By: Jennifer Murray

Remembering the Magic: Our Top 10 Favorite Attractions at Magic Kingdom

Since our Butler Bulldogs fairytale story ended one game short of a national title, I decided to drown my misery in remembering the magic from our recent trip to Walt Disney World. (Still extremely proud to be a Bulldog! What an awesome tournament run!)

We had a truly special time as a family on vacation – from the beach, to time with family, to the magic of Walt Disney World.  Memories to last a lifetime! 

Today I thought I would share ten of our favorite things about Magic Kingdom, our favorite Walt Disney World theme park.  It’s classic, whimsical, and pure happiness.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Attractions at Magic Kingdom:

1.Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Fantasyland) – Don’t let this simplistic ride fool you, it’s beautiful fun for young and old.  There’s something about that cute elephant and soaring above the park! Fantasyland is undergoing a major expansion currently and I can’t wait to see what else Disney has up their sleeves!

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2. Cinderella’s Castle (You Can’t Miss It) – It’s truly breathtaking. I get giddy when I turn the corner on Main Street and get my first look at the castle. Day or night, I never get tired of gazing at it’s magic. Did I mention that some of my good friends won an overnight stay in the castle during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference?  No, I wouldn’t joke about such a thing!

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3. Parades (Main Street) – There are multiple opportunities each day to see all the characters up close during the Main Street Parades.  By the way, I’m not ashamed to admit that I still wave at the Disney Princesses like a five year old.

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4. Transportation – Our boys love the transportation to the park almost as much as the rides inside the park. The monorail is by far our favorite, but the ferries, and even the buses have that extra special Disney touch.

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5. Small World (Fantasyland) – Absolutely worth the lines and singing the song in your head for the week!  Don’t leave Magic Kingdom without at least one boat ride on Small World.  It’s a beautiful showcase of our world and its people.

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6. Big Kid Rides (Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Adventureland) – Brad’s parents came down on the end of our trip, which enabled Brad and I to have a few late hours at Magic Kingdom just the two of us. There are several thrills for the bigger kids which include: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean®, and more. We had an absolute blast!

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7. Food (Main Street, Liberty Square, and more) – Don’t expect the typical theme park food from Disney.  It goes beyond expectation in presentation and quality.  Some of our favorite eats include: Mickey Mouse Waffles and Funnel Cakes from Sleepy Hollow, Fish and Chips from Columbia Harbor House, and Breakfast Croissants from the Main Street Bakery. 

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8. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (Fantasyland) -  A classic and delightful winner for all ages! You’ll be smiling the entire ride.

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9. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular (Cinderella’s Castle) – It’s more than just a fireworks show it’s a magical experience.  The beauty of the castle lights, the music, and the massive fireworks display will leave you speechless.

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10. Character Greetings – Meeting a Disney character in person really makes the movies come to life for your children!  It’s such a joy to watch them hug their favorite characters and then talk about the experience weeks later. Magic Kingdom has multiple places to make these dreams reality.

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YOUR TURN!  What’s YOUR favorite thing about The Magic Kingdom?  Did yours make my Top Ten list?  Memories are for sharing!

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Reminder: Our family was invited to Walt Disney World as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference.  We were offered a generously discounted stay with park tickets as a participant, but were not required to post or promote Disney in any way. (We just love them too much not to!)

This post is linked to Oh Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday

16 Responses to “Remembering the Magic: Our Top 10 Favorite Attractions at Magic Kingdom”

  1. Crystal
    April 7, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Oh my goodness, you make me want to go sooooo badly! I adore everything about Disneyland and California Adventure. I’ve never been to DisneyWorld but would love to some day!

  2. Diane Rice
    April 7, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    We went over Spring Break – It’s hard to choose favorites since it’s all a fairy tale.. but – meeting the characters with our toddler was a huge highlight. He was sooooo excited and it thrilled us to see his excitement. The ten year old and his adventurous spirit on the rides was equally exciting. He was in thrill ride heaven. And to top it off – watching our grown daughters turn back into little girls was heartwarming. I could go on and on….but I’ll stop.

