Ten Ways to Increase Your Magic Kingdom Experience

The Dapper Dans in the Magic Kingdom.

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.

Whether you are on your first or fiftieth visit, there are always more ways to increase your Magic Kingdom experience, including Overlooked and Underrated Attractions.

Ten Ways to Increase Your Magic Kingdom Experience

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 Cast Member
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
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 Interactive Game at Train Station
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.

A Pirate’s Adventure Treasures of the Seven Seas Map Magic Kingdom
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.

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial in the Magic Kingdom
Nic participating in Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial.
Apprentice Pirate at Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial  at the Magic Kingdom
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 at Magic Kingdom
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.

Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom
Sit upstairs at Columbia Harbour House for a relaxing respite.
Rocking Chairs in Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square.
Relax in rocking chairs in Liberty Square.

Street Performers

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 in the Magic Kingdom.
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.

Peter Pan's Flight Interactive Queue
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.

Electrical Water Pageant on Seven Seas Lagoon
The iconic Electrical Water Pageant.

What extras does your family enjoy in the Magic Kingdom? Contact Us, Follow Us on Twitter or comment below to share your ideas!

Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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