The Ultimate Checklist: 10 Things You Must Do At Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the most popular park at Disney World. This park sets records for the number of visitors that walk through the gates each year. They are so many unbelievably awesome attractions, rides, experiences, character interactions and shows to experience at the park that it can be hard to prioritize what to see and what to do. Here is my ultimate checklist of the 10 things I feel you must do at Magic Kingdom to add to your priority list:

10. 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!

9. Pirates of the Caribbean

This is an iconic ride for Disney, and then ended up being the origin of a mega-hit series of movies with the great Johnny Depp. This ride has had a few refurbishments over the years, but has mostly remained the same ride that we all love and keep coming back for time and time again.

8. The Mountains

These are amongst the attractions with the longest lines at Magic Kingdom. “The Mountains” are Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain. We will also throw Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in there since it looks like a mountain! These are the “thrill” rides for the park and almost always have a lengthy line, for a good reason. They are great fun and having perfect theming for each attraction.

7. Kiss Goodnight and Castle Photos

The Kiss Goodnight is an extra little castle show that occurs about 30 minutes after park closing. It is something that a lot of guests miss as they are hurrying for the buses, boats and monorail to try to beat everyone else out of the park. It is worth hanging behind for, and you get the benefit of not waiting as long for your transportation if you are one of the last ones to leave. This is also a perfect time to take pictures in front of the castle without tons of people around for beautiful photos.

6. Explore Main Street

There are so many wonderful things about Main Street. You have the amazing smells, the buildings, the music and many different shops and experiences. There is the barber shop, the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Main Street Bakery, streetmosphere, and more many great things to see. Take time to walk through each of the shops, look above the shops at the upper story windows, interact with the cast members and just take everything in. So many people hurry past Main Street to get to the rides, but that would be a mistake and cause you to really miss out.

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5. Carousel of Progress

This is an attraction that gets overlooked and missed by so many. There is almost never a line, so you don’t have to wait long, but is worth the visit to Tomorrowland to experience. This is one of the attractions that Walt was involved in and presented at the World’s Fair. The attraction shows its age a little bit, but it’s a nice, long, air-conditioned, seated attraction that lets you experience Walt Disney nostalgia in an entertaining way. Don’t miss it!

4. Mickey & Minnie

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are in Town Square theater at the front of the park, dressed in their celebration outfits. Mickey was previously dressed in his magician outfit here but for a limited time is with Minnie for a perfect meet and greet. This is a fantastic spot to see the Big Cheese and his best gal together at Magic Kingdom!

3. Dapper Dans

This amazing quartet appears on Main Street at various times throughout the day. Their sets are completely wonderful. They sing, they use instruments and they have fun, hilarious personalities. They are extremely engaging, funny and super talented. You won’t be satisfied with just seeing them once, you will want to see them multiple times.

2. The Haunted Mansion

This is an extremely loved and cherished attraction across all Disney parks, and the Magic Kingdom in Disney World is definitely no exception. The Imagineers did an amazing job with this classic and we just can’t get enough. The ride is a great place to cool off and take in all of the details. I notice new and different details every time, and am always in awe at the level of detail Disney puts in. This is a classic that can’t be missed.

1. Be Our Guest Restaurant

All of the restaurants in Magic Kingdom, including quick service locations, are wonderful. They all have a different charm and feel to them, but Be Our Guest Restaurant is once that you must fit into your vacation schedule. The restaurant really looks like the movie came to life right before your eyes. The ballroom is one of the most amazing things that Disney has pulled off to put you inside the movie. It is absolutely beautiful and we can’t seem to get enough.

About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!