Every day should be a Magic Kingdom Day. Here are helpful Disney Planning tips to make the most of your day in Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
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Planning a day at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is very easy. The park is laid out so conveniently that it is not at all difficult to navigate. The Magic Kingdom is open longer hours than any of the other Walt Disney World theme parks. That means more time on your Magic Kingdom day but also poses a challenge. These Magic Kingdom planning tips are designed to help you get the most from your vacation planning experience and maximize your efficiency at this 104-acre theme park.
Head in One Direction
There are countless variations on how to get around the Magic Kingdom. For some, it is as simple as turning a right or a left when you reach the hub in front of Cinderella Castle. You can go straight ahead into fantasyland, too. However, you still are faced with a choice of leaving in the direction of Tomorrowland, or Liberty Square. Whichever way you decide to go, draw up a path that will lead you on a path that takes you throughout the park in one sweep rather than running from one end to the other and back.
Know the Parade Times and Route
Whether or not the parades are of any interest to you, you should learn the wait times and be aware of the route. That’s because guest control cast members start putting up the rope in preparation for the parades that happen throughout the day and crowds fill in, making it difficult to get around certain areas. In the Magic Kingdom, the parade route starts on the Western border of Frontierland and continues to the hub and down Mainstreet to Town Square.
Take a Break in the Middle of Your Magic Kingdom Day
It’s an advantage to show up early, particularly on days with morning Extra Magic Hours. But the Magic Kingdom is also usually open late, and you will want to see the fireworks at the end of the night. To preserve your energy and keep going strong into the night, you should take a break in the afternoon when the heat is most potent, and the crowd levels are highest. It’s a good idea to have a reservation scheduled for around 1:00 or 2:00 pm. You can also leave the park and relax in The Polynesian Village Resort, the Grand Floridian, or the Contemporary.
Plan Meals in Advance
There are a couple of reasons to plan your meals at the Magic Kingdom ahead of time. To begin with, when you know where you want to eat lunch and dinner, you can plan how you move around the park accordingly. Avoid plans that have you overextending to get to your reservation on time. It also helps to have a place secured so that you don’t have to battle crowds in quick-service restaurants at the last minute. If you do use quick service, use the mobile order feature in the My Disney Experience app.
Pick Your Top Attractions
Before you even go into the Magic Kingdom, you should get a good idea of what it is you want to do and what you hope to be able to accomplish. One way to do this is to look over the park map in your hotel room before you leave. Pick out ten things that you are looking forward to and circle where they are on the map. This will help you visualize your day at a glance and get a sense of where you will be going as well as how to get there.
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