One day at the Magic Kingdom
Guest Post by Carla C. Burton
Known as the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom can keep you busy and entertained all day. Here’s a guide to help you enjoy one full day at Disney’s, Magic Kingdom.
- I suggest starting with the earliest possible seating for breakfast at Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace. Call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).
- Pick up a Times Guide bulletin and a map upon entering the park or at any one of the shops or restaurants on Main Street USA. Keep for reference for parade and fireworks times and attraction locations. If you haven’t already made dinner reservations, go over to Town Hall on the left upon entering the park, and see someone in guest relations about priority seating for Tony’s or Be Our Guest.
- Stroll up and down Main Street USA taking in the sights, sounds and smells of The Magic Kingdom, making mental notes of where to return later for a snack or souvenir.
- Head to Splash Mountain in Frontierland for a Fastpass allowing you to return with no wait. Proceed to Big Thunder Railroad next. Note: You can obtain a Fastpass every couple of hours throughout the day, while they last, for certain attractions.
- From Frontierland, go to the adjacent Adventureland and ride the Pirates of the Caribbean followed by the Jungle Cruise, also a Walt Disney classic and cheesy as it is, not to be missed.
- By now, it’s time for your Splash Mountain ride. This is 20 minutes of fun with the potential of getting soaked so bring a ziplock bag for cell phones and cameras.
- After Splash Mountain, head directly to Liberty Square and experience the 999 ghosts of the Haunted Mansion.
- If needing refreshment, try a Dole Whip sold at Aloha Isle. It is a bit of backtracking but worth it for the pineapple refreshment.
- If you have little ones, head next to Fantasyland. Grab a Fastpass to Peter Pan’s Flight and wait in line at Small World and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Note: Peter Pan is a childhood favorite but the lines are always horrendous which is why a Fastpass is a must.
- Character experiences occur several times daily throughout Magic Kingdom but Fantasyland hosts more meet and greet locations than the rest of the park. Check out times and locations with your bulletin and map.
- If you have a little princess desiring the full beauty treatment at Bippity Boppity Boutique, take advantage of the down time while a fairy-godmother-in-training gives her a royal makeover. Located in Fantasyland, you can make reservations by calling 407-939-7895.
- For lunch, you’re close to Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland offering sandwiches, soups and salads or go to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. Between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s offers salads, burgers, wraps and ribs.
LATE AFTERNOON / EVENING
- The Mad Tea Party ride and the Tomorrowland Speedway are next up. We always ride these unless the queues are an hour or more.
- In the Tomorrowland section of the park, get another Fastpass for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin or Space Mountain. While waiting for return time, experience The Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Astro Orbiter.
- Check your times guide for show and parade times. We never miss the Spectro Magic parade in the evening and of course the fireworks display is an absolute must see.
- For dinner, try Casey’s Corner on Main Street or Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station if you didn’t book priority seating. Both will put you in the right area for fireworks but Casey’s will have better parade viewing. If you still have time, go back to your favorite ‘land’ and hit what you missed before.
- Head back to Main Street for best view of fireworks or the parade.
EXITING THE PARK
At the end of the day, you can take your time and leisurely exit the park. Shops are open for 30 minutes to an hour after park close and parking lot transportation runs 45 minutes after closing.