15 Attractions To Tackle In One Day At Magic Kingdom

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Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is home to the most attractions and experiences for guests to enjoy. From thrilling trips into space and the Wild West to idyllic cruises around the world and flights over London, there is an attraction to please each and every guest in the park. With so much to do and see in the Magic Kingdom, it can be a struggle to make the most of each day and manage time effectively so as to experience more. By planning ahead and having a set idea of where to head first, what to avoid at certain times, and what to use FastPasses for it is totally possible to experience fifteen attractions in one day. Here is a game plan to make sure to fit fifteen attractions in at the Magic Kingdom in one day.


15. Jungle Cruise

After arriving at the Magic Kingdom for rope drop and entering the park with low crowds thanks to the early hour, guests should head over towards Adventureland since much of the crowd will be heading in the opposite direction towards Tomorrowland. Once in Adventureland, guests can board the Jungle Cruise which takes them on a daring and corny journey on the exotic rivers of the world where they will encounter hungry crocodiles, entertaining skippers, and the awe inspiring backside of water!

14. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

In the early morning hours, guests can enjoy a relaxing trip to paradise while being serenaded by hundreds of birds, tikis, and flowers. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room allows guests the chance to sit down in a rounded theater and enjoy beautiful music and funny banter between the four main bird hosts. While this isn’t necessarily one of the most popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom, it is definitely a classic that shouldn’t be missed.

13. Pirates of the Caribbean

Guests should round out their time in Adventureland with a stop at Pirates of the Caribbean which is one of the most well-known and beloved attractions in Walt Disney World. Guests enter into the Spanish style fort and take to the seas passing through eerie caves, an epic battle, and the eventual ransacking of a coastal town. Guests can now also enjoy several sightings of Captain Jack Sparrow along the way.

12. Splash Mountain

In Frontierland, guests can experience the first of four mountains in the Magic Kingdom. Splash Mountain takes guests on a soaking journey into the world of Br’er Rabbit as he searches for more adventure in his life. Along the way guests meet a slew of creatures including Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear who are desperately trying to capture Br’er Rabbit. The experience culminates in a thrilling drop into the Briar Patch where guests are guaranteed to get wet!


11. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

After conquering Splash Mountain, guests can head next door to the wildest ride in the wilderness! Big Thunder Mountain Railroad takes guests on a crazy journey around the mountain as they pass through the town and eerie caves. Riding these two mountains earlier in the day ensures that wait times will be lower and guests will have more time to visit other attractions.

10. Haunted Mansion

Located in Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion is one of the quintessential classic Walt Disney World attractions. Guests are invited into the impressive Gracey Manor where they board Doom Buggies and soon find themselves face to face with nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts. Featuring iconic scenes like the ballroom and characters like the Ghost Host, the Haunted Mansion is a must do experience on a day in the Magic Kingdom.

9. It’s A Small World

For the first attraction in Fantasyland, guests should head to the classic It’s A Small World for a journey across the globe on the friendliest cruise that ever sailed. Guests can enjoy hearing the classic Sherman Brothers song of the same title while passing through different rooms depicting certain areas of the world. The grand finale includes an all white room with all of the dolls from different countries singing together in unison.

8. Peter Pan’s Flight

Located across the pathway from It’s A Small World is Peter Pan’s Flight which is one of the most beloved and popular attractions in the park. Since it is so popular, the attraction tends to have high wait times that can easily reach over two hours on busy days. So in order to be able to experience Peter Pan’s Flight, guests should book a FastPass for the attraction well in advance. This will allow them to take to the skies over London and Neverland with Peter while saving lots of time that would have otherwise be spent waiting on line.

7. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This newest addition in New Fantasyland takes guests into the world of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and on a journey through the mines that the dwarfs work in. Guests can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area and Cinderella Castle and a glimpse of the Evil Queen. Since the attraction is relatively new and popular, the wait times are typically always long so just like with Peter Pan’s Flight, it’s a good idea to book a FastPass for this attraction to save lots of time.

6. Under The Sea

Journey of the Little Mermaid – Also relatively new to New Fantasyland, this attraction takes guests into the ocean where they can relive the story of Ariel as she falls in love with Prince Eric. Featuring iconic characters and songs from the animated classic including “Under the Sea” this attraction is a must see on a day jam packed with attractions in the Magic Kingdom.

5. Dumbo The Flying Elephant

A classic experience that many guests feel they have to have upon each visit to the Magic Kingdom is a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Guests can fly high, enjoy a light breeze, and take in the sights of nearby New Fantasyland and Storybook Circus. Guests with children can also spend time in the interactive circus tent instead of waiting on line and simply be paged when it is their turn to enjoy the attraction.

4. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

This classic attraction in Tomorrowland originated at the 1963 New York World’s Fair and follows the same family across the century to see how technology and new home conveniences have impacted day to day life. Featuring a loveable cast and favorite song, this attraction allows guests the chance to relax in a cool theater for a bit while enjoying a classic show.

3. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Fans of Toy Story Mania and Buzz Lightyear will love being able to enter into Star Command and try their hand at shooting targets to help collect energy and defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg. With so many targets to hit and a generally fast moving line, guests will definitely return time after time to try and beat their friends and best their high score!

2. Space Mountain

The final mountain in the Magic Kingdom blasts guests off into space for a thrilling ride around the galaxy. Space Mountain takes place in near darkness and guests really do feel as though they are on an out of this world adventure. Since this attraction is so popular, it tends to always have high wait time so guests should plan ahead and book FastPasses for the late afternoon to avoid lots of time that would otherwise be spent waiting on line.

1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

This underrated attraction can be found in the skies above Tomorrowland and takes guests on a tranquil tour of the land. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, or TTA, is a great way for guests to enjoy the views of the land while relaxing for a few moments and enjoying the breeze. A ride on the TTA is the perfect end to a night in the Magic Kingdom as it allows for great views of Cinderella Castle lit up as well as the neon lights that bring Tomorrowland to life each night.

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.