Here I am in my mid-20s and still completely in love with the magic of Disney. There’s something about it that make me feel all warm and cuddly inside and believe that everything ends in “happily ever after.”
Being native Californians, K and I are frequent visitors to Disneyland. We thought, “Why don’t we try something different and go to Disney World?” (You’d be surprised how different the experiences are.) In just 2 weeks, we booked our hotel, flight and park tickets and headed off to the happiest place on earth. Within those 2 weeks we researched everything there is to know about the parks–food, wait times, attractions, etc. And because most people I know share the same love for Disney as me, I thought I’d come back to theculturebite to share.
Magic Kingdom is a lot like Disneyland but with fewer rides and more attractions. The park is iconic and they’ve made a few upgrades that are worth the visit alone.
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (must do!) – This alone was worth the trip to the Magic Kingdom. Sorcerers is an interactive scavenger hunt around Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Main Street. Basically, 7 villains are trying to take over the Magic Kingdom and it’s your job to defeat them. You’ll receive a pack of random spell cards by the Fire Station before Main Street as your weapon. With a map and key in tow, you’ll unlock secret portals hidden within the Kingdom to fight the villains.
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – This is a fun 4-d music show where Donald tries out the Sorcerer’s Hat and the PhilharMagic Orchestra gets a bit out of hand.
- Main Street Electrical Parade – A truly magical, light show parade. They don’t have this in Disneyland anymore, so this is a must see.
- The Magic, the Memories and You – Immediately after the electric parade, you divert your attention over to Cinderella’s castle for a visual light show projected onto the castle. You’ll see scenes and hear songs from your favorite Disney classics. Think World of Color, but instead of water, they use the castle as the backdrop.
- Fireworks – The evening events wrap up with the fireworks show. Even in Disneyland, this is one attraction I cannot miss.
The rides in the Magic Kingdom are also at Disneyland in Anaheim. Though, you’ll notice subtle nuances within each ride.
- Space Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Haunted Mansion
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Splash Mountain
- Be Our Guest Restaurant in new Fantasyland
Lunch: No reservations needed / Can eat in Rose Gallery (K and I did this)
Dinner: Reservations needed / Rose Gallery closed but the Beast’s Library open
- Gaston’s Tavern in new Fantasyland
Roasted Pork Shanks – Need I say more?
Le Fou’s Brew – Frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow topped with a passion fruit-mango foam. This tastes exactly how it sounds. I wasn’t much of a fan.
Cinnamon Rolls – The cinnamon rolls here are serious and the size of half-a-loaf of bread. Of course K and I had 2 of these during our trip (with a side of extra frosting and caramel).
- Note: Sadly, the corn dogs are not the same in Orlando.