It’s no secret that Disney World is one of my favorite places. I adore Disney anything. Disney world, Disney movies, Disney all the things! And I’ve been lucky enough to experience going to the parks many, many, times. So, I know first hand how wonderful and magical it is. And also how completely overwhelming it can be.
Taking a Disney World vacation is an amazing experience and I believe everyone should go at least once. But planning it can be a daunting task. So, I’ve decided to share some tips and inside information with you all in hopes to make your Disney world vacation one that you will absolutely love.
I’ve decided to tackle each park separately because there is so much to do at them all. I’ll be sharing one each week for the next few weeks. First up…The Magic Kingdom.
When people think of Disney world, they typically think of the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella’s castle, the carousel, thunder mountain..they’re all there. It is such a magical park. Walking in and smelling the smells from the Main Street Bakery is amazing…And if you LOVE it as much as I do check out this company and this candle.
It is the one with the most rides, most things to do, and also the busiest. So, it takes a lot of planning and realizing that you won’t be able to do everything in one day. However, with a little planning ahead, you can do a lot.
Tip 1: Make a list of things you MUST do
The Magic Kingdom is full of rides for all ages. Talk with everyone in your group and come up with a list of things you have to do, a list of things you’d like to do, and a list for the things you could care less about. This will help when you’re making your fastpass+ selections and a plan for the day in general.
Some of my favorite rides:
For older kids/adults: Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean.
For all ages: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Magic Carpets, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, Little Mermaid, and Jungle Cruise
HOT TIP: For me, I set up my fastpass+ selections for the top 3 rides and try to get to the park as early as possible. We always swing through Adventureland first thing and are able to hit two of the three rides there, if not all three and then we can save our fastpass selections for other rides. Some rides that are almost always busy…Peter Pan, Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Seven Dwarf Mine Train, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Tip 2: Make your fastpass+ selections as soon as you can
So here’s the deal. You can select 3 fastpass+ selections a day in advance. Once you complete those selections (The day you go) you can then select one more at a time the rest of the day. So you get your three and go on those rides, then you can add another one. Go on that ride and you can pick another one. But there are only so many fastpass+ selections for different rides on any given day. So sometimes you get great choices, sometimes you don’t.
But here’s the thing. If you stay on Disney property you can start picking your fastpass+ selections 60 days before you go. If you don’t stay on Disney property, you get to choose them 30 days in advance. This is a huge benefit to those staying on Disney property because they get the best fastpass+ selections. Especially for the big rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or the new Frozen ride. By the 30 day window most time slots for these rides are gone or start late in the evening.
Tip 3: Stay on Disney Property
If you can stay at a Disney hotel, do it. Hotel guests get complimentary transportation to the parks and get the opportunity to take advantage of extra magic hours. I highly recommend utilizing the extra magic hours for the Magic Kingdom.
The park opens an hour early (or stays open later) for those in the hotel. The extra morning hour is the best because you can go and jump on all the really busy rides like seven dwarf mine train.
Plus, staying on Disney property allows you to take advantage of the dining plans which helps cut down on the cost of meals.
HOT TIP: Try staying at the Contemporary Resort. So far, this is my personal favorite. It is more pricey but it’s totally worth it with super easy access to the Magic Kingdom and they have a character dining restaurant!
Tip 4: If you have young kids, see the characters
For kids, seeing the characters is one of the best things ever. And seeing them run up and hug them is priceless. Connor still runs up to each one and gives them a giant hug. Melts my heart every time. It’s just a great memory for them.
An easy way to knock out a few characters at once is to do a character meal. Yes, they are more pricey but also worth it. You get quality one on one time with some characters and you can then skip those characters at the parks. And if you stay on property (shoutout to tip 3) you can grab a dining plan and if you have a dining plan, you can use one of your sit down dinners for the character meal. BOOM!
HOT TIP: Some of the characters don’t have fastpass+ options. And for those, the wait can get pretty lengthy. Grab a snack and drink and then stand in those lines. You have food and drinks to keep the kids busy and it goes by faster than you might think.
Tip 5: Get the Pineapple ice cream #dolewhipforlife
Just an FYI it’s located behind the magic carpet ride in Adventureland. You can also find it at the Polynesian resort and Animal Kingdom at Tamu Tamu refreshments. Please trust me when I say you need this in your life.
Tip 6: Plan for 1.5-2 days for Magic Kingdom
There is so much to see and do at Magic Kingdom, you’ll definitely need more than one day. You could totally do Magic Kingdom in the morning and Epcot or Hollywood studios in the afternoon. Or Animal kingdom in the morning and Magic Kingdom later in the day.
More than 1 day allows you to feel more relaxed when you go. You’re not rushing to get everything done in that one day and it will definitely be more fun!
And don’t forget to grab the Disney World app. It has everything. Wait times, fastpass+ selections, photopass, and you can even reserve restaurants. All you need in one app.
Tip 7: Let out the kid in you
Have fun. Go into the Magic Kingdom knowing chances are good it’s going to get crowded. Down times for Disney are getting harder and harder to find.
If you go in with a positive attitude, you will have a better, more relaxed time and a better trip. I always go with the mindset of doing what we can and not getting upset for the things we can’t.
At the end of the day, it is the most magical place on earth. Let the kid in you come out so you can enjoy it!
And that’s it! IF you have any questions, let me know and if I can’t personally answer it, I will find someone who can. Happy planning!
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.