Disney World Tips and Tricks
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A good way to take a nap without going back to your hotel room: Take a nap in the Hall of Presidents - 23 minutes of air conditioned relaxation. Thanks to Roger for this tip!
This tip has to do with eating at Cinderella's Table for Lunch or Dinner. Make sure you make your reservations in advance but consider eating a late lunch as opposed to dinner. It is not quite as crowded. Your chances of getting a reservation close to your vacation time are much better (if not booked far enough in advance). Many of the menu items for lunch are on the dinner menu but are much cheaper on the lunch menu. If you book lunch around 2:15 you can see the 3:00 parade right after lunch. Dinner does not start until 4:00 but I believe the last reservation for lunch is 3:00. Thanks to Scott for this tip!
We booked Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween during my visit to Disney World. I have never known 5 hours go so fast. What a great night this was! Definitely worth checking out! Thanks to Steve for this tip!
If you are an old hat at Disney World and would like a little twist, ride Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain at night. We hit Splash Mountain late one night because we were avoiding the long lines and wow it was gorgeous and a little mysterious too. Thanks to Sarah for this tip!
Try some of the attractions at night for a new perspective!
Save time at the Magic Kingdom by using the Express Stroller Rental. It is located outside the park entrance.
Just wanted to give an update for scoring points on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. In the first room, aim for the left arm of the left robot for 100,000 points, and when you are on Planet Z and you see Zurg, hit the bottom target of his space scooter for 100,000 points. There are some more but I figured I won't give everything away. Thanks to Dan for this tip!
You wrote of the pleasures of viewing the fireworks from the plaza view terrace and we did that and it was excellent. We found, quite by accident, an even better place the following night. We were exiting Mickey's Philharmagic just as the fireworks began. The view from the area between Philharmagic and the Carousel is just phenomenal!!! Almost all of the fireworks explode directly above your head as you stand in an area that seems to be in broad daylight. Almost all of the fireworks explode directly above your head as you stand in an area that seems to be in broad daylight. Thanks to Jon for this tip!
We watched the Main Street Electrical Parade from near its starting point, near at Town Hall . When the end of the parade passed us, we jumped up and raced to Adventureland . We were able to go on the Jungle Cruise and Aladdin’s Magic Carpets without waiting in line at all, because most of the people in the park were still watching the parade. Although we didn’t try it, you could probably apply the same principle and watch the earlier parade near Frontierland and run to find rides in that area as soon as the parade finishes. Thanks to Rachel for this tip!
Be sure to see when Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is going on.
WDW has a special event that occurs at Magic Kingdom on certain days of the week this time of year - it is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. They close the park at 6:00pm on these days and escort the daily visitors out of the park at this time and reopen the park at 7:00pm for ticketed visitors. So if you visit at this time of year, be SURE to check out the daily calendar or times guide for Magic Kingdom and plan accordingly. There are other nights of the week where you can stay late on your normal ticket - so be sure that you pick one of these nights if you don't plan to spend more for the extra ticket to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Thanks to Arlen for this tip!
We watched the Fireworks from near Cinderella’s Castle and my 7-year-old, who had been full of energy until that point, got very drowsy once we actually stopped running from ride to ride, then getting him through the crowds and out of the park was a challenge. For people watching the Fireworks with kids: consider watching near Town Hall so that if the kids become very tired during the fireworks “downtime,” you don’t have too far to drag them to the monorail. Thanks to Rachel for this tip!
If visiting Magic Kingdom on a hot day, don't miss the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square - there is rarely a long line, it's air conditioned, and honestly it's a great show! My 9-year-old loved it! Thanks to Steve for this tip!
We just returned from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and were pleased in particular with Storybook Treats in Fantasyland. The ice cream sundaes were to die for and the prices were great! If your family likes ice cream, then this is the place to go. It beats the pre-made ice cream stands found all over the park. Thanks to Breanne for this tip!
A great place to watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom is from the ferry. If you time it right, you can see the whole display clearly and miss the crowds for the transport afterwards. Thanks to Liz for this tip!
