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10 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

When guests visit Walt Disney World, they love to spend tons of time in the four theme parks exploring the various lands and areas. Each theme park is home to plenty of attractions, entertainment, dining, and shopping, but the most beloved of the four is the Magic Kingdom. The park opened in 1971 with Walt Disney World and is home to some of the most classic Disney attractions and characters. Guests who enjoy the Magic Kingdom can soar high over London with Peter Pan, blast off into space, explore the Wild West, and enjoy wonderful nighttime entertainment. With so much to do and see on a day in the park, guests definitely want to make the most out of each moment and there are some simple steps which can help them do that. From saving time to having a plan, here are ten tips for getting the most out of Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

10. Rope Drop

One of the best ways to make the most out of a day in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks is to arrive for rope drop. This entails arriving at the park before it officially opens and waiting at the gates to be let in. Arriving at the Magic Kingdom for rope drop allows guests to enjoy a welcome show, Let The Magic Begin! In addition to enjoying the show, guests who arrive at the Magic Kingdom for rope drop are some of the first in the park where they are rewarded with few crowds and low wait times!

9. Adventureland First

After entering the gates of the Magic Kingdom and heading down Main Street, guests are smart to head for Adventureland first. The majority of guests head towards either Fantasyland or Tomorrowland first to enjoy the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain, making both areas crowded in the morning. Fewer guests opt to head towards Adventureland, making it an optimal choice first thing in the morning as there are few crowds and many of the attractions there have low wait times.

8. Visit the Mountains Early

Located in Frontierland are a pair of thrilling mountains which bring guests on exciting adventures. Splash Mountain brings guests along on an adventure with Br’er Rabbit as he tries to escape Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear. The attraction culminates with a soaking drop into the Briar Patch which always leaves guests smiling. Right next door is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which is the wildest ride in the wilderness. The attraction brings guests into the mining town of Tumbleweed where mine trains whip around sharp turns, steep drops, and all sorts of wildlife. Both Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are popular attractions and can easily have long wait times on busy days in the park. Guests are smart to stop by the mountains early on in the day to enjoy the big thrills without losing lots of time spent waiting in line.

7. Don’t Skip the Underrated

Many guests who visit the Magic Kingdom tend to head directly to the popular and thrilling attractions and often overlook some of the more underrated and subtle ones. Guests should be sure to not miss out on overlooked attractions as they are entertaining and interesting in their own ways. Guests who want to make the most of their time in the park should be sure to check out Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

6. Eat at Columbia Harbour House

The Magic Kingdom is home to plenty of dining options, but a favorite of many guests is a quick service location in Liberty Square. Columbia Harbour House invites guests to dine in a nautical setting on a unique menu that focuses on seafood. Guests can enjoy a great selection of meals while checking out the dark wood paneling and nautical details. Guests who dine at Columbia Harbour House can also head upstairs to a second floor of dining and enjoy beautiful views of Liberty Square from the windows. Don’t forget to Mobile Order to avoid lines via the My Disney Experience App.

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5. FastPass Peter Pan’s Flight

A classic attraction which is beloved by many guests in the Magic Kingdom is Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland. The attraction sprinkles guests with pixie dust and allows them to fly high over London and Neverland with Peter and the Darling children. Guests can soar in classic pirate ships and see all of their favorite characters from the Disney animated film. Since the attraction is so popular, it tends to have wait times which generally exceed an hour on busy afternoons in the park. Guests who want to enjoy the attraction without losing lots of time in line should definitely opt to FastPass Peter Pan’s Flight.

4. FastPass Space Mountain

One mountain in the Magic Kingdom can be found in the rear of Tomorrowland in a massive white futuristic building. Space Mountain brings guests into Starport 75 where they can blast off into outer space on a galactic adventure that is out of this world! This indoor roller coaster style attraction is very popular with guests of all ages and often has high crowds and long wait times. Guests who want to enjoy Space Mountain without losing a lot of time waiting on the line should book a FastPass for the attraction.

3. FastPass Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

One of the newer attractions in the Magic Kingdom can be found in New Fantasyland dominating the area. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train brings guests deep into the workplace of the Seven Dwarfs and shows how they collect precious gems all day long. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding area from their mine trains and also sing along with the Dwarfs at the end of their work day. Since the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is still relatively new, it is very popular and often has extremely long wait times. Guests who want to make the most out of the Magic Kingdom should definitely FastPass this experience.

2. Line Up Early for Happily Ever After

Once night falls in the Magic Kingdom, guests can enjoy unique entertainment which is sure to amaze them. Happily Ever After brings the skies high over Cinderella Castle and the castle itself to life with fireworks and a projection show set to Disney music for the perfect ending to a day in the park. Since this experience is very popular and best viewed from Main Street, spots tend to get grabbed quickly by guests in the park. Those who want to make the most of their night are smart to line up for Happily Ever After at least an hour early to guarantee great views.

1. Enjoy the Details

Perhaps the best way to make the most out of a day in the Magic Kingdom is to simply slow down and enjoy the details! There are so many small details throughout the park which often go overlooked by guests who are in a hurry. In order to appreciate the beauty and depth that the Magic Kingdom has, guests have to slow down and look around!

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.