You Haven’t Truly Done Magic Kingdom Unless You’ve Done These 7 Things

Magic Kingdom is a wonderland of magical fun. This Disney park is chock full of attractions, characters, and food. With so much to do, it’s easy to get sucked into the idea that you have to see it all, run around the park, and get the best Fastpass. Here are seven things that simply scream Magic Kingdom!

7. Ride the Mountains:

Did you know Magic Kingdom has a mountain range? It’s Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. These attractions all revolve around the mountain, in some form. The first three are classic attractions, and the newest Magic Kingdom attraction is sure to stand the test of time! It’s a good idea to get a Fastpass for at least one of these roller coasters as they are extremely popular.

6. Sail or Fly:

Explore the Caribbean on Pirates of the Caribbean, or navigate the world’s rivers on Jungle Cruise. Hop aboard the pirate ship to fly through London and Neverland with Peter Pan and the whole gang, or soar with Dumbo the flying elephant. Again, these are classic attractions at Magic Kingdom, beloved by generations of Disney fans. Don’t think you’re too big for Peter Pan’s Flight or Dumbo, since there’s no such thing as “too old” at Walt Disney World!

5. Enjoy the Parades:

Magic Kingdom has some truly amazing parades. Festival of Fantasy celebrates the Fantasyland characters and features incredible costumes and a catchy song. Stake out spots for the parades early, as the best viewing areas will fill up quickly. Kids and adults will love seeing the characters and the floats! We especially love the Halloween parade during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Fantastic!

4. Be at the Park for Rope Drop:

Going to Magic Kingdom for rope drop basically inducts you into the cool kids club. Not everyone can force themselves to get ready and over to the park that early, especially on a day with morning Extra Magic Hours! Getting there early means you’ll see the Welcome Show on stage in front of Cinderella Castle and fight less crowds once the park officially does open. Conversely, staying all the way until the park closes will let you tour the park with very little crowds, and you’ll get to experience the Kiss Goodnight on Cinderella Castle, something very few guests ever stick around to see.

3. Ride the Carousel of Progress:

Here’s a tip, this Carousel is the not the one located behind Cinderella Castle! Carousel of Progress was a pet project of Walt himself. He designed it for the 1964 World’s Fair. It depicts an average American family navigating technological innovations throughout the twentieth century. This attraction is so often overlooked by guests just seeking thrill after thrill. But I urge you to give this Carousel some time. In fact, you may want to see it twice so you can catch more of the jokes. You’ll be singing about the ‘great big beautiful tomorrow” all day long.

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2. Eat a Classic Disney Snack:

Magic Kingdom has a lot of great snacks, including the Mickey ice cream bar, turkey legs, giant cinnamon rolls, and Dole Whip. Your day is not complete unless you indulge in one of these cult favorites. Or, try them all and decide for yourself what your go-to snack is! Take a break from the long lines and the heat with a treat and enjoy a Castle view.

1. Hug Mickey Mouse:

What, you think you can go to Magic Kingdom, the Happiest Place on Earth and not see the happiest mouse? You can meet the main mouse himself in the Town Square Theater where he greets fans in his dressing room. After all, it all started with a mouse, so you can’t go to Magic Kingdom without paying homage to the mouse and the man behind it all!

What is your favorite attraction in Magic Kingdom? Did I miss your must-do? Let us know!

About Robin Swanson

Robin’s Disney journey began with Beauty and the Beast bedsheets, a Jasmine dress up set, and a purring Nala plush. As a child in the 1990s, the renaissance and classic animations alike captivated her imagination. In 2008, Robin visited Walt Disney World for the first time, and the obsession really took hold. Since then, Robin has enjoyed visiting the Happiest Place on Earth many more times. She lives in the Chicago suburbs where she is wrapping up a Masters in writing. When not at Disney World, Robin enjoys researching fairytales, eating ice cream, Netflix binging, reading and, of course, planning the next Walt Disney World vacation!