Situated on a well-traveled corner of Main Street U.S.A. in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the Main Street Confectionery is adored by first time visitors and repeat guests of Walt Disney World. Fashioned after a candy store from a bygone era, the sights and smells lure passersby during their morning, afternoon, and evening strolls.
Main Street Confectionery in the Magic Kingdom.
Did you know that this beautiful venue is sponsored by Smucker’s®?
J.M. Smucker’s is the sponsor of this venue.
Nostalgic sweets such as cotton candy, candy apples, and fudge are always available to curb your snack cravings. And this beloved candy shop is also known to debut all-new treats and new flavors of already popular snacks.
After making your purchases, take your treats outside and admire the creative window displays.
Main Street Confectionery Window Display.
Main Street Confectionery Window Display.
While waiting in line (yes, this place gets busy!), take a close look at the decor. For example, the art of chocolate making is showcased on several signs throughout the shop.
The art of chocolate making.
Or watch the Cast members as they create some of the amazing confections that are oh-so appealing.
Watch cast members make creative sweets.
Look for seasonal decor to add whimsical ambiance during holiday seasons.
Halloween at the Main Street Confectionery.
Best of all, step inside to admire (and taste test) the featured treats.
Rice Krispy Pumpkin Treats
Holiday Rice Krispy Treats in the Bakery Case.
Bakery and Candy Case
Mickey Macarons, sometimes in holiday colors, are delectable sweets to eat on-the-go.
Popular with many guests, candy apples are decorated before making their way to the candy cases. These creations are stunning. Candy apples are decorated with various candies and/or in festive themes.
Beautiful Candy Apples.
Watch your favorite treats being made.
Created with caramel, milk chocolate, Macadamia nuts and a dark chocolate Mickey piece, the Micky Macadamia Nut Cluster is sometimes featured in the confectionery cases.
Mickey Macadamia Nut Cluster.
Another option: Curb your sweet tooth with a marshmallow pop — Mickey-shaped, of course.
Mickey Marshmallow Pops.
During your visit, watch eye-catching cotton candy being spun by Cast Members, then purchase a fresh bag.
Cotton Candy Window.
Fresh cotton candy.
Kids and kids-at-heart love cotton candy.
Jolly Berry Strawberry Flossugar by Gold Medal is pre-mixed and boasts vibrant colors.
Flossugar for cotton candy making.
Another favorite theme park snack — popcorn! Scan the shelves for your favorite flavor or a new-to-you variety.
Now that you’ve chosen a delightful goodie, it’s time to find a nearby table. I love finding hidden nooks within the Magic Kingdom and highly recommend the side streets along Main Street U.S.A. for quaint seating during morning or late evening hours.
Find tables down this side street off of Main Street U.S.A.
Main Street Confectionery Tips
Ask to have your candy apple cut into bite size portions. Don’t forget to take pictures first!
Avoid the park closing rush and get your goodies earlier in the evening.
Utilize your snack credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan.
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Ten Ways to Increase Your Magic Kingdom Experience
Let’s face it. Any day at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is… well, a really good day. With thrill-seeking rides and family-friendly entertainment, the park never fails to amaze first-time visitors and multi-visit veterans.
Your Magic Kingdom experience can be enhanced with these ten suggestions. Read on!
Take a Tour
Behind the scenes tours (from a Family Magic outing to a complete VIP extravaganza) cost extra but can really add to your Magic Kingdom touring experience. Call 407-WDW-TOUR to find the perfect add-on tour for your family!
VIP Tour Guide at Walt Disney World
Reserve a Fireworks Dessert Party
Tomorrowland Terrace features dessert parties on select evenings of the year. Choose from patio seating on the terrace or Plaza Garden viewing where guests stand in a priority location. This add-on experience includes delicious desserts. Theme park admission is also required so you’ll want to add this party to a day and/or evening that you know you’ll be touring the Magic Kingdom.
Desserts at Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Free with your Magic Kingdom admission, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive game that takes guests of all ages on a scavenger hunt. By casting Merlin’s magical spells at Magic Portals, you’ll help conquer Hades and become an apprentice sorcerer. Sign up at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. for your starter pack. If you get hooked on the game, you may want to purchase extra sorcerer cards.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
Help Captain Jack by discovering 5 treasures hidden throughout Adventureland. Sign up at The Crow’s Nest to begin your raids. Collect all 5 treasure finder cards and you’ll receive a collector card signed by Jack Sparrow! Fun for all ages.
Get your treasure map!
Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial
Speaking of that famous pirate, Captain Jack hosts a pirate tutorial throughout the day in Adventureland. Check your Times Guide or My Disney Experience app for times.
Nic participating in Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial.
Apprentice Pirate certificate.
If your child wants to learn sword fighting, I suggest arriving early and have your child enthusiastically wave their hands to join the fun! If they aren’t picked the first time, go back for a later show. You’ll have better luck at the first show of the day as well as the show that takes place while crowds are waiting for or viewing the afternoon parade.
