What to eat and do at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
I know it’s been a few days, a week actually since I’ve blogged last. That’s because I spent the past four days in one of the most magical places on earth, Walt Disney World! My friend, Caitlin, ran the Disney Wine & Dine 10k and the half marathon all in the same weekend. I decided to join her (as a spectator of course), and we had so much fun exploring all of the parks and eating all of the food. We fit so much into our trip that I’m going to break this trip up into several blogs + videos! I was so excited to capture the moments for the blog, and I hope you enjoy! If you are a Disney first, I hope this post will help you navigate your upcoming trip to Disney! If you’re a Disney pro, I hope this blog brings back all the happy feels. We plan on revisiting Disney, so if you have any recommendations for next time, leave them in the comments!
You can check out the video here!
Our trip began on Thursday evening. We got to the airport around 6 pm and had some time to spare. We were both hungry, so we stopped into the 1897 Market. I ordered a spring mix salad with seared salmon. It had tomatoes, quinoa, granola, raisins, cucumber, and vinaigrette dressing. The salad was delicious, and it hit the spot!
We took off for Orlando around 8:30 pm. The rain and wind made the flight super rough, the guy next to me was eating the smelliest Chick-Fil-A while skyping very loudly, and I was just so grateful once the plane landed. The flight to Orlando is only an hour and fifteen minutes from Charlotte, so it’s a quick trip. We took the Disney Express bus to our hotel, which was another 35-minutes. We stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. It’s under a bit of renovation right now, so we got a pretty good deal on our room. Other than having to walk a long way to our room, the renovations didn’t bother us at all. Our stay was great, and they were so friendly there. I’d stay there again for sure!
We got to our room after midnight. We were ZONKED! I unpacked some things, brushed my teeth, and headed straight to bed.
We had our trip pretty much mapped out before heading to Disney thanks to Caitlin. She’s the Disney expert. On Friday morning, we headed to the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Village Resort for breakfast. Do yourself a favor, and add this place to your list, especially if you’re a coffee lover. Their coffee is french pressed 100% Kona coffee. I’m still daydreaming about it. You can find many notes on the internet with other people who agree! Make sure to make your reservation in advance. It’s a trendy place, but for a very good reason!
I ordered two eggs over medium, bacon, fresh fruit, and oatmeal. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection! There wasn’t a bite left.
Caitlin ordered their famous Tonga Toast! Tonga toast is banana-stuffed sourdough french toast dusted in cinnamon sugar and topped with strawberry compote! You definitely have to check out the video so you can see this. If you want to try a famous Disney staple, you’ll have to order this.
After breakfast, we headed to the ESPN center to pick up Caitlin’s bib and race stuff at the expo.
And then we finally made it to the Magic Kingdom! When you are purchasing your tickets into the park, make sure to schedule your fast passes far in advance. You can connect them with your magic band, scan, and go! It’s a good idea to plan and schedule your trip using “Your Disney Experience” online or on the app.
Seeing all of the Christmas decorations around Disney made me feel so happy! You guys know how much I love the holidays.
First things first. Make sure to get a pair of Minnie ears! This photo cracks me up. I had many people messaging me about how it looks like I’m levitating in the picture. And now, I can’t unsee that. I guess Disney is just THAT magical.
When we got to Disney, we used our fast pass and rode Space Mountain. I was in the front of the cart, and it was SO MUCH FUN, yet terrifying. I could ride roller coasters all day long. I know some people hate them, but they make me feel like a kid again. I mentioned this in my video, but use fast passes for popular rides, or you’ll spend most of your day waiting in long lines. It’s so worth it.
You can bring your food into Disney, but that’s no fun! We wanted to get the full Disney experience. We stopped into Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe for lunch. This is a great quick stop with tons of seating. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly place to dine, this is a great spot. The prices were very reasonable. This cafe is located in Frontierland.
We ordered a veggie bowl, the jerk lettuce wraps, guacamole, a strawberry lemonade, and churros. The veggie bowl had black beans, roasted vegetables, and yellow rice. This veggie bowl is an excellent option if you’re a vegetarian. But if you’re vegan, just ask for white rice! The warm churros are served with chocolate dipping sauce.
