Magic Kingdom is one of the 4 Disney World theme parks in Orlando, Florida. It is the Disney World theme park that is similar to Disneyland in California where there’s a castle, some lands are similar (Main St., U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland), some rides are similar, etc. Yet, while it is similar in a lot of ways, there’s a lot of things that are unique to Disney World Magic Kingdom so if you’re planning a visit to Disney World, make sure to still visit it. Check our Disney World Magic Kingdom Tips to save you time and money during your visit.
10 Disney World Magic Kingdom Tips:
1. Book Disney World FastPass Ahead of Time
Skip the long lines at the Disney rides and shows by booking your Fastpass+ in advance. Guests at Disney World hotels can book FastPass+ for their entire stay 60 days in advance of the first day of their stay. If you’re not staying at a Disney hotel, you can book FastPass+ 30 days in advance. You can make bookings on the My Disney Experience app or online via the Disney website. With a Fastpass+, you can show up within the 1hr. window at the attraction you’ve booked.
While the other 3 Disney World theme parks have a tier system in their Fastpass+, Magic Kingdom doesn’t so you can just reserve 3 attractions you like. Here are the 25 Disney World Magic Kingdom to choose from (as of 2018):
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
- Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
- Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the more famous rides, so if this is available, I would suggest booking it. The rest truly depends on whom you’re traveling with, if you’ve been to Disneyland where some rides are similar or if your priority is meeting the characters. If you’re a thrill seeker, then rides with mountains is what you should book. Also, consider the location of these rides so you’re not walking from one end to another.
2. Get Around the Park using the Walt Disney World Railroad
The Walt Disney World Railroad loops around Disney World Magic Kingdom. Traveling with kids or seniors? This will lessen walking a lot especially if you’re intending to start your trip with kiddie rides at Fantasyland located at the very back of Magic Kingdom. We rode the railroad upon entering Disney World at Main St. to get to the very back of the theme park. It traveled around Disney World with stops at Frontierland and our stop – Fantasyland.
3. Make a breakfast reservation for Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table or Crystal Palace before the park opens
If you can wake up early and it’s within the budget, try to schedule an 8 AM breakfast and be inside the park before the official opening time, this will enable you to take pictures with the Cinderella Castle without the crowd.
4. Take a picture with the Cinderella Castle in the morning while everyone still looks good
Not only are pictures taken better in the morning, everyone still looks decent in the morning. This is especially true when traveling with kids.
5. Order the Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Dole Whip
If you’re a fan of the Pineapple Dole Whip at Disneyland, make sure to get it with the Pineapple Upside Down Cake when visiting Disney World. Hands down – the best thing we’ve eaten at Disney World!
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6. If you’re a First-timer, don’t visit during the holidays
Disney World Magic Kingdom looks extra magical during the holidays but the crowd is as you expect – a lot! If you’re visiting Disney World for the first time and it’s over the holiday season, this means you won’t be able to experience a lot due to the long lines in most if not all the attractions. Getting around, especially if you have strollers in tow is harder with the huge crowd as well. We visited a week before Christmas and that was a tough visit for sure.
7. Don’t ride Jungle Cruise at Night
Jungle Cruise is a scenic boat tour and it’s hard to see anything at night. Luckily, the Disney crewmember steering the boat was really funny so we enjoyed it even if we can’t see anything.
8. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a Must See!
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress was personally created by Walt Disney for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. You can find it at Disney World and it’s really unique. You will travel through the 20th century to see how technology has improved our way of life during this classic, 21-minute Audio-Animatronics show. You may get a little sleepy though as the seats were really comfy but don’t leave Disney World without visiting this attraction. Even our kids enjoyed it.
9. Find a spot to watch the Disney World Parade way ahead before it starts or take advantage of the short lines at the Disney World Rides
The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade happens at 2 PM. Try to schedule this around your Fastpass+ schedule and your lunch schedule so you can find your spot early. They closed off paths before the parade starts as well. If you’ve seen the parade before though, this may be a good time to go on the rides where lines will be shorter as people are glued to the parade.
10. Take an afternoon break or come back for the Happily Ever After Fireworks and Projection show.
If you started your trip to Disney World Magic Kingdom early, I would suggest taking a break or going back to your Disney World Resort for a quick nap especially if you have young ones then going back before the fireworks show.
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