The Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the entire country, and really the entire world. It is the most visited theme park and draws people from all over the world. It is no surprise that it takes time and research to learn many of the tips and tricks to make your trip as efficient and magical as possible. Hopefully this list will help you on your upcoming trip so that you get the most out of your day at the Magic Kingdom. Here are 7 rookie mistakes people make at Disney’s Magic Kingdom:
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7. Missing the opening show
The opening show is wonderful and builds the excitement for all of the Disney magic that is to occur during your day of fun. You will also get to see Mickey and friends in the first appearance of the day and build your energy with the classic songs and dances. Plus, if you are at the opening show that means that you will be among the first to enter the park for the day and enjoy shorter lines and wait times before the park starts to fill up with guests. This is a great time to get ahead and get in queue for some of the more popular attractions that will surely see longer wait times as the day goes on.
6. Using FastPass+ selections unwisely
Most of the attractions at the Magic Kingdom are available for FastPasses, but the key is to know which attractions and times are the most beneficial to have FastPasses. During the first couple hours after park opening and the last couple hours before park closing FastPasses really aren’t needed. You are better served getting FastPasses during busier times of the days so that you aren’t stuck waiting in as many lines during that time. Also, try to use FastPasses on attractions that tend to have the longest lines like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pans Flights, etc. Look into the attractions that you want to do most and their usual wait times so that you use them on the rides that need them the most.
5. Following the crowds
Unless you are going to watch Happily Ever After, it is usually better go the opposite way of the crowds. There tends to be a natural flow to the traffic in the park and people tend to move in similar directions. This means that long lines and more traffic jams ensue in those areas, so if you can move in different areas than the herd, you may luck out and encounter less waiting and a bit more enjoyable travel from place to place. This is especially true first thing in the morning when guests are making mad dashes to certain areas of the park.
4. Overlooking the classics
You don’t want to just get hung up on “the mountains” or newer attractions in the park. The classics that have been in the park since the beginning definitely shouldn’t be missed. You have classics like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, The Jungle Cruise, Carousel of Progress, etc. These are all amazing attractions that have a touch of the vision of Walt Disney. They are immersive experiences that are unlike any other attraction you would experience. It would definitely be a mistake to miss out on these!
3. Not checking the park map and Times Guide
If you don’t take time to look at the park map and Times Guide, you are very likely to miss out on many of the attractions, shows, performances and characters! There is so much more to see and do than just the attractions that everyone first thinks of when they think of the Magic Kingdom. There is the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, a game that can be played all of the park. There are performances like the ragtime piano player at Casey’s Corner and the Dapper Dans. These are just a few of the amazing things that you may miss, so be sure to look at the map and see as much as you can.
2. Missing out on breaks
It is important to take breaks here and there. You need to rest your feet and take a minute to take in all of the amazing surroundings. It is a great time to enjoy one of the many delicious treats that Walt Disney World has to offer and do a bit of people watching. There are so many “interesting” people, outfits and encounters to witness during an average day at the Magic Kingdom and is a great way to take it easy for a little bit so you can recharge and carry on. If you are traveling with small children, it is a great idea to go back for a nap at the resort during the busiest part of the day and then come back in the evening. This will help make sure the kiddos can last the long day at the park!
1. Skipping Happily Ever After
Fireworks have always been the perfect way to wrap up a day at Magic Kingdom! Happily Ever After Fireworks has replaced Wishes, but has thankfully lived up to the beautiful display of fireworks, lasers, projection, music, and storytelling Magic Kingdom is known for. With 18-minutes of “heart, heroism, and humor”, Happily Ever After will send you on your way with your own “happily ever after” ending to an unforgettable Magic Kingdom day!