Thursday, February 27, 2014

Disney World Series Part 3A: Magic Kingdom Review

The largest kingdom at Disney World has tons of great rides and shows, it is hard to pick just one favorite.

So, here are a few of our favorites.

Favorite Rides:

E1 with grandma
This is really a classic ride. Especially fun for preschoolers but really perfect for all ages. They have made some updates to this ride so it is actually "fun" to wait since there is a play area under the big top. But the wait can still get long so it would be a good idea to Fast Pass this if possible.

Didn't get a chance to get a good picture on the ride? They have a Dumbo set up right outside the ride that is a great photo op.

"It's a small world"
Another classic ride. This was one ride that I (Eva) remember when I was younger at Disneyland and now for my kids. They kept on saying "Look at this, look at that!" The lines may be long at times but moves fairly quickly since it loads large number of people on a boat. Just beware that song might be stuck in your head for the rest of the day, hehe.

Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
Definitely a must for a fast pass if you want to get on this ride. A cute under the sea adventure with classic songs from the movie.  This was H's favorite and wanted to go back again. And if you want to meet Ariel, she's right next door in "Ariel's Grotto"

Favorite Shows:

Enchanted Tales With Belle

We had no idea what exactly this was when we lined up for it but it turned out to be a rather fun experience. It is an interactive show that is a condensed telling of Beauty and the Beast story.

While you wait for the show to begin, you walk through Belle's father's cottage with nice props. There is a bit of a surprise at the beginning that I won't ruin for you. And then a few members of the audience get selected to be part of the show. E2 actually got selected to be Chip the first time we went. Yes, E2 and 3 enjoyed it so much we actually went to this twice.
It is also a great opportunity for the little ones to meet Belle and get pictures taken with her.

Mickey's PhilharMagic
A 3-D movie starring various Disney characters. The kids loved "grabbing" at flying objects and a few surprises in between.  Don't want to say too much and spoil it. But it will definitely stimulate your senses and give smiles all around at the end of the show. There are times when the wait was only 10-15 minutes, so definitely keep this in mind. It's great, plus a fun experience!

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

You can't go to Magic Kingdom and not stay for their fireworks show at least one time. And during the Christmas season they also have a light show that happens beforehand which is really amazing and hard to describe in words. Let's just say that it will most likely be the best fireworks show you see in your life! Also, try to get a spot around the front of Cinderella's castle so you can see Tinkerbell fly by at one point in the show.
There are so many great rides and shows at Magic Kingdom, please share yours!

Zi and Eva


  1. Hehe on that song being stuck in your head for the rest of the day, I could totally imagine that! So cool that E2 was picked as a volunteer! Thanks for sharing your favorite rides. It seems like every newbie would be totally overwhelmed at the choices at Disney. Thanks for breaking it down into manageable chunks.

    1. Glad you like our format, took a while just to figure out how we should do these posts :)

  2. My kids loved the it's a small world ride so much that we went twice. Then we got the song after we came back and now it's one of their favorite songs. haha. I enjoyed seeing the new fantasyland for the first time and went on all the rides that you did. The surprise part at Maurice's workshop was so cool, but my kids didn't get much out of the rest. We also liked the new circus-themed spray area.

    1. E1 liked it's a small world but not the girls. Yeah, the circus spray area is pretty cool especially since Dumbo is one of our favorites.