Magic Kingdom is the pinnacle of Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Featuring Cinderella‘s Castle as its centrepiece, Magic Kingdom boasts plenty of fun for the whole family.

Main Street 

As you enter Magic Kingdom you’ll pass under the train line, across Town Square and head up Main Street towards the Palace. Main Street not only features a range of great shops including an ice creamery and Starbucks, but it’s also where you’ll see many of Disney’s parades.

Disney World Magic Kingdom
Main Street USA

The view of the Disney palace looking up Main Street also makes it a perfect photo location.

The Parades

There are different parades that occur throughout the day and at different times of the year. During the day you might want to catch the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade. During the Festival of Fantasy, you’ll see many of Disney’s characters with floats including Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, and of course, Mickey and Minnie.

One of my favorites is the Main Street Electical parade which happens at night, with all the floats adorned with lights. It pays to check your Disney app as to what parades are happening during your visit.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare

Once you make it right up to the castle, you’ll be able to see all of your favourite Disney characters again in Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare. Taking place on the stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle, this concert is a musical extravaganza.

Mickey's Royal Friendship Fare at Magic Kingdom
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare

I’ve seen more than one friend tear up at the joy of reconnecting with their childhood through song.

Character Meet and Greets

Character meets are great for getting a photo with your favorite Disney hero. You’ll often find a character or two in the Town Square Theater right near Magic Kingdom’s entrance. Danielle has always been a fan of Peter Pan so when we saw that Tinkerbell was in town, we just had to stop in and say hi.

Meeting Mickey Mouse
Meeting Mickey

We also met Mickey, back when he still talked to you. We were very starstruck and speechless.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Parts of the Caribbean is a must when you visit Disney World. This ride precedes the movie series. You bought a boat which will take you on a journey through backwaters and colonial quarters where are you see all the mischief and debauchery that makes up a pirates life.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean

Look out for the slight drop at the end and listen for the boom of the cannons, you might get a little splash. It gets fairly dark on this ride, so it may not be suitable for young children.

It’s a small world

It’s a small world is another Disney classic. Another boat ride, this one is definitely kid friendly. You’ll enjoy traveling through the different cultures and lands of the world.

It's a Small World
It’s a Small World ride at Magic Kingdom

I only recommend taking this ride once as that will be enough to keep this song in your head all day long.

Jungle Cruise

If your dad lets telling corny jokes, then this is probably the ride for him. Yet another boat ride, the jungle Cruise will take you on a journey down a river and into the wild frontier of an African rain forest. You’ll see animals and waterfalls, but don’t get too close to the natives, they might have you over for lunch! This all occurs with animatronics and a joke laden script from your tour guide.

Disney is set to release a film based on this ride starring Dwayne Johnson in 2020.

The Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor

If you didn’t get your dose of humor from the jungle Cruise, then you might want to head over and join Mike, Sully and the rest of the crew from monsters Inc. at the Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland. You’ll be treated to a comedy fest With jokes are plenty. Just make sure you’re not “that guy.” You’ll understand what I mean after the show.

Space Mountain

 This is probably my favorite ride at Magic Kingdom. If you’re after a ride that is a little bit more fast-paced and this one is for you. Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster where you go hurtling around a Darkroom passed fluorescent lights and flashes with tight turns that you won’t see coming. This is definitely one for more of a thrill seeker.

Splash Mountain

From one man to another, Splash Mountain is one of Disney’s most well-known rides. Based on the 1946 Disney film, Song of the South, this is a classic log flume ride, similar in style to Islands of Adventure’s Jurassic Park ride or SeaWorld’s Atlantis.

In your floating log you’ll journey up to the top of the ride, meeting characters from the story as you go – you’ll meet all kinds of singing animals. The music works to build up tension before your impending big drop at the end. You will likely get very wet on this ride – there are a few smaller drops but then a big one as you splash to the bottom of the mountain.

The Haunted Mansion

I’ve never been a huge fan of anything haunted. But I have to say this ride was kind of cool. Before you get onto the ride you’re going to enter a room that transforms, and seems to be an elevator at the same time. This dark ride is probably more for those out there who enjoy Halloween and don’t mind a bit of a haunting. It’s also cool place to sit down and get out of the heat. You’ll wind your way through different rooms of this haunted mansion on a conveyor, seeing all kinds of ghouls, ghosts and apparitions. 

Enchanted Tiki Room

At some point in your day you’re going to just want a place to site down and get off your feet. That’s where Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room comes in. Don’t stay too long though, I think part of the enchantment is that you may not ever get that Tiki song out of your head.

Fireworks at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Watching the Fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle Is a must when you visit Disney World. The fireworks typically happen at the end of the day, just as all of the rides are closing down. You will want to get there early so that you can get a good position.

Magic Kingdom Fireworks
Magic Kingdom Fireworks

At busier times of the year, the crowd can back right down Main Street.  it is definitely an awesome way to end a fun day at Disney World. If you’re there around Christmas, the castle will be decorated with lights which makes it extra special.

There is plenty that we haven’t done at Magic Kingdom – like ride the Tomorrowland Speedway or Peter Pan’s Flight. What is your favourite thing to do at Magic Kingdom?