Magic Kingdom has some of the most iconic and recognizable attractions of all the Disney World parks. From Cinderella’s castle to Tomorrowland, there’s a lot to do. Although you could spend a whole week in Magic Kingdom and never run out of things to see, here’s the top ten things you have to do.
1. Once Upon a Time
This isn’t your average fireworks show. At 9:45 p.m., Cinderella Castle comes to life using something called projection mapping. This technique displays characters, songs, and scenes from classic Disney movies directly onto the castle. There are several versions of this show that Disney updates regularly, but the current one in Magic Kingdom is called Once Upon a Time. You might just shed a tear or two during this emotional tribute, it’s okay- we won’t judge!
2. Space Mountain
In the heart of Tomorrowland lies Space Mountain. If you’ve ever wanted to zoom around space in a rocket, this ride is for you. This indoor roller coaster is one of the more thrilling options at Magic Kingdom. This is the only true roller coaster on this list, and the twists and turns in the dark make for an exciting trip you can’t miss.
3. Splash Mountain
Warning: You will get wet. Splash Mountain is a musical boat ride through the countryside that stays true to its name. This follows Br’er Rabbit and his shenanigans with all the other forest creatures. With three dips and a three-story drop, you’ll want to ride this over and over again.
4. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
This family coaster takes you through the mountains and countryside. Its quick dips and turns will make you wanna put your hands up. You’ll explore the diamond mines in search of shiny jewels and you might end up whistling while you work. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train also gives you a lovely view of Fantasyland and Magic Kingdom.
5. Cinderella Castle
The iconic symbol of The Walt Disney Company, Cinderella Castle, is a beloved landmark in Magic Kingdom. I would call it a “must see” but it’s pretty hard to ignore. It sits right in the middle of the six lands and is home to several magical experiences. After a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, young guests magically transform into princesses and knights. Cinderella Castle also features Cinderella’s Royal Table, a restaurant fit for any king, queen, or Disney parkgoer.
6. Face Characters
Magic Kingdom is crawling with princesses, villains, and heroes from all of your favorite childhood movies. Even though it’s tempting to go straight to a costume character like Mickey or Minnie, get in line to meet a face character for a more interactive experience. Face characters like Peter Pan, Belle, Jasmine, and Mary Poppins will chat with you, make jokes, and provide a one of a kind experience to each visitor.
7. Dole Whip
While you’re in adventure land, you have to try this sweet treat. Disney World has incredibly iconic food and drinks in every park, but the pineapple Dole Whip is the best treat in Magic Kingdom. Found at Aloha Isle, the Dole Whip is pineapple soft serve, served in a cup or a glass of pineapple juice.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean
Is the pirate’s life for you? Find out on the ride that inspired the movie series with Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. Pirates of the Caribbean follows Jack Sparrow through pirate towns and battles on the search for treasure. By the end of this adventure, you might just find yourself singing “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”
9. Haunted Mansion
Take a spin in a Doom Buggy and explore the mysterious Haunted Mansion. On this dark ride, a Ghost Host gives you a tour of each room of the haunted house. It is an especially great stop on hot days because the entire ride is indoors. Although this ride is a little spooky, the ghosts are friendly and guests of all ages are welcome.
10. It’s a Small World
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a ride around the world. It’s a Small World is a ten minute boat ride featuring singing dolls from every continent. It’s musical, it’s colorful, and it will definitely be stuck in your head the rest of your day.
There are endless ways to spend your days in Magic Kingdom. With six different lands and over 40 attractions, it’s important to plan your trip ahead of time. Next time you find yourself in Disney World, don’t miss out on these ten things to do in Magic Kingdom.
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