Attend a Holiday Party
After-hours parties are a terrific way to see the Magic Kingdom from a new perspective. All decked out in holiday decor with special treats and shows, the Magic Kingdom becomes even more unforgettable on party nights. Try Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We like to attend on a day that we’ve taken off from the parks; visit Disney Springs, relax at our resort, and then be sure to stay to the party until the end when crowds are at their lowest.
Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Seek Out the Nooks and Crannies
If you race from ride to show without soaking in the details of the Magic Kingdom, you’ll have missed out on some of the most magical qualities of this iconic park. Even the quick-service restaurants have some special nooks — we love sitting upstairs at Columbia Harbour House and Pinocchio Village Haus. In the back of the Crystal Arts shop, you’ll find fascinating glass blowing demonstrations.
Sit upstairs at Columbia Harbour House for a relaxing respite.
Relax in rocking chairs in Liberty Square.
Be sure to stop and watch some of the street performers throughout the day. The Dapper Dans, Main Street Philharmonic, and Citizens of Main Street are extremely talented and worth watching.
The Dapper Dans performing during the holiday season.
Skip the FastPass… what?!
Sometimes you should skip the FastPass+ for the iconic rides with stellar queues. For instance, Peter Pan’s Flight has an interactive queue that will be missed if you only go on this ride via the FastPass entrance.
Watch for Tinker Bell!
Electrical Water Pageant
Think the fun is over as you exit the gates? It doesn’t have to be. Time your exit to coincide with the Electrical Water Pageant. Taking place on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, the barges pass by the Magic Kingdom (usually about 10:35PM) when the park is open late.
During a family dinner this past week, we were lamenting the end of the Wishes fireworks display at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World (WDW). Our teen son, Nic, exclaimed “Wishes has been the fireworks show for my whole life”. Well, then I realized that this goodbye was going to be harder than I thought.
Nic’s first visit to WDW was in 2002. At first, the fireworks were difficult for him to watch as he was sensitive to the noise. But over the years, he grew to look forward to viewing Wishes on every visit. And at 17, he still loves to watch the show. As does our whole family.
Since the show debuted in 2003, technically Nic did see the previous show — Fantasy in the Sky. But by the time of his second visit to Walt Disney World in December 2003, Wishes had become the nighttime entertainment at the Magic Kingdom. Michael and I have watched it as a couple, as parents, with our parents next to us, with friends, with Disney Parks Moms Panel family, and with other family members. That’s a lot of Wishes memories that bind us together with the special people in our lives.
When You Wish Upon a Star is one of my all-time favorite songs. It always makes me tear up. And every time Jiminy Crickett announces the following my eyes got watery and my lip quivered…
So, today, I’m just going to take a moment to remember Wishes, as well as the holiday variations enjoyed over the years. We’ve watched the show while staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, Contemporary, and Wilderness Lodge. Sadly, most of my fireworks photos are blurry, but here’s a few memories in honor of Wishes:
2003: Watching Wishes from Polynesian Beach.
One of my favorite memories was when my family surprised me with a Wishes fireworks birthday cruise.
Wishes Fireworks Birthday Cruise
Watching Wishes while on a fireworks cruise.
This slightly obstructed Wishes view was taken from our balcony at the Grand Floridian.
Wishes from balcony at Grand Floridian
During my December 2007 Disney Parks Moms Panel training, we enjoyed watching Wishes from the Train Station.
Watching Wishes during 2007 Disney Parks Moms Panel Training.
And the following year, we went to a private party for the Disney World Moms Panel, and again watched the fireworks from atop the Main Street train station. Stellar view!
Wishes from Main Street Train Station.
And who doesn’t love noshing down on sweets while watching the Wishes fireworks. In 2011, it looks like we were enjoying the dessert party!
Desserts at Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party.
One of our favorite unique views of Holiday Wishes occurred while waiting to enter Be Our Guest Restaurant for an evening dinner reservation.
Wishes Fireworks from Be Our Guest Restaurant entrance.
Check out a little video from that perspective.
We’ve seen Wishes from many different vantage points around the Magic Kingdom.
Ten Classic but Underrated Magic Kingdom Attractions to Include in Your Next Visit
Your Magic Kingdom itinerary is already jam-packed and you’ve got to see princesses, ride a dwarf train, and have lunch inside a Beast’s Castle. Yep, I get it. When you need a filler between waiting in long lines for popular rides or maybe rain has pushed you to look for indoor fun, some of these overlooked Magic Kingdom attractions at Walt Disney World will provide unexpected amusement.
Let’s take a closer look at Ten Lesser Known Attractions to include in your next Magic Kingdom visit(s). These quintessential pastimes are great for the whole family.
Walt Disney World Railroad
It takes 20 minutes to do a full circuit on the Walt Disney World Railroad. Or you can alight from the train at any of the stations — Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, and Frontierland. Take some time off your feet and enjoy one of Walt Disney’s favorite pastimes. During one visit, our son was chosen to be a guest conductor aboard the WDW Railroad; it’s still a favorite memory.
The Walt Disney World Railroad circles the Magic Kingdom
Swiss Family Treehouse
Okay, there are 116 stairs to climb at this Adventureland attraction. Unfortunately, folks with ambulatory issues will have to sit this one out. If you are able to make the climb, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful vistas and charming rooms nestled within the Robinson Family’s treehouse home. My favorite room is the library.
