Magic Kingdom is just that, a kingdom full of magical things to do and see, and chances are you probably missed a few of them during your last visit. Here is our list of 20 things you might have missed at Magic Kingdom.
20 – Tortuga Tavern
Tortuga Tavern is a quick-service restaurant that opens seasonally. It’s easy to walk right by this hidden gem as you head towards Frontierland from Adventureland or vise versa. The menu rotates and has featured barbecue, Mexican, and more. Because of its seasonality, eating here can be a rare treat. If you’re a fan of Pirates, this is a great place to stop for a bite on your next visit.
19 – The Mosaics at Cinderella Castle
Five beautiful mosaics are lining the walls of the walkway through the castle. The mosaics tell the story of Cinderella and are made of more than 1 million pieces of Italian glass, including real silver and gold pieces.
18 – Cinderella’s Wishing Well
Another detail you may have missed near the castle is Cinderella’s Wishing Well. It’s located on the path between the castle and Tomorrowland. It’s the perfect spot for a photo, and is also a popular proposal spot! Any coins tossed in the wishing well are donated to charity.
17 – Frontierland Hoedown
A few times a day, cast members and some characters gather in front of the Country Bear Jamboree for a hoedown. Guests will be invited to dance with cast members, some of the Country Bears, Brer Bear, and Brer Rabbit. It’s a fun show to catch if you’re in the right place at the right time.
16 – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Targets
This attraction is not hard to miss in Tomorrowland, but it can be tricky to rack up the points. One target you may have missed is worth 100,000 points. Look for the orange robot and aim for the mark on the inside of his left hand. Hit this particular target enough, and you’ll max out your points at 999,999 in no time!
15 – Festival of Fantasy
You might think how someone could miss the parade with a fire-breathing dragon in it? With only one showing a day at 2 pm (or 3 pm-check your times guide), guests can miss this spectacular parade if they’re stuck in line for a ride, or over in Tomorrowland.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, the Festival of Fantasy parade is temporarily suspended.
14 – The Flag Retreat
Every day at 5 pm, the American flag on Main Street USA is lowered and folded in a patriotic demonstration. It’s a beautiful ceremony to witness at the Magic Kingdom.
13 – Main Street Vehicles
For a short period in the morning (9 am – 10:15 am), guests can cruise down Main Street USA in 1900’s style. Guests can ride in a horse-drawn streetcar, a jitney, an omnibus, or a fire engine.
12 – Mickey Mouse!
No visit to Disney World is complete without stopping for a hug and photo with the mouse that started it all, Mickey! However, a lot of guests miss out on meeting the Big Cheese because they’re expecting to spot him walking around the park. Nope. Can you imagine the complete chaos if Mickey strolled down MainStreet USA? Fortunately for guests (and Mickey), Disney World has provided a place to meet Mickey in a calm, orderly, and air-conditioned experience. If you’re looking for Mickey, head over to Town Square Theater near the train station. Be sure to bring your autograph book!
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, character greetings are temporarily suspended.
11 – Electrical Water Pageant
The Electrical Water Pageant takes place on the Seven Seas Lagoon and floats past Magic Kingdom and the surrounding resorts. It features King Triton and sea animals depicted in lights that look as if they are dancing on the water.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, the Electrical Water Pageant is temporarily suspended.
10 – Mr. Toad
There is a tribute to the now-closed attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at the Haunted Mansion. As you exit the Haunted Mansion, look for the pet cemetery. There you will find a statue/gravestone in the shape of Mr. Toad.
9 – Main Street USA Windows
As you stroll along Main Street, look up at the windows. Find the windows advertising piano and singing lessons, listen carefully and you may hear the music lessons in progress.
8 – Harmony Barber Shop
On Main Street, there is a fully functioning barbershop. The Harmony Barber Shop is open daily, and both kids and adults are welcome there. It is a popular spot for parents to take their child for their first haircut, and they’re presented with Mickey ears with the words “First Haircut” embroidered on them.
7 – Sonny Eclipse
At the quick-service restaurant Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, there is a lounge singer who is outta this world, quite literally. Sonny Eclipse is an Audio-animatronic alien who entertains guests on his Astro-organ while they dine on burgers and BBQ pork sandwiches.
6 – The Sword in the Stone
Just in front of the carousel is The Sword in the Stone. While it looks purely ornamental, every once in a while, a guest comes along who is worthy.
5 – 13 Minutes
If you notice the standby wait time for The Haunted Mansion is 13 minutes, get in line! 13 actually codes for ‘there is no wait at all.’
4 – The Chapeau
The Chapeau is the Mickey Ears shop on Main Street USA, and there is a hidden gem inside. Look for an antique phone on the wall and pick up the receiver. You might be able to listen in on some good ol’ gossip.
3 – A Golden Ribbon
The horses in Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel pretty much all look the same, but there is one horse with a golden ribbon tied around its tail. This is said to be Cinderella’s favorite horse.
2 – Opening Ceremonies – “Let the Magic Begin”
In January 2017, a brand new opening show debuted. “Let the Magic Begin,” opens the park 5 minutes before the posted opening time. A Royal Herald invites you to join Mickey and friends as they magically open the park. This stage show takes place at the Castle Forecourt Stage. While it does not have the same charm as the Welcome Show that took place at the park gate, it still sets the tone for a special day at Magic Kingdom.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, Disney has temporarily suspended experiences, “that draw a crowd.” While stage shows were not mentioned, this show may be suspended during the reopening phase.
1 – The Goodnight Kiss
If you leave the park before closing, you’ll miss the Goodnight Kiss. When the park closes, the song ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ plays throughout the park, the castle sparkles with lights, and Roy O. Disney thanks guests for visiting Magic Kingdom. It’s a very touching and magical way to finish your day at the happiest place on earth.
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