The Best Outdoor Activities at Magic Kingdom

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Get outside and get some fresh air! Even if it’s raining, most Disney fans will agree that a rainy day at Magic Kingdom on a Disney vacation is better than a rainy day at home! Toss on a poncho and experience our favorite (and arguably the best) outdoor activities at Magic Kingdom.

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The Best Outdoor Activities at Magic Kingdom

While there are a plethora of attractions on Disney property, if you’re looking to maximize your outdoor time in a theme park, we’ve got some great Disney activities for you. You’ll want to skip selections like Haunted Mansion or Buzz’s Toy Story Space Ranger Spin, and instead choose something from this Disney World park list. If you don’t have a park ticket, think about visiting Disney‘s Boardwalk near Epcot, or Winter Summerland, one of Disney‘s outdoor mini-golf course.

Main Street U.S.A. Outdoor Activities

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Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom – This free game starts at the Main Street Fire Station where you can get trained as a sorcerer and pick up a free pack of cards with each visit. Collect spells and cast them in front of magical outdoor mirrors that cross into Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Frontierland on Disney property. The entire family will enjoy this fresh air walking game that packs a punch in Magic Kingdom Park!

Parade Route around the Hub – If you find yourself at either the Main Street Hub or the Castle Hub, you can sit a spell while you watch either a parade or a cavalcade pass around you. Bonus points for popcorn in hand!

Dining on HotDogs at Casey’s Corner – This editor’s favorite lunch spot, Casey’s Corner offers hot dog and drool-worthy corn dog nuggets with a large patio overlooking Cinderella Castle. Whether you’re enjoying a boat of fries or your own Disney Park Snack, this patio is fabulous.

Relaxing on the Hub Grass – With a full belly, cross into one of these hub grass lots for a rest or a breather. It’s great when skies are cloudy and you can take in all the ambiance of Magic Kingdom. Keep your eyes peeled for a PhotoPass Photographer. They lurk about in these areas so you can have your photo taken!

Viewing the Emporium Windows – The large windows that line Magic Kingdom Emporium are quite magical. If you wait for more than a few seconds, each theme park window scene changes via Disney magic before your eyes to showcase moments in Disney animated films. There’s quite a few to see!

Fantasyland Outdoor Activities

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Prince Charming’s Carousel – This open-air carousel has a magical history to it. You can quiz yourself with Disney Park Blog’s own quiz about its goings-on. Bonus points if you can spot Cinderella’s horse riding amongst the steeds.

Dumbo The Flying Elephant – A classic Disney theme park attraction, you may have to pass through the indoor tent to board the pint-sized pachyderm set, but the controls will allow you to lift into the air and swirl around Storybook Circus. Enjoy your flight!

Casey Jr. Splash Station – While the train isn’t open all year round, you should bring a change of shoes or pick up a new shirt inside Big Top Souvenirs. You can get quite wet at this outdoor splash station meant to entertain the younger crowd.

Goofy’s Barnstormer – A perfect first rollercoaster, Goofy’s ride and queue are both outdoors and of short stature. You won’t spend an eternity in the same spot.

Mad Tea PartyRound and round and round we go. Until forevermore. Once we were behind. But now we find we are!” Alice in Wonderland lyrics will echo in your ears under this shaded tea party spin ride. Great for the whole family, even those who typically don’t like to spin. You can hold the wheel still to simply “sail” along.

Counting the Pascals at Rapunzel’s Tower – Most Orlando-visiting Disney fans know about the Rapunzel restroom and stroller parking area as Fantasyland meets Liberty Square, but what you may miss while you’re rushing around is nearly 10 of Rapunzel’s lizard lackeys. They are disguised in different colors, but all the same size. How many tiny iterations of the Disney character can you find? (They are a bit like a Hidden Mickey)

Making a wish in Cinderella’s Wishing Well – Toss a penny into the wishing well and pose for a photograph on the bridge from the Castle to Merida’s Meet and Greet.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – This Disney Resort family favorite coaster attracts a large crowd but is mostly outdoors. You will need to pass through the somewhat indoors queue, as well, but don’t cross it entirely off your Walt Disney World Resort to-do list. Use a FastPass from the My Disney Experience app to shorten the attraction line.

