that they perfectly capture the magic of their respective movie. The costumes of the performers are stunning, too. This is an extremely fun way to spend some time on Main Street.

1. Watch Happily Ever After

Magic Kingdom’s newest fireworks show is certainly a memorable one. The actual display is amazing in itself, backed by an amazing musical score, but what makes it spectacular is the presentation on the Castle. Cinderella Castle not only changes colors throughout the evening but displays a breathtaking array of your favorite movies and characters. That would have been special enough, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for everyone’s favorite fairy who still soars through the sky!

Honorable Mentions:

The Walt Disney World Railroad: For the Walt Disney enthusiasts, this full-park train ride would be a must do. The Lilly Belle, Roy O. Disney, Roger E. Broggie and Walter E. Disney spend their days taking guests all over the park.

Snacks: It’s hard to go to Magic Kingdom and not get a Dole Whip, Turkey Leg or Mickey Bar. These snacks are essential and, for me, are a must do every time I go.

Philharmagic: This is one of my favorite attractions in the park, but I understand that it isn’t for everyone. It’s super fun and cute and hardly ever has a wait.

About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."