Climbing the Swiss Family Treehouse is a fun adventure!
Country Bear Jamboree
While tech-savvy kids may find this attraction dated, remind them that this is one of the attractions that Walt Disney helped create. Grizzly Hall is home to 18 bears proud of their hillbilly songs. Warning: You may find yourself singing and clapping. Reminder: You don’t know anybody so have some knee-slapping fun. I love watching the talking heads — Melvin, Buff, and Max.
A wild and wooly good time!
Tom Sawyer Island
As your log raft crosses the Rivers of America, you’ll leave even more of the real world behind. Go ahead and wander; Walt Disney made sure this island was full of exciting nooks and crannies to explore. I love the meandering paths and sitting for a spell (in the shade!) at Aunt Polly’s Dockside Inn.
Our son enjoying a snack on Tom Sawyer Island. Fun for all ages!
Liberty Square Riverboat
Embark on the Liberty Belle’s 17-minute, half-mile cruise around Tom Sawyer Island. Watch the river’s edge for unexpected scenes or sit back (note that seating is limited) and rest your park-weary feet. Visit the Salon on the Promenade deck to see historical photos and maps. You’ll also find padded benches in this interior area.
Cruise aboard the Liberty Belle
The Hall of Presidents
This stirring, patriotic presentation inside a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall offers a respite from rain, Florida humidity, and tired feet. If you or a traveling companion needs a rest, head to The Hall of Presidents. Here’s two options: you can enjoy the time to relax and enjoy a presentation on American History OR take a 23-minute nap. I’ve done both many times.
Hall of Presidents is a replica of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
Don’t miss the roll call with the U.S. Presidents that follows the film. It’s a genius showcase of audio-animatronics.
Currently closed for renovation.
“it’s a small world”
A Walt Disney classic, “it’s a small world” showcases children from around the world. And yes, they sing this special little ditty during the entire voyage. 😉 The colorful collages created by Mary Blair delight visitors of all ages. Some people love it; some hate it. Confession: I’m a fan of the boat ride, costumes, Mary Blair artwork, and… the song.
Cruise through “it’s a small world”
Don your “opera glasses” to join Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse on a 3D musical adventure. Since I can’t hold a tune, I try to quietly sing along to my favorite Disney songs. 😉
Join Mickey and Donald Duck in this 3D musical adventure.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Another piece of Disney history! Carousel of Progress was developed for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair by Walt Disney. Sit back in the revolving theater and watch the four nostalgic acts of the show presented by audio-animatronics. This 17-minute presentation will have you singing “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” It’s been one of my all-time favorite Magic Kingdom attractions since my first trip at age 11.
Carousel of Progress is a family favorite!
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
In a narrated ten-minute journey, you’ll get a relaxing tour of Tomorrowland as you weave in and out of the futuristic buildings. We’ve seen Space Mountain with the lights on a few times during rides on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Wow! And of course, I love to hear one of my favorite quotes — “Paging Mr. Morrow. Mr. Tom Morrow“.
Of course, you can’t see and do everything on a visit, however I would highly recommend including at least one of these ten underrated Magic Kingdom attractions in your itinerary. Show some love to the classics!
After you conquer the most popular rides, what attractions in the Magic Kingdom does your family recommend?
First time visitors to Walt Disney World will quickly pick up some of the catchy phrases that make repeat guests smile. My family was thinking of some of our favorite Walt Disney World quotes recently and these are just some of them. Here we go…!
“Off to Neverland”, Peter Pan’s Flight, Magic Kingdom
Exclaimed by Peter Pan.
Peter Pan’s Flight
“It’s A Small World”
This one may be a little TOO catchy. 😉
It’s a Small World
“Actually, we have 999 happy haunts here, but there’s room for 1000. Any volunteers, hmmm?”, Haunted Mansion, Magic Kingdom
The entire transcript at Haunted Mansion is filled with memorable sayings.
“Paging Mr. Morrow—Mr. Tom Morrow.”, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Magic Kingdom
I don’t know why; this one just makes us laugh.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
“We Wants the Redhead”/”Dead Men Tell No Tales”, Pirates of the Caribbean, Magic Kingdom
A classic attraction — you’ll hear some awesome oneliners on this boat ride.
Dead Men Tell No Tales
“’cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”, Big Thunder Mountain, Magic Kingdom
A fun quote from the Safety Announcer.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
“Remember how easy it was to learn your ABC’s? Thank the Phoenicians—they invented them.”, Spaceship Earth, Epcot
With a rich transcript, Spaceship Earth is filled with phrases that will stay with you long after the ride.
“Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas.”, Monorail, Walt Disney World Resort
Even first time visitors will be quoting this phrase by the time they reach their destination!
Please Stand Clear of the Doors
“…and it all starts with a wish!”, Wishes, Magic Kingdom
Jiminy Cricket makes me cry. 😉
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Viewed from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
“There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”, Carousel of Progress, Magic Kingdom
Go ahead and sing the lyrics!
Carousel of Progress
Now, I want to plan a trip to Disney World!
Are any of your favorite quotes from WDW attractions in this list?
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