Our 2012 Disney World Bucket List: The Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

This is just a first in a series of bucket list for 2012 I’m going to post. You see, I despise resolutions! I mean, really, who wants to make a promise to themselves that they could potentially break. Instead, each year I write up bucket list of things I would like to do or accomplish and mark them off as I go. If I don’t get everything on my list marked off, no big deal, but it does put a big smile on my face each time I get to cross one off.

Why a Disney World bucket list? Well, even though we have been annual pass holders since March of this year there are SO many things at Disney that we have yet to see and do with the kids. The thrill of certain rides has managed to keep us away from so much and I find it ridiculous that after spending a total of 12 days there this year that we haven’t done them. Therefore the 2012 Disney World Bucket list is born. There is so much to list, that I have to split this up into multiple posts, here we go….

The Magic Kingdom

DONE Main Street Electrical Parade and DONE Wishes™ Nighttime Spectacular– Hopefully I can work up the insanity courage to plant my butt on a curb with kids, who undoubtedly will be cranky by that point, to get a seat to see both of these.

Astro Orbiter®- My massive fear of heights has kept me from taking the kids on this though they have begged and begged, I will get over it, or enjoy a nice cup of coffee and let the hubby have it!

Cinderella Castle – I am going to enter EVERY contest that comes ups at the hopes of spending a night in the castle, trust me, this one will stay on my bucket even when I’m making my way around the park in a little motorized scooter.

The Hall Of Presidents– I have been holding out on this attraction until I knew it would hold a little more meaning for the kids. I think an election year is perfect timing.

Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square Riverboat – I can honestly say that in all my visits to the Magic Kingdom, as a Florida native, I have NEVER done this and I’m not sure why. Maybe because I’ve been on so many outside of Disney that it has never really appealed to me?

DONE Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress– I know some of you are probably gasping that we haven’t visited this attraction all year, but I have not so fond memories of being stuck on it for some time on a school field trip.

Walt Disney World® Railroad – With all of the construction going on with the Fantasyland expansion, it just did not seem right to hop on the train without one of the original stops so I’ve been holding out for next summer in hopes that the station will reopen.

Disney's Celebrate America! – A fireworks show for the 4th, maybe, maybe not.

Character Meet-N-Greets – Yeah, in a whole year we have only managed to wait in line for main mouse himself, Mickey. We are total slackers!

DONEMinnie Mouse

Donald Duck


Snow White

Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Belle and The Beast from Beauty and the Beast

Aladdin and Jasmine from Aladdin

Mary Poppins

Chip 'n' Dale

Sleeping Beauty

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie from the Disney·Pixar's Toy Story series

Rapunzel From Tangled

Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen

Dream-Along With Mickey – A nice show at the castle that we usually avoid in favor of the attractions.

Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks – The regular year long show, that we avoid because I hate feeling trapped in the crowds unable to escape with tired and cranky kids that time of night.

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade – Again, you know my thoughts on parades, but I will try.

The Magic, The Memories and You! – A projection show that looks pretty cool, but if I have to deal with butt-heads like I did during the castle holiday lighting you will find me here grumbling again after the fact.

Cinderella's Royal Table – If I’m crazy enough to dream about winning a night in the castle, you know I’m going to shell out the dough at some point to eat in it. ; )

Main Street Confectionery – Do you think it possible to get browse the sweets without my kids in tow to relive my own childhood a bit?

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe – Well, Papa Bear has intentionally kept me out of this shop knowing how much I ADORE Christmas decorations and that anything thrifty about our visits would quickly be thrown out the window the moment I stepped in.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – There may be some freak event that happens over the next few months that convinces me that spending just under $300 for 4 hours of a Disney party is perfectly logical.

Well, that is it for the Magic Kingdom, we will see if I get past my cranky thrifty attitude to mark a couple of them off my Disney World bucket list in 2012.

Want to read more; here are all of my 2012 Bucket List (Still in Progress)