Top 10 Must Do’s: Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is filled with so many great attractions! You can’t possibly fit them all in in just one day. So, in the first post of our new Top 10 Must Do’s series, we take a look at the top 10 attraction you won’t want to miss at the Magic Kingdom.

10. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is great for the whole family! The 4D show follows Donald on an adventure to retrieve the sorcerer’s hat. It features many of your favorite Disney characters and Disney songs. At the very end of the show, be sure to look behind you for a fun surprise!

9. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is a classic Disney attraction.  The animatronic birds are fascinating to watch. Children and adults will love the singing birds, flowers, and tiki. The current version of this attraction pay tribute to the original 1963 Disneyland Tiki Room attraction.

8. Carousel Of Progress was said to be Walt Disney’s favorite attraction. The show tells the story of the American family and how progress improves their lives throughout the 20th century. At the end of each scene, the audience rotates around the theater to the next scene. With a great show, rotating theater, and fabulous theme song, The Carousel Of Progress has become one of my favorites, as well.

7. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a fun interactive ride located in Tomorrowland. At this attraction, guests become Space Rangers who will battle the evil emporer Zurg. Each ride vehicle features two space cannons which guests can use to shoot at targets. If you score high enough to reach the Galactic Hero ranking, be sure to ask about a Galactic Hero button at the end of the attraction!

6. Pirates Of The Caribbean is another classic Disney attraction. This ride was nowhere to be found when Walt Disney World opened in 1971, but due to numerous guest requests, Disney built a new version of the popular Disneyland attraction. On this ride, guests will set sail through the Caribbean. The ride also features characters from the Pirates Of The Caribbean films, including Captain Jack Sparrow, mermaids, and more.

5. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is not to be missed at the Magic Kingdom. This fabulous firework show features Tinkerbell, glittering fireworks, and classic Disney music. Taking place in the sky above Cinderella Castle, Wishes is a truly magical experience.

4. Main Street Electrical Parade is another nighttime experience you will not want to miss at Walt Disney World. The parade features thousands of sparkling lights. As the parade travels down Main Street, you will see many of your favorite Disney characters on beautiful illuminated floats. The music of the parade is equally spectacular.

3. The Haunted Mansion is another great attraction for the whole family. After entering the mansion, guests will board their own Doom Buggy for a tour of the Haunted Mansion narrated by the Ghost Host. As guests tour the mansion, which is home to 999 happy haunts, they will see many “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” While a haunted mansion may seem like a subject too scary for some children, the residents of this mansion are all friendly – just beware of hitchhiking ghosts.

2. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a fun mine train through the wilderness located in Frontierland. This roller coaster is designed with the entire family in mind, though it may get a little bumpy at times. After you ride Big Thunder Mountain during the day, be sure to come back at nighttime for a completely different experience. And of course, remember to hang on to your hats and glasses!

1. Splash Mountain is my absolute favorite attraction at Magic Kingdom! This attraction combines audio animatronics, great music, lovable characters, and thrills to create an amazing ride experience. The attraction tells the story of characters from the Disney film Song Of The South, which many guests may not be too familiar with; however guests are sure to fall in love with Brer Rabbit and his friends quickly. The thrilling highlight of the attraction includes a plunge down 52 and a half feet into the briar patch.

Of course, there are still some other great Magic Kingdom attractions. Honorable mentions include Space Mountain, The Jungle Cruise,  Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover, and Under The Sea ~ Journey Of The Little Mermaid.

Did your favorite attraction make it onto the top 10 list? Let us know what your favorite Magic Kingdom attraction is in the comments below!

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I love this list. You did a great job. Now allow me to share as you’ve shared. I agree with almost this whole list. I would replace Carousel of Progress with Swiss Family Treehouse (I love the treehouse), and Wishes Night-time Spectacular with Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. As you can tell, I find the Tree House, the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and even Tom Sawyer Island come to think of it, highly underrated. But that’s all a matter of opinion. That’s what’s wonderful about Magic Kingdom. We all have our favorite things that we love about it. Thanks again for… Read more »


Thanks! I love Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse too! It is so cool. I do think Monsters is a great attraction; however, it’s not one of my favorites, mostly because I’m shy and I’m always afraid the monsters are going to talk to me. I agree, Tom Sawyer Island is definitely underrated!


Here is my Top 10 Rides must do in Magic Kingdom 10.Magic Carpet(Are last ride) 9. Pirates Of The Caribbean 8.Wishes Nighttime Spectacular 7.Dumbo(Its a classic) 6. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 5. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin 4. Mad Tea Party 3.The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure 2. Space Mountain 1. Splash Mountain (My all time fav !!)

Kimberly @Frontierland Station

Such a great list of attractions! I really had a hard time picking just 10 for my list. I love so many attactions at MK!

Hilary Smith
Hilary Smith

Jungle Cruise should have been included 🙂 it’s a Disney Classic just like Carousel of Progress & Tiki Room. Love the list though. I’m proud to say I’ve done all of them and then some!

Kimberly @Frontierland Station

I know; I really wanted to add it, but I kept thinking of other attractions that are more of a must do for me – probably because I had never been on the Jungle Cruise until just a few years ago, so I’ve done WDW many time without Jungle Cruise. Not that I would ever skip it again; it’s awesome and definitely a classic! I think it needs to at least be added to the honorable mentions list. 🙂





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