Disney World Tips & Tricks for your Magic Kingdom park day

Disney World Tips & Tricks for your Magic Kingdom park day

If you’re like my family, we can’t get enough of  Magic Kingdom. The flagship park in Walt Disney World has so much to offer for kids of all ages. After touring through each of the lands over the last couple of weeks, you know all the available attractions in Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street USA. But now what? Once you walk in the magical gates, what to see first, what to skip? There are paid web sites that can help you with this, but why pay for something you can get for free? I have some basic tips below, plus more information below on how to get your own itinerary planning for free.

1. Get to the park early. Really early. Plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before the park opens. That means an early wake up call, especially if you have a bus ride from your resort. At times the park opens before the 9 am “rope drop”, but if not, you’ll enjoy a real fun opening show!

2. If you have the option to drive or take one of Disney’s buses, TAKE THE BUS. This is the only park that the lot is not in immediate proximity to the park. You’ll have to take a tram or walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center and then get on the monorail. That will add a ton of extra time to to the beginning and end of your day. Instead, hop a free bus and enjoy the ride! You’ll get dropped off right near the entrance!

3. Know the attractions that have long wait times and go there first. Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for adults and adventurous kids or Enchanted Tales with Belle and Peter Pan’s Flight for younger kids and aspiring princesses are two two choices.

4. Know the layout. Disney spread outs popular attractions around property. If you’re willing to walk in the first hour or two of your day, you’ll cover all the major attractions which have the longest lines before they get unbearable. You may have to wait a short time for the moderate and minor attractions, but 45 minute waits will be behind you!

5. If you want to eat at Be Our Guest, try and snag a Fastpass before you head out. They are different than your regular fast passes. Contact me if you have questions or to see if you qualify!

6. Plan for your FastPass+ around your lunch breaks and the heat of the day. Splash Mountain is perfect after 12 but before the sun goes down. The last 10-15 minutes of wait at Tomorrowland Speedway is completely uncovered from the elements and the fumes from the cars can make for a difficult wait time.

7. Take a break during the heat of the afternoon. Have some lunch or explore one of the nearby resorts along the monorail. Many have both quick service and table service meals.

8. Stake out a location for parades, especially if you have a stroller. Your little one can stay in his/her stroller if you get a front row spot, plus it could be a great time for them to catch a cat nap before the parades start.

Ready to get started planning your 2015 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free cruise opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

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4 thoughts on “Disney World Tips & Tricks for your Magic Kingdom park day

  1. Another great article! Keep up the good work Melissa! Only thing I would add would be make your FastPass+ reservations for the afternoon/early evening when the park is most crowded! 🙂

    • Thanks Kyle! And you are absolutely right! That goes for every park. You’re almost wasting a FastPass entitlement if you do it before noon!

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