As someone lucky enough to visit the Walt Disney World parks quite a bit, I never have to worry about not experiencing a particular show or ride because I know it’ll still be there the next time I get to go. However, I know that for most people, it can be really overwhelming to step into the parks and not know exactly what you want to do or in what order you want to do it. I decided to sit down and figure out what I simply can’t miss when I visit, so hopefully you can prioritize a little more easily on your next visit! This is my first post in my four-part “Disney World Must-Do’s” series, so I figured why not start with what many consider to be the most popular theme park in the world? Without further ado, here are my five Magic Kingdom Must-Do’s!
1. “Happily Ever After” Fireworks Show
If you read my review of “Happily Ever After,” you know how incredible I think it is! The Magic Kingdom is known for its fireworks, and this show does not disappoint at all. The use of technology and storytelling are phenomenal, and I guarantee you that your favorite Disney movie will make an appearance on the castle at least once! The fact that this is a brand new show means that it can get a little crowded – I recommend finding a good spot at least a half hour before showtime. If you do decide to check out “Happily Ever After,” just be warned that it’s going to take a bit longer to get out of the park afterwards – I’d recommend killing at least another hour in the park after the show instead of spending that hour waiting in line for the monorail.
2. Festival of Fantasy Parade
The Festival of Fantasy parade runs every day at 3:00 pm, and you can view it from Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Main Street U.S.A.. I prefer to see it on Main Street, but you can definitely find a good spot on Frontierland much more easily, especially if you don’t want to wait as long for a spot. I’ve actually never watched from Liberty Square, but I know that you can get some extra character interaction if you pick a spot on the bridge the exits the land and enters the hub! I love seeing Festival of Fantasy – it’s a really amazing parade, and there’s so many characters to interact with and see. Plus, the music is insanely catchy. You definitely don’t want to miss it!
3. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
I’m noticing a trend as I’m writing: I really love the entertainment offerings at the Magic Kingdom! Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is the show performed on the Cinderella Castle stage throughout the day. It’s totally adorable, has the cutest music ever, and has a great message about the importance of friendship to top it off! Best of all, it’s not a huge commitment to see this show because it’s only about fifteen minutes long. You don’t need to camp out to get a good spot, and there’s plenty of performances throughout the day to fit it into your schedule.
4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
In my humble opinion, Big Thunder is the greatest of all the Disney mountains (at least in the Florida parks)! This rollercoaster doesn’t have any flips, but it’s still so much fun! (For me, it’s actually even better for its lack of flips, because those make me feel really ill.) The wait for Big Thunder is usually not too bad, but in the crazy summer months it can definitely get up in the 90 minute range! I’d recommend getting a FastPass to ensure you don’t have to wait. I’d also suggest checking out Big Thunder after dark, because it’s a totally different (and more thrilling) experience! It’s just not a day at the Magic Kingdom for me without a ride on Big Thunder.
5. The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History
Quite possibly the greatest idea ever had by the Disney entertainment team, Great Moments in American History is the best showcase of the Muppets anywhere on property! (Sorry, Hollywood Studios). You don’t have to be a history buff to love this hilarious puppet show above the street in Liberty Square. The Muppets alternate between telling the story of Paul Revere and the signing of the Declaration of Independence every show. Although I love both shows, I think the Declaration of Independence one is a little funnier – but I definitely recommend checking out both if you have time!
And there you have it! Those are my five must-do’s for a day at the Magic Kingdom. You can’t go wrong with any of these choices, but I know everyone has different tastes – these just happen to fit mine! If you’re more of a rides person, I would maybe swap out The Muppets and Friendship Faire for rides. If you’re more into the live entertainment side of the park, watch the Main Street Trolley Show instead of riding Big Thunder. What really matters is that you have the most magical day possible – and when you’re at the Magic Kingdom, you’d probably have a hard time not doing that! Anyway, thanks for reading this post! Did you like my must-do’s, or would you replace some with another park offering? Let me know, because I’d love to hear what you like to do when you’re in the Magic Kingdom!
In other news, I’m working on making better graphics, and my first attempt at that is the featured image for this post. I’m also planning on expanding this blog to be more than mostly Disney tips and my personal journal of my adventures. Stay tuned for even more lifestyle and college related posts! Until next time, have a magical week!