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7 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

The most magical place in the world is hands down Walt Disney World. The resort boasts four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of Disney Resorts, and the extensive Disney Springs which feature attractions, entertainment, amenities, recreation, dining, shopping, and much more. Guests who spend time in Walt Disney World often try and see as much as possible in each vacation, but find themselves spending plenty of time in the Magic Kingdom. The park opened with the Walt Disney World Resort in 1971 and is home to magical lands which whisk guests away on amazing adventures. The Magic Kingdom is a favorite of many guests as it combines thrilling and classic attractions with unforgettable experiences. It is no wonder why guests who visit the park want to make the most of their time there and there are several simple tips that will save time and frustration. By following these tips, guests are sure to fully experience the Magic Kingdom and have a magical time there. Here are seven tips for getting the most out of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

7. Arrive For Rope Drop —

The first tip that guests can follow in order to make the most of their time in the Magic Kingdom is to arrive bright and early. This entails getting to the park before it officially opens so you can be one of the very first in the park. Guests who arrive at the Magic Kingdom for “rope drop” can enjoy Let The Magic Begin which includes many of your favorite Disney characters. Join in the celebration as these characters get guests ready for the park opening with song and dance on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.

6. Visit Adventureland First —

Once inside the Magic Kingdom, many guests tend to automatically head towards Fantasyland or Tomorrowland to enjoy popular attractions like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain. Guests who are looking to make the most of their time in the park should instead opt to head away from the crowds and towards Adventureland. This area of the Magic Kingdom is often quiet in the early mornings and guests who visit then can enjoy low wait times on popular attractions like the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean.

5. FastPass The Right Attractions —

There are plenty of attractions in the Magic Kingdom which are very popular with guests and tend to have long wait times on busy days in the park. Guests who are looking to get the most out of their time definitely want to book FastPasses for certain attractions which tend to have the longest wait times. By booking the right FastPasses, guests can still enjoy popular experiences while saving lots of time that would have otherwise been spent waiting on standby lines. Some of the best options to book FastPasses for in the Magic Kingdom are the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

4. Eat At Columbia Harbour House —

Guests who find themselves hungry in the Magic Kingdom have several different quick service and full service dining locations to choose from, but one of the most popular options can be found in Liberty Square. Located across from the Haunted Mansion, Columbia Harbour House is a quick service dining location open daily for lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves up a delicious menu inspired by seafood in a nautical and quaint setting. Guests who want to enjoy a meal at Columbia Harbour House should try and do so at off times to avoid crowds and opt to sit on the second floor where few people venture, leaving plenty of open tables and room.

3. Visit Fantasyland During The Parades —

One of the most popular areas of the Magic Kingdom is Fantasyland as it is home to popular and classic attractions that guests can’t skip when visiting the park. Since the area is so popular with guests, the attractions located there like It’s A Small World, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid tend to often have long wait times. Guests who are looking to save time while visiting the Magic Kingdom should opt to visit Fantasyland during the parades each day. The Festival of Fantasy Parade runs each afternoon and many guests tend to head towards Main Street to enjoy the presentation. Since the crowds migrate towards the front of the park, other areas tend to become less crowded making it an ideal time to enjoy normally busy areas. Guests who want to enjoy Fantasyland and save time should definitely visit during the parades.

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2. Enjoy The Underrated —

While most guests tend to flock towards popular and thrilling attractions in the Magic Kingdom like the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean, there are plenty of other attractions which are often overlooked by guests and considered to be underrated. These underrated attractions are all amazing in their own ways and offer up unique experiences which guests will love with generally low wait times. Guests who spend time in the Magic Kingdom should check out the underrated attractions like Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, the Hall of Presidents, the Swiss Family Treehouse, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

1. Line Up Early For Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular —

Each evening in the Magic Kingdom comes to a close with a showing of Happily Ever After. The show features beautiful fireworks which are accompanied by Disney music and light up the skies over Cinderella Castle. Guests who want to enjoy the best views of Happily Ever After should position themselves on Main Street, however since many guests regularly enjoy the presentation, the area tends to become crowded very quickly. Those who want to guarantee the best views should plan to arrive on Main Street at least an hour before the show is set to begin.

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.