Planning a trip to Disney World? If you haven't been or are planning your next trip to visit this wonderful world of fantasy, then there are some things you certainly do not want to miss while you are there!
With COVID-19 still raging in Florida at the moment, perhaps now is not the right time to visit. However, I can honestly tell you from personal experience that it is NEVER too early to start planning your perfect Disney vacation getaway with your family. Why? Because there is so much to see and do that it really helps having a plan of action.
Now of course, Disney has way more than 10 things that make it so wonderful, but here is a list of things that we at Travel Kimestry don’t want you to miss!
1. Magic Kingdom Rope Drop
The Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Ceremony is the opening ceremony for the park every morning. All the characters gather together to welcome you to the park in the morning and the moment the park officially opens the ropes blocking you from entering the rest of the park are “dropped” so you can go into the different lands of Magic Kingdom! You should try to get there an hour in advance so you can have a good view of the character welcome committee. This is not a sight to be missed!
2. Main Street Shops
Main Street is of course the first place you walk into when you enter the park! Filled with Louisiana charm, Main Street is loaded with super cute shops to visit! Like the Emporium, which is filled with tons of Disney souvenirs, the Main Street Confectionary which features old fashioned sweets and treats such as fudge and caramel apples, and Uptown Jewelers! A great place to buy a special someone a nice present!
3. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
If you have a little prince or princess of your own, then the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is the place to go! Be sure to make an advanced appointment so your little one can be pampered and dolled up like a prince or princess! For practically every little girl out there, this is a dream come true! You should have seen my little sister when she was younger, she could never pass the Boutique without stopping in awe.
4. Hidden Mickeys
Hidden Mickeys are little Mickey shaped figures that are secretly hiding all throughout the park. On rides, hidden in the flowers, on the Trolley Car Horse Bridals. You would be surprised by just how subtle they can be, but keep an eye out for them!
Magic Kingdom is filled with tons of places to eat. Everything from fast food to specialty dining. During every visit, my family and I make it a point to make a reservation at a specialty dining restaurant. One of our favorites is Cinderella’s Royal Table. This restaurant is located inside Cinderella’s Castle. That’s right, inside the Castle! And while there you are able to meet and take pictures with many of the princesses, including Cinderella herself.
Other wonderful restaurants include the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the beast's castle, The Crystal Palace and Tony’s Town Square restaurant for some tasty Italian Food! You can make your dining reservations 6 months in Advance if staying at a Disney Resort and 3 months in advance if staying off property. It is always a good idea to consider which restaurants you would like to try early on in your planning. That way you can be sure to get a table!
6. Classic Rides
Magic Kingdom is filled with amazing rides all throughout the park, but there is nothing like the classics! Peter Pan is the first that comes to mind for me. It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Dumbo, The Jungle Cruise and Space Mountain are also on the classic list! So be sure to set up your Fast Passes ASAP so you can get on as many of these classic rides as possible during your trip! You can reserve Fast Passes 60 days in advance if you are staying at a Disney Resort and 30 days in advance if staying off property. Fast Passes for classic rides go fast so be on alert!
7. Main Street Entertainment
Main Street in Magic Kingdom is filled with wonderful entertainment all throughout the day. On Main Street, you can see Casey’s Corner Pianist, The Dapper Dan’s, Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and more! Each one of these shows has its own uniqueness and special aspects that makes them stand out, so be sure to check the entertainment schedule on your My Disney Experience app so you do not miss them!
8. Snack Carts
One of the things that makes Magic Kingdom so special is their well-known snack carts that are located all throughout the park. Help yourself to some tasty popcorn, a juicy turkey leg, some sweet and sour chicken skewers, or some delicious churros with chocolate dipping sauce! Yummy! What better way to fill that craving and bit of hunger you’ll have after walking around so much!
9. Character Pictures
There is nothing more fun than meeting your childhood idol. Which is exactly what you can do all throughout Magic Kingdom! The characters have different meet and greet times and locations, which can all be found on your My Disney Experience App. Try to get to the lines a bit early so you can be one of the first in line! Another helpful tip is to try to visit them in the morning. Chances are the princesses and characters will be more willing to spend time talking to you in the morning rather than the evening. Also, you may want to purchase a signature book and collect all the signatures of the characters you meet during your trip!
*Special Note: During COVID-19 you will not be able to interact with the characters, but you will get to see them in the parades and walking about the park. At the moment, no close interaction is possible.
10. Disney’s Happily Ever After Firework Show
We have probably all heard about Magic Kingdoms amazing firework show. Happily Ever After is simply breathtaking! Not only do you get to enjoy a beautiful firework presentation, but you also are able to watch an 18 min animated projection show filled with marvelous colors, lights, lasers, special effects, and songs that displays many Disney character favorites. If you want to find a good spot for watching the fireworks, try searching for the perfect spot about 1-2 hours in advance.
*Special Note: During COVID-19 the fireworks show is cancelled.
Now that you know 10 wonderful things not to miss at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, it is certainly time to book your next stay! I know it is for my family and I. I can’t wait to have a delicious churro and find hidden Mickeys with my little brother while riding some classic rides. Just the thought makes me so excited! I’m sure it makes you excited too; so, let’s get started. Fill out a travel request form and we can get working on your perfect Disney vacation today!
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Kimberly is the owner of Travel Kimestry. Her areas of expertise include The Bahamas, The Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe and ALL THINGS DISNEY. She’s passionate about working with families who enjoy traveling the world. She looks forward to working with YOU soon!