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Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.

How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

Walt And Mickey Disney Castle

10. Kiss Goodnight This is a tip most guests are unaware of.  About 30-45 minutes after official closing time, there is a very brief “show” from Cinderella Castle.  The Castle is drenched in a rainbow of changing colors.  It’s truly magical to stand there for a few quiet moments as Mickey Mouse wishes you a good evening.  It’s Disney’s way of ...

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

9. Shopping Souvenir shopping is a big part of the Disney experience.  Shops abound throughout the park.  However, plan your shopping for AFTER you’ve done all or most of your touring, or better yet, plan more than one Magic Kingdom day for your trip.  *Secret tip: The shops on Main Street USA stay open after official closing. 

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

8. Parades/Fireworks Do NOT, I repeat do NOT miss the Magic Kingdom parades, fireworks and castle projection shows!  These will likely be the highlight of your day!  Disney excels at these types of events.  Plant yourself at least an hour early to reserve the best spots.  *Secret tip: Watch the parades from Frontierland-the crowds are much smaller. 

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

Tomorrowland Transit Authority

7. Less popular attractions Plan to ride/visit the less popular attractions during the most crowded parts of the day, usually right around lunch to mid-afternoon.  Attractions such as Peoplemover, Carousel of Progress, Dumbo, Teacups, Barnstormer, Main Street Railroad, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, Enchanted Tiki Room and Hall of Presidents rarely have long lines. 

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

Country Bear Jamboree

6. Afternoon break If you are staying at a Disney resort, consider returning to your hotel after lunch, for a swim and/or nap, especially in the hot summer months.  If not, at least plan a meal to give yourself a rest in the air-conditioning.  You might even want to try one of the nearby hotels for a meal, just to get ...

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

Be Our Guest

5. Meals If you are planning to do a quick-service meal, go at off-times, to avoid the crowds.  Eat lunch before 11:30 or after 1:30, for example.  If you make a reservation for a table-service restaurant, make it for the hot part of the day, or after you’ve toured the park for 3-4 hours.  Your family (and your feet) will appreciate ...

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida is the world’s most popular theme park, with some 20 million visitors per year.  The rides, attractions and shows are spectacular in every way.  The cast members are friendly and helpful.  There is something for every member of the family, both young and old.  Here is: How to Have a Fantastic ...

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

Castle Front Main St. USA

1. Arrive Early! Whether you are staying onsite at a Disney hotel or offsite, arrive at the Magic Kingdom entrance, tickets in hand (or Magic Bands) at least 30 minutes before official opening.  On most days, you will be allowed into the front of the park 30 minutes early.  You’ll be able to browse the Main Street USA shops, grab ...

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

FastPass

2. Fastpass Before you leave home, make your fastpass attraction reservations.  Fastpass is Disney’s version of line-skipping.  Every member of your party gets three, to start with.  *You can make more after you use those initial three, based on availability.  If you’re unsure how to make fastpass reservations, set up your free account at www.mydisneyexperience.com or via their app on ...

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How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

3. Character meal If you have children, schedule a character meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  That way, you can see your favorite characters without waiting in line.  Plus, you gotta eat, right?  *When scheduling your character meal, be aware the ride queues are shortest in the morning.  If you want to do breakfast, schedule it early or late. 

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