Here's a good tip for riding the Magic Kingdom Mountains. Go to Space Mountain first in the morning. Most people go to Frontierland because 2 of the mountains are there. Space Mountain is less crowded and you can ride it 2 to 3 times in a row without the line being over 20 minutes (just make sure you get to Magic Kingdom before the park actually opens). Get to Frontierland at about lunch time. The ride line will be a lot shorter because most people will be eating. If you want to ride Splash Mountain twice, I suggest get a fastpass, get in the stand-by line, and ride it. When your done, if there's time left, go to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and by that time, you can get in the fastpass line for Splash Mountain. Thanks to Gabriella for this tip!
A great strategy to ride all of Magic Kingdom's Mountains.
If you stay at the Magic Kingdom through the fireworks show to park closing, you will be leaving with thousands of others also trying to get to the main parking lot and their cars. As you exit the Magic Kingdom, you'll no doubt notice huge lines to get on the Disney Transportation Buses, the Steamboats across the Lagoon, and especially up the ramp to the Monorail to the Ticket and Transportation Center. What you will also notice is that while those three transportation methods have lines and long waits comparable to the most popular rides, the one ramp that is sparsely used is the Monorail to Resorts. Save yourself lots of time, pushing, shoving, short fuses and all around inconvenience after a long day of walking - Take the Monorail to the Resorts. First stop is the Contemporary Hotel, second stop? you may have guessed it by now, The Transportation and Ticket Center! Since the sign reads To Resorts, people looking to get to the TTC follow that sign. Try this Sneaky Trick on your next visit and you will find that you not only get to your car faster, but will beat the biggest crunch of cars exiting - because all those people are still waiting for a ride to the TTC! Thanks to Larry for this tip!
A couple of years back a friend and I had gone to the Magic Kingdom on her birthday. We went to guest services to activate tickets we already had and found out that they will give you a birthday pin if you are there on your birthday. They also said that every park has their own birthday pins designated for the individual park. The one from the Magic Kingdom has Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle and it reads "Today is My Birthday." Everyone imaginable wished her a happy birthday and the barbershop quartet sang happy birthday to her. Each park does something special for your birthday. Thanks to Jennifer for this tip!
The only ride we were disappointed in was the Winnie-the Pooh ride in the Magic Kingdom. We'd read it was one that shouldn't be missed. When we got in line, the sign said the wait for the ride would be 45 minutes. It was more like an hour and a half and the ride lasted maybe 2 or 3 minutes! My advice: skip it! The Buzz Lightyear Ride is much more fun! The kids loved that one. Thanks to Kathy for this tip!
A great place to watch the fireworks in the Magic Kingdom is from the dining terrace at the Plaza Restaurant. You get to sit in an uncrowded area with the added benefit of having Tinkerbell coming right at you! Send someone from your party to Main Street to get pastries, ice cream, coffee, etc, to fill the time before and after the fireworks. Thanks to Chris for this tip!
Plan around the parades at Magic Kingdom.
Ok, so you have no interest in waiting around to see a parade in the Magic Kingdom. But make sure you are in the area of the park you want to be when the parade starts. Traveling around the park especially on the parade route becomes next to IMPOSSIBLE. I was at the Haunted Mansion and needed to go to ride Splash Mountain because I had a fastpass, and it took me at least 20-30 minutes to make that short trip simply because of the parade. Thanks to Chris for this tip!
Here's a great tip for riding the 3 Mountains at Magic Kingdom! Get in line for the mountains later at night right before the parade and fireworks start, so probably around 7:30 the lines will die down somewhat because of people eating dinner and getting ready for the parade. Leave Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain for the night and ride Space Mountain during the day. This is a good plan because standing in line for Splash and Thunder can get HOT during the day where as Space Mountain has an indoor line which is air conditioned. This will pay off because there are no lines during the Parade and the Fireworks at night on any of the Mountains! So hit the smaller rides during the day and save the mountains for later at night! This really does save on time and you get more rides out of it! Thanks to Mark for this tip!
During a parade at Magic Kingdom - walk through the shops as much as possible. You can walk almost all of Main Street inside if you stay on the right hand side (right side as you are looking at the entrance). Thanks to Jennifer for this tip!
If you are traveling to the Magic Kingdom with children under two years old, I highly recommend going in the month of October. Crowds are small and the weather is not too hot. (Actually, this is good advice for people of all ages going to Disney World!) Thanks to Julio for this tip!
At Magic Kingdom, don't stand right in front of Cinderella's castle for the fireworks. They are shot from behind the castle, and you don't see much if you are in front. Head a bit further back towards Main Street for a better view. Thanks to Bobbie for this tip!
