Magic Kingdom is one of my favourite parks in Disney World. The sheer joy I get upon entering is incomparable. I love this park because of the distinctive themes which vary from Futuristic worlds to Wild West adventure lands. The attractions always keep me entertained and the food is delicious! If you’ve ever been to Magic Kingdom you know what I mean when I say it feels like you’re walking through a fun and colourful storybook. And trust me, Disney isn’t just for kids.
There’s many different ways to approach this park. Since this is the busiest and most popular park it’s best to enter with a strategy so that you can make the most of your day there. There’s more rides than you can fit into 1 day so plan ahead. Here’s some of my tips to spending 1 day at Magic Kingdom:
Get to the park early in the morning because it won’t nearly be as busy as peak times (early to mid- afternoon). If you can aim for park opening so you can also see the pre-show of opening the gates.
I prefer to start the morning by heading over to Frontierland first where Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Railroad reside. These are some of the busiest rides with long lines up- so get them done first! You’ll be waiting 5-20 mins. Later in the day (especially in the summer) these two rides have big lines because a) one’s a water ride and b) the other is a fast moving coaster.
I enjoy starting the day off with these and they lead perfectly into Adventureland. Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin are only a few feet away and great to check off the list. As well these rides can have a hefty wait list in the middle of the day (when most people arrive at the parks).
I usually head over next to Fantasyland which is usually around 11:30 am- noon. It’s typically crazy in this area so we always make sure we have some fast passes for our favourite rides. Must-do attractions include: It’s a Small World, Philharmagic, Peter Pan’s Flight, Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid, Mad Tea Party and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You can also visit some cool characters such as Gaston, Fairy God Mother, Pooh Bear, Belle, Ariel and many others.
I usually switch back and forth between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland since I’m waiting for Fast Passes+. Dinner is typically around 5 pm and I can definitely find some good options between these two lands. Try Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe or Pinocchio’s Village Haus.
One of the best tricks in the evening is to ride during the Firework show. The majority of the park will head towards the castle leaving tons of rides empty or with little line-ups. We raced to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train during the end of Wishes and thankfully only had to wait 30 minutes as opposed to a normal 90+ minute wait. Others such as Prince Charming Regal Carrousel or Barnstormer in Storybook Circus will be completely dead.