The Ultimate Guide To Magic Kingdom For Rookies

Walt Disney World’s most popular park, The Magic Kingdom,  is loaded tip to tail with places to go, characters to meet, rides to ride, and treats to eat. With all the whimsy and wonder, it can certainly get overwhelming simply with the number of ways you can spend your day. Fear not, dear readers. We’ve managed to wrack our brains and compile a list of the best ways to make the most of your time at the place where dreams come true. So strap on your Magic Bands, get your passes ready, and keep both hands inside the cart at all times, because here are the most magical things to do at the kingdom and how to do them right.

1. Go For the Rope Drops

The best way to make the most of your time is to make sure you’ve got all the time you need. Arriving in time for the rope drops and opening ceremonies are a treat on their own, but being there before the rest of the thicker crowds will allow you more time to explore the park and get an early jump on your favorite rides. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, early birds meet the mouse. So be sharp, be early, and be ready for a great start to an even greater day.

2. Climb Every Mountain

If you are looking to take on the Mountain Challenge or just want to hit Space, Big Thunder, or Splash Mountain at some point in your day, the best way to accomplish that goal is to simply hit one of those first and foremost. These are the most popular rides in the park, take it from an expert, they fill up ridiculously fast. Whether you have a FastPass+ or not, you will have to wait if you don’t make the time. Play it smart and plan it wisely. Best to be safe and hit these bad-boys first.

3. Pick Your Parades

The Magic Kingdom’s 3:00 Parade is always a sight to see, but mostly for the first timers or the unveiling of a new theme. If you’ve seen it once and know what to expect, plan on being on a ride, in an attraction, or otherwise off the parade route. Trying to navigate through the swamps of viewers can be an absolute nightmare. If you’ve never seen the parade, by all means, make time to watch. Find a safe and shady spot to take pics, but be careful when leaving the route. However you choose to spend this time, be sure to be safe and smart about how you experience the magic.

4. Make Room For Mickey Munchies

There’s no getting around it, you will need something to eat if you plan on spending your day at any Disney Park. The Magic Kingdom offers several places to stop and grab a bite to eat to satisfy the "rumbly in your tumbly". Depending on whether you have a meal plan or not, your choice of eatery will vary. Never fear though, The Magic Kingdom is home to several fine establishments to fit any budget. Whether you want to sit down for a hot meal at The Liberty Tree, have a Turkey Leg from Pecos Bill’s, or simply have a sweet and spicy waffle sandwich from the Sleepy Hollow Inn, there’s always a good meal waiting. Be sure to tuck in and chow down at some point on your journey.

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