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Classic Must Do Experiences At Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Every Disney vacation is full of magical moments from that first glimpse of Cinderella Castle to the final goodbye passing under the property’s main gate. While each guest has their own Disney traditions and ways of exploring the parks and enjoying all that Walt Disney World has to offer, there are several experiences that are considered must dos on each visit. These classic experiences capture the history and origins of the Disney Parks and have a special magic all their own that must be experienced. Let’s take a look at the classic must do experiences at Magic Kingdom.

9. Peter Pan’s Flight

Found in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, this is one of the most beloved and popular attractions in Walt Disney World. Offering guests the chance to be sprinkled with pixie dust and take to the skies of London and Neverland, it’s a magical and classic experience that speaks to kids of all ages. The queue also now features an interactive trip through the Darling’s nursery allowing for an even more immersive experience.

8. It’s A Small World 

Located just across the street from Peter Pan’s Flight, this is the attraction that most guests immediately associate with Disney World. Originating at the 1963 New York World’s Fair, this attraction celebrates the unity of different cultures and nations as well as Disney history. Featuring dolls dressed in traditional attire from their homelands and a classic song from the Sherman Brothers sung in several languages, this is a must do attraction.

7. Haunted Mansion 

This attraction has one of the biggest fan followings and takes guests on an eerie tour of Gracey Manor where there are 999 happy haunts. Perched ominously on a hill in Liberty Square, the Mansion features classic illusions and scenes including Madame Leota’s séance, a deadly bride, and the ever present Ghost Host. For most guests, this is the classic must do attraction on each Disney trip.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean 

Many guests will say that Pirates is their favorite attraction, and it’s easy to understand why. Housed in an impressive fort, this attraction takes guests through ominous caverns, eerie shipwrecks, and finally on a frolicking adventure with some ransacking pirates. There are some of the most classic Disney scenes located along the way including three pirates locked in a jail cell with a nearby dog guarding the keys. Pirates of the Caribbean also features the immensely catchy and popular song “Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me)” written by George Burns and X. Atencio that will leave guests singing it for hours to come!

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5. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Located in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, this attraction is a classic in the Disney history it contains. Walt Disney’s first encounter with audio-animatronics was when he found an animatronic bird in a store in New Orleans. This sparked his imagination and ultimately ended up as the classic Tiki Room guests can enjoy today. Returned to its original version in 2011, guests can enjoy a tropical serenade by a chorus of birds, flowers, and tikis.

4. Walt Disney World Railroad

Offering guests the chance to make a circle tour of the Magic Kingdom on restored steam trains, this attraction is considered a classic by many. Featuring stations in Main Street, Frontierland, and Storybook Circus the railroad serves as not only a scenic trip but also a useful means of transportation in the park. Be sure to take in the unique sights and sounds of the railroad on every Disney trip!

3. Jungle Cruise

This attraction is considered a classic must do in the Magic Kingdom thanks to its zany and hysterical skippers. Each attraction boat is manned by a skipper who guides guests on an adventure through the world’s biggest rivers and tells groan worthy corny jokes along the way. Featuring the classic elephant bathing scene and the famous backside of water, the Jungle Cruise is a definite must do.

2. Ride the Monorail

The monorail is the most iconic form of transportation in Walt Disney World and allows guests scenic views of several resorts, Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom. It’s a great way to get from park to park, but also a way to relax for a few moments and just take in the sights. Plus, every guest loves to hear the classic safety spiel: “please stand clear of the closing doors, por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.”

1. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

This classic attraction is rich in Disney history thanks to its original debut alongside It’s A Small World at the 1963 New York World’s Fair. This innovative theater show literally moves guests around the stage and through time following the same family for the better part of a century. Guests can see how technology has changed over the years and sing along to the classic Sherman Brother’s song “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” This stage show is a classic and full of both general and Disney history and will be sure to leave a smile on any guest’s face.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.