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10 Experiences You Might Not Have Tried Around Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

1) Early morning breakfast

If you don’t mind waking up early, one of my favorite things to experience in the Magic Kingdom is breakfast in the park at locations such as Crystal Palace, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Be Our Guest. Book a breakfast reservation and arrive before the park official opens. While Main Street might have early arrival guests filling it, you’ll see have the ability to fight less crowds. You’ll also have a head start on the rest of your day—when other guests are just waking up or leaving their resorts, you will already be in the park on your way to your favorite attractions.

2) Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island is one of the most overlooked attractions at the Magic Kingdom. Like many Disney guests, I actually had not visited the island until fairly recently, however I was pleasantly surprised when I did. Tom Sawyer Island features recreations of scenes from the story. It’s a great place to visit for kids and adults, as there are plenty of areas for kids to explore, as well as different areas for adults to relax and enjoy some quiet away from the rest of the park.

3) Character meet and greets

Chances are you’ve been to a character meet and greet either as a child, or with children or your own, however many adults visiting the parks without children opt to skip the character meet and greets. It is understandable why adults without kids might not plan on doing a lot of character meet and greets, but it is still a fun experience for guests of all ages that I would highly recommend.

4) Happily Ever After from a different perspective

It is not surprising that the most popular place to watch the fireworks is in front of Cinderella Castle and down Main Street USA. If you don’t mind the heavier crowds, or arriving a little bit early to secure the perfect spot, this is probably the best place to see the fireworks. On the contrary, if you’re not interested in waiting on Main Street, and you’re planning on getting a last-minute view of the fireworks, there are other locations around the park that work. My favorite back-up fireworks location is right by the entrance to New Fantasyland.

5) Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is the interactive card game that allows guests to use spell cards to defeat villains all around the park. Like Tom Sawyer Island, this experience is all too often overlooked by guests in favor of other attractions. It is however very fun, and can be addicting for many Disney fans as you’ll probably find yourself looking to collect all of the different spell cards. It’s also one of my favorite things to do when the park is crowded in the middle of the day and I’m essentially waiting for some of the lines to die down.

6) Halloween and Christmas parties

The Halloween and Christmas parties are some of my favorite times to be in the Magic Kingdom, and the two events understandably can only be experienced during certain times of the year. If you’re looking to stray away from your usual vacation week, try booking a Walt Disney World vacation during the fall or winter months to celebrate some of the festivities in the Magic Kingdom.

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7) Behind the scenes tours

The Magic Kingdom offers a number of behind the scenes tours, including what is likely the most popular—the Keys to the Kingdom tour. This experience allows guests to learn about the history of the park, as well as some backstage knowledge and trivia. For many, the most exciting part of the tour is the chance to get a glimpse into the Utilidor—the tunnel system located on the first floor of the Magic Kingdom.

8) Let The Magic Begin

Guests who are early are welcome to enter the park to spend time on Main Street U.S.A. before the park officially opens. Main Street and the hub in front of Cinderella Castle remain open while the rest of the park is still closed. Roughly 5 minutes before the official park opening, “Let The Magic Begin” begins! This is a welcome show held on the stage in front of the Castle with fun music, special characters, and a few fireworks to kick off the day!

9) Liberty Square Riverboat with Princess Tiana (Currently under construction)

Climb aboard Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square Riverboat during Tiana’s Riverboat Party – Ice Cream Social and Viewing Party! Not only will you be able to enjoy tasty ice cream but you’ll have a chance to converse with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. This special event does have a cost involved and reservations are required.

10) Fireworks Dessert Party

Two Fireworks Dessert Parties are now available at Magic Kingdom on a nightly basis, with exceptions of special event ticketed parties like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. While it does get expensive, the Fireworks Dessert Party is a great way to experience desserts of a lifetime plus great viewing locations for fireworks. One Fireworks Dessert Party option is the Tomorrowland Terrace Party. This party is the most expensive per person because guests have a seat and table to enjoy desserts during the fireworks show. The other party is the Plaza Garden Party which allows guests to have desserts in one area, then have an assigned location in the Plaza Garden to stand for fireworks viewing. This Plaza Garden Party has replaced the fireworks FastPass options Magic Kingdom previously had. Both parties boast awesome desserts and amazing views!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.