The Magic Kingdom is my favorite park and really one of the iconic images that comes to mind when you think of Disney World. This isn’t just a kids park either, there is plenty to do for big and little kids alike. I think part of the appeal is just how many different attractions Magic Kingdom offers. Since there is so much to do it really feels like it’s impossible to accomplish everything in one day. In order to help your day be a little more magical we are spilling the beans on what we feel are the biggest Magic Kingdom mistakes people make.
Not Planning in Advanced
You find this advice a lot here on my blog, planning your Disney vacation is so important. If you have attractions at Disney World that you really want to do, a plan is necessary these days. With increased crowds year round, winging it just doesn’t work anymore. Need some help planning? Try using our FREE Printable Disney Daily Vacation Planner.
Missing Rope Drop
The early bird gets the worm and being in the park for the rope drop gets you on rides with little to no wait! Arriving for Magic Kingdom Park open (aka Rope Drop) can make or break your chances for getting everything you want in at the Magic Kingdom. We find once 11 am hits the crowds really start to build up. Early morning start time means fewer people and shorter wait times so you can get more done.
So how does one achieve rope drop status? Well Magic Kingdom opens its gates one hour before actual park open. They will let you walk in all the way up to the front of the castle. Once it strikes park open you can enjoy the fabulous welcome show that happens on the castle stage. Once complete this marks official park open and you will be allowed to enter into the different lands.
How to Sneak in Early to the Magic Kingdom
Have you heard about the secret to sneaking into a park before it’s open? Okay, you aren’t actually sneaking. But if you book an extra early character breakfast then you get early access to the park. While the rides won’t be open you can still be one of the first in line for the popular attractions.
Looking to take your game to a new level of early? At the Magic Kingdom they offer something called Disney Early morning magic. Not only do these tickets get you a breakfast but they also get you early entry to Magic Kingdom park so you can ride these Fantasyland attractions: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight!
Disney Early Morning Magic takes place from 7:45 am to 10:00 am on select Sundays and Tuesdays. Admission is available for $69 per adult and $59 per child (tax not included).
Starting your Day on the Right Side of the Magic Kingdom
And by the right side we mean the left side! You see the left side of Magic Kingdom is the right side to start your day on, get it? Okay now that I have you nice and confused I am going to attempt to clarify!
When the ropes drop in the morning at Magic Kingdom the swarms head straight for Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Ever since Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened in Fantasyland it has pulled more people than ever into the back of the park. If you are looking for the least crowds we recommend starting your day in Adventureland.
Not making an Advance Dining Reservation
Making the Wrong Fastpasses
Forgetting to Stake out a Parade Spot
Skipping the Disney Classics
Not Staying for Happily Ever After
I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!