The Best Shows in Magic Kingdom at Disney World

There is so, so, SO much to do in the Magic Kingdom, I do not blame those of you who skip right over the shows and head straight to the thrills! But, if I may, I’d like to highlight some great entertainment for those of you that want to pace yourselves on your upcoming trip. These are some of the best shows in Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

Magic Kingdom Best Shows

As much as I love riding ride at Disney World, there are occasions one might need to stop and take in a show. You might be pregnant like I was last summer and be unable to ride with your group. There may be bad weather at Disney World that might cause you to duck inside for cover. Don’t waste time in a shop or hiding under an awning! There’s still plenty of fun to be had with these awesome shows at the Magic Kingdom!

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Mickey’s PhilharMagic

One of our favorite shows to see is Mickey’s PhilharMagic in Fantasyland. It’s right beside (or behind, depending on where you are standing) the Prince Charming Regal Carousel, and to the left of Peter Pan’s Flight. Much like It’s Tough to Be A Bug in the Animal Kingdom or Muppet Vision 3D in Hollywood Studios, this show is mostly in 3D with some 4D special effects thrown in for good measure. Donald is the star, and the audience follows him as he has to chase Mickey’s sorcerer hat through several well known animated features. The wait is usually never longer than 15-20 minutes, and it is well worth your time.

Mickey's Philharmagic show near Cinderella Castle

Country Bear Jamboree

Another favorite show in Magic Kingdom is Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland. You can find this attraction near Splash Mountain and to the right of the Shooting Arcade. Now, this animatronic stage show won’t knock your socks of technologically speaking, but it is worth the visit just for the nostalgia alone. My girls really loved the talking moose the best! It’s a silly show with silly, singing bears, but the seats are comfy, it’s indoors, and you will probably never wait more than 5-10 minutes for the next show to start.

Country Bears in the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween parade

Monster’s Inc., Laugh Floor

Finally, although we really enjoyed the last time we went to Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland. On a past trip, a member of our group was caught playing on his phone during the pre-show. He didn’t get the hint the first time they called him out, so they kept showing him on the screen throughout the show! This show is a live comedy show, starring Mike, Sulley, and friends from Monster’s Inc.

Sign for Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor

They interact with the audience, ask questions, and tell funny jokes. FastPass+ reservation are available for this one, but it’s not necessary. FastPass+ reservations only allow you to get seats close to the front. There isn’t really a bad seat in the house, so save those passes for something you really don’t want to wait for. The wait between these shows is usually 15-20 minutes, so it won’t be that long anyway.

Street Entertainment in the Magic Kingdom

As always, there are plenty of fantastic street shows in Magic Kingdom including, but not limited to:

  • Main Street Trolley Show
  • The Dapper Dans
  • Main Street Philharmonic
  • Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party
Main Street Band in Magic Kingdom

These street shows are great if you don’t actually want to stand in line and wait for a show.

Dancer in the Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It! Street Party!

The Magic Kingdom also has some of the best parades and nighttime fireworks out of any of the parks. Don’t miss out on Happily Ever After each evening (subject to weather conditions) and the Festival of Fantasy Parade! What’s your favorite show in Magic Kingdom?