5. Check Out the Local Entertainment
In addition to the wonderful rides, the Magic Kingdom is home to many top-of-the-line shows! The entertainment includes daily dance parties, parades, fireworks, projection shows, and even a show in front of Cinderella’s Castle. These all occur at scheduled times, so pick up a times guide at the park entrance. Many visitors plan their entire day around seeing the afternoon parade and nightly fireworks display, so learn from their example.
6. Appreciate the “Small Stuff”
Amidst all of the fabulous attractions and shows, don’t miss out on what truly makes WDW stand out – attention to detail. Specifically, Main Street U.S.A. is full of delicious details that deserve to be admired with careful eyes. Admire the beautiful store displays. Read the various names on the windows above your heads. (These names are obscure references to Disney history!) Smell the fresh baked cookies outside the bakery and ice cream parlor. Whatever you do, don’t rush through this area on your way to the castle. Whether the sun is shining or the street is bathed in twinkle lights after sunset, just take time to drink in the experience.
7. Live to Eat, Don’t Eat to Live
Even if you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, don’t just have lunch or dinner anywhere. While WDW has plenty of exceptional quick service places and snack carts, there are also plenty of lazy/safe options. Don’t fall into the trap and instead seek out the famous shareable cinnamon rolls at Gaston’s Tavern, pile a burger high with endless toppings at Pecos Bills, or dine on salmon at the Columbia Harbor House. For the same price as a basket of chicken tenders, you can have a meal on the go that rivals your favorite restaurants. Just do a little research ahead of time! Your stomach will thank you.
8. Go Hug Characters!
Whether you’re 7 or 75 years old, no one is too old for a hug from Winnie the Pooh! Taking the time to visit and interact with characters from your childhood is pivotal to the heartwarming Disney experience. Be on the lookout for random meet and greet spots and don’t hesitate to get in line, even if you aren’t with your own kids. Also, if you need a break from the Florida sun, there are three indoor, air-conditioned spots to meet characters. Tony’s Town Square, Princess Fairytale Hall, and Pete’s Silly Sideshow all feature beloved Disney icons that are eager to take photos. Say cheese!