It’s been a while since I’ve done a Disney post – but now that we have booked to go back I’m already starting to get super excited again! Only 304 days to go! LOL!
So in order to channel my excitement into something productive, I thought I’d do some Disney Park tips posts which may help others who are planning a not-too distant trip to the world! My first park…. MAGIC KINGDOM!
Tip 1: Arrive Early
Magic Kingdom park is packed to the rafters with awesome rides, shows and character meets. You can really get a lot of rides done with minimal waits if you arrive at Park opening, as it usually takes until mid-morning for the parks to become really busy. I recommend heading to fantasyland to hit some of the dark rides where the waits build up fairly fast such as Peter Pan’s Flight, the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid.
Tip 2: Fastpass your E-Ticket faves
I would always recommend fastpassing the big E-Ticket mountain rides in Magic Kingdom such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain as these often rack up long standby waits. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is another very popular ride that probably needs a Fastpass. However you can only pre-book 3 so choose the ones which appeal most to you and your family, and consider hitting the others early on in the day if you don’t want to wait too long. Non-coaster rides that often have long lines tend to be Peter Pan’s Flight and the Anna and Elsa meet and greet, so consider fastpassing these if coasters aren’t your thing!
Tip 3: Get a pre-park opening breakfast reservation
If you really want that empty shot of the Castle with just your family in front of it and no one else consider getting an advanced dining reservation for breakfast at a Magic Kingdom location before park opening. Typically Magic Kingdom opens at 9am (though always check the disney website for accurate information), but breakfast eateries like Crystal Palace, Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest open at 8am, so if you have a reservation, you’ll be let into the park early and can get a crowd-free shot in front of the castle!
Tip 4: Take time to savour the little details
Disney do a fantastic job of theming, so make sure to take some time to take in all the little disney details that add to the magic of the park. Look for hidden Pascal’s by the tangled bathrooms, glance up at the shop windows on Main Street USA. It’s the little things that make Disney stand apart from other theme parks, but it can be easy to miss if you are running from one ride to the next.
Tip 5: Watch the parade from Frontierland
Disney’s parades go through Frontierland, Liberty Square and then in front of the Castle and down Main Street USA. If you want a less crowded view it’s better to head to Frontierland or Liberty Square. Whilst it will probably still be busy, you have more of a chance of getting a good spot to watch closer to the start time of the parade than you do if you watch at Main Street – which means more time for other rides!
Tip 6: Take a mid day break
Touring the park all day can be tiring, so it may be worth having a mid-day break. If you are staying close by in a Disney hotel, head back to the resort to relax for a bit during the hottest and busiest part of the day, then head to the park again in the evening when the crowds have died down! If leaving the park is not do-able, consider some extended air-conditioned breaks in shows such as the Carousel of progress, the Hall of Presidents or the Country Bear Jamboree to have a break from the mid day heat (whilst still enjoying awesome disney experiences).
Tip 7: Don’t skip wishes
It can be a long day in the parks, but don’t skip watching wishes and it’s pre-show Celebrate the Magic if you have never seen it. The fireworks really do make for a magical end to the day! Watch on Main street for the best view!
I hope you enjoyed our first disney world tips post – we’ll be posting tips for the other three parks; EPCOT, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios soon! What are your tips for a trip to Magic Kingdom? Let us know in the comments!