Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups: What to Do at the Magic Kingdom

IMG_0468Walt Disney World can be just as much fun for adults as it is for kids, and even today my favorite of the four theme parks is the Magic Kingdom. To me, it’s the heart of Walt Disney World, and it has all the classic attractions that come to mind when you think of a Disney park. It has so many attractions that it can be difficult to narrow down a must-do list, but here are some of the rides adults should plan to visit.

If you’re on the hunt for thrill rides, the Magic Kingdom has several you won’t want to miss. Try out Space Mountain in Tomorrowland, a thrilling indoor coaster that takes you on a journey across the galaxy, or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland, a wild runaway mine train. If you’d also like to cool off, stop by Splash Mountain – this log flume ride has a few smaller drops and one enormous drop near the end of the ride, combined with audio-animatronic scenes from the tale of Brer Rabbit. For some milder thrills, also check out the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, with a couple of exciting drops along with some amazing scenes of the Seven Dwarfs.

If you’re not so much into coasters (or even if you are), don’t miss out on the classic Magic Kingdom attractions that will make you feel like a kid again. Try to spot Captain Jack Sparrow on Pirates of the Caribbean, or groan at some puns on the Jungle Cruise as you take an improbably quick tour of the world’s jungles. The Haunted Mansion is one of Walt Disney World’s most classic attractions and is simply full of amazing detail. Be sure to also take in one of the Magic Kingdom’s classic dark rides – Peter Pan’s Flight is our favorite, and nothing will make you feel like a kid again as much as flying over London and Neverland in a pirate ship.

And then sometimes all you really need is a break in the middle of a long day at the Magic Kingdom. Take a spin on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover for a relaxing tour of Tomorrowland, or enjoy some air-conditioning and some amazing audio-animatronics at the Hall of Presidents. These attractions almost never have a line.

At the end of the day, don’t miss Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, the fireworks show over Cinderella Castle. There are few things that say ‘Disney’ like watching Cinderella Castle light up. Be sure to arrive a little early to catch one of my favorite, lesser-known shows, Celebrate the Magic. This awesome projection show on the castle is not to be missed.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for having a fun, relaxing vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she is dedicating her planning skills to helping other families create vacation memories as a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog, planningformagic.com, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@theaffordablemouse.com.

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