Walt Disney World has four different parks, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios (soon to be renamed and re-themed) and the Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom is the park that most closely associates with Disneyland. It has both its similarities and its differences. If you are like me and call Disneyland home, there is something very familiar but different when you visit the Magic Kingdom. There are the classic attractions like the Haunted Mansion, the Pirates of the Caribbean, "it’s a small world", the Jungle Cruise and many others, but each have their own flare and fun. In addition, some retired Disneyland attractions have found their way to Disney World and others that are completely unique. Today’s blog focuses on these items that can only be found at the Magic Kingdom. Check out the top 12 unique attractions to see at the Magic Kingdom.
12. Arrive early and attend the Magic Kingdom’s Welcome Show!
11. Visit a few of the Magic Kingdom originals:
• Mickey’s PhilharMagic: a 4D Adventure that features your favorite Disney movies and music.
• Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: a comedy club hosted by the favorite interactive digital monsters, Mike and Sully! With the help of their their pals, they collect your laughter to help power Monstropolis. Insider tip: bring your favorite sharable joke - the monster comedian’s might share it on stage!
• Stitch’s Great Escape: a fun adventure where you get to experience Stitch and his mischief like never before.
10. The Hall of Presidents:
Disney World has an entire section of the park dedicated to the hard facts that created America. Located in the heart of the park, Liberty Square features The Hall of Presidents. A full presentation that features every president of the United States from George Washington to Barack Obama. Look around the area for some amazing exhibits and facts about the United States. For example, there are only three places in the world where you can find the official seal of the United States: the Oval Office in the White House, the museum that houses the Liberty Bell and the Hall of Presidents in Disney World!
9. Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom:
The Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom is a completely free and incredibly fun activity. This interactive game encourages the entire family to find portals throughout the park in order to save the Magic Kingdom from Disney's infamous villains. Starting at the fire station or the Liberty Square area, you will receive an introduction to the quest from Merlin (from Disney’s animated feature the Black Caldron), a pack of cards, a key and a map. Wave your key and choose your cards to cast spell in front of the portal. You will become an accomplished sorcerer before you can say hocus pocus! Once you finish a quest, you can go back to receive another one! It is a ton of fun for everyone in your family! Many locals visit the park just to play the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom game.
8. The Swiss Family Robinson Tree house:
While Disneyland has Tarzan’s Tree house, it was originally the Swiss Family Robinson Tree house. The Magic Kingdom features the original theme and gives you the opportunity to explore and discover all the excitement throughout the tree house. It is a great reason to watch the original Walt Disney live action adventure film! The tree also has incredible views of the entire park.
7. The Country Bear Jamboree:
6. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress:
5. The PeopleMover:
For those young at heart who remember the PeopleMover at Disneyland, it is still running at the Magic Kingdom and gives you a great ride around Tomorrowland. The ride even features Walt’s original idea and model of EPCOT, takes you through the middle of Space Mountain and other attractions. Rumor has it that the PeopleMover may be coming back to Disneyland soon.
4. The Transportation Options:
To get to the Magic Kingdom, guests have to travel from the parking lot or Disney Resort by boat, Monorail or bus. Walt wanted the park to be separated from the outside world. Guests travel just a small distance to get to the park by riding the boat or monorail which is a fun way to build excitement! The monorail is a bona fide transportation system at Disney World.
3. The interactive activities in the ride lines:
The Magic Kingdom does an amazing job entertaining those waiting in line. Many attractions feature interactive games and activities. During a recent trip, my seven year old daughter was disappointed when we had to get onto the ride and out of line – a good indication that they hit the mark. Check out the interactive lines at Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, The Haunted Mansion, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and many others.
2. Disney’s Electrical Light Parade:
The Classic Disney Electrical Parade left Disneyland and found a home at Magic Kingdom! Complete with the original soundtrack, floats and music!
1. New Fantasyland!
Recently, the Magic Kingdom finished a fun and exciting upgrade to Fantasyland. The upgrade added the Little Mermaid ride (similar to the one located in Disney California Adventure), the Be Our Guest Restaurant, a Beauty and the Beast Themed Restaurant (insider tip: get the grey stuff – it’s delicious!), an additional Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, a new Disney Princess Meet and Greet Area and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.