10 Things You Must Know About Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

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Hundreds of thousands of guests enjoy vacations to Walt Disney World each year as the vacation destination is filled with amazing experiences for guests of all ages. While there are plenty of unique places to explore, the most beloved is the Magic Kingdom which is the property’s original theme park that opened in October of 1971. The Magic Kingdom is home to differently themed lands that are brought to life through amazing attention to detail and incredible experiences. The park is home to both classic family friendly attractions as well as thrilling experiences, making it the perfect place for the entire family to explore together. Since the Magic Kingdom is so popular, guests might feel overwhelmed at times trying to experience everything the park has to offer, and there are some tried and true tips and information that guests should know to avoid feeling this way. From time savers to general information and knowledge, there are some things that guests should be aware of before arriving in Walt Disney World. Here are ten things that guests must know about Disney’s Magic Kingdom.


1. Arrive For Rope Drop

One of the most important things that guests have to know about the Magic Kingdom is that there are a ton of amazing experiences to be had and only so many hours in a day. Guests who want to get the most out of the park should plan on arriving first thing in the morning and staying until closing. By arriving first thing in the morning, guests are at the Magic Kingdom for what is called rope drop. An hour before the park officially opens, guests are welcomed onto Main Street and into the castle hub where they can shop in various stores and order breakfast. Once the rest of the park officially opens, guests who arrived early are some of the first inside where they can enjoy low crowds and wait times.

2. Visit the Frontierland Mountains First

Frontierland is home to Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which are thrilling experiences that are very popular with guests. Since the attractions are popular, they tend to experience long wait times that build up throughout each day in the park. A great way to enjoy the attractions without spending lots of time on line or using a FastPass is visiting first thing in the morning right after rope drop. The area is still quiet and guests can enjoy both mountain based attractions with much lower wait times than normal.

3. Don’t Skip Underrated Experiences

While there are plenty of popular experiences in the Magic Kingdom, there are also a fair share of underrated ones that tend to be overlooked by guests. While they are underrated, each of these attractions has its own amazing story and theme that should be enjoyed on a visit to the park. Some of the underrated attractions to enjoy include the Swiss Family Treehouse, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, the Hall of Presidents, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.


4. FastPass Space Mountain

A very important thing that guests should understand when visiting the Magic Kingdom is how FastPasses work. They act as reservations for specific attractions that allow guests to visit at a certain time and enjoy the experience with little to no wait. Space Mountain is one of the best FastPass options in the Magic Kingdom as the very popular attraction tends to gather long wait times throughout each day and is relatively slow loading. Guess who are looking to blastoff from Starport 75 without losing a ton of time to long lines definitely need to plan on having a FastPass for Space Mountain.

5. FastPass Peter Pan’s Flight

A beloved attraction located in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is also an ideal candidate for a FastPass in the park. Peter Pan’s Flight retells the beloved story of the Disney animated Peter Pan and brings guests on a high flying adventure over Neverland and London. Peter Pan’s Flight is immensely popular with guests and also is notoriously slow loading, so the wait times can easily exceed hours on busy days. FastPasses are definitely recommended for this amazing attraction.

6. FastPass The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Since guests are eligible to sign up for three FastPasses per day in advance, the third logical choice for the Magic Kingdom would also be a popular attraction in Fantasyland. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train brings guests on a swaying journey into the Dwarfs’ mines and all over the mountain for the perfect combination of family friendly and big thrills. Since the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is still relatively new and also amazing, it experiences lengthy wait times and is a great FastPass choice.

7. Enjoy A Meal At Be Our Guest Restaurant

The Magic Kingdom is home to plenty of amazing dining options, but one provides delicious food and versatility that makes it a great choice for many guests. Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland brings guests into the Beast’s Castle where they can dine on delicious French inspired cuisine. While the food at Be Our Guest Restaurant is wonderful, it is the different dining options for guests that make it so popular. Guests can enjoy a quick service breakfast or lunch or opt to book a full service dinner, leaving them open to plan the rest of their days around these wonderful meals.

8. Score A Great Spot For Festival of Fantasy

Every afternoon, a fantastic parade runs from Frontierland, through Liberty Square, and finally down Main Street. The Festival of Fantasy Parade is a whimsical spectacle that features brightly colored and imaginative floats, plenty of familiar characters, and catchy music. Guests should definitely plan on enjoying the parade, however since it is so popular many viewing locations tend to fill up early. Guests who are looking for the perfect spot for the Festival of Fantasy parade should opt to settle n at least an hour early for a great view.

9. Line Up Early For Happily Ever After

Just as the Festival of Fantasy Parade is very popular each afternoon, each night in the Magic Kingdom brings a wonderful show that lights up both Cinderella Castle and the skies above. Happily Ever After brings guests on a journey where they can discover how important it is to always believe in a happy ending. The show combines projections onto Cinderella Castle as well as beautiful fireworks above and is best viewed from Main Street. Since every guest wants to enjoy the show, spots fill up quickly and guests should definitely plan on finding a viewing location at least an hour early.

10. Stay For The Kiss Goodnight

After Happily Ever After and the official park closing time, guests should linger near Cinderella Castle to enjoy a special wish goodnight. The Kiss Goodnight typically occurs about an half hour after closing and features special lighting on the castle in addition to a speech thanking guests for spending their magical day in the park. With wonderful music and a lovely goodbye, the Kiss Goodnight is simply the perfect end to any day in the Magic Kingdom.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.