Everything you need to know about The Magic Kingdom

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Size of Park: 105 acres

Days I think you should spend there: Two, three in peak season

Number of “lands”: 6

Best Ride:  7 Dwarves Mine Train

Give it a miss if you don’t have time: Controversial but It’s a Small World and Jungle Cruise – we just don’t get why they have such long wait times I spent most of the rides trying to block out my irritating surroundings.

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Talking Mickey on Main Street

What to FastPass: Oh, the choices! This is the hardest park. It depends here on what your group like.
For the thrill seekers: Splash, Space and Thunder Mountain.
For kids:Peter Pan’s Flight, Tomorrowland Speedway and your fave character.
For those of us in the middle we do 7 Dwarves (if we can), Space Mountain and Talking Mickey

Best Place to Eat: Pinnochio’s Village Haus has such good quick service food and there are some window seats where you can watch It’s a Small World. Be Our Guest is a bit more pricy but a really special experience.

The “Lands”

Magic Kingdom is themed into 6 different themed areas.

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Shopping on Main Street

Main Street USA – this is where you want to get your shopping in, the entire left hand side of the street (as you enter) is one big Disney emporium. This is the best place to watch the evening fireworks although also the busiest. You want to stand at the centre of the street to get the best view without any lampposts in the way. You can also meet Talking Mickey (the only character that talks back in Disney) and Tinker Bell but I’d recommend getting a Fast Pass.

Tomorrowland – my favourite! A zone set in the future (although nowadays it looks a bit like it’s set in the past). Monster’s Inc. laugh floor is a hilarious comedy show with the added bonus of air con! Space mountain is an in the dark roller coaster for thrill seekers. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is brilliant for the competitive at heart where you gain points by shooting lasers at Evil Emperor Zurg.

Adventureland – home of the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean. You might even see Jack Sparrow as you wander through this area! The best thing here is the world famous dole whip which is soft serve ice cream and pineapple juice. If you buy any snack on Disney property this is the one to get. This is the only place to buy it other than the Polynesian Resort.

Frontierland – the two big rides here are Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain and they are both appropriate for children that like rides as long as they are over 40 inches tall. Splash mountain is a huge log flume (make sure Dad sits on the right hand side as you get in!) and Big Thunder Mountain is a railroad roller coaster. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is one of the best quick service restaurants on property with nachos, fajitas, burgers and tacos.

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Meeting Goofy in Fantasyland

Liberty Square – the big ride here is Haunted Mansion which me, being a wuss, won’t go near. There’s also the Liberty Belle Riverboat which I mis-read the times guide on our last trip and missed completely 😦 – I guess it just means we’ll have to go back!

Fantasyland – the most magical land in the park and every kid’s heaven. It’s busy throughout the day. The best place for little Princesses is Fairytale Hall where there’s 4 princesses to meet and greet with Fastpass available. There are loads of dark rides including The Little Mermaid and Winnie the Pooh. You can also visit the 7 Dwarves Mine Train and meet Daisy, Minnie, Goofy and Donald all day long. You could probably spend nearly a whole day in Fantasyland if you were super keen.

Top Tips

  1. This is the only park where I think preferred parking is worthwhile. This is up to you – it’s pricey but it’s an exhausting day and enough of a faff getting in and out of the park without the hassle of trams each way as well.
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    Entering MK early for breakfast

    If you want to ride Seven Dwarves Mine Train there’s only two ways to do it. First get a Fast Pass – this is so difficult but keep checking back on the app multiple times a day to increase your chances. On our last trip one turned up a week before we went because people keep cancelling. The second is to get an early morning breakfast reservation. We did this last time we went. 8:20 for Be Our Guest. They happily let us in at 8 and we were done at 8:35 to queue for 7 Dwarves. We had a walk on and by the time we got off the ride people were arriving from regular opening and the wait was 75 minutes! – just goes to show that going there for Rope Drop isn’t necessarily enough to guarantee a short wait.

  3. Check the Times Guide! Characters pop up all over the park throughout the day so check it carefully to make sure you catch your favourite. You’ll need to get there early for the popular ones such as Gaston whose line closes as soon as he appears.
  4. The Festival of Fantasy parade is now the only one on property – unless you count the March of the First Order at Hollywood Studios which I definitely don’t. Get there in plenty of time (30 mins before) to get a good spot to watch it. It’s often easier to get a good last minute space in Adventure Land which is a less popular viewing space than Main Street.

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    Breakfast at Be Our Guest
  5. You will not do everything – and that is okay. You will be disappointed if you plan to do all of Magic Kingdom because there’s just so much to do there. I’d recommend each member of your party picking 2/3 must do things and be happy if you get them all done. This of course is dependent on your party not being of 20 people.
  6. Don’t spend all day there – unless you’re crazy good at coping with heat and theme parks. I would recommend going for Rope Drop (when the park opens) and staying until about lunchtime, heading back in time for the evening entertainment and a few rides – Splash Mountain, the People Mover and really any outside ride has a new look to it after dark. We did open to close in February which is one of the coldest months and the shortest opening hours and it nearly killed us.
  7. If you’re planning to leave right after the evening fireworks – join the club! Everybody does. Head right out to the resort monorail – the queue is normally much shorter. There’s a couple more stops on the way but it does take you back to the car park and transportation centre.
  8. If you’re visiting between September and December you will be there for either Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. These are specially ticketed events which you have to pay for separately but get rave reviews. However, if you’re not attending the party on a night it’s held then you will have to leave early so avoid these days if possible. This does unfortunately mean the park is way busier on non-party days so be sure to plan for this.

There’s far too much to The Magic Kingdom to write about in just one post but I hope this gives you some basic information and tips and tricks that will help you plan your Floriday.

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