With only nine weeks to go, the excitement for our next trip to Orlando is mounting. Along with Fastpass spreadsheets, dining plans and merchandise wish lists, we’ve also been busy drafting our bucket list. Instead of pulling it all into one post, I thought it would be fun to share our top five list from each park, starting today with five new things to try at magic Kingdom.
1. Festival of Fantasy Parade
Unbelievably, we didn’t manage to catch this during our last trip. A mixture of the midday heat, the scramble for space and the necessity of afternoon naps left us wanting for Carl’s first taste of a Disney daytime parade. Festival of Fantasy looks amazing, and I can’t really believe we still haven’t seen it.
From what I’ve seen on YouTube, Festival of Fantasy has it all – catchy music, the best of the best characters and the Maleficent float looks like the most impressive one I’ve ever seen.
To make sure we don’t miss this again, we’ve scheduled a day to have a chilled out morning and arrive at Magic Kingdom just in time for the parade. That way, we can’t blame the heat, exhaustion or the hoards of people.
2. Cheeseburger spring rolls
We’re so excited these are back! Neither of us have tried them before, but we’d seen them on some older vlogs and were gutted when they disappeared from Walt Disney World.
But alas, now they are back and we can’t wait to get our chops around them. Pastry + cheeseburger – what’s not to love?! There is also a vegetable option which is right up my street too.
On our last trip we really didn’t get the best use out of our snack credits – anyone else come home with a million bags of Goofy candy?! – so we’re excited to explore Disney snacks more this time round, and these are on top of our list.
With Adventure land being home to these AND dole whips, I think we might be spending a fair few credits in this area.
3. Ariel meet and greet
Ah human interaction meet and greets, a pastime that has somewhat eluded us so far. I don’t know about you, but I’m fine with the costumed character meets – mostly because you don’t actually have to converse with anyone – but the human ones feel super awkward.
Because of my apparent social discomfort, we didn’t do any during our last trip. This time I want to brave at least one, and there is no-one better to try than Ariel – my favourite princess. In general we found she had short waits last year too, so Ariel goes on my list of new things to try at Magic Kingdom. That way, if I hate it and am supremely awkward, we won’t have wasted too much of our time queueing.
4. Columbia Harbour House
I mentioned in my food at Walt Disney World trip report that I fell in love with the shrimp in Orlando and I’ve been salivating over it ever since. From the *many* food reviews I’ve read, it seems like Columbia Harbour House is a great place to pick some up on the fly.
I don’t even remember seeing this place last year, and haven’t really seen much of the inside, so I’m excited to give it a go. On first glance of the menu, I’m thinking I’ll go for the trio platter, a combination of fried shrimp, breaded chicken and battered fish. Carl is less into the idea of going here, so he’ll probably eat elsewhere or end up with the faithful chicken nuggets.
5. Photo opportunities
This trip I’ll be all about taking lots of photos in Magic Kingdom. Two that are absolutely on my list are the purple wall (I know, so Disney basic) and the Tangled lantern. We did see this being done last year but Carl didn’t want to wait in the very sizeable queue.
Since it’ll be a fair few years until we go again, both of these are an absolute must for me! I’m also looking forward to taking my camera around and capturing some more of the beautiful areas of the park. At the moment I seem to have loads of Fantasyland and not much else.
And that’s it, my five new things to try at Magic Kingdom. What have I missed? Make sure you let me know in the comments!