What to do at Magic Kingdom as an Adult
Free your inner child with the magnificent attractions and activities for adults that Magic Kingdom has for you.
In 2018 the whole world celebrated Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary with exhibits, limited edition merchandise and more. DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, took you to visit Disney’s Castle in Germany. We also told you which were Disney’s World’s main attractions for adults. And today, we’ll zoom into the theme park that houses the oh-so-famous Cinderella’s Castle: Magic Kingdom Orlando in Florida.
Magic Kingdom, The Best Place to Have Fun Like a Child
Magic Kingdom is the oldest park at at Disney World, Orlando. It was inaugurated on October 1st1971 in Lake Buenavista. It was designed and built by WED Enterprises, now known as Walt Disney Imagineering. Although it has a similar design to Disneyland, which opened in Anaheim in 1955, it’s actually bigger.
Even though Walt never saw the works finished, it’s the park that has grown and changed the most throughout the years. For example, when it opened, there were only 23 attractions. Now, there are over 48, and in 2015 it broke its record with 20,492 visitors in one day.
The Sculpture of Walt Disney and Mickey
As Walt Disney said, “it all began with a mouse,” so this is the park where you’ll find the greatest number of allusions to the popular character that gave birth to the magical adventure of the World of Disney. Actually, the first thing you should look for upon arriving at the park is the sculpture that lies before Cinderella’s Castle. This monument portrays Walt holding Mickey’s hand and pointing at the horizon. He seems to be explaining to Mickey everything that was created from his imagination.
Disney’s Castle, The Icon of Magic Kingdom
Its design was inspired in the castles of Neuschwanstein, in Bavaria, Chenonceau, Chambord and Chaumont, the fortress of Segovia and the palace of Fontainbleau in Versailles.
There’s one area of the castle that adults adore, especially if they’re in love. It’s Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant. It’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with fine dining or even organize a wedding proposal with a crystal shoe placed on a rose petal cushion. Make sure to make your reservation with up to 180 days in advance.
At nightfall, the castle is illuminated with 16.7 million lights that twinkle to the rhythm of music in the Happily Ever After fireworks show. Still, the castle’s illumination is transformed for two important events of the year: Christmas and Gay Days at Walt Disney World, when the castle adopts the colors of the rainbow.
Underground Tunnels at Disney
In order to control shifts and do other behind the scenes work, there are tunnels that run underneath the park. They prevent people from meeting two Pocahontas in one area, for example. If you want to learn more about this, take the Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom 5-hour tour. In it, you’ll learn more about the park’s history and you’ll get the chance to go underground and visit the tunnels.
The Seven Areas of Magic Kingdom
Find a representation of southern American cities in Main Street or travel to the Wild West in Frontierland while learning about history in Liberty Square. Then, imagine the future in Tomorrowland and fall into a fairytale in Fantasyland. The bravest will love Adventureland where, as it name says, adventure is the heart of the attractions.
The Best Attractions in Magic Kingdom
Follow this guide to discover the best attractions, restaurants, events and activities that take place in the most magical place in the world.
Mechanical Attractions at Magic Kingdom
Let’s begin with calm rides. They will give you the chance to have fun, enjoy nostalgic memories, laugh and sing.
It’s a Small World
It’s the number one place to visit thanks to its sticky namesake song and its purpose of teaching us that we’re not so different from one another. It’s a Small World is a 10-minute ride in which you see small mechanical dolls wearing typical costumes from around the world and singing on stages that portray the world’s diversity. It’s the perfect ride to relax and remember that Disney brings us all together.
The Hall of the Presidents
Inside this great hall you’ll learn about United States history through the American presidents themselves! The cool Audio-animatronics talk about the creation and growth of this country in their own unique style. Check the schedule for this presentation at the building’s entrance.
Sailing on Liberty Square Riverboat
Sail on a majestic steamboat called Liberty Bell to the 1920s and enjoy the calm river landscapes of the state of Mississippi. All of this takes place in a much calmer area of the park. Also, you’ll see an Indian village, an old American settlement and Tom Sawyer Island. Here, you’ll even listen to a narration by the author of this adventure story, Mark Twain. It’s a must for literature lovers!
Pirates of the Caribbean
Sail on a boat to Dead Man’s Cove and live an adventure among cannonballs and pirate fights. Pay close attention to the characters or you might miss your encounter with Captain Jack Sparrow.
