Welcome back to another day in the 31-Days of Disney series! We are starting this week with my absolute favorite park in Orlando~the Magic Kingdom! Did you know the Magic Kingdom celebrated it’s 45th birthday yesterday? Cinderella’s Castle, Wishes, Main Street USA, and until next week…the Main Street Electrical Parade are all iconic to the Magic Kingdom. Guests of the Disney Parks consider Magic Kingdom as THE Disney park to visit, and it is no surprise why! It’s where magic lives, and I am going to share What Our Family Loves about Magic Kingdom Park!
Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade. This parade appears every afternoon at 3PM. It begins in Frontierland, and ends on Main Street USA. We like to watch the parade in Frontierland, just across from the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn. I absolutely LOVE this parade. The floats, the characters, and the soundtrack make the middle of my Magic Kingdom Day fantastic. The Beauty and the Beast float, as well as the Tinkerbell are definitely my favorite! Afterward, we are in a prime place to ride some attractions with little to no wait, such as Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain.
Fantasyland. Of all the “lands” at Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland is my favorite. This is where Cinderella’s Castle is located. We spend quite a bit of time in Fantasyland. Some of our favorite attractions here are the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel, and of course “it’s a small world”. We also like to find our princess friends here, in Princess Fairytale Hall. We have seen Rapunzel and Cinderella here.
Pinocchio Village Haus. This is also located in Fantasyland, and is a quick service dining location. We eat here multiple times, sometimes twice in the same day, when we are at Magic Kingdom park. Their flatbreads are the absolute best! We also like to watch the “it’s a small world” boats from the upper level. My kids love waving to the passengers below as they start their voyage on the happiest cruise that ever sailed! Plus, it is centrally located. So as we are making our way across the park, it is easy to stop and grab something to eat.
Storybook Circus. LOVE this expansion of Magic Kingdom Park! It has been here for a few years, and used to be knows and Mickey’s Toontown. Remember those days? I do! But now it is Storybook Circus. Not only is Dumbo the Flying Elephant located back here, but also Pete’s Silly Sideshow. My daughter LOVES meeting Minnie, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy in their circus costumes. I love it because it is huge on the inside, and the waits are usually very short. Plus, it gives us a nice break from the sun. When you are in Storybook Circus, look for the small details. There are peanut shells stuck in the walkways, amongst other cute details. From there, you can take the Walt Disney World Railroad up to Main Street USA if you are on your way out of the park.
Pixie Hollow. Pixie Hollow is where Tinkerbell meets guests, and it is super cute! The details in here are amazing, and the Tinkerbell is always spot on! She makes her meet and greet so fun, and sweet. My daughter absolutely adores it. It is also a great way to spend time while waiting for a parade on Main Street, or a fun way to start your day at Magic Kingdom because she is in Town Square Theater, which is right to your right as you walk into Magic Kingdom.
The Magic Kingdom Welcome Show. Every morning, about ten minutes before the park opens, the Mayor of Main Street USA appears on the train tracks, facing the entrance to Magic Kingdom. Guests are let through the ticket turnstiles 20-60 minutes before park opening, so get there early to get a spot to watch the welcome show. The train comes rolling in, with a pre selected family, and characters to welcome you to your day at Magic Kingdom. They sing, dance, and it is such a fun way to start the day!
A Pirates Adventure~Treasure of the Seven Seas. My boys LOVE, love, love this activity at Magic Kingdom. I love it because it is free :). It takes place in Adventureland, just as you come into Adventureland from Frontierland. There is a little kiosk that houses the maps for the Pirates Adventure. It is a scavenger hunt that only takes place in Adventureland. After you have completed one map, you can go back and get another one. The cool thing, is the maps make a fun, free souvenir. Secondly, it keeps the boys entertained while we sit and rest a bit, or the little sister naps in the stroller. They venture in and out of gift shops, around the props, etc and find clues with their talisman to solve the scavenger hunt. We love it because it gives us a break from the attractions and some down time while we are in the parks.
There is so much about Magic Kingdom that we love….I can’t really think of anything I don’t love about it! It is my personal favorite park…..and one that we spend at least two days of tickets on when we are at Walt Disney World. What do you love about Magic Kingdom?