This Magic Kingdom bucket list will help you do your Magic Kingdom Day planning beyond Fastpasses and food reservations with neat tips and hints.
Magic Kingdom Bucket List: Things to Do without a Fastpass!
Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is a magical place full of incredible surprises. If you have never been to Magic Kingdom or still haven’t done everything there is to do in this nearly 50-year-old park; then you’ve come to the right place because I have all the best places to go and hidden things to do that most people won’t let you know about. This Magic Kingdom bucket list will help you do your Magic Kingdom Day planning beyond Fastpasses and food reservations.
Starting with Town Square and ending with Tomorrowland, I’m going to let you in on all the awesome activities you’ve been missing that you need to experience one day at Magic Kingdom. If there is anything, I leave out, feel free to mention it, and call out your favorite activities on this list if you have already done them!
- Upon arrival, make sure to stop by City Hall if you are celebrating anything special. Guest Relations will be happy to add some magic to your day (They’re happier in the morning before the angry people come).
- In the Firehouse next to City Hall is Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom an interactive Card game that works with hidden stations located all over Magic Kingdom. Help Merlin defeat Hades and his evil plan to enlist Disney’s villains in a hostile takeover.
- Next to SOMK is a real barbershop. Anyone can get their haircut there, but this is especially fun for first haircuts. They come with a certificate and your first pair of Mickey Ears.
- Meet Mickey in Town Square next to the Theater.
- Sign the Guest Book in the Town Square Theater and pick up a party favor for Mickey’s surprise party.
- As you walk by Tony’s in Town Square, look for Lady and Tramp’s footprints in the concrete.
- Make your way back to Town Square to participate in the Flag Retreat ceremony at 5:00 pm.
- Watch blown glass demonstration at the Arribas Brothers shop on Main Street.
- Have a bottomless milkshake at the Plaza Restaurant or a Mickey/Minnie Kitchen Sink Sundae at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.
- Listen to the piano player play ragtime style favorites at Casey’s Corner.
- Get caught up in the Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It! Street party.
- Have a specialty hotdog at Casey’s Corner.
- Meet Meredith next to Cinderella Castle.
- Take advantage of Early Morning Magic on Sundays and Tuesdays to get into Fantasyland early and enjoy a breakfast buffet.
- Participate in Enchanted Tales with Belle.
- Refresh yourself at Gaston’s Tavern with a fruity non-alcoholic LeFou’s Brew.
- Enjoy an instagrammable Mermaid Donut from Eric’s Marketplace or indulge in a tasty Cinnamon Roll from Gaston’s Tavern.
- Find the Steamboat Willie Hidden Mickey in the rocks at The Little Mermaid attraction.
- Look for the hidden Nautilus. There are two references to Captain Nemo infamous submarine in New Fantasyland in memory of the extinct attraction. One is in the rock work at The Little Mermaid. The other is carved into a tree at Winnie the Pooh.
- Have a Peter Pan Float from Storytime Treats.
- Drink from the Cinderella Fountain and watch the crown in the background rest on Cinderella’s head.
- Admire the storytelling mosaic inside the castle.
- Take your little one to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a princess makeover.
- See your name on It’s a Small World!
- Eat on the second level of Columbia Harbor House. This is still one of the best-kept dining secrets in Magic Kingdom.
- See the Muppets perform in Liberty Square. Consult a show schedule for times so you can catch their Great Moments in History (but just the American parts).
- Read the plaques in Liberty Square. There is a Liberty Tree, a. Liberty Bell and a display of flags from the original 13 colonies to admire in this reverent, patriotic area of the park.
- See the presidential artifacts in the Hall of Presidents waiting lobby, and watch the latest version of the presentation.
- Take note of the ground in liberty square. Why does there seem to be a brown river running through it? I think you know why.
- Notice the bridge into Frontierland. The significance? It symbolizes crossing the Mississippi River to go westward.
- Stop at the shooting arcade for some rootin” shootin” fun. Remember to bring quarters. It still uses quarters!
- Order the Rio Grande Nachos at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. It’s A LOT of Nachos. Really expensive, but fun for the family, or a group of friends.
- Spot the legendary artifacts that decorate the Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.
- Do the Pirates Adventure by visiting a Kiosk in the back of Adventureland. This is near the Golden Oak Outpost. There are six challenges to choose from for an interactive scavenger hunt in Adventureland. Each one lasts about 20 minutes, but you are not timed, and at the end, you get a collectors card for each challenge.
- Tiki a picture! One of the best spots to take a picture is the Tiki Statues in Adventureland. Nikon even recognizes the location as an official picture spot.
- Have your kids join the pirates league. This is fun for boys and girls, and the experience includes makeup and pirate training. You can also purchase a pirate costume, and the experience includes a gift bag with some cool pirate loot.
- You know you’re going to have a Dole Whip. Just… What you really should do is try the Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Relax. It comes with Dole Whip. Seriously. You and your Dole Whip obsession.
- Dole Whip.
- Meet Aladdin and Jasmine near the Flying Carpets.
- Take a selfie at the #PurpleWall near the entrance to Tomorrowland.
- Discover the Story behind Tomorrowland’s Power Plant. Hint what do you think is the deal with all those metal trees? No, don’t Google it! Wait to find out!
- Ride Carousel of Progress. There are a lot of rides in Magic Kingdom. Many of them are popular, many have historical significance, and that Venn diagram is pretty inclusive actually, but Carousel of Progress is special because Magic Kingdom is the only place in the world where you can see it. Although it’s a review of the 20th Century, the theme has always been about what Tomorrow might bring. That alone makes it the most significant and only truly relevant contribution to the current Tomorrowland.
Did I miss anything that you love to do at Magic Kingdom? Drop me a line below! With all the new excitement coming to Hollywood Studios, like Galaxy’s Edge and of course, Toy Story Land, you’ll need to spend time at other parks to avoid the crowds. I’ve dropped some other things to do at Walt Disney World during your vacation!
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