I have yet to meet a Disney fan who doesn’t love Magic Kingdom…most even say it’s their favorite. That’s a bold statement, I know. But it’s your favorite too, isn’t it? While this list is not exhaustive it includes what I have narrowed as my Top 10. If I wrote everything I loved about MK you’d all lose interest after number 987!
#1 The Castle
Did you think I would get through this list without mentioning Cinderella’s castle? If so, you may not really be a Disney Addict (kidding, of course!). I remember the first time I saw the castle. I remember the first time my daughter saw it. I love every angle, every picture and everything about what it represents. Walt’s vision!
The overall theming in this land is one of my favorites area in Disney World overall. I love the feeling of hopping from the Tomorrowland to Fantasyland to this buccaneer’s paradise. I’m fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride as well as the Swiss Family Treehouse. Some of my favorite shops in Magic Kingdom are right in Adventureland. I love a good surfer-themed Mickey dress.
#3 Main Street, U.S.A.
Photographers dressed in old-timey striped costumes. Character parades and dancers. The smell of popcorn and candy. The view. There isn’t anything about Main Street that I don’t love. In fact, it’s the place in Disney I probably most often daydream about. I could wander The Emporium for hours shopping for souvenirs!
#4 The Mountains
Disney is many people’s favorite set of theme parks and it’s not just because of all that magic! The rides are safe and great for both thrill seekers and the more tame vacationer. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and the legendary Space Mountain are 3 coasters that I can’t visit Disney without riding. Multiple times if possible! Space Mountain is probably my favorite because I love the element of darkness and not knowing where the car is headed next. I also love the queue! The recently added games spice things up a bit other than the thrill of a few minutes out of the sun.
#5 The Walt Disney World Railroad
What better way to see the sights and relax a bit? I love the old fashioned look and the stations for the train. I remember being beyond overheated on my last visit and we sat and let the breeze cool us off and enjoyed the shade. This is a must-do for me every visit.
#6 Character Meet and Greets
There are so many great characters to be seen in Magic Kingdom. One of my favorites that I always seem to bump into in Fantasyland is Lady Tremaine and her awful daughters, Drizella and Anastasia. I say that because in the picture below I am being scolded for my child whining! They’re hilarious and so well cast. There are also many places to see Pooh and his friends, Mickey and the gang, Tinkerbell, Alice and the White Rabbit and so many others.
#7 The Food
Pick your treat and you can find it here! Dole whips, Mickey premium ice cream bars, popcorn, turkey legs. And that’s literally just the crowd pleasing favorites. You can get all those things other places for the most part…but wouldn’t you rather eat them while gazing at the castle? Doesn’t everything taste better in front of the castle?
#8 The Transportation Bus Music
When your Walt Disney World Resort bus pulls up to Magic Kingdom and plays that welcome music over the speakers…my heart could melt into a thousand pieces.
#9 New Fantasyland
I remember when I first heard that they were expanding Fantasyland and including some of the more recent princesses movie themed areas. I was SO excited! And I am proud to say they didn’t disappoint. My favorite addition to the magic is Be Our Guest because I am a die hard Beauty and the Beast fan.
#10 The Entrance
There is no feeling on Earth like walking up to those gates and seeing little pieces of what awaits you! Indescribable. Feelings of joy, excitement and anticipation overwhelm you as you embark on your day at the Magic Kingdom!
What are your favorite things to do and see at Magic Kingdom? Did I forget any good ones??