  3. Natalie
    April 7, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I agree to all of the above. But we can never leave Magic Kingdom without my favorite snack DOLE WHIPS! This yummy -cool treat on a hot day- can be found in Adventureland at the Aloha Isle (its small and easy to miss if your not looking) A Dole Whip is a pineapple soft serve kind of like a sorbet. It is served in cups, on a cone and even as a float with fresh pineapple juice. When it comes to this snack I will not share ….. I must have my own 🙂 Its my favorite!!!! If you love pineapple you have to try one! Can’t wait to have one next month!

  4. Cathi
    April 7, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Wasn’t the Magical Kingdom a dream come true? A child’s wonderland! Oooo…a fantasyland for us all! I also loved Liberty Square. ;D

  5. Barbara Manatee
    April 7, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Looks like an amazing trip! Our kiddos are already asking when we can go to Disney World but we’re waiting until they are 6 & 4. ALl 3 kiddos are terrified of anything in a costume still so we figured we’d be better off to wait a few more years. They ask several times a week though what they’ll see there and how much longer until we can go!

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  6. Rebecca Miller
    April 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Peter Pan, hands down, all time favorite!!! Looks like fun!

  7. Elizabeth
    April 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I’ve only been to the Magic Kingdom a couple times, but my favorite rides are probably Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain. I’ve never ridden Dumbo, but now I want to! 🙂

  8. oh amanda
    April 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    My favorite? Oh, I don’t know. I might just have to go with the food…I mean, cinnamon rolls on Main Street, Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars…YUM.

    Can we have a sisterchick-only trip to Disney World?

  9. Karen
    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Our family went to WDW in December. We were all 1st time visitors! My children (9 and 12) had an amazing time. So glad we waited so they will remember these memories! I was just in awe of the sheer “Magic” you feel just by being there. Seeing Cinderellla’s castle for the first time while walking down Main Street was my most favorite memory.

  10. Sonya
    April 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    I don’t think there is any part that’s not my favorite in the Magic Kingdom! I could live there actually! I just want to go sometime and not rush around trying to ride everything and take in all the little stuff. Someday…

  11. Cindy Hamilton
    April 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    My Favorite now and always will be It’s a Small world! Great memories of riding it over and over with my grandpa who has since passed. And mainstreet just makes me cry. The first time I see it and then when I say goodbye. Also love the light parade! I just love the magic kingdom!!!

  12. Lana
    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    I told my husband that the next time we visited The Mouse, it was going to be on a very nice boat! I loved “It’s a Small World,” the Dumbo ride, Bear Country Jamboree, the Teekee House, and so much more. The parades were awesome, and when our girls met the princesses, they REALLY met Cinderella and Aurora. That is what made the trip in my eyes, watching our girls’ dreams come to life. They believed in the magic, and that was my goal!

  13. AmazingGreis
    April 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Looks like ya’ll had a great time. Love the pictures!

  14. Bethel Ann
    April 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    I loved running into your gang at Animal Kingdom. Chance meetings are never chance when God is in control. Sorry I could not introduce my trio plus one to your quads. WDW is the BEST! I have a new quad (quads with a set of twins) friend at 20 wks. any chance you would encourage her? Let me know by email. Hope you get to revisit the Disney Kingdom real soon.

  15. Vanessa @chefdruck musings
    April 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    I love the fireworks. We saw them every night during the Disney Social Media Moms and I cried every time. By the way, even though our kids never met, my children are still talking about your 4 boys! I’m pregnant (with our 4th) and I think they’re a little bit afraid that I may have quadruplets hidden in there!

    • QuatroMama
      April 12, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      Vanessa – that’s hilarious! I only wish we could have hung out more at Disney. Your family is beautiful and congrats on your 4th!

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