How to Spend a Day at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is one of my favourite parks in Disney World. The sheer joy I get upon entering is incomparable to anything else. 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.
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. They are so many rides and its hard to fit every single one into a day’s trip. Definitely plan ahead and decide which rides you want to try. 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 is a water ride and b) the other is a fast-moving coaster!
I enjoy starting the day off with these as 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. These rides can have a hefty queue 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 I always make to have a few fast passes. 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 if you can snag a spot on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You can also meet 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 while 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- or both like I do!
One of the best tricks in the evening is to jump on the busy rides 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 only had to wait 30 minutes- score! Others such as Prince Charming Regal Carousel, Dumbo, Barnstormer in Storybook Circus will be completely dead.