I can’t think of a better way to begin a New Year than with a spotlight on this wonderful extravaganza that the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort puts on to invite guests into the park in the morning!
What is the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show?
Imagine if the citizens of a small town got together to welcome visitors to their home.
Then imagine the town was Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. In which case that welcome would include a proclamation from a Citizen of Main Street, a grand arrival in style from multiple Disney characters, and even a touch of fireworks!
All of which serves to give guests just a sampling of what they will experience during a day at the Magic Kingdom – characters, attractions and entertainment!
Who are the performers?
A member of the Citizens of Main Street – such as The Mayor or Scoop Sanderson is on hand to host this show and issue the formal welcome of the day to guests. They are joined by the wonderful Main Street Trolley Show dancers (to be spotlighted at a later date!).
But the real showstopper here is the train as it brings in a massive group of characters ranging from members of the Fab Five to Alice and the White Rabbit, Peter Pan and Wendy, the Tremaines, and more!
When and where can I find it?
This event usually occurs daily (although this can change) approximately 15-20 minutes before park opening and lasts for about 10 minutes. It takes place at the upper level of the Main Street, U.S.A. train station and can be seen at the main entrance to the park from just inside the turnstiles. Check your daily Times Guide or My Disney Experience app for the schedule.
Mousertainment Tip: Arrive early for the best view and as soon as the show ends, head for the left side tunnel entrance to the park next to the Chamber of Commerce to see the characters exit from the train station. This is a terrific photo location!
Why spotlight it?
I love that “the most magical place on earth” starts the day with this incredible welcome to its guests with an awesome opportunity to see so many characters all together in one place!
Along with the Main Street performers and Trolley Show dancers, it really reinforces that you are entering historical small-town America – with the Disney characters adding that fantastic extra special touch.
I’ll admit, the first time I saw it, I was very jealous that the Magic Kingdom had such a tremendous production to open the park each day and Disneyland Park did not! And yet, the key to everything at the Walt Disney World Resort is to “do it bigger!” than the original Disneyland Resort, so it does seem appropriate to have more than just a “rope drop” at each park as Disneyland and Disney California Adventure do. Plus it is always nice to see that different cultural distinction between the two Resorts as well.
But this show certainly puts the “magic” in the Magic Kingdom and is just the perfect way to start your day at the park!
Have you seen the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show? Do you wish Disneyland Park had something comparable or are you glad this is a Walt Disney World Resort exclusive?
Update 1/5/17: This show will stop performances after January 8, 2017 and will instead be replaced by a new “Welcome moment” in front of Cinderella Castle in the mornings before rope drop as of January 9, 2017. This coincides with a several month refurbishment of the Railroad, but it is unknown at this time if the original Welcome Show will be brought back once the Railroad returns to service. So catch this show this weekend if you can!