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Top 10 Must Do’s: Magic Kingdom

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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is filled with so many great attractions! You can’t possibly fit them all into just one day. Here are our top 10 attractions you won’t want to miss at the Magic Kingdom.

10. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

 Located in Tomorrowland, this Toy Story themed attraction is an interactive game for the whole family. Buzz Lightyear invites guests to become Space Rangers and help save the galaxy from the evil emperor Zurg.  Each ride vehicle is equipped with two space cannons which guests use to shoot at targets. Score 999,999 and you’ll become a Galactic Hero. If you do reach Galactic Hero level, be sure to snap a photo of your score. Show it to a Cast Member in the gift shop. You just might get a special prize.

9. Jungle Cruise

This classic attraction takes guests on an adventurous journey through jungle rivers around the world. Guided by a knowledgeable skipper, guests will see animals such as lions, elephants, hippos, and more. Your skipper will also point out jungle attractions such as Inspiration Falls and the world famous Backside of Water. The Jungle Cruise is a great attraction for kids of all ages, especially those who have an appreciation for punny jokes and jungle animals.

8. Festival of Fantasy

Magic Kingdom’s newest parade is one you won’t want to miss. Festival of Fantasy features a wonderful soundtrack which will have you singing along with your favorite Disney characters. The parade features colorful floats with characters from films such as Frozen, Beauty & The Beast, Peter Pan, and more. A stunning Tangled float features Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and more aboard an ornate longship. Ariel and friends bring an under sea celebration to the Magic Kingdom. And of course, no parade would be complete without Mickey and friends.

7. it’s a small world

This classic attraction originally designed for the 1964 New York World’s Fair will have guests singing along with the famous Sherman Brothers tune. As they travel on “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed,” guests will see children from countries around the world singing and dancing. This attraction designed in the style of Mary Blair is filled with adorable children, animals, and landmarks from around the world.

6. The Haunted Mansion

 This classic attraction is great for the whole family. After entering the mansion, guests board their own Doom Buggy for a tour of the Haunted Mansion narrated by the Ghost Host. As guests tour the mansion, which is home to 999 happy haunts, they will see many “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” While a haunted mansion may seem like a subject too scary for some children, the residents of this mansion are all friendly – just beware of hitchhiking ghosts.

Top 10 Must Do's: Magic Kingdom - Pirates of The Caribbean

5. Pirates Of The Caribbean

Another classic Disney attraction, this ride was nowhere to be found when Walt Disney World opened in 1971, but due to numerous guest requests, Disney built a new Florida version of the popular Disneyland attraction. On this ride, guests will set sail through the Caribbean as they see pirates up to no good. The ride also features characters from the Pirates Of The Caribbean films, including Captain Jack Sparrow.

4. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

One of the Magic Kingdom’s newest attractions, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a fun and unique ride for the whole family. The attraction features beloved characters from Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, as well as, the memorable music from the film. Guests will travel through the forest and into the dwarfs’ mine filled with sparkling jewels. This attraction also features swinging ride vehicles which are so much fun.

3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

This fun mine train through the wilderness located in Frontierland is a roller coaster designed with the entire family in mind, though it may get a little bumpy at times. This attraction provides thrills while being calm enough for younger guests to enjoy. After you ride Big Thunder Mountain during the day, be sure to come back at nighttime for a completely different experience. And of course, remember to hang on to your hats and glasses!

2. Splash Mountain

This attraction combines audio animatronics, great music, lovable characters, and thrills to create an amazing ride experience. Splash Mountain tells the story of characters from the Disney film Song Of The South, which many guests may not be too familiar with; however guests are sure to fall in love with Br’er Rabbit and his friends quickly. The ride is filled with adorable animatronics singing fun-filled songs from the film. The thrilling highlight of the attraction includes a plunge down 52 and a half feet into the briar patch.

1. Happily Ever After

The Magic Kingdom’s nighttime spectacular is truly amazing. Happily Ever After features stunning projections of favorite Disney characters onto Cinderella Castle. These projections combined with fireworks and a wonderful soundtrack filled with classic Disney songs, as well as, a great original song for the show make Happily Ever After the perfect way to end a fun-filled day at the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Honorable Mentions

Of course, there are still many other great Magic Kingdom attractions not to be missed. Honorable mentions include Space Mountain, The Carousel of Progress,  The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover, Under The Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

Your Thoughts

Did your favorite attraction make it onto the top 10 list? How would your must do list differ from ours? Let us know is in the comments below!


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Hilary Smith
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Hilary Smith

Jungle Cruise should have been included 🙂 it’s a Disney Classic just like Carousel of Progress & Tiki Room. Love the list though. I’m proud to say I’ve done all of them and then some!

Kimberly @Frontierland Station
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I know; I really wanted to add it, but I kept thinking of other attractions that are more of a must do for me – probably because I had never been on the Jungle Cruise until just a few years ago, so I’ve done WDW many time without Jungle Cruise. Not that I would ever skip it again; it’s awesome and definitely a classic! I think it needs to at least be added to the honorable mentions list. 🙂

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Jeff

Here is my Top 10 Rides must do in Magic Kingdom 10.Magic Carpet(Are last ride) 9. Pirates Of The Caribbean 8.Wishes Nighttime Spectacular 7.Dumbo(Its a classic) 6. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 5. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin 4. Mad Tea Party 3.The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure 2. Space Mountain 1. Splash Mountain (My all time fav !!)

Kimberly @Frontierland Station
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Such a great list of attractions! I really had a hard time picking just 10 for my list. I love so many attactions at MK!

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Author29

I love this list. You did a great job. Now allow me to share as you’ve shared. I agree with almost this whole list. I would replace Carousel of Progress with Swiss Family Treehouse (I love the treehouse), and Wishes Night-time Spectacular with Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. As you can tell, I find the Tree House, the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and even Tom Sawyer Island come to think of it, highly underrated. But that’s all a matter of opinion. That’s what’s wonderful about Magic Kingdom. We all have our favorite things that we love about it. Thanks again for… Read more »

Kimberly
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Thanks! I love Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse too! It is so cool. I do think Monsters is a great attraction; however, it’s not one of my favorites, mostly because I’m shy and I’m always afraid the monsters are going to talk to me. I agree, Tom Sawyer Island is definitely underrated!

Bernie Wallace
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Bernie Wallace

Great list. I would have to add Philharmagic to the list as well.

Joed Baker II
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Joed Baker II

Any of the must do’s have to include anything in the A/C, especially if you have to go in the middle of June. We were there this year and the heat index was over 120 every day, it was miserable!

Cassandra D
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Cassandra D

Wow. So many great things to do. I really like it’s a small world.

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