If you have visited Walt Disney World in Florida you know there is so much to do. That’s why I’m sharing 10 Things You Must Do At Disney’s Magic Kingdom when visiting for the first time!
10 Things You Must Do At Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Magic Kingdom has many attractions, rides, shows, and parades to experience. Preparing yourself for an amazing, but filled days is a must. I highly suggest allowing at least two full days to explore the Magic Kingdom. Especially if it’s your first time.
I was invited by Disney to attend the #ZootopiaEvent Press Junket at Walt Disney World in Orlando, which included visiting the Magic Kingdom. Post sponsored by Disney, but all magical opinions are mine alone.
It was hard choosing just ten things to do at the Magic Kingdom, but with a little help from my 4 and 6-year-old daughters we came up with our top 10 things you cannot miss doing at the park.
Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom is an iconic picture moment. Make sure to take a family photo in front of the beautiful castle. You can either ask another family to exchange photos or find a photographer. Either way, don’t go home without this photo!
Tip: The Memory Maker is a wonderful investment while visiting Walt Disney World and I highly recommend it. Photographers will add a bit of magic and pixie dust to your photos.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain is the perfect thrill ride for adults and kiddos alike! It’s fast, fun, but not scary for the little kids. My 6-year-old daughter loves it and it’s one of her all time favorites!
If you can get a fast pass for this ride even better! The lines can get pretty long. While there, jump on over to Splash Mountain right next door!
Enchanted Tales with Belle
If you have a princess, Fairytales with Belle is a must! This is the only area where you will find Belle and are able to take a picture with her. Not only do you get to see Belle up close and personal, but you can even be a part of the story.
On our last visit, my oldest got picked as the Beast and she was over the moon when she got to dance with Belle!! Now that’s a magical moment!
It’s a Small World Ride
This is another favorite of my girls. It’s a Small World is a must when at the Magic Kingdom. It’s one of the original rides in the park and a beautiful ride. Now, I’m going to warn you! Once on the ride, you won’t be able to get the song out of your head!
Your singing it right now, aren’t you?
Pirate’s of the Caribbean Ride
If you’re lucky enough you can get on pirates without needing a fast pass.
If you are a fan of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean or even Johnny Depp, then you will love this boat ride with a small surprise in store! Sit back, relax, and keep a look out for pirates!
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride
Definitely get a fast pass for the Mine Train if possible as soon as you plan your Disney trip! It’s the most popular ride right now at the Magic Kingdom, mostly because it’s still fairly new, but the ride is so awesome that my girls always want to ride it twice!!
It’s perfect for adults and kids! Plus, keep your eyes open when on the ride, because you can see the Beasts Castle and towards the end the of the ride you don’t want to miss the party going on in the Dwarfs home!
Character greetings are those special moments where you see kids of all ages face light up with joy! This is the moment that many of us wait for when visiting any of the Walt Disney World theme parks!
I remember when my daughters first got to meet Anna and Elsa! Their faces said it all and you can tell that they just couldn’t believe it! It’s a magical moment!
Moments like these are not only for the kids, make sure to take a picture with your favorite characters too!
Main Street Electrical Parade
If you get the opportunity and your kiddos can make it through the night, I highly suggest Disney’s Electrical Parade! It’s a beautiful light up the parade with some of your favorite Disney characters and villains!
There are two parades a night, so you have two time slots to choose from. Fast passes are also available but save those for the rides. Just make sure to get a spot early on, because the parade area does get pretty busy. Grab some snacks nearby and rest while the parade begins.
Our favorite location to watch the parade is on the front area of Main Street USA. This gives you a larger view of all the floats coming out of the gate.
It’s not a Disney day if you haven’t had a Dole Whip at Aloha Isle! You can either get a Dole Whip Float or a regular Dole Whip Cup, right by the Aladdin Magic Carpet ride.
Dining character experiences are the best way when meeting characters. This gives you the chance to rest and fuel up for your day’s adventure while spending time with some of your favorite characters.
All of these dining options require reservations, so make sure to book them as soon as you can. Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Crystal Palace are 3 of our favorite character dining choices in all of the Disney theme parks! Mainly because my girls get to meet and take pictures with their favorite characters without this mommy stressing out.
Be Our Guest is the only one that offers character greetings with the Beast during dinner time only.
Cinderella’s Royal Table will have several Disney Princesses, including Cinderella who greets while you dine.
Crystal Palace will have all of the Hundred Acre Wood characters. This is a buffet-style meal, so you are able to enjoy while the characters walk around and say hello.
Most importantly when visiting any of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks is to have fun, relax, and take in those magical memories!! They are the perfect place to celebrate special occasions, visit during Spring for the Flower and Garden Festival, Summer Vacations, Fall for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween, and don’t forget to visit during their most magical time of the year, Christmas!
**Tip: Download their MyExperience App. it allows you to see showtimes, how long the rides are, make reservations, and so much more!**
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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
We go every year and I agree with most of these, but not all. We have all boys and the Belle story thing would have put them to sleep LOL.
This is a great list! Thunder Mountain Railroad was our favorite. I think we rode it like 50 times the last time we visited.
Looks like tons of fun was had. I haven’t been to a disney destination in like 18 tears. We’re going to plan a trip when my daughter is 5.
Cindy (Prime Beauty) says
Ron Leyba says
Wow! I am still hoping that me and my whole family could visit Disneyland anytime soon!
Liz Mays says
These are great recommendations. Your pictures are bringing back some great memories. I need to go to Disney World again!
Elizabeth O. says
I can’t wait to be able to go to Disney again with my family and just do all of these things! I miss going to trips with the girls, it’s been such a long time. Thanks for sharing all these tips and to-dos!
Cara (@Stylishgeek) says
The last time we visited a Disney resort was a couple of years ago. I always love seeing Cinderella’s castle! I never fail to get several pictures in front of it, even if I’ve taken a similar shot many times!
This is so my happy place and I am so happy you shared this information. Each place creates lasting memories for the entire family.
We’ve never been to DIsney but are going to try and go this fall. This will be a great list to have!
Travel Blogger says
We haven’t been to Disney yet, but we are planning a big family vacation there this summer. I really would love to do the Enchanted Tales with Belle! She was my favorite when I was little. I might be a little old so I will have to talk my niece into going with me lol!
omg! my daughter was just telling me earlier that she wants to go to disney for her 10th bday next year. so she wants to save money to be able to do that haha means no buying toys hehe. this list just helped me a lot! thanks will show this post to her!
Jeni Hawkins says
What an awesome list! I am planning a trip now, and will definitely bookmark this page to reference! I totally forgot about a few of these!
Melissa Bernardo says
I can’t wait to go to Disney with my boys!
I’m so glad you had fun there! It’s so nice to see those ice cream hmm yummy! So glad to know about this.
I’d like to see Zootpia. I agree about your Disney list. Those things are must do’s, though I’ve never seen Belle (but I wanna!).
Nicole Escat says
I’m sure my son would love this place. Disney places are very beautiful and fantasy! So glad your kids had fun.
Omg so glad you had a fabulous time!!!! I lived in Celebration for years and went to Disney weekly! So agree with your list!
Chubskulit Rose says
We missed out on Big Thunder Mountain when we went there few years ago. BUt ther is always a next time so hpefully we could do that next time.
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
I do hope I get to visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom with my family one of these days… There’s so much to do!
Dhemz Apdian - Dias says
oh, my goodness! That dole whip is making me drool…I want some right now! Yum…thanks for the guide!