In honor of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, which opened on October 1, 1971, we are counting down the top 50 of some of our favorite things about the most magical place on earth! This week, we take a look at some of the things we love most about the first WDW theme park, the Magic Kingdom.
With so much to love about Magic Kingdom, it was pretty hard to choose. Overall, I tried to focus less on the attractions (though they are amazing) and more on some of the other details that make this theme park so… magical! So put on your Mickey ears, grab a turkey leg, and get ready to book a flight, because this list (in no particular order) is going to make you want to fly to Florida immediately!
Please Note: Not every activity is currently available due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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- Riding the Monorail – arrive to the park in style
- Train Station – the first thing you see sets the stage for your wonderful day
- Mickey Landscaping – made of gorgeous flowers in front of the train station
- Meeting Mickey – visit with the main mouse himself at Town Square Theatre
- Main Street Windows – shop names on the upper floors honor Disney Legends throughout the years
- Shopping on Main Street, U.S.A. – the perfect place to find the perfect souvenir
- Confectionery Scents – that sweet smell of sugar is being pumped onto the sidewalk to draw you in… and it works!
- Mickey Balloons – sure, they can be purchased across property, but I love the photo op here!
- Dapper Dans – this popular barbershop quartet performs throughout the day
- Flag Retreat Ceremony – an inspiring patriotic event
- Partners Statue – a wonderful tribute to Walt and Mickey
- Cinderella Castle – a beauty to behold, including it’s recent “glow up” and 50th anniversary decorations
- Cinderella Mosaics – found inside the castle are some stunning works of art retelling Cindy’s story
- Wishing Well – off to the side of the castle is a quiet place to make your wish
- Castle Stage Shows – welcoming you to the park, and telling stories throughout the day
- Parades/Cavalcades – a chance to see your favorite characters “float” by
- Hub Twinkle Lights – it’s a magical moment as dusk falls and the twinkle lights in the trees turn on
- Fireworks – from Wishes to Happily Ever After to Enchantment, the cherry on top of your day
- Tinker Bell’s Flight – it’s always a crowd-pleaser when Tink is able to soar from the castle tower
- Rope Drop – arriving early, beating the crowds, and walking right on to your favorite ride
- Purple Wall – it may be commercialized now, but it came from humble and organic beginnings
- Tomorrowland Neon Lights – bright and colorful at night
- Meeting a Princess – many opportunities, through meet & greets, parades, shows, or dining
- Royal Dining – at either Cinderella’s Royal Table or Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – where little princes and princesses can get a royal makeover
- Sword in the Stone – a fun photo op just outside Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Tangled Bathrooms – the best themed rest area in all of WDW
- Haunted Mansion Graveyard – make sure to read the headstones, they’re about as punny as a Jungle Cruise Skipper
- Thanksgiving Dinner – brought to you family-style and all-you-can-eat at Liberty Tree Tavern
- Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe – where it’s the most wonderful time of the year all year long
- View from the top of Splash Mountain – don’t blink (or scream) or you’ll miss this beauty
- Dole Whip – a tasty, fruity frozen treat available at 2 locations in Adventureland
- Immersive Queues – I’m not personally a fan of the germy things everyone touches, but rather the detailed, walk-through theming
- WDW Railroad – one of Walt’s original inspirations
- Disney Mountain Range – Space, Splash, and Big Thunder make up this fun and thrilling trio, with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as a bonus!
- Boat Rides – from it’s a small world to Jungle Cruise
- Dark Rides – fan-favorites like Peter Pan’s Flight and Haunted Mansion
- Classic Spinners – cute carnival-type rides like Dumbo and Mad Tea Party
- Audio-Animatronics – pirates and parrots and presidents, oh my! All developed by Disney
- Air-Conditioned Theatres – Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Carousel of Progress, and more providing relief from the Florida heat
- Distinct Architecture – amazing attention to detail for each individual land
- Hidden Mickeys – fun to hunt for throughout the park
- Mickey-Shaped Foods – pretzels, ice cream treats, caramel apples and more are available throughout WDW, but might taste even better here?
- People Watching – rest and take it all in, including the people around you
- Music – beautifully-themed for each land; take some time to listen
- Personalized Ears – it’s a right of passage to get your name stitched on Mickey ears at the Magic Kingdom!
- Seasonal Décor – Disney goes all-out for fall and winter holidays
- Hard Ticket Events – like Halloween and Christmas parties, and other After Hours events
- Behind the Scenes Tours – learn the history of the park and how it operates
- Cast Members – the heart and soul of the most magical place on earth!
It’s easy to see why the Magic Kingdom has been a fan-favorite for the last 50 years! We can’t wait to see what they have in store for the next 50!
What are some of your favorite things about the Magic Kingdom? Let us know in the comments!