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The Must-Do List You Need for Magic Kingdom

If you are traveling to experience Magic Kingdom during your Walt Disney World vacation, you might be overwhelmed trying to determine what to do. Magic Kingdom is a Park full of rides, shows, dining, shops, and so much more. Because of all that is available to Guests, it can be hard to narrow down what you want to focus on while visiting Magic Kingdom.

To help you, we have a must-do list for Magic Kingdom. This list includes the top experiences that you won’t want to miss while visiting Magic Kingdom.

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Ride the Train

Back finally after a long shutdown to allow Tron Lightcycle Run to be built, the Walt Disney World Railroad is back taking Guests around Magic Kingdom. When visiting, don’t rush past this ride.

On the railroad, you can enjoy a nice, relaxing tour of Magic Kingdom. There are three stations throughout the Park making the train a good way to get around the Park if you are looking to save some steps. Stations are located at Main Street, USA, Frontierland, and Fantasyland.

This is a fantastic way to avoid some of the crowd that builds in Magic Kingdom. It is also a fun way to see parts of the Park you might otherwise not see.

People Mover
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Enjoy a Loop on Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Over in Tomorrowland, enjoy another quiet ride found in Magic Kingdom. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. This ride is located high up in Tomorrowland. Guests are able to enjoy incredible views of Tomorrowland including a good look at Tron.

Because of how relaxing this ride is, we find it to be a must-do experience. Being able to sit back and relax while seeing some amazing views is something we look forward to each visit.

Pirates of the Caribbean
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Find Jack Sparrow

One of our many must-do attractions in Magic Kingdom is Pirates of the Caribbean. This classic ride is one of our all-time favorites. We love that the ride is a combination of all things that make Disney special.

The overall storyline of the ride, the music, the boat ride, and a little thrill all work together to create a fantastic experience we don’t want to miss when in Magic Kingdom.

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Magic Kingdom Mountains

When visiting Magic Kingdom, don’t miss out on the mountains. The two that are now open at Magic Kingdom are Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. These will bring thrills and excitement to those that are looking for adventure.

Experiencing Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a great option at night. Being able to see the fireworks from the ride is special.


It’s a small world

We know that this ride has mixed feelings tied to it, but for us, it’s a small world that is a must-do when in Magic Kingdom. This slow-moving boat ride through countries of the world is something that brings us happiness. We enjoy seeing all the different countries and appreciate the overall message that brings us all together in the end.

Caseys Corner Magic Kingdom
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Casey’s Corner

A must-have treat in Magic Kingdom is corn dog nuggets at Casey’s Corner. We enjoy grabbing some corn dog nuggets and Disney fries for a quick, delicious meal. To enjoy a meal and a show, we like to sit outside and watch the different cavalcades or the castle stage show while we enjoy our meal. You can even take your meal onto the hub grass if it is nice.

Make sure your mobile order as Casey’s Corner is a popular place to eat and you don’t want to waste time waiting in line.

Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom
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Take on the Haunted Mansion

You won’t want to miss out on this iconic Disney attraction. Board your doom buggy and then your ghost host will take you through the Haunted Mansion. The creepy factor begins before you even enter the ride. The outdoor queue is full of hidden creeps and it continues throughout the ride. Don’t miss out on the many details that make this ride one of the best in Magic Kingdom.

Dole Whip
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Enjoy a Dole Whip

Magic Kingdom is known for the original Dole Whip. This sweet treat can be purchased at Aloha Isle in Adventureland. Try out the classic pineapple flavor, raspberry, or coconut. No matter which flavor you chose, this refreshing treat is a must-have when in Magic Kingdom.

See the Festival of Fantasy Parade

Disney parades are a must-do experience and the Festival of Fantasy Parade is one of the best at Walt Disney World. The floats are huge and have amazing details that bring the characters to Guests in a special way. We love the incredible music and all the great characters that we are able to see. Also, who doesn’t want to see the fire-breathing dragon?

Don’t miss out on this wonderful parade when you are in Magic Kingdom.

Happily Ever After

End the Evening with Fireworks

As you wrap up your magical day in Magic Kingdom, don’t miss out on the nighttime spectacular. Coming back to light up the night’s sky is Happily Ever After. This show is a favorite of many Disney Guests that features wonderful music from beloved Disney and Pixar movies. The castle is also transformed with projections that bring these stories to life.

Don’t miss out on this amazing nighttime show that will be back in April. We have some great options for where you can see Happily Ever After HERE.

These are some of the top must-do experiences for Magic Kingdom. We hope that by providing this quick list, you can better make your must-do list for your upcoming visit to Magic Kingdom.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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