Tomorrowland Outdoor Activities

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Tomorrowland Speedway – Zoom Zoom! Kiddos adore taking the wheel at this outdoor racecourse. Your cars on a track, so there won’t be any wrecks, but you will teeter back and forth on the rail. Pro tip – have the elder driver take care of the gas and brake while your tot takes care of the steering.

PeopleMover(partially indoors) This Tomorrowland favorite soothingly zooms around the Magic Kingdom land

Liberty Square Outdoor Activities

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Rocking Chairs near Hall of Presidents – Not an attraction you say? HA! Chilling here and people-watching is highly underrated. Besides, you’ll be able to see when the lines are short enough to hop on Haunted Mansion!

Grabbing a snack and People Watching at Sleepy Hollow – Mmmmmmm. Fresh Fruit Waffle… the best snack we can think of. Or a breakfast, for that matter. Grab a snack from the stand and sit on the roomy picnic benches overlooking Cinderella Castle.

Liberty Belle Riverboat – Toot toot! Tiana’s original ice cream social party used to be stationed on the boat, but with this hard-working Princess getting her own attraction, you have a bit more standing room to tootle around the River and take in the sights. There’s more to see than meets the eye!

Frontierland Outdoor Activities

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Tom Sawyer’s Island and Ferry Boats – Take a short boat ride to Tom Sawyer Island where you can explore all sorts of nooks and crannies. Believe it or not, we have writers that have not yet been. It’s on the to-do list for the next trip!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – It’s the wildest ride in the wilderness, or at least at this Disney park! Grab a FastPass to this high demand rollercoaster and get yer gold!

Shootin’ Gallery – Take a calm breather and lay your gaze on the red targets. Can you laser shoot your way to top scores?

Wooden Boardwalk Near the River – This quiet place to stroll parallels the main walk, and is an attraction all to itself. Watch the riverboats pass by on your way back and forth.

Churro Stand Snacking – Some would argue that Churros are an attraction all to themselves. It’s not a Disney World vacation without a Frontierland snack like this one! Grab one before you hit the monorail back to Disney‘s Contemporary Resort.

Adventureland Outdoor Activities

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Jungle Cruise – A longtime favorite, and original E-ticket attraction, Jungle Cruise has evolved and stood the test of time. The outdoor boat ride passes through Rivers of the World while Jungle Cruise Skippers entertain passengers with incredibly punny jokes and silly stories. About to spawn a feature film of the same name, the 1971 Adventureland attraction has garnered recent attention because of possible retheming needs.

Aladdin’s Magic Carpets – Whirl around on a magic carpet ride of your own in the Agrabah market. Just watch out for the camels… they spit! (No seriously, they do! Soar high to miss out on the water)

Tasting differences in Dole Whip vs. Orange Bird Swirls – The great debate, in our opinion. Is the tangy pineapple based soft serve (dairy-free) your favorite, or are you swayed by the orange and vanilla swirl popularized by the 1971 orange grove mascot? Grab a park ticket and taste for yourself!

A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas Map Hunt (free) – Among lesser-known Disney activities lies this gem, sticking close to the title land and offers several different challenges. Visit the outhouse looking building between Pirates of the Caribbean and Peco’s Bill’s for a short lesson on how to play this walking adventure. It’s perfect for those that can’t walk long ways.

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse – the original outdoor adventure, the giant Treehouse welcomes visitors that can climb stairs. Stay back from visitors in front of you and linger while looking into the perfect vignettes along the way.

Not enough for you? You got it! We’re looking forward to collecting outdoor activities at Disney‘s Hollywood Studios, Disney‘s Animal Kingdom, and even Epcot. We’re going to fill your Disney vacation with fresh air and fun!

Which Outdoor activity at Magic Kingdom is your favorite? Leave us a comment below!

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