When visiting the Magic Kingdom, there are a lot of insider tips and tricks that can help you save both time and money. Here is a list of random tips and tricks that we have gathered in our 20 years of experience visiting Magic Kingdom. This is meant to be an open blog post meaning that we will continue to update this list every week with more tips and tricks as they come in. Your help and comments are greatly appreciated and if you have any tips or tricks that you would like to see on this list please comment below or visit our contact us page and send us an email. Thank you and Enjoy!
1)-If you plan on staying for fireworks, we recommend getting a seat as close to the exit as possible. You can see the fireworks from almost anywhere in all 4 of the parks and you'll be able to beat the rush out of the park once the show ends
2)-Make sure to show up to the Magic Kingdom at least 20 minutes before the park opens, there is a great welcome show that starts 20 minutes before the park opens and it is something everybody should see on there Disney vacation
3)-Want to enter the Magic Kingdom before other guests? Just book a dining reservation in the 8 o’clock hour with either Crystal Palace or Cinderella’s Royal Table. You should be able to get a picture of Cinderella's Castle without any other guests in the photo!
4)-If you're looking for a place to take a break in the Magic Kingdom, The Walt Disney World Railroad is hands down your best bet. It offers beautiful scenery and views of the entire park, is fully covered offering you great protection from the sun and is the only Magic Kingdom attraction where they don't require you to disembark after one trip, you can ride as long as you'd like
5)-If you hate the long lines at Magic Kingdom and don't mind a little rain, visit the park when it's raining. Almost all of the attractions are indoors and The rain will scare off 80% of the visitors, there will be almost no wait for most of the attractions
6)-Ride during parades and fireworks shows. During parades the lines will become much shorter due to people watching the parade and the same goes for the fireworks shows, if you have already seen them than this is the perfect time to ride your favorite rides!
7)-The Electric Water Pageant is a cute little (unpublicized) light parade on Bay Lake outside the Magic Kingdom. Show times are: 9 p.m. at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, 9:15 p.m. at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 9:30 p.m. at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, 9:45 p.m. at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, and 10 p.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
8)-If you want to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from outside the park, the best location is from the Ticket & Transportation Center, to the right of the ferry launch
9)-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is much better at night. If you haven't tried riding it at night we highly recommend it. Try riding them right before closing during Wishes! to avoid lines.
10)-While most people take there family photo from the front, dead-center of Cinderella Castle, the back of the Castle is arguably prettier and a much more unique location for that family photo, there will also be far less foot traffic than in the front.
11)-Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and Peco's Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe both have similar toppings bars including items such as pickles, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Piling these toppings on your meal of choice will allow you to get the most food for your money
12)-Shops on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom are open up to an hour after the park closes. Do your shopping once the attractions shut down to maximize your time in Magic Kingdom
13)-There are “party line” phones on Main Street and in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. Pick them up to listen in on some hilarious conversations.
14)-To make the most of your $$$, request your fountain drinks without ice, they come out of the machine cold and the cups can hold twice as much liquid without ice
15)-When playing Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. In the first room, aim for the left arm of the left robot for 100,000 points, and when you are on Planet Z and you see Zurg, hit the bottom target of his space scooter for 100,000 points.
16)-During a parade at Magic Kingdom, if you want to avoid the crowds on the sidewalk - walk through the shops as much as possible. You can walk almost all of Main Street inside if you stay on the right hand side (right side as you are looking at the entrance)
17)-Many people will line up for the parade on Main Street or in the Hub, but the route goes through Frontierland as well. You can usually get a great spot there, and it’s much less congested than Main Street.
18)-Do not visit the Magic Kingdom on a Monday. It is always packed! Magic Kingdom is the first park most people go to, which makes the days or day after most people arrive typically very crowded. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are always better for the Magic Kingdom
19)-Carry a water bottle with you, the average cost of a bottled water in the Magic Kingdom is $3 and refilling your water bottle at a fountain is free
20)-If your child’s too short to ride something—height requirements are on the guide map, and there are rulers before every queue entrance—ask the nearest cast member to give you a voucher that enables them to cut the line when they grow tall enough. For Splash Mountain, they’re dubbed a “Future Splash Mountaineer,” and on Space Mountain, they’re handed a “Mousetronaut Certificate.” Many other major rides have their own versions.
21)-Crystal Palace and Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom are open for breakfast an hour before the park opens. This is a great opportunity for empty photos of the Magic Kingdom!
22)-If you are celebrating a special occasion, make sure to pick up a button for your special occasion at your resort hotel or in the parks from Guest Services. You may receive special treatment if wearing the buttons, I had a birthday recently and was moved to the front of the line 3 times and also got free snacks throughout the park.
23)- If you're looking for a nice brake from the heat, try the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. There is hardly ever a wait, the show is entertaining and the entire building is air conditioned.
24)-Most Likely, it will rain/sprinkle at least once during your trip unless you are the luckiest person alive. Throw-away ponchos at the Magic Kingdom are almost $10/each. Purchase packs of throw-away ponchos before your trip for $1 each.
25)-Make an effort to hang around the Magic Kingdom for 30 minutes after it closes. You’ll be rewarded with The Kiss Goodnight (the Magic Kingdom’s way of saying “goodbye” to guests at the end of a long day.)
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