7 Tips For Squeezing In The Most Attractions At Disney’s Magic Kingdom

7. Get there early

The best time to experience attractions in any Disney theme park can often be early in the morning. Guests are now allowed to enter Main Street U.S.A. before the park officially opens. Arrive roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour before the park officially opens to be some of the first guests in. This early morning advantage will allow you to experience many attractions with little to no wait, as many guests do sleep in, leaving the crowds light for the first couple of hours of the day. This can be a good time to visit some of the more popular attractions, especially if you were unable to get a Fastpass for them, as the wait times will only get longer as the day goes on.

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6. Eat at off times

If you’re trying to squeeze in as many attractions as possible, you essentially want to try to do the opposite of what most other guests are doing to minimize wait times. If most guests are eating lunch during the hours of 11:30 to 1:00, this can be a great time to hit up some attractions. While there will still be waits, anytime where there is something else drawing guests to a different area of the park will be a good time to experience attractions with at least slightly shorter wait times.

5. Ride during parades and fireworks

Another time when the rides will be less crowded is during parades and fireworks as many guests will stay around Main Street to wait for Happily Ever After to start. While most guests are camped out on Main Street to see the shows, you’ll be able to catch up on some of the attractions you might have missed during the day.

4. Stay in the Magic Kingdom all day

If you have a goal of fitting the most attractions in while visiting the Magic Kingdom, you’ll want to spend the entire day at the park. Leaving in the middle of the day will obviously not help your goal of visiting as many attractions as possible, and leaving and returning later can be risky when you factor in travel time. If you want to take a break, find somewhere cool to sit and relax for a little bit with some water that is within the park. Being in the park all day also means that waiting in a couple of the longer lines won’t be terrible because you’ll have so much time to spend in the parks.

3. Use Fastpass wisely

When reserving Fastpasses for the Magic Kingdom there are a couple of ways that you can make your day even more efficient. I suggest using Fastpasses for rides rather than shows, parades, or fireworks. The latter attractions can already accommodate large amounts of guests at one time, meaning a better use of a Fastpass would be a ride where the benefit would be a shorter wait time. I also try to make Fastpass reservations for the middle of the day rather than in the morning or evening when the crowds are lighter anyway.

2. See the shows while the lines are long

Waiting for shows is entirely different than waiting for a ride. In most cases, you will always be able to get a seat for a show, and since all of the shows in the Magic Kingdom are fairly short and continuously running, you’ll never have to wait long for them to start. As a result, shows are the best things to do when the lines are long for rides—typically in the middle of the day.

1. Stay out late

Staying out late will give you the same benefits as arriving early in terms of shorter wait times, especially if there are Extra Magic Hours. So many guests will head out immediately after the fireworks, which simply put means that the later you stay, the shorter the lines will be for your favorite attractions. Even if you’ve just watched the fireworks, and there are no other attractions you want to squeeze in for the day, I would still suggest staying in the park for a little while to avoid the post fireworks rush. When Happily Ever After ends, so many guests head to the buses and monorails that you’ll just be stuck in a crowd waiting for a little while anyway, so at that point you might as well wander through the shops, grab some coffee, or just sit and relax and enjoy a few more minutes in the park.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.