The rides at Magic Kingdom always seem to be the main attraction—and for good reason! But there is so much more to do and see in Disney’s most popular park. Here are 7 things to consider exploring, experiencing, and eating in between rides on your next visit…
1. Shooting Gallery
The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is a fun spot for a family competition. Bring a few quarters if you’ve got some time to kill before reservations.
2. Casey Jr.’s
This circus of squirting fountains is the perfect spot to cool down on a hot day. Run through for a light shower or stay and splash to get totally soaked. Cast members are lenient with the shirt and shoes rules for kids in this area.
3. Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
Take a quick peek in this Liberty Square shop to put you in the Christmas spirit at any time of the year. Stock up on stocking stuffers for the whole family while you’re there.
4. Mickey’s Philharmagic
This wacky 3D musical will bring a smile to your face. There’s hardly ever a wait, and it’s a great chance to sit down and cool off.
5. Main Street Barber Shop
A Magic Kingdom classic. Get a special haircut or just get sprinkled with pixie dust.
6. Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
Take a trek to the top of this creative castaway structure. You’ll be wowed by both the ingenuity and the views.
7. Tom Sawyer’s Island
Adventure lovers could spend all day exploring the paths, waterfalls, forts, and caverns on Tom’s Island. Bring your picnic lunch and relax in the shade.
1. Rope Drop
As the park opens, the magic begins. Being one of the first in line has several benefits, including the welcoming musical performance.
2. Festival of Fantasy Parade
The biggest, brightest parade in all of Disney World happens daily at 3:00 in the Magic Kingdom. You won’t want to miss this larger-than-life spectacle including all your favorite characters.
3. Electrical Parade
This short and sparkly parade is a great addition to the evening’s festivities. With everyone illuminated in twinkling lights, the night becomes ablaze in magic. Check your app for show time(s).
4. Water Parade
Each night around the time that the Electrical Parade is happening in the park, there is another Electrical Water Pageant happening on the Seven Seas Lagoon. It’s visible all around the lagoon, but should be closest to the Magic Kingdom right after the Wishes Fireworks.
5. Move It! Shake It!
This mashup of a parade and dance party takes place in front of the castle a few times each day. It’s a great chance for extra interaction with some special characters.
6. Meet Mickey
Mickey is available for greetings at several locations through Disney World. But the Town Square Mickey is the only one who talks!
7. Flag Retreat
Each day at 5:00 join a tribute to America’s veterans. The Magic Kingdom flag is lowered and taken to the park entrance each evening by a guest veteran amidst appropriately honoring fanfare music.
1. Stuffed Waffles
At Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square you can choose from sweet or savory stuffed waffles. No matter which you choose, they’re the BEST counter service food in Magic Kingdom, in my opinion.
2. Giant Cinnamon Rolls
Gaston’s Tavern is becoming known for these gooey rolls, served all day long. Wash yours down with LeFou’s Brew for an extra special treat.
3. Pot Roast Mac ’n’ Cheese
his counter service comfort food can be found at the Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland. The portion is perfect for lunch or could be supplemented for dinner.
4. Dole Whip
Of course. This pineapple and ice cream sensation has become a Magic Kingdom must-have. Find yours in Adventureland.
5. Barbecue Slaw Dog
At Casey’s Corner on Main Street you can enjoy a classic or specialty hotdog, while listening to the jovial sounds of the house pianist.
6. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Relive the famous scene from Lady and the Tramp at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Don’t forget to snap a pic with the doggie prints in the cement before you enter.
7. The Grey Stuff
It’s delicious. And only found at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland. Of course, since this is currently the Magic Kingdom “it” spot, be sure to make a reservation.
With all these things to explore, experience, and eat, you may not even want to do any rides on your next visit! 😉 Have a magic day, Disney Fanatic!
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