7 Tips For Squeezing In The Most Attractions At The Magic Kingdom In Walt Disney World

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
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When guests visit Walt Disney World, they love to spend the majority of their time in the Magic Kingdom. The park opened with the Walt Disney World Resort in 1971 and is filled with beautifully theme lands which aim to take guests on adventures they will never forget. The Magic Kingdom is home to classic and thrilling experiences which simply can’t be missed on a Disney vacation. Guests who spend time in the park can enjoying flying over London with Peter Pan, cruising around the world, blasting off into space, racing classic cars, meeting the Disney Princesses, and sailing with pirates. With so many amazing things to experience, guests want to make the most out of their time in the Magic Kingdom and see as much as possible. While it is impossible to see it all in one day, there are some effective tips to help experience as much as possible while enjoying the park. Here are seven tips for squeezing in the most attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

7. Arrive Before Park Opening

One of the best ways to ensure an amazing day in any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks is to arrive before the park actually opens. The Magic Kingdom opens at different times each morning depending on the season and day. Be sure to look up the exact time of opening and get to the park at least a half hour before that. Guests who are there early are welcome to enter the park to spend time on Main Street U.S.A. before the park officially opens. Main Street and the hub in front of Cinderella Castle remain open while the rest of the park is still closed. Roughly 5 minutes before the official park opening, “Let The Magic Begin” begins! This is a welcome show held on the stage in front of the Castle with fun music, special characters, and a few fireworks to kick off the day! Guests who have arrived early are some of the first to enter into the Magic Kingdom where they are rewarded with few crowds and low wait times allowing them to enjoy several attractions in a short period of time.

6. Go To Adventureland First

After entering into the Magic Kingdom, guests should make a conscious effort to head towards Adventureland first. This helps them to avoid crowds as most guests tend to head to either Fantasyland or Tomorrowland to enjoy the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Space Mountain, respectively. By heading straight to Adventureland first, guests can enjoy the attractions in that land like the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin with little to no wait time.

5. Visit Fantasyland During The Parade

One of the most popular areas of the Magic Kingdom is Fantasyland which is home to classic attractions like It’s A Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carousel and Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid. With so many family friendly attractions which are very popular, Fantasyland seems to always be busy and have longer wait times than other areas of the Magic Kingdom. Guests who want to squeeze in the most attractions in one day should plan on visiting Fantasyland either during the afternoon parade when many guests have headed to Main Street to enjoy the show or late at night when many have headed back to their Disney Resorts.

4. FastPass The Right Attractions

Certain attractions in the Magic Kingdom are so popular that they tend to have long wait times no matter what time of day. Guests who want to enjoy these popular and amazing attractions can do so by planning ahead and booking FastPasses for the experiences. FastPasses allow guests to be assigned a certain time to visit an attraction to enjoy the experience with little to no wait time. Guests who wait to get the most out of their time in the Magic Kingdom should book FastPasses for Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as those attractions tend to be the most popular and have the longest wait times.

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3. Enjoy The Underrated

In addition to the popular and thrilling attractions in the Magic Kingdom, there are also plenty of experiences which can be considered underrated. These underrated attractions rarely have lines or wait times making them ideal to enjoy when trying to see as much as possible in the park. Guests who visit the Magic Kingdom should be sure to enjoy Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the Country Bear Jamboree, the Hall of Presidents, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

2. Utilize Extra Magic Hours

Guests who stay on property at a Walt Disney World Resort have access to exclusive times in the parks when there are fewer crowds and shorter wait times. Extra Magic Hours allow only Disney Resort guests to enter into one park early each morning and another park after closing each evening to enjoy quiet times with fewer crowds. Visiting the Magic Kingdom during either morning or evening Extra Magic Hours is a fantastic way to squeeze in the most attractions possible since popular attractions will have less crowds and lower wait times.

1. Stay Late

In addition to Extra Magic Hours, guests should also plan on staying in the Magic Kingdom until it officially closes each evening. Many guests end up leaving after Happily Ever After or even earlier to relax at their Disney Resorts or call it an early night. Guests who plan on staying until the park officially closes can enjoy fewer crowds and lower wait times, enabling them to experience more attractions in a shorter amount of time.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.