Cinderella Castle 50th Day
  • On Apr 5, 2022
    Tammra from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you tell me if at magic kingdom they still have all the characters coming off the train with them singing? If so what time does this happen? It’s been years since I’ve been and had the thrill of seeing this and am traveling with much younger grandkid

    Hiya Tammra, 

    Your question about planning a Walt Disney World Resort found the right place to land. The planDisney panelists share your penchant for magical moments, and it would be an honor to help you earn your Fairy Grandmother wings this summer.

    I, too, have incredibly fond memories of the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show that featured the Citizens of Main Street singing and dancing alongside a multitude of Disney characters that arrived by train. I last saw this beloved show over a decade ago with my soon-to-be niece. I'll never forget the look on her pigtail-framed face as Mickey stepped out to welcome her to Magic Kingdom park. That personal greeting with Disney flair set the tone for a magical day. That little girl is now in college and I cherish that special memory. It's likely a similarly special memory that connected you with me. 

    As part of life's carousel of progress, the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show was replaced in 2017 by a show on the Castle Forecourt Stage, right in front of Cinderella Castle. Let the Magic Begin now starts your Magic Kingdom park day off with a bang five minutes before park opening (for example, 8:55 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. park opening). The excitement is palpable as Mickey and Minnie make a grand entrance with the grandest backdrop. In honor of The World's Most Magical Celebration, they are soon joined by a cast of characters in their EARidescent finest. I have no doubt you and your grandchild will form a core memory by participating in Magic Kingdom's opening ceremonies together, Tammra.

    While I do miss the train station welcome, I much prefer the logistics of the new show. Guests can enter Magic Kingdom park (with valid admission and a theme park reservation) up to one hour before opening, which allows time to grab breakfast at Main Street Bakery, do a little shopping on Main Street, U.S.A., or take some pictures before the kickoff begins. For showtime, I recommend scouting a spot that's on the side of the castle closest to your first destination. For Jungle Cruise and other Adventureland attractions, stay left. For Peter Pan's Flight and other Fantasyland attractions, stay right. 

    The magic is calling and planDisney is here to help you answer any other questions you may have about your upcoming trip. 

    Choose magic,
    Jennifer 
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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