We all look for unique things to do when we visit the theme parks, while some attractions and experiences appear across the world in several parks, you can find things to do that can only be found in that park.
Starting with the Magic Kingdom, we will have a weekly article that gives you an insight in to those things that you can only experience in that park
1. The Country Bear Jamboree
Once found in Disneyland as well and also over in Tokyo, Country Bear Jamboree is only found in one English speaking Disney park, in Frontierland of The Magic Kingdom. Originally intended for Disney’s Mineral King resort, this audio-animatronic show features a family of bears who put on a country music show. This was an opening day attraction for Walt Disney World, that was created by Disney Legends Marc Davis and X Atencio. In 2002, the show was turned into a movie.
2. Once Upon A Time Nightime Spectacular
The staple of any Disney theme park is their nighttime firework shows and Magic Kingdom is no exception. Replacing the ever popular Wishes show in 2017 came Once Upon A Time. Using the new technology that had been used in both Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, Once Upon A Time is more than just a fireworks show. It now includes projection mapping on the castle as well as spectacular fireworks and the popular sounds of famed Disney soundtracks from across the years. To compliment those songs, a new track named Once Upon A Time was written for the show, performed by Jordan Fisher and Angie Keilhauer.
3. Be Our Guest Restaurant
When Disney decided to expand Fantasyland at The Magic Kingdom, an expansion that would include Beast’s Castle from Beauty and The Beast, they took their restaurant theming to another level. Built to feel like you are within the castle walls, there are 3 dining rooms, the Gallery, the Ballroom (depicted in the Belle and Beast dance scene in the film) and the West Wing which is home to an ever dying red rose. During the day Be Our guest serves as Quick Service eatery, both for breakfast and lunch. Come the evening it becomes a sit down experience, where every so often Beast will parade through the dining rooms. But don’t worry you do get your chance to meet the Beast as you leave the restaurant (this only happens in the evening once it becomes full service). There are lots of interactive parts of the restaurant, including changing weather through the screen based windows as well as all the characters included in stain glass around the dining rooms. Dining reservations are recommended as this is a very popular restaurant.
4. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Something that I think Disney do well at, but probably don’t do enough of, is interactive games within the parks. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a great example of what they can do. Beginning at the Firehouse at the top of Main Street, Merlin recruits you to help fight the villains of the Disney universe. Using your key game card, you will find interactive displays through out the park. Also look out for special collectors cards at special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.
5. Festival of Fantasy Parade
Another staple of Disney park culture is the love of a good parade. In Magic Kingdom we have The Festival of Fantasy parade. Featuring all our favourite characters including Anna & Elsa, Merida, Pinocchio and Alice, as well as the Fab 5. The jewel in the crown is Maleficent’s Dragon who breathes fire as she battles Prince Phillip. As always this is very popular so get your spot early for the 2pm start.