Overlooked Attractions At the Magic Kingdom
The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World’s flagship park. Many of the ride names have become embedded in global consciousness which means that most visitors, whether first-timers or regulars, enter the park with a list of must-see attractions. The big draws are both numerous and excellent in quality, which makes a touring plan key to seeing everything on your list. However, no visit to the Magic Kingdom should be so tightly scheduled that there is no time for exploration. Walt Disney World was a master storyteller, and the story of the Magic Kingdom is deeply embedded in the small details for which Walt is legendary. Spend some time making your own magical discoveries. If you need a place to start, here is this author’s list of the top ten most overlooked attractions at the Magic Kingdom:
- Tinker Bell sighting. Inside the Tinker Bell’s Treasures store, you will see the patterns of light as Tinker Bell flits around. Every few minutes, however, she takes a short break from her flight. Ever wonder where she goes? Take a peek inside the keyhole of the cabinet located beside one of the doors to find out.
- The Sword in the Stone. Just outside the Carousel lies the famous Excalibur sword, firmly encased in the trademark stone. Go ahead and try to pull it out, you might be a once and future king.
- Alternate Viewing Location for Fireworks. Everyone has their own opinion of the best place from which to see Wishes, the nighttime fireworks spectacular. Your favorite may be the Hub, or the Rose Garden, or maybe the train station. Pyrotechnic enthusiasts may enjoy a slightly different location, however. Behind the Castle, near the Carousel, is a grouping of benches. Sit here to find yourself surrounded by fireworks in every direction.
- Flag Retreat. Veterans are invited to participate in the Flag Retreat, taking place daily at 5 pm in Town Square. The ceremony is meaningful and enjoyable and often draws a large crowd. If you are a veteran wishing to participate, check-in with Guest Relations (located in City Hall) early in the day.
Walt Disney was a master storyteller, and the Magic Kingdom is packed full of details that help to tell the park’s story. The above list is only a small sampling of the hidden treasures that are to be found throughout the park. A walking tour of the Magic Kingdom will point out some of the hidden secrets, but true magic happens when your family makes your own special discoveries.
It is highly advised that you plan at least two days at the Magic Kingdom in order to see and appreciate both the big-draw attractions and the smaller diversions. Remember that the park is not a museum, and do not be afraid to read signs, peer through keyholes, pull ropes, and otherwise interact with the environment around you. Be sure to keep your eyes open at newer attractions for small, almost hidden tributes to the attractions that once stood. Your family’s reactions to the discoveries that you make will be priceless, so keep your camera ready.