Walt Disney World Tips and Tricks 2019


Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

  • Magic Kingdom can be accessed by either taking a boat ride or the monorail from the Ticket and Transportation Center. The Monorail is faster but the boat seems to have a bit more magic. I suggest trying both at different times during your visit. Note: Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness use boat transportation exclusively.
  • About 15 minutes before park opening, the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show will start and lasts about 8 minutes. The show takes place on the train platform so make sure you have a good view!
  • 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! (Thanks to Couponing to Disney for this great tip!)
  • When you enter Magic Kingdom, know this- for whatever reason, human nature leads people to attack the park by going right, towards Tomorrowland, first. I suggest heading to the left or better yet, straight back towards New Fantasyland where the lines are sure to be longer as the hours pass.
  • Head to City Hall at the beginning of Main Street to pick up a free button. Buttons say all sorts of things such as 1st Visit, Just Married, Just Engaged, Family Reunion, Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, and I’m Celebrating. Cast members are great about noticing the button and make the person wearing the button feel special all day long.
  • Early in the day, your family should definitely try to tackle the rides that will become more crowded as the day goes on, grabbing FASTPASSes for the rides that have them along the way. Here is a list of all the rides at Magic Kingdom that have FastPass+, courtesy of TouringPlans.com.
  • Fantasyland is the land most popular with young kids, especially with its recent expansion. If you have small children, do this section of the park right when it opens because it will get much more crowded and remain crowded until late at night when your kids will be too tired to ride. Almost all the rides in Fantasyland (with the exception of Barnstormer) are slow moving but a few such as Snow White can be a bit scary to timid little ones.
  • Lines for character meet and greets (especially the princesses) are longer in Magic Kingdom then in the other three parks and they move slow (I avoid them like the plague). If you or your child can’t survive without getting their picture taken with the princesses, try going when the park opens or during parades. Keep your eyes out for random cast member holding cameras.  Ask them if they are waiting for a character to show up and then hang out for a minute so you can be the first in line!
  • Lines for rides are shorter during parades and fireworks but be aware that many rides in Fantasyland do close during the fireworks.
  • There is a Baby Care Center at the end of Main Street, next to first aid, on the left hand side (if you are facing the castle). Inside there is a changing room with four cushioned changing tables with high walls and Velcro belts. They are extremely clean. There are shelves for holding all your stuff and even a toilet for cleaning soiled cloth diapers. There is also a sink, two tiny toilets for potty trainers, a feeding area with high chairs, and a nursing area that is quiet (no dads or older kids allowed). Cast Members will warm bottles and baby food for you. Diapers, ointment, baby powder, Pull Ups, wipes, pacifiers, formula, baby food, and Children’s Tylenol are all available for purchase inside.
  • Fireworks can be seen all over the park but in order to see the entire show, you do need to be facing the castle from the front or somewhere on Main Street. Getting stuck behind the castle during the fireworks is kind of a bummer. Don’t let it happen to you!
  • Dole Whips are the greatest ice cream of all time. They can be purchased in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room and Aloha Isle.

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About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

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