When many people think of Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is the park that first comes to mind. This is the place, symbolized with majestic Cinderella Castle, where guests first took a fun-filled spin on Dumbo and set sail with Pirates of the Caribbean. This is the park where they remember eating ice cream and gazing in awe at the nighttime parade on Main Street USA. Claiming the distinction of being the first theme park to open in Walt Disney World in October 1971, the Magic Kingdom always sparks waves of nostalgia and sweet memories. The Magic Kingdom continuously holds the title of being the most visited theme park in the world. For my family and me, these are the reasons we keep going back!
1. Familiar Favorites
We never tire of classic attractions in the Magic Kingdom, and we line up to experience them again and again. There is something about rides like the Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world”, The Mad Tea Party, and Space Mountain that give us a warm and fuzzy feeling and make us all feel like kids again. And these attractions are equally as fun for the younger guests too. Rides such as Astro Orbiter, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the Jungle Cruise continue to hold their charm for the next generation.
2. Newer Favorites
As much as we enjoy the beloved classic attractions, it’s nice how the Magic Kingdom keeps refreshing itself too. The park underwent a renaissance a few years ago, and many additions were introduced. Fantasyland received several flourishes, including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid, the Princess Fairytale Hall, and Storybook Circus. Other lands were refurbished as well. These attractions quickly became favorites with my family too. New eateries continue to be added as well. Now we wait for the TRON Coaster to be complete in 2021!
3. Nighttime Entertainment
When the sun goes down, the Magic Kingdom is an enchanting place to be. Twinkling lights shine up and down Main Street USA. Stay for the “Once Upon a Time” show and watch Cinderella Castle magically come to life with favorite characters and movies. Grab a snack and a good spot and be amazed at the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks spectacular.
4. Holiday Parties
No one celebrates the holidays like the Magic Kingdom. From the fun ambiance and playful trick-or-treating of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to the delicious cookies and snow at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, guests are sure to be delighted. Both parties feature an amazing parade and a specially-themed fireworks show. Hard-to-find characters are available for pictures during these parties too. The parties require a separate hard ticket to attend, so lines are shorter for your favorite attractions.
5. Captivating Entertainment
I love strolling down Main Street USA and mingling with the colorful Citizens of Main Street or catching a few tunes from the Dapper Dans. The Main Street Trolley Show is a perfect way to start the day. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is performed several times a day, and I can meet my favorite characters all day long at different spots throughout the park. If I happen to be in Adventureland, Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial is so much fun to watch, and the Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party always puts a smile on my face. No matter where you are in the Magic Kingdom, there’s always something great happening.
6. Tempting Treats
In my opinion, the popcorn always tastes the best in the Magic Kingdom. It’s the perfect blend of butter and salt, and it’s the perfect snack when you’re watching the afternoon parade or nighttime fireworks. When you’re strolling down Main Street USA, it’s very hard to pass up the cotton candy and ice cream as the mouth-watering scents waft out the shop doors. If you’re spending a warm afternoon in Adventureland, who can pass up a sweet and refreshing Dole Whip Float? Don’t forget the sugary funnel cakes and fruit-topped waffles at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square. Indulging in one of these special treats always seems to make a day in the Magic Kingdom that much more wonderful.