Ask It: One Magic Kingdom Land for the Day

by on March 22, 2017 15 Comments

Filed under: Dining, Just For Fun

It’s Wednesday, and time for the results of this week Ask It. You voted on the blog, you voted on Facebook, you voted on Twitter. Even better, you shared your opinions on this question:

If you could only visit one land in Magic Kingdom for a full day, which land would you visit?

The results are in, with more than 1300 votes on Facebook, Twitter, and the Blog… here’s the order from last to first:

4. Adventureland

3. Tomorrowland

2. Fantasyland

1. Frontierland/Liberty Square

 

Adventureland

I’m certain that there are some people who believe that visiting the Magic Kingdom without getting a Dole Whip is a crime punishable by repeated trips on It’s a Small World. So the idea of spending a whole day in the Magic Kingdom without setting foot in Adventureland might be impossible. And realistically, Adventureland has a lot to offer. On the attractions side, you’ve got classics like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, and the Enchanted Tiki Room. If you needed a break, I’m sure Disney wouldn’t mind if you took a nap in one of the rooms of the Swiss Family Treehouse.* Aside from the aforementioned Dole Whip and its cousin the Citrus Swirl, dining options are a bit limited, however Skipper’s Canteen has a wonderful menu and amazing theming — plus limited selections of beer and wine.

Tomorrowland

I could probably spend all day riding around on the Peoplemover. It is one of my favorite things to do in all of Walt Disney World. Many of the votes for Tomorrowland were high on the nostalgia factor. Even though so much of Tomorrowland has changed through the years, there’s still a lot to pull at the heartstrings. The Carousel of Progress may not have progressed from the 80s, but it is still one of the best napping spots at the Magic Kingdom. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin can provide challenge for those of us of who are video game challenged. And who doesn’t like Space Mountain?** The one place where Tomorrowland is a little iffy is in the food category. Thankfully, cream cheese pretzels are back, so at least there’s that for sustenance. Or you could always go to the ever-crowded Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café or, if it is ever open, the Tomorrowland Terrace.

Fantasyland

I may have taken some well-deserved grief for putting Frontierland and Liberty Square together, but Fantasyland could be seen as three different lands mashed together–“old” Fantasyland, “new” princess-esque Fantasyland, and Storybook Circus. With all of that, you really get the most bang for your buck in Fantasyland. You’ve got old classics–Peter Pan, Small World, Mad Tea Party. You’ve got newer attractions, such as Seven Dwarves Mine Train and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. There’s even the best themed bathrooms around at Rapunzel’s tower. There’s meet and greets, and not one, but two of the most hot-ticket dining reservations at Walt Disney World (Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest). Breakfast means Gaston’s for a cinnamon roll. For a quick bite, several people mentioned the flatbreads at Pinocchio’s Village Haus. I love the idea of sitting next to the window where you can wave at the people on Small World. (In reality, the germaphobe in me is almost as terrified of the fingerprints on that window as I am of the honey wall in the Winnie the Pooh queue.) Arguably, when people think of Walt Disney World, they are thinking of Fantasyland. So it comes as no surprise that it was second by a razor-thin margin–dare I say it, a statistical dead heat, and perhaps even qualified as a tie with the winner.

Frontierland/Liberty Square

Photo courtesy of WDWnews.com

Yes, I know, two separate lands. To me, it’s one conceptual land — Americana through the years, from the colonial era through the wild west. Many people were surprised when they stopped to think just how much they love doing in this area. You’ve got Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain for thrill seekers. You’ve got the Haunted Mansion, Hall of Presidents, and Country Bear Jamboree for nostalgia. You can drop a handful of quarters at the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade or spend hours wandering around Tom Sawyer Island. But there were two things that came up time and time again–the eatin’ and the Muppets. Specifically, Columbia Harbor House gets rave reviews, and for good reason. The food there is some of the best counter service in the Magic Kingdom. If you prefer sit-down, swing by Liberty Tree Tavern. Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake anyone? Another great reason for this area is that it is the only one of the listed lands that has good parade viewing options. At night, you also have decent option for fireworks viewing. But I really think the Muppets are what pushed it over the top. If you haven’t seen Great Moments in History, it is worth taking the time to watch, as it is truly a great show for everyone.

An Honorable Mention has to go to Main Street USA for several write-in votes. Even though it isn’t packed to the gills with attractions, it has such charm that it has a place in the hearts of many people. There is something about grabbing some popcorn, sitting down on a bench, and watching people see the castle for the very first time. Sights like that really can make you get all misty-eyed.

So there you have it–your pick about which land you could spend a full day in at the Magic Kingdom. This was a tough question for many. I wonder if there’s a harder question to ask….

