Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park

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Mickey Mouse standing in front of Cinderella Castle with his arm outstretched
Top tips for your Walt Disney World Resort holiday!
Check out this handy list of tips and tricks, to make your visit to the Magic Kingdom unforgettable…

A holiday at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida 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 Magic Kingdom Park, to help you get the most out of your trip…


1. Spend more than one day in the park

There’s so much to see at 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 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, but 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. Be prepared to make virtual queue reservations

TRON Lightcycle / Run, presented by Enterprise and Tiana's Bayou Adventure (once it opens on June 28th 2024) require virtual queue reservations for guests to be able to ride. These must be made on the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit and are given out on a first-come first-serve basis. There are two chances for you to be able to snag a reservation: at 7am EST or 1pm EST. Make sure you're linked with everyone else in your group who wishes to ride, as you can make your reservation for your whole party and link it directly to their ticket.


TRON Lightcycle/Run, die schnellste Attraktion im Magic Kingdom Park


4. Save your Disney Genie+ reservations until after mid-morning

We’d always recommend arriving at the Walt Disney World Resort 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, if you’re using the Disney Genie+ service, we’d suggest making your first reservation 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, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are some of the most popular rides at the Magic Kingdom, so we’d recommend using Genie+ for these.


5. Get the perfect viewing spot for the parade

The Disney 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 Frontierland and Liberty Square, before making its way down Main Street U.S.A.

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.


Donald Duck holding his hands up during the Festival of Fantasy Parade


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 the queue should be significantly shorter! 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. Stand in the middle of Main Street U.S.A. to watch Happily Ever After

It might seem tempting to find a spot as close to Cinderella Castle as possible when getting ready to watch the nightly fireworks show Happily Ever After, but if you stand slightly further back you'll get a great view of both the fireworks and the projections on the castle. The spots closest to the castle tend to fill up pretty early, so if you aim to stand on Main Street U.S.A. instead you'll have a bit more time for dinner or to experience one final ride before the night ends. You'll also be closer to the exit of the park once the fireworks finish giving you head start back to the car, bus or monorail. 

Top Tip! If you have already seen the fireworks on your trip, this is another great time to start queuing for some of those more popular rides. Not only will the queues be shorter, but on some rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, you might get a view of the fireworks as you ride! 


Cinderella Castle lit up with projections and fireworks going off overhead


8. Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theatre!

A trip to Magic Kingdom Park shouldn’t be complete without a visit to see the big cheese himself - Mickey Mouse! As this meet and greet location is right at the front of the park, to your right as soon as you come out from under the train station, it can be easily missed as people make their way straight to Cinderella Castle. But if you want to say hi to Mickey, this is the perfect place to do so!


9. 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. Big Disney fans will appreciate everything the park has to offer, so we’d suggest taking 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.

Similarly, 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 are also loads of hidden Mickeys to look out for at Magic Kingdom Park, so why not see how many you can find?


A man helping a little girl dressed up as a princess try to pull the sword from the stone


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