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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is the most recognizable and iconic park in all of Walt Disney World. With six unique themed areas consisting of various experiences, dining, and shopping for all ages and preferences, you would be hard-pressed to walk away empty handed or disappointed. However, because of it’s large, diverse offerings, everyone experiences the Magic Kingdom in their own way. You may be they type that wants to experience everything the Magic Kingdom has to offer in as little time as possible, you may simply want to hit the high points, or you may take the slow-and-steady approach by spreading these experience over a number of days. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy the Magic Kingdom, we hope this guide will assist you in getting the most magic as possible out of your experience.

Fastpass


The Magic Kingdom has a lot to experience. From thrill rides to performances of Disney’s most beloved characters, it can be difficult to decide how to properly and effectively use your Fastpasses. First, it is important to note that after using your initial three Fastpasses, you will be able to select a new Fastpass either via the “My Disney Experience” app (which I highly recommend) or one of the FP+ Kiosks found throughout the park. This will allow you experience many of your desired rides and performances but the key is to not spend Fastpasses unnecessarily as they can go quickly and become unavailable for the remainder of the day. Below are what we recommend as “must have’s” and experiences you may want to try without a Fastpass.

The Must Have’s:

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  • Space Mountain: One of Disney’s most popular thrill rides with wait times consistently over a hour.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: Enduring Disney classic ride, while short, is a fan favorite. Wait times can reach up to and even over two hours.
  • Seven Dwarves Mine Train: Exciting thrill ride for nearly all ages with wait times exceeding a hour. (right)

Fastpass Passes:

  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor: An incredible family experience with lots of laughs with low wait times. A great, cool stop before heading into Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. (Fastpass+ Kiosks can be found straight across at Stitch’s Great Escape!)
  • Mikey’s PhillharMagic: 3D theatre experience featuring Disney’s main character’s and music from their most popular films. (FastPass+ Kiosks found directly outside the theatre)
  • Stitch’s Great Escape: Fun family experience with typically low wait times. Another great opportunity to cool off and enjoy one of Disney’s most enduring characters.

The Tough Calls: (If you want a Fastpass for these experiences, they may be best used after your initial three choices as these are typically available throughout the day.)

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Disney classic, newly renovated (2015), and a lot of fun. Wait times can be 15 minutes or less later in the evening (especially during Extra Magic Hours). However, wait times can be rather lengthy. If this is a must for your family, don’t hesitate to get a Fastpass.
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin: This is a “must have” for our family but there’s been several times we have not needed a a Fastpass. The good thing about this ride is it typically moves very fast regardless of posted wait times.
  • Haunted Mansion: Another Disney classic with fluctuating wait times. Like Buzz Lightyear, it typically moves rather quickly. This, as many of our other “tough calls”, are typically available throughout the day and have low wait times later in the evening and during Extra Magic Hours.

**Fastpasses can be difficult to manage but thanks to the “My Disney Experience” app this is much easier and as you use your Fastpasses you can continually look for available experiences. It’s a great way to get a missed or unavailable experience. New Fastpasses are made available throughout the day as others change their plans. So don’t give up!

Dining


The Magic Kingdom offers more dining opportunities than I can probably count but much like their rides and experiences, they’re are some that everyone needs to experience. Below are our recommended dining experiences including sit-down dining, quick services, and snacks.

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  • Crystal Palace Palace: Character Experience (Winnie the Pooh & Friends) with an excellent family-style buffet and a view of the castle that is second to none.
  • Be Our Guest: Breathtaking atmosphere and scenery to match a delicious menu with photo opportunities of the beloved Beast in addition to iconic visuals from the film.(right)
  • Liberty Tree Tavern: Possibly my favorite dining experience in the Magic Kingdom. An all-you-can-eat, endless Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. It simply does not get better than Liberty Tree Tavern.

Quick Service Meals:

  • The Lunching Pad/Cosmic Ray’s Cafe: We bounce between The Lunching Pad and Cosmic Ray’s quite a bit but honestly the Lunching Pad has become our “go to” place. It’s on the way to our kids’ favorite rides (Buzz Lightyear and the Laugh Floor) in addition to hosting an incredible view of Cinderella’s Castle. The Lunching Pad is a covered dining area unlike Cosmic Ray’s which is inside a building. Either way, it’s a solid meal for a Quick Service dining credit.
  • Columbia Harbour House: If seafood is your thing, this is a great place for some quick seafood. It’s also a great stop if you’re working your way to the Haunted Mansion.
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe: You get way more than you bargain for at Pecos Bill’s. Excellent Mexican dishes and honestly we felt their food was a step above most other Quick Service meals. You certainly get your money’s worth at this stop.

Snacks:

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  • Aloha Isle: I’ll put it very simply… Dole Whips. I recommend the float!(right)
  • Sleepy Hollow: There’s been several discussions about how the Dining Plan works at Sleepy Hollow but regardless if they accept it or not, their Waffle Sandwiches are worth the cost and possibly then some.
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: Some of the best ice cream in all of Disney World in addition to now serving the famous Kitchen Sink

Snack Honorable Mentions:

  • Mickey Mouse Icecream Bars: While not a snack location, they are my favorite snack and past time. They can be found throughout the park and are simply a must have especially if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan
  • The Confectionary: If you’re like us, you have snacks to burn and we always end up getting several goodies at The Confectionary. They have countless Disney themed snacks in addition to classic candies and treats.