10 Tips for Visiting Disney World Magic Kingdom

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), and some rides are similar. Similar but not exactly the same though so it is still a must-visit. Check our 10 Tips for Visiting Disney World Magic Kingdom.

Disney World Magic Kingdom Tips

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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):

  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  2. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  3. Barnstormer
  4. Dumbo
  5. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  6. Haunted Mansion
  7. “it’s a small world”
  8. Jungle Cruise
  9. Mad Tea Party
  10. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  11. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  12. Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  13. Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
  14. Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  15. Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  16. Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
  17. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  18. Peter Pan’s Flight
  19. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean
  21. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  22. Space Mountain
  23. Splash Mountain
  24. Tomorrowland Speedway
  25. 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 to dine before the park opens

If you can wake up early and it’s within the budget, try to schedule an 8 AM breakfast at Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table or Crystal Palace.

This will enable you to be inside the park before the official opening time so you can take pictures with the Cinderella Castle without the crowd.

If you can’t go early though, still try to take pictures with the Cinderella Castle in the morning when you get in, as everyone still looks great at the start of the day. This is especially true when you’re traveling with young kids.


4. 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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5. Visiting during the holidays for extra festivities but avoid if you want to get on more rides

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. But we took our time, soak it all in and enjoyed what we can enjoy.


6. 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.


7. 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.

 


8. 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.


9. 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.


10. Try to save by purchasing Disney World Discount Tickets (from a reputable seller)

4 theme parks? It does get expensive. Buy Disney World Discount Tickets from Getaway Today. They sell both discount tickets as well as Disney World Vacation Packages. Here’s a breakdown of the what you can save when buying 2019 tickets through them as opposed to getting it directly from Disney World.

 


4-PARK MAGIC SELECT TICKET

Admission to 4 theme parks – one park per day, only one admission per theme park. Tickets are valid from January 18, 2019 – March 14, 2019, March 27, 2019 – April 9, 2019, April 27, 2019 – May 27, 2019 and August 19, 2019 – September 30, 2019.

Disney World Ticket Price:

  • $379.14 per adult
  • $357.84 per child

Disney World Discount Tickets:

  • $361 per adult ($18.14 savings), check HERE
  • $341 per child ($16.84) savings, check HERE

4-PARK MAGIC SUMMER TICKET

Admission to 4 theme parks – one park per day, only one admission per theme park. Tickets are valid from January 18, 2019 – March 14, 2019, March 27, 2019 – April 9, 2019 and April 27, 2019 – September 30, 2019.

Disney World Ticket Price:

  • $404.70 per adult
  • $383.40 per child

Disney World Discount Tickets:

  • $385 per adult ($19.70 savings), check HERE
  • $365 per child ($18.40) savings, check HERE

4-DAY BASE TICKETS

For visiting 4 theme parks ( can be 1 park per day or 2 days at this park, 2 days at the other) & for dates not included in the Magic Select, & Magic Summer Ticket, choose this option. Below is the breakdown for an October 1 visit:

Disney World Ticket Price:

  • $416.13 per adult
  • $398.24

Disney World Discount Tickets:

  • $403 per adult ($13.13 savings), check HERE
  • $385 per child ($13.24 savings), check HERE

4-DAY PARK HOPPER PLUS TICKETS

Hop from one theme park to another for 4 days plus get 4 days to play at the 2 water parks, golf courses, and ESPN Sports Complex.

Park Hopper is ideal for those who wish to take advantage of Disney’s Extra Magic Hours program. Every day, one theme park is open for an extended time either in the morning or evening. Park hopper ticket holders visit one park during the day and switch to another late in the day to take advantage of the less crowded “extra” hours.

I do not recommend the “Park Hopper” ticket to families traveling with young kids as it would be more work going from one theme park to another but the “Park Hopper Plus” will work as it is bundled with the water parks and the other fun activities.

Park Hopper “Plus” not only lets you go from one park to another, but the number of days you purchase gives you extra days to play at the golf course, the 2 water parks, and the ESPN Sports Complex.

Here’s a price comparison for March 2, 2019:

Disney World Ticket Price:

  • $530.80 per adult
  • $512.91 per child

Disney World Discount Tickets:

  • $519 per adult ($11.80 savings), check HERE
  • $500 per child ($12.91 savings), check HERE

Note: Taxes are included in the price indicated. Deals on Park Hopper Tickets and Hotel + Ticket Packages are also available. We try our best to give you accurate numbers, but please check the websites for accuracy as it may change especially as if you book close to date of visiting. Kids 2 and under are free. Thanks.

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