Best Tips, Tricks, & Secrets for Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

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Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is the most magical place on earth, but it’s also an extremely busy place with a great deal to see and do. Because of that it can be an overwhelming place at times. To help you experience more magic and less stress we’ve put together at list of our best tips, tricks and secrets for you. We hope some of these tips will help you have the best day ever when visiting Magic Kingdom.

9. Arrive Early

We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying it because it really is one of the best tips we can give you for visiting Magic Kingdom. By arriving early you can get through bag check quickly and get into the park sooner. Just before the park officially opens you can catch the welcome show ‘Let the Magic Begin’ in front of Cinderella Castle, which is the perfect way to start your day. You can then head to your must-do attractions and ride them with little to no wait. The parks get busy by 11:00 am so use those early hours in the day to get as much done as you can.

8. Save the Shows for Later

When you first arrive at Magic Kingdom focus on riding attractions. Leave the shows for later in the afternoon when the sun is hotter and your feet need a break. The shows don’t often have lines so they are a great option in-between your FastPasses.

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7. Shop in the Day

Don’t wait to shop at the end of the night. Most guests do this and it makes for a very hectic and crowded shopping experience. The shops are less busy earlier in the day and you’ll find shopping to be a more enjoyable experience when you have room to browse. You can also have your items held at the front of the park if purchased early enough in the day, so you can pick them up on your way out. If you’re staying on property you can have your packages sent to your resort for pick up later.

6. Catch a Ride

From 8 am until 10:15 am you can hop aboard a turn-of-the-century vehicle and take a one way ride down Main Street. It’s a really unique experience getting to ride in an authentic jitney or fire engine down a bustling Main Street.

5. Go to the Contemporary

If you are using Uber or Lyft to get to Magic Kingdom your driver won’t be able to drop you off at the front entrance at Magic Kingdom. Instead ask your drive to take you to the Contemporary. Anyone can visit the resort, and it is an easy place to be dropped off. From the Contemporary you can take the walking path, which is about a five-minute walk to the park.

4. Mobile Ordering

There are many quick service locations that have mobile ordering at Magic Kingdom and it would be wise for you to use it when visiting the park. Mobile Ordering allows you to place your order for food through the My Disney Experience app, then you notify the location when you are there and ready to pick up your order. Mobile ordering will save you time waiting in line, and you can even place your order ahead of time while you’re en route to eat, or while waiting in line for an attraction. A couple of spots that mobile ordering is great for saving time is Aloha Isle and Cosmic Rays.

3. Head to the Hub

The hub is the grassy area at the end of Main Street USA, but before you reach the castle. The Hub Grass is the perfect spot to take a little break and just enjoy being in the most magical place on earth. It’s also a good place to head to once you’ve got your Starbucks, or your lunch from Casey’s. The Hub grass is the place to take Instagram worthy photos, or just take a load off and enjoy some Disney snacks.

2. Attend Special Events and Parties

If you’re visiting Disney World when they are hosting one of their special events or parties at Magic Kingdom, such as the After Hours events, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, it would be to your benefit to consider attending. While these extra events do have an additional cost, they are worth it. These special events have limited tickets, which means fewer people in the park and shorter wait times for attractions. The events often feature special treats and snacks, some of which are complimentary. These events also offer special character meet and greets and other fantastic event-only experiences and shows that are worth spending the extra money to be a part of.

1. Big Top Souvenirs

The Confectionary is one of the busiest shops at the end of the night in Magic Kingdom. There’s wall-to-wall people and long lines at the bakery counter as everyone wants to get a sweet treat for the way home. If you don’t mind a little extra walking, after Happily Ever After, head to Big Top Souvenirs in Storybook Circus. There you will find many of the same delicious baked goods and snacks that you would find at The Confectionary, but a much shorter line. Despite having a further walk to the park exit, chances are good you’ll still save time.

About Lauren Repei

Lauren lives in Hamilton Ontario, but dreams of one day moving to Orlando to be closer to the Magic Kingdom. She loves the atmosphere, the history, the magic of the parks and Dole Whips, so she’s always in the midst of planning her next vacation. In the meantime, she spends her days working for the family business as a baker, and as a travel agent specializing in Disney with ClicktheMouse. Lauren’s most memorable Disney moment by far, is when she became engaged in front of Cinderella Castle making it her best Disney vacation to date.