Even if it’s just a couple of sips, you must order the strawberry lemonade slush. It’s super sour and refreshing! I can’t do too much of a sugary drink, or I’ll get a headache, but a couple of sips hit the spot. You must at least try it! This is a fun beverage to split.
For my lunch, I ordered the Jerk chicken lettuce wraps. This is a great gluten-free option at Disney. You can check the menus before you visit the park, so it’s not stressful when looking for something to eat. There are plenty of gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options all around the parks! These jerk chicken lettuce wraps are bib lettuce cups filled with jerk chicken and topped with vegetable slaw and soy-lime vinaigrette. I added corn and salsa from the toppings bar.
After lunch, we spent some time riding The Pirates of The Carribean, visiting the tiki birds (I can’t get that stupid song out of my head), we rode Aladin’s magic carpet ride, watched the performance at the castle, and walked around a ton!
Yay for the Christmas store! This Disney Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe is open all year round.
After hitting our wall later in the afternoon, we stopped into Main Street Bakery (aka Starbucks) for a cappuccino and iced coffee. There is a Starbucks disguised in every Disney park. Don’t go looking for a Starbucks sign because you won’t see it. Even the baristas are dressed in blue and white bakery costumes instead of the typical green apron. Once you’re inside, everything will start to look like a Starbucks again. You’ll notice the familiar food displays and menu. If you want a coffee, don’t get discouraged by the lines. They go super fast!
This is the iconic Mickey Pretzel! This was a perfect way for Caitlin to carb load before her race. You can find the pretzels at the Magic Kingdom at a stand on the left side of the castle.
The stand also had glazed cinnamon almonds. These are a great gluten-free (& vegan option!), And they smelled just like Christmas. I ended up having some with my coffee the next day. I’m saving the Dole Whip for next time!!
We spent some time going in and out of the shops. There is so much to see and do! We saved a lot of things for our next visit like lunch at Be Our Guest restaurant.
We headed to Splash Mountain to use our fast pass. It started to rain, so we thought it would be a fitting ride since we were going to get wet anyway. Holy Moly! So while we were getting on the ride, Disney was under a tornado warning. We spent a couple of minutes going through the tunnel, and when we finally made it out before going down the giant drop, the overlook of Disney was terrifying! The wind was blowing, the sky was dark, and it looked like Disney was in a war zone. Caitlin and I for sure thought we were doomed! Regardless of the weather, the ride was so fun, and we got absolutely drenched!
We left the park around 5 pm and headed back to the hotel to get ready for our dinner reservation. Disney has buses that will take you to the resorts, so you won’t have to worry about parking or calling Ubers. The bus ride back was fun because I met a new little friend, Maci. She wanted to do a cheer for my video, so make sure to check that out! Goodness, she was the cutest!!!
We had our dinner at the Maya Grill at our resort in Coronado Springs. The restaurant had so many great options, so it was so hard to choose what to order! We started with some warm house-made tortilla chips and salsa. I ordered the sizzling chicken fajita skillet. It came with white rice and corn tortillas. They accommodate gluten and dairy-friendly meals. You just have to let them know, and they’ll make sure to use substitutes. I loved this because I didn’t feel sick or bloated during the trip at all. I had so many great foods, and it was so easy to find something that worked with my lifestyle.
My dreams came true when we headed back to see the Christmas lights and firework show at Disney. This was one of the most magical moments of my life!
The firework show starts at 9:00 and lasts about fifteen minutes. I had tears just streaming down my face. I know that sound so silly, but it’s just one of those moments that gets you. You may be tired after walking around Disney all day, but you just can’t miss the fireworks. Take a break at the hotel, but then get your butt back to the fireworks.
The show is more than just the fireworks. The castle is like a screen, and it had different videos playing from each famous Disney song. If you watch my video, you’ll see what I mean!
You’re never too old to enjoy Disney! This is such a fun place and so much to soak in. I can’t wait to go back! I hope to have part two up soon! ❤️
Questions for you!
- Have you ever seen the firework show at the Magic Kingdom?
- What’s your favorite Disney movie?
- If you have been to Magic Kingdom, please share your most important tip for navigating the park!