When many guests think of a Walt Disney World vacation, they immediately think of places, experiences, or attractions in the Magic Kingdom. The iconic park opened with the Walt Disney World Resort in October of 1971 and is home to classic buildings and attractions like Cinderella Castle and Peter Pan’s Flight. On a day in the Magic Kingdom, guests can experience everything from sailing with pirates, interacting with ghosts, blasting off into space, and traveling around the world on the happiest cruise that ever sailed. With so many amazing experiences to be had in the park, guests can easily end up skipping certain things due to not having enough time. A rookie mistake that many guests make is to skip certain attractions and experiences in the park, missing out on some of the most quintessential Disney moments. Here are eight rookie mistakes that guests make at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
8. Skipping Fantasyland
Many guests who visit Walt Disney World end up skipping Fantasyland if they are not traveling with children since most of the attractions in the land are family friendly. This is a total rookie mistake on the part of guests as some of the attractions in Fantasyland are classic Disney experiences. Peter Pan’s Flight allows guests to soar high over the nighttime skies of London and Neverland, It’s A Small World showcases the cultures of various countries around the world and how they are all united, and the Mad Tea Party gives guests the chance to whirl around and around until dizzy while having a merry unbirthday. With so many amazing attractions to enjoy in Fantasyland, assuming it is only for children and skipping the land is a rookie mistake.
7. Not Lining Up Early
Some of the most popular experiences in the Magic Kingdom each day are parades and nighttime fireworks. In the afternoon, the Festival of Fantasy Parade works its way from Fronteirland to the beginning of Main Street with whimsical floats and many Disney characters. Happily Ever After lights up the sky high over Cinderella Castle with fireworks in the evening with Disney music and a flight by Tinkerbell. These experiences are super popular with guests, and the best viewing spots get filled up well before the show starts. A rookie mistake that many guests make while visiting the Magic Kingdom is not lining up at least an hour early for parades or Happily Ever After. Not doing so can result in a poor viewing spot and guests not being able to fully enjoy the experiences.
6. Going To Tomorrowland Or Fantasyland First
Many guests automatically head straight to either Tomorrowland or Fantasyland when the park opens. This results in high crowd levels and long wait times in those areas. A rookie mistake is simply following the crowd because guests don’t know what else to do. Smart guests deliberately move against the crowd towards Adventureland and Frontierland where wait times and crowd levels are lower resulting in a more relaxing and enjoyable morning.
5. Not Meeting Mickey
One of the most quintessential experiences in the Magic Kingdom is meeting Mickey Mouse. Rookie guests often overlook a visit with Mickey in favor of visiting popular attractions, but they are totally missing out! One of the best places to meet Mickey in the park is at Town Square Theater on Main Street.
4. Using FastPasses Unwisely
The FastPass system is available for any guest visiting Walt Disney World and it allows guests to make a reservation for an attraction and return at a designated time to experience it with little to no wait. A rookie mistake that many guests spending time in the Magic Kingdom make is not booking FastPasses for logical attractions. Guests should look for attractions that tend to be most popular and have long wait times for their FastPass options since they will then save lots of time that otherwise would have been spent waiting in line. Guests who book FastPasses for attractions like the Haunted Mansion or The Barnstormer which tend to have fast moving lines end up using a valuable FastPass on an attraction that doesn’t really save them any time.
3. Not Having A Snack
Throughout the Magic Kingdom there are plenty of dining options for guests to choose from ranging from quick service meals to full service opulent dinners. In addition to entire meals, there are endless options when it comes to delicious snacks in the park. Guests who opt to avoid snacks and not indulge on vacation are making a rookie mistake as they are missing out on some incredible eats like Dole Whips, Turkey Legs, Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars, and popcorn.
2. Not Visiting The Classics
There are several attractions in the Magic Kingdom which have rich histories and can be considered classics. Unfortunately, many of these attractions are also completely underrated and thus never have long wait times or crowds. A rookie mistake to make while visiting the Magic Kingdom is to skip classic attractions like Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, The Country Bear Jamboree, The Walt Disney World Railroad, and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
1. Skipping Happily Ever After
Each night, the sky high over Cinderella Castle comes to life with Happily Ever After which combines fireworks and Disney music for a beautiful shows. A rookie mistake that guests in the Magic Kingdom often make is skipping Happily Ever After since Main Street tends to get crowded for the show. This is a huge mistake as no day in the Magic Kingdom is complete without watching Happily Ever After!