Magic Kingdom Bucket List for Beginners

Magic Kingdom Bucket List for Beginners

As new Annual Passholders this year we thought it would be a good time to really dig into our Disney experience and share our must see, do, eat, stay lists for each park. So stay tuned as we unveil these lists, they will help you plan your disney vacay or at least your next impromptu stop at Disney. 

Magic Kingdom is by far the most well-known park at Walt Disney World, but what should you do when you visit? There’s so much to do! How ever will you choose? Whether you’re cramming this park into one day or a week, here are the things to know and all the things we think are worth it at Magic Kingdom. Read through. We’ve added a printable list of these items at the bottom so you can keep it close by as you make reservations or for when decide to take an impromptu day at Disney.

Know that this doesn’t include the new attractions coming in 2019, or in preparation of the 2021 50th Anniversary just yet.

Best Day to Visit Magic Kingdom?

Saturdays are completely off-limits. Unless you are an avid Disney goer or used to the crowd levels you see at Christmastime, don’t even bother to try MK on Saturdays. As you may guess you’ll be battling for the rides, reservations and sidewalk space with Floridians who go every weekend. Check out our complete guide on the best days to visit Walt Disney World. 

Magic Kingdom Transportation

From the TTC: If driving and parking: The ginormous lot at Magic Kingdom- yes, its that big.., is separated into Hero’s and Villians sections. Keep track of where your car is folks- Take a picture of the nearest lamp post/sign…anything that will help you find the car at midnight. From here you can catch the tram to the TTC (Ticket Transportation Center) where you will catch the monorail. Magic Kingdom is one of a few magnificent things available on the monorail. You can also catch the boat from the TTC if you’re looking for an easy lazy boat ride instead of the superfast monorail.

From the Monorail: Hop on at any stop on the monorail. Magic Kingdom is accessible right from the monorail so please stand clear of the doors. Por favor, mantangase alejado de los puertas.

From the Boat: There is a boat that goes to and from Magic Kingdom that is accessible from Wilderness Lodge

By Bus: The Disney bus can pick you up from your Disney Resort or Disney Springs.

Magic Kingdom Park Areas

(FP) means you’ll need to fast pass this ride or attraction because lines could be long. You can read up on how Fast Passes work here. (TS) = Table Service, (QS)= Quick Service, (S)= Snack. If you need tips on the Disney Dining Plan, check out this post.

Main Street U.S.A

▢ Crystal Palace ( TS) | Buffet Character Dining with Winnie the Pooh & Friends
▢ Casey’s Corner (QS) |Lemonade Slushy and Hot Dogs
▢ Main St. Plaza (S)| Starbucks
▢ Main Street Bakery(S)| Mickey Cake Pops

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Character Meet and Greet
▢ Marie/ The Aristocats


▢ Pirates of the Caribbean ( if you complete three games of A Pirate’s Adventures you get a free FP to this ride)
▢ Jungle Cruise
▢ Swiss Family Robinson Tree House

▢ Aloha Isle (S) | Dole Whip

A Pirates Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas

Character Meet and Greet
▢ Captain Jack Sparrow/ Pirates of the Caribbean
▢ Aladdin & Jasmine/ Aladdin


▢ Splash Mountain ( Awesome at night during fireworks)
▢ Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

▢Pecos Bill ( QS) | Strawberry Lemonade Slushy and Nachos

Liberty Square

▢ Haunted Mansion ( FP)
▢ Muppets Present Great Moments in History

Restaurants/ Snacks
▢ Liberty Tree Tavern (TS)| Thanksgiving Dinner and/or Ooey Gooey Cake with Cappucino
▢ Sleepy Hollow (S)| Nutella waffle
▢ Liberty Market (S)| fire roasted corn

Character Meet and Greet
▢ Tiana and Prince Naveen/ The Princess and the Frog


▢ It’s a Small World
▢ Peter Pan’s Flight ( FP)
▢ Under the Sea Journey of The Little Mermaid
▢ The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
▢ Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train ( FP)
▢ Dumbo Flying Elephants
▢ Mad Hatters Tea Cups

▢ Be Our Guest Restaurant ( TS) | We love Breakfast here
▢ Gaston’s Tavern ( S) | Lefou’s Brew, Cinnamon Roll

Hidden Pascals at the Rapunzel Restroom Area

▢ Big Top Souvenirs: Caramel Apples, Goofy Glaciers

Character Meet and Greet
▢ Alice, White Rabbit and Mad Hatter/ Alice in Wonderland
▢ Ariel in Ariel’s Grotto/ The Little Mermaid


Photo Ops

Purple Wall: This is the Instagram wall leading to Tomorrowland Terrace from the main entryway.

▢ Space Mountain ( FP)
▢ Transit Authority People Mover
▢ Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
▢ Astro Orbiter (only at night)
▢ Carousel of Progress

▢Launching Pad (S)| Nachos and Mickey Pretzels
▢Auntie Gravity’s (S) | Smoothiemagic kingdom at night

Magic Kingdom Shows, Festivals  and Parades

▢ Festival of Fantasy Parade
▢ Main Street Trolley Show
▢ The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History
▢ Once Upon A Time Nighttime Projection Show
▢ Happily Ever After Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular
▢ Kiss Goodnight

Extra Magic Hours/ Morning/ Evening

Extra Magic Hours in the morning or evening are always a treat but be sure to make the most of it.

  • Don’t book your early breakfast reservations (which do get you early access to the park) on Early Magic Hour days.
  • Save the busiest rides for morning or evening magic hours. Don’t waste a fast pass at these times, fewer people in the parks mean a much shorter wait at rides.
  • Plan for the longer day. Break up the park day by stopping over at a Monorail Resort to relax.
  • The fireworks, projection show and kiss goodnight all still happen at the same times. So watch these early and spend the wee hours riding rides OR ride rides while the hoards who want to get out at 9pm watch and then save these for later.

Magic Kingdom is our favorite park at Walt Disney World. We go here more than anywhere and still haven’t seen it all. If you have a favorite place be sure to share it!

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For now this list is tried and true stuff we love love love doing when we are at Magic Kingdom. Click the image below to get this in a PDF to print.


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