Having spent well over a year planning our trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World I knew there was much more to see than our short but very sweet 10 days would allow us. So, I came up with my top 10 Magic Kingdom “must do’s” list to ensure there was nothing we would miss off our bucket list and I wanted to share it with you here over on the blog if you are also amid the planning of this most magical holiday! My advice would be to spend your first day at Magic Kingdom and, if your schedule allows it, your last day at Magic Kingdom, you can’t possibly see everything in one day!
Top 10 Magic Kingdom Must Do’s!
Happily, Ever After
A relatively new change to the late-night entertainment in front of the castle, having taken over from Wishes in 2017. The sky is alit with a thousand colours from pyrotechnics and lasers, each dancing to the beat of the infectious Disney music, harmonised with ahh’s and ooh’s from the huge gathered crowd. An absolute must-do experience at Magic Kingdom, enough to bring tears to one’s eyes.
Festival of Fantasy Parade
This was one of my most favourite experiences of our trip, the vibrancy of the parade was enchanting, and we were delighted to see all our favourites gathered together for the procession. I smiled the entire time and wished I could have seen it again away from the shadow of my camera lens. Next on my bucket list is to see the Christmastime parade.
Picture in front of Cinderella’s Castle
Iconic, heart-warming memories that last a lifetime. Need I say more? (Don’t forget your Memory Maker for a professional photo of your whole group)
Even better, have a meal inside the castle
Dine on a feast of freshly home cooked meals while being visited by Disney Princesses throughout the course of your experience. This is especially magical if on a dining plan as this is included in the cost by using 2 dining credits.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Our very first Fast Pass was for this ride, it was perfect for the whole family as you battle against each other to become a Space Ranger and save the galaxy from emperor Zurg. Who will get the highest score?? (I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t me!)
Ride It’s A Small World
This iconic ride is a must-do at Magic Kingdom and is suitable for the whole family, it’s a great conversation starter for children as you guess each country on your way around and talk about all the things they can see that are connected to each destination. I challenge you to exit without the jolly melody stuck in your head for the entire afternoon!!
Meet a character
The opportunities for this are plentiful and guarantee a lifetime’s memory for children (and adults alike!) Don’t forget to use the app to track where they are and beat the queues. We opted for several “character dining” experiences because we knew the children would be much more settled and happy interacting with them in a relaxed dining environment, but the numerous meet and greet spots around the park allow for plenty of opportunities to meet your favourites around the park, have your autograph books at the ready!
Sample Mickey shaped food and a Dole Whip
There are plenty of places to stock up on the plethora of Mickey shaped treats, but our favourite was Main Street Confectionary where the sweet smell of cookies filled the warm air and you can watch cast members craft toffee apples by hand. If on the dining plan don’t forget to use your snack credits here too! Another not-to-be-missed snack would have to be a refreshing and zesty Dole Whip, delicious!
Ride all 3 Mountains – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain
A well-known challenge when visiting Magic Kingdom, and for good reason! Sadly, we didn’t manage all of these but it’s just another justification to return!! I absolutely loved Big Thunder Mountain which I rode with my eldest son who is 5, who also got to ride again with his Dad using Disney’s Rider Switch.
Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train
A firm favourite that you’ll want to get a Fast Pass for – this was definitely my son’s best ride and for it’s no surprise. The intricate theming begins as soon as you enter the queue as you adventure through the vault, packed with interactive features. Don’t forget to touch things as you walk around as you never know what might happen!
An extra bonus – try and catch the Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor show – it’s absolutely hilarious and comes with an added benefit of being inside, and air conditioned so a perfect place for respite.
The My Disney Experience app is an absolute MUST. It’s so easy to navigate and is almost magical in it’s intuitively. You can use it to find out where characters are, how long the wait times are and even order your food from it (which I really recommend for quick service counters when the lines are long) Make sure you take a portable charger too, you don’t want to miss out on anything because your phone dies. There are loads of Disney first timer tips on the blog if you want to read more info.
Of course, I could write up a list for each park, so let me know if you’d like to read that in the comments below. But for now, that should be enough to get you started. Come over to my YouTube channel if you want to see the videos of each of our days, starting with the Magic Kingdom vlog:
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