[no_toc]The Magic Kingdom is my favorite park. With all the different lands and attractions you will never run out of things to do at the Magic Kingdom. Since the park is huge you need an idea of what you want to explore and do. Do lots of research into rides, characters to meet, and live entertainment so you know what you and your family want to do. The Magic Kingdom Touring Tips for a great vacation will help you do Disney on a budget.
Post updated: January 22, 2019
Magic Kingdom Tips
1. Don’t miss the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show
You can enter the Main Street an hour before the rest of the park opens. There is a welcome show at the Castle stage. While the show is short, it is cute and helps set the tone for the day. Mickey Mouse comes out and welcomes you along with a group of other Disney characters. Then with the help of the Fairy Godmother everyone helps countdown to the opening of the park.
2. Make a Magic Kingdom Bucket List
What is important to you, may not be important to me. I will share with you some helpful posts in choosing attractions and experiences.
- Top Magic Kingdom Character Meet and Greets – I share my picks for characters that are only at the Magic Kingdom or that offer a unique experience.
- Top Magic Kingdom Experiences (for those who don’t do coasters)
3. Have Realistic Expectations
Don’t have the expectation that you will experience all of the Magic Kingdom in one or two days. Honestly, the Magic Kingdom probably takes forever to truly find and experience everything. That is why making a list of what is important to you is crucial.
Lines will be long, sometimes even for the Fastpass line and especially for dining locations. Even the bathroom will have lines.
4. Schedule FastPasses ASAP
Schedule Fastpasses for your wanted attractions as soon as your 60 or 30-day window opens. I have a great guide on how to use the FastPass+ System. You will want to study a map of the park so you are not running from one side to the other as that will get tiring.
Priority Fastpasses for the Magic Kingdom include the Mountains, Space, Splash. and Thunder, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
5. Download and Use the My Disney Experience App
The My Disney Experience App lets you know when the characters are out, the times for the parades, and for the shows.
6. Have an Energy-Efficient Touring Plan
Plan a touring schedule that does not have you going from one end of the park to the other.
7. Best Place to Watch the Parade
The Festival of Fantasy Parade is a great parade! If you sit in the front row sometimes you can get some great character interactions. My favorite places to catch the parade are:
- In front of Casey’s. During the afternoon this side of the street is shaded, you still get a view of the castle, and you are so close to the action. For this seat, you do need to arrive at least an hour early especially on a busy day.
- Where the Parade Starts. The Parade starts right next to Splash Mountain in Frontierland. Fewer people make it is a less crowded area.
8. Best Place to Watch Happily Ever After Fireworks
With Wishes, my favorite spot was behind the castle. Happily Ever After is so projection focused that you really miss a lot if you are behind the castle. I love sitting in front of the castle on the right side somewhat close to Tomorrowland so I get a great view of Tinker Bell flying from the castle.
9. Enjoy the Street Performers
The Magic Kingdom has a lot of street performers, especially on Main Street U.S.A. but they are found in other areas in the park as well.
- The Dapper Dans
- Trolly Show Performers
- Main Street Philharmonic Band
- Frontierland Band
- Royal Majesty Makers in Fantasyland
10. Notice the Details
While other parks may have details, everything at the Magic Kingdom is filled with details. These are just a couple examples.
- The old-timey phone in the hat store, The Chapeau, is a real telephone that shares a scene from the movie Summer Magic.
- Lady’s and the Tramps Pawprints are in the pavement right outside their restaurant.
- All of the windows on Main Street USA have names of people that are important to Disney history.
- Maximus’ footprints are leading to his favorite snack in Fantasyland.
11. Utilize the Walt Disney Railroad
If you do need to get to one end of the park to the other using the train is a simple solution.
*From December 2018 the Walt Disney World Railroad is closed due to the Tron Ride construction.* During this time, make sure to go up to the Main Street Station for some neat photo opps and to ring the train bell!
12. Take a Break from the Heat
Schedule several of the longer indoor attractions such as Hall of Presidents, Carousel of Progress, or Country Bear Jamboree during the middle of the day to escape the heat. You can also choose to go back to your resort. For even more tips to deal with the Florida hot weather, check out my Tips to Beat the Florida Heat.
13. Leave 45 Minutes to an Hour after the Happily Ever After Fireworks
If you are wanting to leave after the fireworks, wait a little bit. A lot of people rush out of the parks after the show. Trying to leave when everyone else does only gets you waiting in long lines for the ferry, monorail, buses, and trams.
14. Shop Late
The gift shops stay open at least one hour after the last attraction closes.
15. Stay for the Kiss Goodnight
At the very, very end of the night, there is a special goodnight saying over the loudspeakers. The park is nearly empty and you can get some gorgeous night shots of the castle without tons of people around.
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