Disney Magic Kingdom Must Do List
We are Disney fanatics and visit Walt Disney World every chance we get. Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world, and there is so much to do! While we could have just listed pretty much every attraction at the park, we have decided to limit it to 20. This Disney Magic Kingdom Must Do List gives a tour that we believe gives the essence of Magic Kingdom.
1. Four Finger Greeting
Get to Magic Kingdom for the opening of the gates early in the morning. Music plays overhead. Everything is clean and bright. Everyone is happy and excited about the new day. There are no crowds yet. And, cast members (Disney employees) line Main Street USA donning the famous four finger Mickey gloves and greet you into the Most Magical Place on Earth.
2. Enchanted Tiki Room
The Disneyland version of this attraction was said to be Walt Disney’s favorite. That in itself is enough for this attraction to make the list. Start your day with the “in the Tiki, tiki, tiki room” bug in your ear!
3. Eat a Dole Whip
While in Adventureland, you have to stop by Aloha Island for a Dole Whip. Maybe the most famous Disney treat, the Dole Whip is a delicious, cool and surprisingly relatively low calorie treat.
4. Country Bear Jamboree
Moving on to Frontierland, do not pass the Country Bear Jamboree. There are almost never lines. This classic Disney attraction can now only be found at Magic Kingdom. It is a corny, but wonderfully funny attraction. Watch for Disney regulars who can sing a-long with every song!
5. Tour the Mountains of Magic Kingdom
Two of the three mountains of Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, are here in Frontierland. These are two of the most popular Disney attractions. Splash Mountain is wet, wild, funny, and has some of the best music in the Kingdom. Zip-a-Dee-Do-Da will take the place of the Tiki song in your head, too. “It’s the truth. It’s actual. Everything is satisfactual!.”
6. Ride the Walt Disney World Railroad
From Frontierland, you can board the Walt Disney World Railroad and take a tour around the circumference of the park. Walt Disney loved trains and this was one of the original attractions and a must for the vintage WDW feel.
7. Visit the Hall of Presidents
Heading from Frontierland into Liberty Square, you need to stop in the Hall of Presidents. Not only is this a nice, cool, comfy place to rest your feet, but, if you are an American, it is wonderfully entertaining history lesson. If you are not American, you will still enjoy it and get an insight into our nations’ past.
8. Watch the Dapper Dans
Check the Times Guide that you picked up when you first entered the park and make sure to wander back to Main Street USA for a performance by the Dapper Dans. The Dapper Dans are a barbershop quartet who harmonize and sing American and Disney classics. They are really talented and are especially good with kids. It is one of the details of WDW that helps make it magical.
9. It’s a Small World
Heading back behind Cinderella Castle from Main Street USA, It’s a Small World is another Disney Magic Kingdom Must Do. Another wonderful, classic ride that rarely has long waits. This will place another bug in your ear as this tune will be repeating in your head for hours (possibly days!) to come.
10. The Tangled Restrooms
While this may seem awkward, the Tangled Restrooms in Fantasyland are the nicest restrooms in any Walt Disney World park. The “wanted posters” hanging from the walls are funny. Celtic style music plays overhead while paper lanterns like from the Tangled movie dangle, beautifully overhead. You really should at least give it a look.
11. Dine at Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is the Beauty and the Beast themed table service restaurant in New Fantasyland. The food is good, but Be Our Guest is a true experience with amazing theming and a heaping helping of Disney magic to top it off. Make sure to wander through the whole restaurant (It’s permitted).
12. Ride Space Mountain
Space Mountain in Tomorrowland is a no- brainer for the Disney Magic Kingdom Must- Do List. This is the final Magic Kingdom mountain. The WDW version was in service before the Disneyland version (and it is better!). This rocket roller coaster ride through space should not be missed.
13. Carousel of Progress
The Carousel of Progress awaits in Tomorrowland. Originally displayed in the 1964 New York World’s Fair, this is another Disney classic with little to no waits. It is still a fun, nostalgic look into the history of Walt Disney and the Magic Kingdom. You can only find it at Walt Disney World!
14. Ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Tomorrowland is definitely better at night. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover is a great way to tour Tomorrowland. It zips through the entire land, including a pass through Space Mountain as you will hear Mickey say, “It’s out of this world!”
15. Eat a Cream Cheese Filled Mickey Pretzel
The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland serves our favorite Magic Kingdom snack, the cream -cheese -filled Mickey shaped pretzel. A visit to Magic Kingdom is not complete for us until we have one of these.
16. Main Street Electrical Parade
While I recommend that you try to take in all of the Magic Kingdom parades and shows, our favorite parade is the Main Street Electrical Parade that takes place twice each evening. Disney knows parades!
17. Meet Talking Mickey Mouse
Walt Disney said, “It all started with a mouse.” No trip to Magic Kingdom would be complete without visiting Mickey Mouse. Town Square Theater hosts an almost continuous meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse. Here, Mickey actually talks with you. It is really cool, especially for kids, but also for adults.
Wishes is the headlining Magic Kingdom nighttime firework and light spectacular on Cinderella Castle. The show is amazing. You will not be disappointed.
19. LeFou’s Brew
Head quickly back to New Fantasyland after Wishes to Gaston’s Tavern for a LeFou’s Brew. The Enchanted Forest section of New Fantasyland is a feast for the eyes at night with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in front of you and Beast’s Castle looming high to the rear. Sharing a delicious LeFou’s Brew while taking in the sites, is an amazing way to end your day at Magic Kingdom.
20. The Kiss Goodnight
Wait, there’s more. If you did not know, you can stay in Magic Kingdom for about an hour, sometimes more, after official closing time. You are herded onto Main Street but can browse the shops and have a treat before leaving. Make sure to take your time. Every 15 minutes, the lighting changes and you will hear a greeting over the sound system which ends with Mickey Mouse saying, “Goodbye everybody. See you real soon.” What a wonderful way to end your day!
There are so many things that could have been included in this Disney Magic Kingdom Must Do List, but I randomly limited it to 20! I have tried to provide a mini-touring plan working clockwise through the park, with an extra stop at Main Street USA and a late night jaunt back to New Fantasyland.
In planning your day at Magic Kingdom, I would recommend using FastPass+ to reserve spots on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan’s Flight. Tomorrowland really is better at night; so, save it for last. Also, you will need to book reservations ahead of time for Be Our Guest.
I hope that you have enjoyed our Disney Magic Kingdom Must Do List. Your comments are most welcome! Tell us what we got right and where we went wrong.