I just recently went to Disney World and I found that the best place to sit for the Main Street Electrical Parade is on the balcony of the Magic Kingdom's train station, right as you enter the park. Try to get there 2 hours before. People take the chairs and tables that are up there. If you sit there you can see the castle for the fireworks perfectly and also be able to watch the parade sitting in a chair and up high so you won’t have to over look anyone. Thanks to Larry for this tip!
Head to the train station at Magic Kingdom for some prime viewing spots.
Don't miss Dream Along with Mickey, the show Disney World puts on in front of Cinderella Castle. You will see about 2 dozen of Disney characters and after the short show they come down and walk around with the people there. Thanks to Miros for this tip!
We got to see the Magic Kingdom Parade in Frontierland and that is where the parade started. It was wonderful and we had a great spot. My youngest daughter got to participate in the parade with one of the mice from Cinderella and that made her week. I don't know if it starts there every time but it did that day around 3 or 4 p.m. Thanks to Robin for this tip!
Tuesday seemed like a great day to visit the Magic Kingdom because on Monday it seemed like that is where everyone was headed. So I would wait until after Monday before visiting Magic Kingdom. Thanks to Robin for this tip!
Do not visit the Magic Kingdom on a Monday. It is packed! Pushing a stroller through a jam-packed park can ruin anyone's day. On our last trip, we went to the Magic Kingdom on Monday with a 6 month old and a 2 yr. old. We were there all day and all we go to do was the Pooh ride, Bear Country Jamboree, Tiki Birds, Haunted Mansion, dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern (we had reservations), and the parade (we caught it right after dinner). We pretty much wasted a whole day. Thanks to Christine for this tip!
Avoid the Fantasyland bathrooms.
Avoid using the restrooms near Fantasyland if you can help it. They are also packed, dirty and there are line-ups. Thanks to Anne for this tip!
Get to the "Mountains" at Magic Kingdom early (Space, Splash, and Thunder). The lines on these get long later on.
If you plan to eat at the Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom, try and plan your dinner so that you are done 20 minutes before the parade starts. Just step out onto the porch for a great view. Thanks to John and Karl for this tip!
At the Magic Kingdom, people usually leave right after the fireworks go off. During some parts of the year, the fireworks don't always go off at closing time. Since most people don't know that, they leave once the fireworks are over. This leaves Magic Kingdom relatively empty until the real closing time. Thanks to Jeremy for this tip!
When everyone is leaving the Magic Kingdom the monorails tend to get very crowded. The Disney Staff will tell you to use the Transportation and Ticket Center monorail. It is always crowded. Use the resort monorail. This takes you to the Contemporary but stay on and you'll get to the transportation and ticket center a lot faster. Thanks to Evan for this tip!
If you want to experience Splash Mountain but don't want to wait in line or use fast pass, just go to other rides until about 10:00pm or later then come back to it. My friends and I walked right through with no one in front of us and got on. Sure it was a little colder but worth it! Thanks to Ryan for this tip!
Splash Mountain is usually less crowded at night!
When entering the Magic Kingdom while the 3:00 parade is going on, hop on the train and take it to Frontierland and you miss all the crowds leaving after the parade. Thanks to Susan for this tip!
If you have a child, plan your trip so you are at magic kingdom when it opens. The crowd gets really heavy around 11:00am. But it's amazing what you can do in those first two hours before the lines get long. When you get into the park, go straight to Space Mountain and get a fast-pass for the ride then use the stand-by line. You will have almost no wait and after you are done you can use the fast pass for a second ride! Then go to the Buzz Lightyear ride. You can ride that repeatedly with almost no wait until about 10:30am. Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear are two very popular attractions but if you hit them early, you can start your day with a bang without waiting in lines!! Thanks to Jerry for this tip!
If you want to save time (mostly at magic kingdom) go to the rides in the back first usually there are shorter lines that way. Thanks to Diane for this tip!
We just recently went to Disney World in the first week of February. Towards the end of the week Magic Kingdom was getting a little crowded and needless to say, so where the lunch spots. Since we had park hoppers, we took the train to Epcot and ate in the countries without hardly any crowd at all (we also caught Mailstrome and train of thought). Thanks to Rick for this tip!
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