A Walt Disney World holiday takes a lot of planning, that’s why we thought we’d help you out! We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks for visiting the Magic Kingdom, to help you get the most out of your trip…
1. Spend more than one day at the park
There’s so much to see at the Magic Kingdom Park, from thrilling rides, to spectacular shows and everything in between. We’d definitely recommend spending more than one day here, so that you can make sure you see it all. Maybe spend one day trying out all the incredible rides and another meeting your favourite characters and watching the fantastic shows.
2. Arrive early enough to see the welcome show
Each morning, when the Magic Kingdom Park opens, a fun-filled opening ceremony featuring lots of familiar faces, takes place on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. A trumpet fanfare starts off the show, before Mickey and his pals take to the stage to welcome you to the park. By arriving in time to see this, you’re not only witnessing a great show, you’ll also be one of the first in the park to get on those amazing rides, plus you’ll be able to snap a few selfies in front of the castle when the park is at its quietest.
3. Save your FastPass+ reservations until mid-morning
We’d always recommend arriving at the Disney theme parks early, and by early we mean before they actually open! This means you can be one of the first through the gates and can enjoy riding the park’s top attractions before the queues start to build. That’s why we’d suggest making your FastPass+ reservations for mid-morning. You don’t want to waste them when the park is quiet and there are relatively no queues, so we’d suggest saving them for mid-morning when the crowds start to arrive.
Top tip- Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are some of the most popular rides at the Magic Kingdom, so we’d recommend using FastPass+ for these.
4. Experience character dining at breakfast
If you want to make your Walt Disney World holiday even more special, we’d recommend booking a character dining experience. At the Magic Kingdom, you can dine alongside your favourite Disney characters at two different locations- the Crystal Palace (where you'll meet Winnie the Pooh and friends) and Cinderella’s Royal Table (where you'll find the Disney princesses).
If you’d love to experience character dining, we’d suggest making a breakfast reservation for two reasons. The first reason is that a hearty breakfast will give you all the energy you need for exploring the park, and the second reason is that you’ll be one of the first guests in, as breakfast reservations begin before the park opens to the public. As soon as you’ve finished your breakfast you can start exploring!
The Crystal Palace offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with sausages, bacon, eggs and Mickey waffles, while Cinderella’s Royal Table has mouth-watering dishes like baked quiche, caramel apple-stuffed French toast and of course a traditional breakfast!
Top tip- Did you know, you can make Disney dining reservations up to 180 days in advance? If you want to dine with the characters it’s important to book as early as possible, as these restaurants always fill up!
5. Get the perfect viewing spot for the parade
The park’s Festival of Fantasy parade is a must see if you’re a big character fan, as you can see all of your favourites in one place. You can expect to see Disney royalty, classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse and even a few villains! It takes place around 3pm every day (make sure you check the times as this can change), winding through the park and finishing at the bottom of Main Street USA.
Most guests gather on Main Street to view the parade, so this is by far the most crowded area. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit quieter but still with great views, we’d recommend watching from Frontierland or just underneath the train station near the park’s entrance.
Top tip- Wherever you choose to watch the parade make sure you head over to the area early, as once the parade preparations are underway it makes it more difficult to navigate your way around the park.
6. Or ride the top attractions during the parade
On the other hand, if you’re more of a ride fan, a great time to avoid the queues is during the parade. Lots of guests have a break from the rides to watch the parade, so if you’ve got a particular attraction at the top of your list, head here when the parade is on and there’ll be virtually no queue! Make sure you’re close to your chosen ride before it starts, as like we mentioned before, it’s harder to get around the park once the parade begins.
7. Meet your favourite characters at the circus!
Pete’s Silly Sideshow is an attraction that can be easily missed if you’re not sure where it is, but this is a great place to visit if you want to get some great character photos and add to your autograph collection. Pete’s Silly Sideshow is tucked away under the big top in the Storybook Circus area. This is the place where you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy, all dressed up in their flamboyant circus attire!
8. Don’t skip the “small stuff”
With so many amazing rides and attractions, it can sometimes be easy to forget about some of the smaller details. Mega Disney fans will appreciate everything the park has to offer, so we’d suggest making some time to explore the park properly. Look out for things like La Fontaine de Cendrillon (aka the Cinderella fountain) and the Sword in the Stone, as these make great photo opportunities.
The Walt Disney World Railroad can sometimes get overlooked, but this is well worth putting on your must do list. A ride on the authentic steam-powered train gives you amazing views of the park and lets you get off at convenient locations throughout the park. There’s also loads of hidden Mickey’s to look out for at the Magic Kingdom, so why not see how many you can find?
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