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7 Can’t Miss Entertainment at The Magic Kingdom

Guests who enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation love to spend the majority of their time exploring the four theme parks, which are filled with amazing attractions, entertainment, dining, and shopping. Of the four theme parks, the most popular by far is the Magic Kingdom, which is home to uniquely themed lands that aim to transport guests to different places in time and imagination. The Magic Kingdom features plenty of amazing attractions and experiences to enjoy as well as some unique entertainment that can’t be missed. From the perfect way to kick off a day in the park to interacting with a barbershop quartet, there are some fantastic entertainment experiences that guests can’t skip when visiting the Magic Kingdom. Here are the seven can’t-miss entertainment experiences in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.


7 – Opening Ceremonies – “Let the Magic Begin”

Each day in the Magic Kingdom kicks off in a magical way thanks to an interactive and entertaining welcome celebration that officially opens the park. The opening show, “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 open the park in a magical way with some surprise guests. This stage show takes place at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show sets the tone for a special day at Magic Kingdom.

6 – Dapper Dans

A barbershop quartet is one of the most popular entertainment experiences in the Magic Kingdom. The Dapper Dans can often be spotted around Main Street in matching shirts with white and colorful strips and dapper-looking hats. The Dapper Dans pause frequently to serenade guests with songs from American history as well as classic Disney tunes. The quartet also uses Deagan Organ Chimes to add a whimsical musical quality to their performances that guests are sure to always remember!

5 – Casey’s Corner Pianist

At the end of Main Street, on the left-hand side, is a quick-service eatery that captures the spirit of classic baseball. Casey’s Corner serves traditional ballpark options like hotdogs with indoor and outdoor seating. Just outside the entrance to Casey’s Corner is an old-fashioned piano that a pianist often mans. The musician plays a beautiful mix of Disney classics, which guests are sure to love singing along to while passing by.

4 – Main Street Philharmonic 

You don’t want to miss the Main Street Philharmonic marching down Main Street U.S.A. This 12-piece brass and percussion ensemble performs old-school marches, big band hits, and familiar classics. Listen for songs like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” “76 Trombones,” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” When the band is ready to exit, they usually play the “Mickey Mouse Club March.” The Main Street Philharmonic marches throughout the day on Main Street, U.S.A.. Check the My Disney Experience app for schedules and showtimes.



3 – Flag Retreat

Each evening, the Magic Kingdom is home to a touching ceremony that occurs in Town Square at the start of Main Street. The Flag Retreat happens at five o’clock each evening and often includes the participation of a guest who served in the military. With patriotic songs playing, guests can stand by and salute as the American flag is lowered down the flagpole to be safely stored for the night.

2 – Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire

A fantastic way for your family to see many of your favorite characters in one sitting is to catch Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. The show features Mickey helping create some pretty special memories for Minnie. You’ll see characters from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen. Kids will love this darling stage show. You don’t want to miss it!

1 – Festival of Fantasy Parade

There’s nothing like catching a parade at Magic Kingdom, and the Festival of Fantasy is a fan favorite for a good reason. The parade lasts over ten minutes and features many of your favorite Disney characters from Tangled, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Mickey, and the gang. Kids will absolutely love seeing so many Disney characters in one sitting. Check the My Disney Experience app for parade showtimes.

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Katy is a huge fan of Walt Disney World and has been visiting yearly since she was an infant. With many trips under her belt, she loves to take her time in the parks and discover lots of small details and secrets in between attractions.
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