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Max Out Magic Kingdom – 20 Things To Do From Open To Close

A day in the Magic Kingdom can be fun for everyone as there are so many different experience to be had. Featuring dozens of attractions, dining locations, parades, fireworks, and character experiences the Magic Kingdom has something to fill each moment of a Disney day. With all of these options, exploring the park can get a little overwhelming without a plan. Let’s check out 20 things to do in order to max out a day in the Magic Kingdom.

20. Watch the Opening Show

Each morning just before the Magic Kingdom opens, there is a welcome show in front of the Cinderella Castle featuring lots of Disney characters. With music and a lively performance, this is a great way to get energized and start your day in the park!

19. Picture in front of the Castle

There is no Disney landmark as iconic as Cinderella Castle, and early in the morning can be a great time to take a picture in front of it. As the day goes on, crowds generally increase, so your best chance at a clear picture of you and the Castle is upon entering the park in the morning.

18. Ride the Jungle Cruise

This attraction is great to experience in the morning as it generally has little to no wait and often has some leftover early morning fog which only enhances the feeling of adventure. Skippers are also energized and ready to get the day rolling, making these early morning voyages a great time to experience the attraction.

17. Visit the Tikis

While in Adventureland, stop by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and enjoy a unique performance as the birds, plants, and tikis serenade you. The show was also restored to its original version in recent years, so the experience is a classic!

16. Be A Pirate

Before leaving Adventureland, you have to stop and ride Pirates of the Caribbean. Featuring ominous caves, skeletal shipwrecks, and a band of pirates ransacking a Caribbean town, this adventure is sure to thrill every guest. You’ll even be whistling “Yo Ho (A Pirates Life For Me)” for hours afterwards!

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15. Conquer the Frontierland Mountains

Tucked in the corner of Frontierland are Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Splash Mountain takes guests on a wet journey with Br’er Rabbit that ends in a steep plunge into the Briar Patch. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad offers guests the chance to experience the wildest ride in the wilderness as they whip through the mountain on a runaway mine train!

14. Lunch at Columbia Harbour House

Located in Liberty Square, this is one of the best quick service dining locations in the Magic Kingdom. Offering up options including a Lobster Roll and Grilled Salmon, this location has fresh seafood and other options that can’t be found elsewhere in the park. There is also an upstairs seating area that is generally never crowded and offers window views of Liberty Square below.

13. Visit the Haunted Mansion 

One of the most popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom, the Haunted Mansion takes guests into Gracey Manor where they come face to face with 999 happy haunts. With eerie scenes including a séance and murderous bride, the mansion is a must do on any day in the Magic Kingdom!

12. Ride the Carousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is a quintessential experience to be had in the Magic Kingdom. Fun for kids of all ages, it makes a great opportunity to take pictures on the beautiful horses on each Disney vacation. The attraction also offers up great views of Fantasyland accompanied by calliope styled versions of classic Disney songs.

11. Meet the Princesses

Stop by Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland for a chance to meet some of the princesses and interact one on one for a few minutes!

10. FastPass Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Ride on this gentle roller coaster with swinging mine carts as you encounter the Seven Dwarfs at work in the beautiful mine. Pay close attention at the end of the attraction, as you just might spot the Evil Queen outside of Snow White’s cottage. Keep in mind a FastPass is HIGHLY recommended as waits for this attraction are an easy one and a half to two hours in the standby line.

9. Soar on Dumbo

Every guest has to experience the whimsy of flying with Dumbo when they visit the Magic Kingdom. Now located in Storybook Circus, there are two different Dumbo spinners and each offer up cool breezes and a chance to take in the sights of Storybook Circus and nearby Fantasyland.

8. Watch Sonny Eclipse Perform

Cosmic Ray’s Café in Tomorrowland sets the stage for Sonny Eclipse who performs for guests who are dining there. Sonny sings, tells jokes, and is a lot of fun to watch so be sure to stop in for some food or a snack to pay him a visit.

7. Score Big on Buzz

Stop by Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin for the chance to compete with your friends and family for top score while protecting the galaxy from the evil emperor Zurg! Just don’t be surprised when you ride it a second time in a row to see if you can beat your score!

6. Ride Space Mountain

This galactic attraction completes the mountain range in the Magic Kingdom, and launches guests into space for an in the dark adventure. Wait times can be pretty high for Space Mountain by the afternoon, so consider booking a FastPass+ for it ahead of time to save time spent waiting in line.

5. Ride Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

This Tomorrowland attraction originated at the 1963 New York World’s Fair and allows guests the chance to follow one family through the century as they experience new types of technology. Featuring the Sherman Brothers song “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” this attraction is a classic!

4. Ride the TTA at Night

One of the best attractions in Tomorrowland is the Tomrorowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (or TTA). It whisks guests around Tomorrrowland on a highway in the sky and offers great views of the surrounding areas and peeks into several attractions. It’s a great experience to ride the TTA at night and take in the neon sights and sounds of Tomorrowland.

3. Visit Mickey & Minnie 

Head over to Main Street U.S.A. where you’ll find Mickey and Minnie together in their Celebration outfits at Town Square Theater – located next to Tony’s Restaurant. Getting to pose for a picture with this cute couple isn’t super common so be sure to drop by for a big squeeze and photo!

2. Watch Happily Ever After

Fireworks have always been the perfect way to wrap up a day at Magic Kingdom! Happily Ever After Fireworks has replaced Wishes, but has thankfully lived up to the beautiful display of fireworks, lasers, projection, music, and storytelling Magic Kingdom is known for. With 18-minutes of “heart, heroism, and humor”, Happily Ever After will send you on your way with your own “happily ever after” ending to an unforgettable Magic Kingdom day!

1. The Kiss Goodnight

Generally occurring a half hour after the park closes, the Kiss Goodnight features a recorded speech playing thanking guests for visiting the Magic Kingdom and combines with a light display on Cinderella Castle. There is no better way to cap off a perfect day and night in the Magic Kingdom than with a Goodnight Kiss!

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.