Disney World is one of our favorite family vacation destinations. Between the five parks located in sunny Florida, you can stay busy for quite some time. In reality, multiple family vacations would be required to see and do everything available to you between the Disney World parks. There is an enormous amount of attractions, all of which are competing for your time.
Of the five parks, Magic Kingdom is currently our favorite. The kids are at an age where they connect with the attractions there the most. As the name suggests, everything seems “magical” to children who visit the Magic Kingdom. We’ve made a lot of great memories there over the years.
On our most recent trip to the land of the Mouse, circumstances allowed me to spend the late afternoon and early evening at Magic Kingdom exclusively with my oldest child, Maggie. I don’t want to sound like I don’t love spending time with all of my kids there, but just getting to spend some one on one time with Maggie, who is currently six years old, was fantastically fun. Being slightly older, she is much more patient for the ride lines and can tell you exactly what she wants to see and do at the park. When we arrived, I gave her full lead in the agenda and just followed along at her whim. Maggie pretty efficiently packed in as much as she could from the time we arrived until the park shut down.
In honor of the fun we had, here are five reasons why Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the ultimate daddy-daughter date location:
1. Meaningful Conversations While Waiting In Line
This one was one of my favorites. The lines for rides allow for a great opportunity to just talk and catch up. Maggie and I talked about all sorts of things. It was a reminder of just how smart they really are even at six years old… and how fast they grow up.
The Seven Dwarfs mine ride is one of the newest attractions at Magic Kingdom and the 1.5 hour line was proof. What normally would have been a miserable wait was actually fun and entertaining. We talked, laughed, joked, for an hour and a half all to ride a rollercoaster that lasts for two minutes.
Worth it. Would do it again.
2. Mutually Enjoyable Attractions
Since we didn’t have the younger of the crew with us, Maggie and I were able to enjoy some of the larger rides she has been itching to ride. She finally made the height requirements and we made the most of it! She was ready and willing to experience whatever she could.
It made me realize just how brave Maggie is. When I was her age, I was terrified of rollercoasters. She, however, is downright fearless. I am embarrassed for my six year old self!
3. Ease of Travel
One on one time with a slightly older child at Magic Kingdom is an entirely different experience than when Janessa and I have the whole crew on our hands. Strollers are the bane of my existence, although they are a necessary evil. Inevitably, one parent is always left out of the fun to sit with the youngest children and watch the stroller and diaper bag. Maneuvering among the many families throughout the park is a bit of a task with four children and a stroller. There is a reason that Magic Kingdom’s cast members call the mass exodus at the end of the evening the “stroller derby”.
However, one adult and child can maneuver through the park with speed and near effortlessness. I didn’t bring anything with me besides my wallet, keys, and tickets so I didn’t even need a backpack. Even if you did require a backpack, it adds very little complication to the day. The rides all have a place where you can stow your small items while you enjoy the attraction.
Easy breezy lemon squeezy.
4. Less Expensive
Yeah, I like saving money. Visiting the park as a family of six is a bit salty. Visiting the park with just Maggie was significantly less expensive! I suppose that is obvious, but it should still be mentioned. The amount you save on admission adds some extra funds to your pocket money so, maybe, you can splurge on some extra treats.
Maggie and I enjoyed a few park-purchased snacks that we otherwise would not have been able to and that added to the fun and memories. At the end of the evening, we strolled by Gaston’s Tavern, grabbed a few treats, and sat and watched the fireworks at one of the outdoor tables.
…which leads into the best reason:
By far, the most important thing you can get at the Magic Kingdom. Yes, I love the memories of all of us being there as a complete family. However, I will really cherish the time I had with Maggie. She is getting big so quickly and, someday soon, she may not see the magic in the Magic Kingdom anymore.
Wow. I just made myself sad.
Sitting outside of Gaston’s Tavern beneath the glow of the incredible fireworks as we enjoyed a few refreshments was, for me, the highlight of our day there. Maggie looked so grown up and mature. We had a blast riding rollercoasters, eating junk food, watching the parades, and walking together.
At that moment, under the ambiance of fireworks and ethereal music, I realized that life offers limited chances at making memories as fantastic and wonderful as these. My day with Maggie at Magic Kingdom will be forever mine.
Life is short. Make the best memories you can!