After being a Disney Passholder for the past year, I have come up with a list of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Hacks. A hack is something to make life easier or help manage time more efficiently. After doing some research and spending many days at Magic Kingdom, these are the best hacks for this Disney park.
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Hacks
Download the Disney app
I include this on every Walt Disney World post that I write because I swear by this app. It keeps track of all of your FastPasses and restaurant reservations, gives you real wait times at each attraction, shows you where each character is, has a map of the park, and lists all of the parade times. I highly recommend getting your plans together before your visit and using the app to keep on schedule throughout the day.
Magic Kingdom does not start to get busy until around 10:30AM on a normal day. By arriving when the park opens, you will be able to visit more attractions due to shorter lines and get better pictures in front of the castle, which is probably why you came to Magic Kingdom anyway.
Use FastPasses during peak times
Since Disney guests can only make three FastPass selections in advance per day, do not waste one of them on a ride before 11AM. The park is the busiest later in the afternoon, so this is when you want to try to book your FastPasses. If you manage to get FastPasses for the most popular rides (Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, The Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train), you will be able to squeeze more into your day at Disney by knocking those out quickly.
Play the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card game
My family just discovered this game and we love it! In this interactive role playing game, guests use spell cards at various locations throughout the park to beat Disney villains. Cards can be picked up at the Fire House on Main Street. Best of all, this game is free and allows you to explore parts of the park that you did not know existed.
Look at dining menus ahead of time
I am a picky eater and only a few restaurants at Magic Kingdom have what I like. There is nothing worse than walking around a crowded park, starving, trying to find a place that serves the food you are looking for. Look at counter service menus ahead of time, via the Disney app, so that you will know which restaurants have the food that you want and where they are located.
Eat when people ride; ride when people eat
This is a popular way to squeeze in another ride or two during your day. Since most guest eat between 11 and 1, lines are generally shorter and this is the perfect time to head over to the attraction that you do not have a FastPass for. Plus, you will not have to wait in long restaurant lines and search for a table.
Skip the crowds on Main Street by walking through the stores
The shops on Main Street are all connected. By walking through the stores, instead of on the street, you can bypass all of the congestion. This is especially helpful around parade times. Plus, the shops are air conditioned.
If you need pain reliever or first aid items, just ask
Although the shops do not have pain reliever or first aid items on display, ask the cast member behind the counter for what you are looking for. They have lots of things behind the counter and will be happy to get you what you what you need.
The least crowded spot for viewing fireworks is at the train station
If you do not plan on getting a seat for the nighttime fireworks show more than an hour in advance, your chance of getting a good viewing spot is slim to none. Check out the train station, located by the exits on Main Street, as it is usually the least crowded spot. Plus, you will be that much closer to exiting the park.
Take a break
One of my favorite rides at Magic Kingdom is the PeopleMover. This 10 minute narrated tour is the perfect middle of the day activity because you get to sit down, cool off, and explore Tomorrowland. You will learn about all of the attractions in Tomorrowland and even get to go inside of Space Mountain. The best part is that it continually moves so there is never a wait! The Carousel of Progress is another really great attraction to visit when you need a break.
The shops on Main Street are open for one hour after the park closes
This is the best time to buy souvenirs since people are busy leaving the park and trying to get on the monorail. Instead of spending time waiting in line, use this opportunity to buy all of your gifts and let the lines die down. Plus, this way you will not have to lug bags around the park all day.
Have a Magical Day!
I hope these 11 Magic Kingdom Hacks help you make the most of your visit at Walt Disney World. If you have any additional hacks, please let us know!
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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