Disney pros are full of hints and tips when it comes to visiting the parks at Walt Disney World. Here are 11 tips on how to tackle Magic Kingdom like the pros, and get more out of your day at the most magical place on earth.
11. Arrive Early
Disney pros arrive at the park early, as in before rope drop early. Getting to the park at that time means you can catch the welcome show “Let the Magic Begin” in front of Cinderella Castle. The attraction lines will be shorter in the morning, and it’s the perfect time to have your photo taken at the castle without crowds of strangers in the background.
10. When to Eat
Many guests will choose to eat lunch and dinner at typical meal times, which means long line ups, and it can be difficult to find a table, especially at popular quick service locations like Pecos Bill. Avoid the lines and mad search for a seat by eating early, or later. This will make a huge difference. And if you need a snack in the meantime, there are no shortages of Dole Whips, Mickey ice cream bars, or waffle sandwiches in Magic Kingdom.
9. Avoid Extra Magic Hours
Sometimes Extra Magic Hours are great, and sometimes you want to avoid them at Magic Kingdom, especially if they fall on a Monday. Monday tends to be one of the busiest days at Magic Kingdom, and if there are also Extra Magic Hours there can be pretty heavy crowds. Avoiding these kinds of crowds can be worth missing out on the Extra Magic Hours.
8. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a free, interactive scavenger hunt throughout the Magic Kingdom. Guests can stop by the Firehouse on Main Street to get the necessary items to play the game. Disney Pros know this is a great and fun way to experience the Magic Kingdom.
Selecting FastPasses is a must for every Disney park, but the key is knowing which attractions to FastPass at Magic Kingdom and when. Peter Pan and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are great picks, because they consistently have long lines, all day. It’s also good to know when to pick your FastPasses. The lines don’t get long for rides until later in the day, so try to avoid making your FastPasses for first thing in the morning. This is how you can avoid spending copious amounts of time waiting in line.
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6. Take Breaks
Disney pros have learned the value of taking little breaks during their day at Magic Kingdom. You can take these breaks right in the park. Finding some shade and sitting down for 15 minutes can be key to helping you last all day and evening at the park. Guests can take a break in the air conditioning at the shows, like the Tiki Room, Carousel of Progress, or the Hall of Presidents. Tom Sawyer Island is also a place full of quiet shady spots, perfect for recharging.
5. Happily Ever After
The new night-time spectacular is extremely popular and if you want a good spot it’s good to claim that spot at least 45 minutes prior to show time. Because of the projections on the castle, Disney pros know you want to be pretty close to the castle. Around the Partners statue at the end of the Main Street is probably the best spot, but failing that, anywhere along Main Street or at the Train Station, will allow you to see the scope of the fireworks.
4. Walk Through the Shops
When Disney pros have somewhere to be they don’t waste their time fighting the crowds along Main Street USA. Instead, they walk through the shops along Main Street, which are all connected and more often than not, less congested than the street.
3. The Peoplemover
Disney pros know that The Peoplemover in Tomorrowland is one of the real ‘hidden gems’ of the Magic Kingdom. It rarely has a line, and although the thrill level is almost non-existent, its’ a great attraction. The Peoplemover takes guests on a relaxing journey above Tomorrowland and even through Space Mountain. Do as the pros do, and ride this attraction!
2. Be Realistic
Those who have visited Magic Kingdom know that it’s the park with the most ride attractions. They also know that it’s impossible to do everything in one visit. You can avoid being disappointed if you go to Magic Kingdom expecting to do a lot of things, but not everything. Make a list of a few things you absolutely must do, also expect lines and crowds. If you have realistic expectations of what the park will be like and what you can accomplish, then you will have a magical day at the park and make wonderful memories.
1. Stay Late
There are a number of reasons to stay late at Magic Kingdom. Guests don’t have to leave as soon as the park ‘closes’. The shops stay open after the park closes, about 30-60 minutes, so you can get some late night shopping in. If you get into line for an attraction before closing time, you won’t be asked to get out of line, instead you will be able to wait in line and ride the attraction. Guests will also be able to witness the Kiss Goodnight about half an hour after closing. It’s a goodnight message and the castle sparkles with lights. It might be a long day, but it’s worth it to stay late at the Magic Kingdom.