Getting The Most out a Visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Many first time travelers to Walt Disney World are embarking on a vacation. You know, some rest and relaxation, some quality time for the family to spend together without the fast-paced hustle and bustle of school and work.
These first time Disney vacation goers quickly realize that this is not a relaxing vacation! By day 3, dads are tired and screaming at the kids….Moms are worn out and fussing at dad for screaming at the kids.
A trip to Walt Disney World does not have to be stressful. A well planned trip will be very rewarding and at times restful. You have to change your mind-set. Consider a Disney World vacation an adventure and the whole paradigm changes!
Let’s focus on Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Ideally, you need to spend enough time at Disney World for at least two visits to the Magic Kingdom. It’s simply too large and there is too much to do and see to get it done in one day. Our focus is on a one day visit and getting the most out of that one day. Ride more rides, see more, relax more and spend less time in line! It will help you to have a planned itinerary. Download ours for free at www.dvcpointsforrent.com.
Now it’s important to remember that a trip to Disney World means long days. There are many strategies for making the most of a Magic Kingdom visit so we’ll just focus on one for this blog post.
If you’re staying at one of the fabulous Disney owned properties, take advantage of the extra hour mornings. If you’re not stat at a Disney property, it’s OK; you can still beat the crowds by following this plan.
Get to the bus stop 15 minutes before the first bus leaves. It’s critical that you get to The Magic Kingdom about 30 minutes before the park opens. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, you’ll be able to get there well before most people.
So, be at the gate turnstiles 30 minutes before the park opens. You’ll be one of the first group of people to get in. You’ll probably miss out on the opening show but that’s OK – you’re going to be having a great time riding while others are standing in the lines waiting to ride.
Know your itinerary! This is very important. Have everyone in your party know and understand the plan. Make sure they know to meet you at the very first ride on your Iten! After each ride, meet the others at the exit, then head to the next ride on your iten.
Something to note is to ride the very popular rides early in the morning. The evening time is the time to ride the less popular rides….the lines will not be that long so don’t waste daylight and time!
For example: If the park opens at 8:00, and if you start in Adventureland, you should be on The Jungle Cruise at 8:10, then Pirates of the Caribbean by 8:25.
Now head to Frontierland. Hit Splash Mountain then Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. If you don’t want to get wet, skip Splash Mountain, it’s a long ride anyway. You should be done around 9:00.
Then head to Liberty Square and go to The Haunted Mansion. You should be done by 9:15 or so.
Head to Fantasyland and go directly to Peter Pans Flight. Then Winnie the Pooh is next. By this time it will be about 10:15 and you should have done about 5 rides. By this time it will get progressively more crowded.
Head directly to Tomorrowland and get on Space Mountain. Your goal should be to get there by 10:30. After Space Mountain, head to Tomorrowland Speedway. That line will be a little longer and the ride will last longer.
You should be done by 11:15 or 11:30 if you stick to the plan. At this time you can have lunch in the park, or I suggest going back to the resort and relaxing.
Consider having dinner at The Magic Kingdom and do it early. Maybe 4:30 and I suggest trying Tony’s Town Square. Good Italian food without breaking the bank. Ask for an atrium seating for some great people watching on Main Street USA.
Then hit the rides and shows that you missed during the day. The Enchanted Tiki Room, Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Hall of Presidents just to name a few.
This is just a guideline to consider. You can start at Tomorrowland if you prefer but try to go in order of the lands.
Remember that The Main Street Electrical Parade is very popular and people start getting curb space 2 hours before it starts, so if you want to see it and have a good view……as always with Disney, plan ahead!