Few places in the world are as beloved as Walt Disney World, particularly the Magic Kingdom. The theme park opened with the vacation destination in 1971 and has been amazing guests ever since with the perfect combination of whimsy, thrill, fantasy, and detail. Guests who spend time in the Magic Kingdom can enjoy experiences including soaring high over Neverland, blasting off into space, exploring the Wild West, and sailing with pirates. With so many amazing experiences to enjoy in the park, it can be hard for guests to focus in on the must do attractions. From big thrills to classic moments, there are some experiences in the Magic Kingdom which simply can’t be skipped. Here are the top ten mind blowing experiences at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
1. First Glimpse of Cinderella Castle
Every guest looks forward to seeing Cinderella Castle on a Disney vacation, but there is no feeling as magical as the first glimpse of the beautiful building after entering into the Magic Kingdom for the first time. Cinderella Castle is situated at the end of Main Street and beckons guests to travel further into the park to enjoy the amazing experiences found there.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean
Adventureland is home to one of the most beloved attractions in all of Walt Disney World. Pirates of the Caribbean invites guests to set sail for an adventure on the high seas which they will never forget. Guests sail through eerie caves, a raging battle, and a burning seaside village that is being ransacked while the pirates sing their classic song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me).”
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Magic Kingdom is home to its very own mountain range, part of which can be found in Frontierland. The area is home to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which brings guests on the wildest ride in the wilderness through the mining town of Tumbleweed. Guests whip through collapsing caves and caverns, tall peaks, and a small town while enjoying beautiful views of the surrounding areas.
4. Splash Mountain
Found right next door to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland is Splash Mountain which brings guests on an adventure with Br’er Rabbit who goes in search of more adventure. Along the way, guests constantly watch Br’er Rabbit avoid escape by Br’er Fox before enjoying a thrilling and soaking plummet into the Briar Patch below.
5. Haunted Mansion
One of the most popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom can be found in the heart of Liberty Square. The Haunted Mansion is home to nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts who cause all sorts of eerie and comical situations. The experience is narrated by the disembodied Ghost Host who brings guests through classic scenes like the ballroom and graveyard before being followed home by hitchhiking ghosts.
6. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is home to one of the park’s newest and most popular attractions. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train brings guests directly into the mines where the Seven Dwarfs work all day collecting precious gems. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding area while riding in gently swaying mine carts and singing along to the classic “Heigh Ho.”
7. It’s A Small World
Many guests don’t consider a visit to the Magic Kingdom complete without a ride on the classic It’s A Small World. Nestled in Fantasyland, the attraction brings guests on a cruise around the world through classic scenes from different countries. Guests absolutely love singing along to the song “It’s A Small World” and checking out the hundreds of intricately detailed dolls that represent the countries of the world.
8. Space Mountain
The final mountain found in the Magic Kingdom is Space Mountain which can be found dominating the skyline of Tomorrowland. The massive attraction invites guests to enjoy a journey that is out of this world as they blast off into the near darkness of space and rocket through the stars. Space Mountain is a thrilling attraction that guests simply can’t miss in the Magic Kingdom.
9. Festival of Fantasy Parade
Each afternoon, the Magic Kingdom hosts an amazing parade which is sure to be loved by all guests. The Festival of Fantasy Parade runs daily beginning in Frontierland before making its way through Liberty Square followed by Main Street. The parade features whimsical floats with plenty of iconic and beloved characters like Mickey, Minnie, Anna, Elsa, Belle, Ariel, and Rapunzel.
10. Happily Ever After
No day in the Magic Kingdom is complete without enjoying a showing of Happily Ever After. The show lights up the skies high over Cinderella Castle with fireworks accompanied by a flight by Tinkerbell and tons of classic Disney music. The show is best seen from Main Street, but the area fills up quickly since it is so popular. Guests who want to have a great view of Happily Ever After should definitely aim to find a spot at least an hour early!