Disney World captures the imagination of children and rekindles the inner child of every adult that enters this magical world. Within the walls of Magic Kingdom one forgets the outside world and the stress and the worries that come with that world. This marks the ultimate vacation, the ability to get away and to relax without a worry in the world.
The Iconic Disney Adventure
Your children have been begging you for years to go to and finally they have gotten old enough to fully appreciate the wonder that Disney is. You have saved, planned and finally on you’re way to parks. As you walk into Magic Kingdom for the first time you are greeted with to Main Street USA. Your eyes follow the road taking in all the sites, the shops lining the streets with all the treats and trinkets you expect. Finally the road leads to the most magnificent spectacle, Cinderella’s Castle. This is the most iconic visual in all the parks; it is the picture most people associate with Disney World. Taking every thing in is overwhelming; there is so much to do, so much to see. Where do you go? What do you do? Here are the top 5 things to do for the first time family at Magic Kingdom. If you are planning on visiting all of the parks, which you should, here are some other top 5 articles.
1. Meet Mickey Mouse
Meeting Mickey during your first trip to Magic Kingdom isn't just a top 5 thing to do but an absolute necessity. Mickey Mouse is found at the Town House Theater for pictures. There will be cast members there taking professional pictures but feel free to take your own photos. There is nothing more Disney than meeting the mouse that started it all.
When you head over to meet Mickey there will be a line with other guests waiting for their picture with the rock star mouse. Make sure you get a Fast Pass to meet Mickey Mouse for the first time. Usually the line is long enough—typically meeting Mickey is top priority for the first Disney vacation—to warrant getting a fast pass.
2. Mickey's PhilharMagic
Mickey's PhilharMagic is an amazing 4D experience that will amaze both kids and adults alike. Disney is so good at creating the amazing and magical. This is a 3D movie experience so be careful if you get headaches watching 3D movies. Be prepared to be amazed with this unique experience. I don't want to spoil what happens which is why there isn't more detail. But I highly recommend Mickey's PhilharMagic.
3. Splash Mountian
Prepare to get wet in this log ride! Splash Mountian tells the story of Br'er Rabbit as he leaves his nest and goes on an adventure. You will experience 3 small dibs as you go around bends following Br'er Rabbit as he outsmarts a fox and a bear. The ride ends dropping you 5 stories down a waterfall. Disney's magic is the ability to tell a story while on their rides. Splash Mountian is no different and will captivate both young and old.
Splash Mountian is on ride you are going to want a Fast Pass for. It is a very popular ride at Magic Kingdom and usually has long line.
4. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor might be my second favorite "ride" in all of the Disney World parks. My favorite will come up in the Extras article. At the Laugh Floor you get to sit down and interact with characters from Monsters Inc. These aren't the characters you normally see throughout Disney; they are animated puppets. Actors will sit behind a screen and talk as the monsters. What the audience sees and hears is one of the monsters talking to them, poking fun at them and laughing with them. Children who have watched Monsters, Inc. will love this because they get to interact with characters they see and love in the movies.
5. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a perfect first ride for young children. This slow moving ride with a memorable Disney character is an awesome ride for you little ones. It comes in at number 5 just because only really small children will be amazed with the ride. All the other rides on the list have a much broader audience. Still Disney works their story telling magic with this wonderful ride.
Head to Main Street at night to see the firework display over Cinderella's Castle; it truly is amazing to watch. Plan on getting to Main Street early to get a good spot to watch the fireworks. If you are there early enough you will also see Main Street Electrical Parade. You don't want to miss this spectacular display of lights. I can’t even begin to explain how awesome this parade is. If you happen to miss the parade before the fireworks they happen to run it again after the fireworks display.
-Magic Kingdom also has Pizza Planet for those Toy Story fans out there, and Casey's Hotdogs. These are two awesome places to get something to get food especially with children. It's a quick meal so you can get back out there and experience all Magic Kingdom has to over!
-Collecting pins is a favorite of many children who visit Disney. You can purchase a lanyard and pin pack from just about every story in any of the parks. After that you can trade them with cast members, Disney employees, with friends or purchase specific pins to complete the collection.
-First time guest should make a reservation for one of the famous restaurants while they are planning their vacation. Make sure the reservations are made at the same time park tickets are bought. Some of the restaurants need to be booked 6 months in advance.