First Things We Do When Arriving at the Magic Kingdom

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There is no better feeling than walking into the park that started it all, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. If you are like me you start getting the feels as soon as you walk through the gate and hear the Main Street, U.S.A. music. For diehard Disney Fanatics there is nothing quite like the rush of walking into the Magic Kingdom. Here are the first things we do when walking into this magical park.


1. Rent A Wheelchair/ECV Scooter or Stroller

Depending on who is in the park crew for the day the first thing we do after entering the Magic Kingdom is stop by the rental stand to snag a stroller, ECV scooter or rent a locker for any items we don’t want to carry in the parks. Stroller rental prices vary in price based on days rented but start at around fifteen dollars per day. Electric Conveyance Vehicles ECVs often known as electric scooters cost fifty dollars per day for rental. Wheelchairs can also be rented in the parks starting at around twelve dollars a day.  

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2. Snap a Castle Pic.

Is it cliché? Maybe. Does that stop us? No way! No matter how many castle selfies, Main Street, U.S.A. panoramas and group castle photos we have from previous visits- snapping a castle photo is a must. To get everyone in the photo my family hops in line near the statue of Walt and Mickey right in front of the castle for a PhotoPass Photographer shot we can post to social media later in the day and add to our Disney vacation album.

3. Enjoy Confectionary Smells

Even if is too early in the day for you to enjoy sweets, taking a smell walking tour of the Confectionary on your way down Main Street, U.S.A. is fun.  I always scope out snacks in the treat case that I want to sample later in the day.


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4. Walk Through Emporium Toward the Castle

Like Moana and the sea – Disney merchandise calls to me. Walking through Emporium toward the castle is a fun way to glance at new merchandise and scope out the souvenirs you want to buy during your visit. Minnie ear collectors looking to purchase a new set to complete their outfit look for the day can go ahead and purchase a new set of ears in Emporium or The Chapeau on the corner of Main Street, U.S.A.

5. Caffeinate

It takes a lot of energy to dash around the park Luckily, it’s easy to get a caffeine fix on the way into the park. My crew always drops by Starbucks on Main Street, U.S.A. to grab a beverage before heading toward the attractions. Sure, sometimes the line is long but it moves quickly and provides a great time for us to check the My Disney Experience app for wait times and talk about the park plan for the day.


6. Take in Main Street, U.S.A.

The design and beauty of Main Street, U.S.A. is a work of art within itself. I love taking in the hidden details of the street from the business names painted on windows to the side street nooks and crannies and mock shop windows selling turn of the century goods and clothing.

7. Sunscreen Time

It isn’t glamorous but an important part of your day is ensuring you don’t get sunburned. Take a few minutes to apply sunscreen before hopping on attractions to be sure you don’t get burned to a crisp by the Florida sun. Spray sunscreen is an easy way to quickly reapply throughout the day for safe sun exposure.

8. Check Ride Wait Times

Knowing which direction to go means you need to check attraction wait times. When you have finished enjoying Main Street, U.S.A. hop on the My Disney Experience app to check wait times and consult with you park crew to decide which attractions/land to hit first.  My family likes to start in Tomorrowland and work our way toward Frontierland in the afternoon but it’s really all about heading toward attractions with the shortest wait times to make the most of the park day.

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9. Snag a Favorite Snack

We know you have been dreaming about that favorite park snack since your last visit to the Magic Kingdom.  Maybe it’s a churro, Mickey Premium Bar, loaded waffle or Dole Whip. Snagging a snack is a Magic Kingdom must do soon after entering the park. With so many yummy snacks to sample you want to get started snacking as early as possible.

About Katie

I love talking and reading and breathing and everything Disney. I am married to an amazing man who also has a love for Disney. I love Walt Disney World and we try to visit as often as we can. I am thankful for a mom who raised me to have such a love for Disney and of course for Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse! My favorite characters are Minnie Mouse and Belle. I have an English Degree and I love to write so I am so excited that I am able to put my love of writing and Disney together. Thank you for reading my articles and sharing in my love for Disney!

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