The Magic Kingdom is the most popular park on property, which means that it is usually among the busiest park on property depending on the season. Any tip that can help you experience more of the magic is definitely helpful, especially if you have only one day in the park. Here are 6 things that Disney Insiders do at the Magic Kingdom that you should definitely try for yourself:
6. Eat at off-peak times and Mobile Order
All dining locations get extremely busy during the normal times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you can get your group to eat at off-peak times you will save time waiting in lines for food or hoping to get a reservation. This time saved make more time for attractions and other experiences just by changing the times around a little. Those precious Disney minutes can make a difference in how much fun you can fit in during the day with your family. Plus, many of Magic Kingdom’s quick service restaurants have Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering now available via the My Disney Experience App. Order and pay in advance and just let the quick service spot know when you are there to pick it up!
5. Use the Walt Disney World Railroad
(Currently closed for construction of Tron Coaster – reopen date unknown.)
There are many people who don’t even step foot on the railroad at the Magic Kingdom. This is definitely a mistake. The ride is a lot of fun and shows you parts of the park that you can only see on the railroad. This is also a great way to bypass crowds and walking time to get to specific lands in the park (Frontierland and Fantasyland). This can help you get where you are trying to go faster and with less walking time.
4. Catch the opening show
There is a show just before the Magic Kingdom officially opens where you get the opportunity to enjoy dance numbers and songs, see Mickey and watch a special family of the day help open the park. The opening show sets the tone for the Disney magic that will ensue for the rest of the day and is something you Insiders never want to miss. Plus, the park is the least crowded early in the morning so it’s a great time to get on popular rides.
3. Look for the extras and details
There are so many hidden gems all over the Magic Kingdom. Be sure to look at the windows above the shops on Main Street and in other lands, look around for hidden Mickeys and look at all of the details from land to land. There is so much work put into the theming and the details that you would likely miss most of it if you aren’t reading all the signs and little details put into all of the props and buildings. It definitely helps you see the effort and thought that imagineers put into creating the Magic Kingdom.
2. Play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a fun game that you can play through collecting cards to use at different locations all over the Magic Kingdom. The station to collect these cards is at the front of the park close to the Guest Relations area to the left when you first walk into the park. There are even special cards distributed at special events and seasons. The cards become a cool souvenir and something whole family can collect together. So many people bypass this experience and miss various areas throughout the park coming to life.
1. Stay for the “Goodnight Kiss”
Cinderella Castle comes to life with an extra light show about 30 minutes after park closing. This has become known as the “Goodnight Kiss”. Many guests don’t even know about it since they don’t stay long enough and rush out of the park. It is better to take your time, look around shops and see the goodnight kiss. If you rush for the exit, you will likely just stand in line for a long time waiting on a bus, boat or monorail to take you to your location, so you might as well get to experience a little bit more of the Disney magic and do some of your last-minute shopping.