Long Lines in the Magic Kingdom? Try These Disney Experiences Instead!


There’s no denying that the Magic Kingdom is an extremely popular Disney Park that many Guests love to spend plenty of time in, but this can result in some pretty heavy crowds and long wait times. Many popular attractions can have long wait times, including experiences like Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan’s Flight, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and Tomorrowland Speedway.

While these attractions can boast long wait times and can still be enjoyed using Individual Lightning Lane selections or Disney Genie+, heavy crowds don’t have to ruin a day in the Magic Kingdom as there are plenty of other amazing attractions and experiences to enjoy instead. Long lines in the Magic Kingdom? Check out these experiences instead!

Main Street, U.S.A. Windows

Walt Disney Main Steet Window

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Main Street, U.S.A. is the first area of the Magic Kingdom that greets Guests when they enter and whisks them back to the charm and elegance of the turn of the century in a small town. The beautifully themed area is home to shops, restaurants, and more, all housed inside incredibly detailed buildings that most Guests tend to overlook. Up and down Main Street, U.S.A., are countless windows that advertise local businesses and individuals, but what most Guests don’t realize is that the names are anything but random.

Each name pays homage to an individual that was crucial to the development of the Walt Disney World Resort and the Magic Kingdom, and Guests can spot familiar names like Walt Disney, Roy Disney, Yale Gracey, Mary Blair, and more.

Hidden Mickey Hunt

Hidden Donald

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Another wonderful way to avoid crowds and wait in long lines during a busy day in the Magic Kingdom is to enjoy a Hidden Mickey hunt. Hidden Mickeys can be found all around the Disney Parks and can form the image of Mickey or any other familiar characters either in full silhouette or profile.

Many Hidden Mickeys are hiding in plain sight, so Guests who simply slow down and take the time to check out details and designs all around them are likely to spot ones they have overlooked many other times!

Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree

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In addition to the popular attractions mentioned above, the Magic Kingdom is home to many attractions that rarely boast a wait, including a show in the heart of Frontierland. Country Bear Jamboree is performed throughout each day in a large hall, meaning that many Guests can be accommodated at once for each viewing.

Guests who stop to enjoy the show can be serenaded by a large cast of friendly bears who croon out country hits with hilarious moments along the way.

Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island

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One of the most overlooked areas of the Magic Kingdom that is rarely ever crowded is Tom Sawyer Island in Frontierland, which is accessible only via special rafts that cross the Rivers of America.

Guests who take the time to make the crossing are rewarded with quiet pathways, lush forest areas, spooky caves, barrel bridges, a large fort, and unique views of the surrounding area from the Haunted Mansion all the way to the Big Thunder Mountain Railway.

The Hall of Presidents

Another large-capacity theater that holds many Guests at a time can be found at The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. This patriotic experience is often overlooked by Guests and shares the story of the Oval Office before unveiling all of the Presidents on stage together, thanks to audio-animatronic magic.

With pumping air conditioning, comfortable seats, and an interesting show, The Hall of Presidents is a great escape from the crowds on a busy day in the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Children on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

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Adventureland can be crowded with Guests who love to check out popular experiences like the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean, but there is also a wonderful attraction that rarely has a wait. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a simple spinner-style attraction, much like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, that offers Guests the opportunity to take to the skies and control their height on the back of Aladdin’s trusty sidekick.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room


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Just across from the Magic Carpets of Aladdin is Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, yet another show inside of a theater that can hold many Guests at a time resulting in little to no wait. This tropical and lively show features a large cast of audio-animatronic birds, flowers, tikis, and more who serenade Guests with classic musical numbers in a comfortable and beautifully immersive space.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Carousel of Progress

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Moving over to Tomorrowland, Guests can find heavy crowds and long wait times on attractions like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin but also avoid the crowds on a duo of experiences. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a classic attraction that originated at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

The attraction invites Guests to enjoy an innovative theater that rotates around a central stage. Each scene depicts different points in time throughout the last century and showcases how a family has benefited from technological advances over the years.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover


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The final attraction that Guests should definitely enjoy on a busy day in the Magic Kingdom is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover which circles the skies throughout Tomorrowland. This serene scenic tour whisks Guests along and offers up unique views of the area with an informational narration that can be enjoyed while soaking in relaxing breezes. While the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover can sometimes appear to have a lengthy line, the continual loading of Guests results in quick movement and boarding within minutes!

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.