And here’s next week’s AskIt – what’s the iconic Disney snack?

 

Remember, it’s Disney and so calories don’t count but your votes do! We’ll have the results next week on Ask It!

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*We tried. Apparently they do mind. And a friendly shout out and thank you to Chris from Orlando from security for being so understanding.
**That would be me — the whole “don’t do roller coasters” bit, ya know? But it looks cool from the Peoplemover!
Posted on March 22, 2017

15 Responses to “Ask It: One Magic Kingdom Land for the Day”

  • You guys realize that not everybody views riding It’s a Small World as punishment, right? I feel like that comes up in a lot of posts here, and I’m always kind of taken aback. Riding that with my kid is one of my favorite things to do at WDW. Don’t take it as a given that we all hate it as much as you do! (And complaining about the song is just hacky—might as well make jokes about airline food while you’re at it.)

    That probably comes off as too harsh, but I’m tired of the attraction being dissed so casually. It’s a classic for a reason.

    • by Julia Mascardo on March 22, 2017, at 1:31 pm EST

      That’s why I described it as an old classic along with Peter Pan and Mad Tea Party. It’s one of the few must-do rides for me at Magic Kingdom.

      • I was referring to the “a crime punishable by repeated trips on It’s a Small World” part, if that wasn’t clear. Just beyond tired of the cliché.

        • by Julia Mascardo on March 22, 2017, at 1:49 pm EST

          I can get behind that — part of the problem with clichés is that they have to be overused before they become a cliché.

          I’ve got a couple attractions that I think would be absolute torture to have to experience again and again during a day (Magic Carpets of Aladdin and having to walk up and down all those stairs in Swiss Family Treehouse). What do you think would be your choice for a “punishment attraction”?

          • I’m going to (gasp!) fall back on cliché and Stitch’s Great Escape. I can’t imagine a deeper horror than sitting through that show knowing I’d have to do it again in my lifetime, let alone immediately.

          • by Julia Mascardo on March 22, 2017, at 2:16 pm EST

            BK: Yes, Stitch is right up there. I don’t know if it is my “meh” feelings about Stitch, my hatred of chili dog smell, or being annoyed about it replacing the awesome Alien Encounter attraction, but it is one I have little desire to ever ride again!

  • Wow, next week’s question is tough. My favorite is Dole Whip, but as for iconic, I have to go with Mickey Bar. Die hards and locals may ‘pine’ for the pineapple dole whip (that bad pun was, unfortunately, intended) but the world over recognizes those chocolate covered ice cream ears.

    • Agreed on that. Dole Whip is definitely my favorite of the choices but the Mickey bar is completely synonymous with Walt Disney World. Churros are more of a Disneyland thing and while my wife insists that Walt Disney World popcorn tastes better than any other, I still don’t think that’s a quintessential Disney snack. Where are the turkey legs in that poll?

      • by Julia Mascardo on March 22, 2017, at 2:03 pm EST

        I really wanted to include turkey legs as well. If I had five options, that would be the poll’s fifth gate!

      • Once I saw that the wording was “Disney Parks”, I picked the churro without hesitation.

  • by Stephanie W. on March 22, 2017, at 5:26 pm EST

    How is Adventureland last?!?! That was my top pick.

  • I agree with Stephanie W. above. Adventureland is my favorite! And I have to completely disagree with Julia – I find the Swiss Family Treehouse absolutely magical, and love riding the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

  • I didn’t see this poll before it closed but I also would have chosen Frontierland/Liberty Square. Probably because Haunted Mansion is my favorite ride. If I only had a limited number of rides to choose from, I’m always going to go with the choice that includes the Haunted Mansion.

    And my vote in this week’s poll is for Dole Whip. Although I agree that a Mickey-shaped ice cream is also a good choice, you can get an ice cream bar anywhere. You can’t get a Dole Whip anywhere else but Disney.

    • While I completely agree with you on the snack choice — Mickey Bars are iconic but I find them too “heavy” in the heat. Dole Whip is so refreshing and I would never visit a Disney park without having it at least once — you CAN find Dole Whip many places outside of Disney. Several locations in Hawaii (not just Aulani). Some independent ice cream or frozen yogurt shops sell it. You might find it at a fair or a random food court. There is a golf range in suburban Chicago that sells it at their snack bar. I hope I’m not bursting your bubble here, but Dole Whip is just a mix that goes into a soft serve machine. So any place with a machine could serve it. If you need a fix, look around! You just might find some near you.

      • …and I guess I was inspired. I just ordered myself some Dole Whip mix from Amazon to try in my ice cream machine. Not the same as Aloha Isle, but desperate times…