Cinderella Castle—There’s nothing in all of Walt Disney World more stunning than the Cinderella Castle. It doesn’t matter if it’s daytime, night time, with special light or without special lights. It just takes your breath away.
Dining—There are 8 table service restaurants and 22 quick service restaurants. Some of these quick service locations are mainly snacks such as fruit, bakery, ice cream, etc. The variety allows you to choose whatever you have a craving for. You can’t turn a corner without bumping into a snack place, restaurant or drink cart. Stop by Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square for a fresh, hot funnel cake made to order! Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant not only had great food, but it was an experience. Beautiful and stunning décor. It made me want to watch the movie, AGAIN!!
Hidden Mickeys—Keep your eyes peeled and look for the hidden Mickey heads throughout the park. There isn’t a stone in all of Walt Disney World without a purpose. Imagineers inserted them into attractions, sidewalks, light fixtures, etc. Keep a count of how many you find!
Rides—One of the best things about Walt Disney World are the rides for all ages. You want a thrill ride? Done! Go to the mountains and ride Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and the newest addition, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Your stomach doesn’t handle fast, jostling rides too well or you have young one not tall/old enough to go on those rides? Done! Head to the Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, Haunted Mansion, Under the Sea—Journey of the Little Mermaid plus so many more.
Entertainment—Between the parades, stage shows, Main Street, U.S.A. shows, water pageant and fireworks, you will never be bored. You don’t have to schedule to see any one of these, if you don’t want to. You will probably bump into them as you are making your way to lunch, the next ride or even the restroom! Have you seen the Dapper Dans?
Parties—The Magic Kingdom can put on a party like no other! The “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” and “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” are parties you cannot miss. The Halloween party starts in September and runs on certain evenings through Halloween night, October 31st, every year. The Christmas party starts in November and runs on certain evenings through the middle of December. Both parties are an additional fee. The Magic Kingdom closes to all non-party goers at 7. Guests who purchased a ticket are allowed in the park as early as 4pm. (Only the one, special ticket is needed to get into the party in the Magic Kingdom.) The special parades, special fireworks and special, lighted castle display are just a few things that make the parties a “must-see”.
Character Meet and Greets—I would love to say this is an activity for young kids, but I still find me wanting my picture with certain, favorite characters or just a picture of the character by themselves. I know this next piece of info is not Magic Kingdom related, but I have to tell you a secret and it is related to characters. On my recent trip, I found myself so excited for my (adult) son and his (adult) girlfriend to have their pictures taken with characters we stumbled across at Hollywood Studios as we exited Tower of Terror. (Yes, they are adults so character meet and greets are not just for young kids.) There was NOOOOO line, NOOOOO kids and no photographers for the several characters just standing off to the side waiting for people to go see them. Come to find out, it’s an unannounced meet and greet 15 minutes before a show. All of us were beside ourselves, our jaws dropped and we gathered ourselves to quickly get pictures before the word was let out about this surprise. I would love to tell you the show, but I don’t know!! It was such a surprise and it was for a limited amount of time that we didn’t get to hear the name of the show. I will tell you that it was around 4-4:30. So, if you find yourself at Hollywood studios around that time, head over to the exit of Tower of Terror. There’s a gate at the end and that’s the gate they opened for this short, special meet and greet.
Dole Whips—I kept hearing about these “Dole Whips” for quite some time, but had never had one. They’re not sold in many places in all of Walt Disney World and only sold in one location at the Magic Kingdom. I finally got to try one and it was good! It was refreshing! I’m not a huge fan of pineapple, but someone told me to ask for a sample spoon of it to see if I would like it. I didn’t like it, but I did like the orange one. Don’t take my word for it, though! I’m just odd and don’t like anything pineapple. If you like pineapple, you will LOVE it!! There is also a Dole Whip float! In my opinion, the floats are big enough to share with someone, but the regular Dole Whip can be easily consumed by one person. Once you start, you can’t stop. Yes, I highly recommend you seek out the Dole Whip. You can find them at Aloha Isle in Adventureland.