My Top 5 Magic Kingdom Traditions

If you have been bitten by the Disney bug, then chances are you try to visit Walt Disney World as often as you can. If so, then you probably have some traditions that you must embrace each time you visit to make your trip complete. I have some Magic Kingdom traditions that I would like to share with you, and they just might be some of your traditions too!

5. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean first-When my family and I visit the Magic Kingdom on our first day, it’s tradition for us to head straight to Adventureland and hop aboard Pirates of the Caribbean. We know we’re at Disney when we walk through that dim, cool queue, hear that familiar soundtrack, and feel that blend that adventure and humor.

4. A Dole Whip-This sweet and fruity snack is cool, refreshing, and tastes just like fresh pineapple! Seriously, you will never be the same after sampling this Magic Kingdom staple snack. During a visit to the Magic Kingdom, I always have a Dole Whip float at Aloha Isle in Adventureland; and it’s just not a complete Disney trip without one!

3. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in the rain-This easygoing Tomorrowland attraction is a favorite among Disney regulars: and when a summer shower visits the Magic Kingdom, this where I retreat to! On this attraction, I’m not trapped inside but out and about while still totally dry!

2. Having lunch at Columbia Harbor House-This counter service restaurant is located in Liberty Square; and is one of my favorite spots to grab a quick, and delicious, meal! It’s a Magic Kingdom tradition to buy a cup of Columbia Harbor House’s incredible Clam Chowder and to head upstairs to it’s second level to enjoy it in this quiet, cool hideaway.

1. Breakfast at the Crystal Palace-One of my oldest Magic Kingdom traditions is to visit the Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace for breakfast and a visit with Winnie the Pooh and the gang. This bright and elegant restaurant truly captures what a morning at the Magic Kingdom should feel like; and there’s nothing like consuming a plate of Mickey waffles in view of Cinderella Castle! After enjoying a truly magical breakfast here, it’s hard not to pay a visit each trip!

Now it’s your turn! I want to hear your own Magic Kingdom traditions so be sure to leave a comment and share them with us!


Savannah has been visiting Disney World since before she could walk and it is still her favorite vacation destination. Today, she is a history teacher and girls basketball coach in Illinois who spends her spare time writing about Disney on A Glass Slipper Vacation, a site she and her mom created to share their knowledge and passion for Disney.
My Top 5 Magic Kingdom Traditions was last modified: September 8th, 2013 by Savannah

  • alex north

    I used to always go on Dumbo first, it was our tradition as a family. Now, I head to Space Mountain, get a fast pass, and go see Monsters Inc Laugh Floor! One of the most underrated attractions to me. I laugh every time! I ride the TTA at least 5 times during the day and the Indy Speedway ALWAYS at night (less crowded and more awesome).

    And at Animal Kingdom I ride Expedition Everest in the morning (there is no other way to start your day than on a roller coaster!) and then always do The Festival of The Lion King right after. If you don’t get into that first show you’ll never get to see it.

  • Mommylovescooper

    We must visit Casey’s Corner for a hot dog when we go to Magic Kingdom! They are yummy!

  • Akamommy

    We are of the same mind … Dole Whips and Crystal Palace are 2 things we always enjoy (but we usually have dinner at CP); we also like to grab funnel cakes at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square. Those are out of this world! While in Liberty Square, we stop in the Christmas shop and pick up a new ornament.

  • Joy

    I also have to ride the TTA on each visit…at least once! I prefer it at night and I smuggle in a large popcorn and a coke!! It is a great place to catch my breath and my second wind!

  • Catie

    I have to agree with the Crystal Palace tradition!! I personally like to start a day at MK by taking about 1000 pictures of the castle and the view down main street, not sure why but that just makes sense to us and has stuck as our tradition!!