A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas
If you love Pirates of the Caribbean and pirates in general, take the chance to help captain Jack Sparrow fulfill a secret mission. Head to The Crow’s Nest to recover a talisman that will magically reveal a treasure map. Avoid being captured by enemies and find the treasure! There are five different missions, each one of around 20 minutes. If you complete them all, you’ll receive a card signed by the one and only Jack Sparrow!
Roller Coasters at Magic Kingdom
Leaving behind the more cultural rides, let’s go to the roller coasters. Visit a mining town on the Big Thunder Mountain Rail Rode. Travel aboard the train wagons that were used to transport the rocks and minerals and have fun at full speed. Then, travel to the future on the Space Mountain and keep your eyes wide open because the spacecraft flies hastily into the dark! Another favorite is the Splash Mountain in which you’ll definitely get wet. The cars are shaped like tree trunks and they travel across a southern swamp until they reach a musical farewell that leads to a steep fall.
Stitch’s Great Escape!
Even though it’s not a roller coaster, this attraction alerts all your senses. Become a guard at the Galactic Federation Prisoner Teleport Center when a mysterious prisoner from Level 3 escapes.
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Apart from the rides, this musical parade is an attraction that takes place daily at 15:00h. It begins on Main Street, goes past the statue of Walt Disney and Liberty Square and then it goes to Adventureland. On this parade you’ll meet the most popular Disney characters that will greet you from their allegorical floats. Take the chance to meet your childhood heroes.
Disney Gay Days
It’s worth saying that Disney organizes festivals and activities throughout the year meant to celebrate the world’s diversity. Therefore, don’t miss Gay Days, an annual event dedicated to the LGBTQ community that is celebrated in June.
Add to this event the Disney Pride Parade, the LGBT parade that took place, for the first time in history, on June 2019. Without doubt, it’s a memorable event that promotes love, acceptance and equity.
Sports tourism lovers enjoy participating in the marathon and races Disney World organizes. Although race routes don’t always run across the parks, subscribing allows you to enjoy extra park hours and special prices.
Subscribe to more than one race and you’ll receive an additional special medal for your feat!
What to Eat in Magic Kingdom
Although the park is full of fast food venues and stalls that sell snacks, if you wish to have a more elaborate meal, visit one of these restaurants:
- Casey’s Corner It’s located on Main Street. For a good price, you can enjoy a nice meal in an environment that resembles a baseball stadium from the 1920s.
- Be Our Guest Located in Fantasyland, the restaurant’s theme is the Beauty and the Beast, so it invites you to become a guest in an unforgettable dinner.
Weddings, Wedding Proposals and Anniversaries at Magic Kingdom
If you’re planning a romantic trip with your significant other, Magic Kingdom is a great place to celebrate your love. As we mentioned before, Cinderella Castle is amongst the best options to organize a wedding proposal worthy of royalty. There, you can also have a fairytale-like wedding at dawn. Another option is to get married with the castle as background after the park closes. Imagine arriving at your wedding on Cinderella’s Carriage!
Just consider that the cost for these weddings begins at 180 thousand dollars.
Shopping at Magic Kingdom
After exiting most attractions you will find a theme store where you can find from jewelry to stuffed animals, key chains and other souvenirs. However, our favorite shops are:
- Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe– Find all the items you’ll need to decorate your home for Christmas.
- The Emporium–It’s the biggest souvenirs store.
- Uptown Jewelers– Find fine jewelry designed by PANDORA.
- Crystal Arts– Recreate your Disney memories in porcelain.
- The Art of Disney– It sells the largest Disney art collection you could ever find.
- Main Street Confectionery– There, candies take a whole new meaning.
Fireworks at Magic Kingdom
Each night, the park celebrates another day with hundreds of fireworks that light up the sky. Enjoy a perfect view of the Happily Ever After show at Cinderella Castle beginning at 21:15h.
If you’re not in the park, make dinner reservations a Disney’s Contemporary resorts. It has a huge terrace where you can get a great view of the fireworks and it even coordinates its sound system with that of the show.
Once Upon a Time Show
On weekdays, there are some nights when, right after Happily Ever After, they present Once Upon A time. The lights and music show begins at 22:00h and it gives you the chance to see passages of your favorite Disney movies reflected on the castle walls.
The Best Disney Hotels for Adults
For 460 dollars you can spend the night at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It’s the closest to the park and it offers direct transportation to Magic Kingdom via the monorail.
This same means of transportation connects two other hotels. The first one, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, gives you the chance to delight in a Hawaiian Luau Party: The second one, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers, as it name says, exclusive spa treatments so that you can relax after a long day of fun at the park.