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7 Rookie Mistakes People Make At Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

When many guests picture a Disney vacation, they immediately conjure up images of the Magic Kingdom. The favorite Disney theme park of many guests, the Magic Kingdom is home to some of the most classic attractions and experiences in Walt Disney World scattered throughout several themed lands. Guests who spend time in the park can enjoy flying high over London with Peter Pan, blasting off into space, going under the sea with Ariel, cruising around the world, dropping into the Briar Patch, and interacting with mischievous ghosts. With so many amazing things to see and do in the Magic Kingdom, guests want to make the most of each moment in the park and experience as much as possible. One of the biggest ways that guests lost time in the park is by making rookie mistakes which can easily be avoided. By avoiding any mistakes, guests can be sure to have the most amazing day in the park. Here are seven rookie mistakes that guests make at the Magic Kingdom.

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7. Not Arriving For Rope Drop

A rookie mistake that many guests make when visiting Walt Disney World is not arriving at the theme parks for rope drop. By arriving for rope drop, guests are waiting at the gates of the park before it officially opens. Those who arrive early at the Magic Kingdom are treated to a welcome ceremony, Let The Magic Begin. After enjoying the show, guests who arrived early for rope drop are some of the first guests inside the park and are rewarded with few crowds, low wait times, and empty walkways.

6. Not Going To Adventureland First

When the Magic Kingdom first opens, most of the crowds tend to head either towards Fantasyland to experience the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight or towards Tomorrowland to hop aboard Space Mountain. Since so many guests head towards those two lands, they tend to be the most crowded in the morning and have the longest wait times. A rookie mistake is to follow the crowd, and guests are smart to instead go against the trend and head towards Adventureland first. There they will be greeted with much lower wait times, fewer guests, and quiet areas.

5. Skipping The Classics

The Magic Kingdom is home to many popular attractions that guests simply must see, but also many classic attractions which can sometimes be overlooked by rookies. Guests should definitely make the time to visit classic attractions like Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, The Hall of Presidents, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and It’s A Small World. These attractions are beloved by many guests and are amazing experiences that can’t be missed on a day in the Magic Kingdom.

4. Not Using A FastPass For The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

One of the newest attractions in the Magic Kingdom can be found nestled in the middle of New Fantasyland. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train invites guests to board mine carts and enter into the workplace of the seven dwarfs where a million diamonds shine. Along the way guests gently swing side to side in their carts and also can glimpse Snow White. Since the attraction is so popular, the wait time easily exceeds two hours on busy days in the park, so a rookie mistake is not using a FastPass to enjoy the attraction. By using a FastPass, guests can still have the same experience but avoid wasting lots of time waiting in line.

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3. Not Lining Up Early For Parades

The Festival of Fantasy Parade runs each afternoon and features whimsical floats with Disney characters including Mickey, Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, and Pinocchio. Disney parades are incredibly popular with guests and many line up over an hour ahead of time to secure the perfect viewing spot. Guests who don’t book a FastPass for either parade or line up well ahead of time are making a rookie mistake!

2. Not Using A FastPass For Peter Pan’s Flight

One of the most beloved and classic attractions in the Magic Kingdom is Peter Pan’s Flight found in Fantasyland. The attraction invites guests to be sprinkled with pixie dust and take to the skies over London and Neverland with Peter and the Darling children. Since the attraction is very popular and tends to be a little slow loading, the wait time can be very high at all times throughout the day. Guests are smart to book a FastPass for the experience and use the time that would have otherwise been spent waiting on line to enjoy other areas of the park.

1. Skipping Happily Ever After 

No day in the Magic Kingdom is complete without a viewing of Happily Ever After and guests who skip the experience make a huge rookie mistake! Each night the sky high over Cinderella Castle and the castle itself come to life with fireworks, a phenomenal musical score, projection show and the classic flight by Tinkerbell. Happily Ever After is the perfect ending to a day enjoyed in the Magic Kingdom.

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.