New to Me: Magic Kingdom Edition

In planning for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, I was thinking about things I wanted to do. Being fortunate to visit a few times a year I’ve done many of the must dos, but I still have not seen everything. Actually I’m far from it! So I thought this would be a fun new series here on RAD. Over the next few weeks, I will be covering some of the attractions, restaurants and recreation that I’ve never experienced (or haven’t done in a super long time) at WDW. Fun, right?! Let’s get started with the original park…The Magic Kingdom!

New To Me MK

Since I’ve been visiting the Magic Kingdom since 1985, it’s safe to say that I’ve done almost everything in this park.  But there are certainly some exceptions…some that might surprise you.

Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor

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For some reason, this attraction has never appealed to me.  I love the film and the characters, but there is something about the audience participation aspect to this attraction that makes me want to steer clear.  As you’ll see in this series, many of the things I haven’t done are stage shows and interactive attractions…seems to be an ongoing theme of things I don’t like (or perceive to not like since I haven’t done them!).

I’ve heard mixed reviews about Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor, but given my love of corny jokes I think I’d probably enjoy it.  Time to give this one a try…

Dumbo (the new version)


How gorgeous are the new Dumbo attractions?!  I’ve only visited this area once since it opened and the wait was about 50 minutes, which is why I haven’t experienced the new version yet. This was early on before the 2nd ride was added and before the new interactive queue.  I am also yet to see the entire Storybook Circus area complete and would love to explore Pete’s Silly Sideshow and Big Top Souvenirs…the details look amazing!  Growing up in WDW, Dumbo will always hold a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to take a spin.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest

I think this is on everyone’s must do list right now.  I’ve been dying to eat here since it opened a few months ago, but just haven’t been able to make it due to the hectic nature of race weekends.  This needs to happen on my next trip.  I’m actually more interested in visiting for lunch here.  Not only because it’s easier to get in, but because I’m intrigued by the “Magic Rose” you get when you order.  However, I will need to have a glass of wine in the Magic Kingdom one of these days 😉

Cinderella’s Royal Table

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This is actually a surprising one for me to realize I’ve never eaten here.  Maybe I did when I was a younger when it was King Stephen’s Banquet Hall which I have foggy memories of, but I really don’t remember.  (Dad…do you remember eating here??)  You know that I’m a foodie and enjoy all of the fine dining options available at WDW, so I think this is why this is never a priority for me.  I have heard such mixed reviews about Cinderella’s Royal Table and the price for a meal is ridiculous based on the quality I’ve seen in various reviews.  $52 for scrambled eggs and sausage or $65 for a mixed green salad and some chicken pasta…um no thanks.  Yes, I know it’s all about the ambiance, but I still can’t get behind this.  I would LOVE to dine in Cindy’s castle, but I think I’ll be sticking with Beast’s Castle for now.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday.  Gasp, Shock, Awe…Estelle just dropped to the floor…I know, shocking.  It’s just always such a stressful time of year for me and I much prefer Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day…you know, fun holidays without obligations.  While Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party looks fun, I haven’t wanted to shell out the $55+ just for a parade, a few shows and some cookies.  I feel like I can enjoy the holiday decor during regular park hours and get my fill of Christmas cheer.  Plus, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are the real winner of the holiday season in WDW.  Who knows…maybe one year, I can be convinced to go.

What attractions and restaurants are new to you in the Magic Kingdom??

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  • I honestly don’t get the hate for Laugh Floor. I always have a lot of fun in there, even if it is cheesey. I think it’s cute because there is audience participation and it makes it a different show each time.

    Just, um, don’t break it like we did. SIGH.

    • I really need to give it a try, but apparently not with you if I want to see the whole show 😉

  • My daughter and I have a trip planned in May… in 45 days actually! I’m so excited, as usual! We only started going to WDW regularly since 2009 (Not sure what took us so long since we are huge Disney fans… maybe it’s the living in Texas thing.) Anyway, your post made me go look at a list of all the Magic Kingdom attractions. I realized there are still quite a few we haven’t done. I really want to ride the Liberty Square Riverboat and the train. I’ve skipped over both of those every trip. Maybe we’ll try the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, too.

    • I haven’t done the Liberty Square Riverboat in quite some time…I think that needs to happen on my next trip as well 🙂
      Can’t wait to hear about what else you try!

  • You really should give CRT a try – we’ve had both breakfast and dinner there and I have to say I enjoyed breakfast more but both meals were delicious! And yes, the ambiance is a big plus 🙂 Even my husband enjoyed it, and that says a lot coming from him!

    I haven’t started making our “to do” list for next year’s trip but I’m looking forward to more in this series!

    • Thanks Kristen! I keep getting convincing arguments for CRT…I might have to suck it up and give it a try!

  • I like Laugh Floor, but I don’t go on it too often. Matt loves the cheesy jokes though! I haven’t don’t CRT either, though heard there was an improvement when they brought in a new chef a couple years back. Still, I can think of other meals I’d rather have for the price tag!

    As for Mickey’s Christmas party, I’ve been once. I prefer the Halloween party soooo much more. Plus Halloween is my favorite, because I know what you mean by Christmas stress! 🙂

    • That’s how I feel about CRT…I know there are a bunch of other restaurants that have phenomenal food for less than a $70+ price tag. It’s just hard for me to justify!

      I love the Halloween party as well…that is definitely more my style 🙂

  • I have done all of these. Laugh Floor is fun a couple of times, but it doesn’t change much, so it’s not a “must-do” for me (sorry, Stacey). I love the new Dumbo and its waiting area! It made me wish I had kids. I have a friend in Imagineering who worked on most of the interactive stuff in New Fantasyland (Dumbo’s waiting area, Little Mermaid queue, Enchanted Tales with Belle), so I was required to check them out on my last day! I had lunch at Be Our Guest on the Friday before Princess. It was outstanding and worth a rather long wait to get in. We ate in the West Wing, which I suspect will always be my room of choice there. It’s just cool! I had potato leek soup, veggie quiche with salad and a no-sugar added lemon raspberry cream puff. My friend had the croque monsieur and strawberry cream cheese cupcake. The food was excellent, the service was better than expected and the location was fabulous. I’m shooting for a dinner ADR for Wine and Dine weekend.

  • I can’t believe you haven’t been to the Laugh Floor, I actually love it! I have the sense of humor of a 5 year old though so I think it’s really funny!

    I haven’t eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table either (or like you, not that I remember, I’m sure I did as a kid!)…also never been to Bippity-Boppity Boutique, but apparently there’s some sort of age discrimination and they won’t let me do it : (

    • I’m definitely going to make Laugh Floor a priority on the next trip!
      And seriously with BBB…everyone has the right to be a Princess!!

  • We did lunch at Be Our Guest in January and had a really great time. 🙂 The magic rose is fun and helps them deliver the food right to your table, and the rooms are just gorgeous!

    • I think that’s such a neat technology, plus I love the carts that they use to deliver the food 🙂

  • On my last 2 trips, I’ve noticed there is a lot I havent done. I guess I just like my favorites. I agree about the interactive part, though. I’m not a super fan.

    I am excited about going for Christmas this year, even though MNSSHP totally tops all holidays for me.

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