Updated: May 11
Magic Kingdom can be daunting. It's the most crowded Disney Park and has the most attractions. Even for an experienced Disney fan, there are still new tricks to learn and new experiences to be had!
I've had an annual pass for 20+ years. Over the years, I've compiled a list of best tricks, tips, secrets, and hacks to have the best day in Magic Kingdom! Check them out below!
1. Arrive Early
Arrive to Magic Kingdom 1 hour before the park officially opens. When you park your car, you’ll still need to ride a tram, go through security, and ride a monorail before actually getting to the entrance of the park. This takes time. You want to be ready to enter the park at rope drop to take advantage of no lines for the first 30 minutes!
2. Cut Through the Shops
When the park opens, walk through the gift shops on Main Street to avoid the crowd. All of the shops are connected so you’ll be able to bypass everyone in the street stopping to take pictures of the castle.
3. Pick Your Fastpass+ Wisely
Book your (3) Fastpass+ rides in advance and use them wisely. Don’t waste your fastpasses on mediocre rides or rides that tend to have short lines. Instead, opt for the most popular rides:
Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Note: You can book FastPass+ 60 days in advance if you stay on a Disney Resort and 30 days in advance if you're staying off property/local.
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4. Earn a Bonus FastPass+
Do the “Treasure of the 7 Seas” scavenger hunt in Adventureland twice in one day for BONUS fastpasses to Pirates of the Caribbean. It takes about 15 minutes.
5. Avoid the Parade
The parade is a great time to go on popular rides. Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Railroad usually drop in wait time about 10 minutes before the parade starts. However, keep in mind that when the parade ends, there is a mad dash to these rides.
6. Haunted Mansion Secrets
Ask the cast members at the Haunted Mansion what their bats are named. Some are pretty unique like “Batness Everdeen”. Also, if the wait time says “13 minutes” that means there is no wait!
These attractions are great for a rainy day: Carousel of Progress, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Enchanted Tiki Room. Also, don't forget to check the weather before you go and bring a poncho from home!
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The PeopleMover in Tomorrowland is the best ride for kicking back and relaxing.
9. Happily Ever After Firework Show
The Fireworks at Magic Kingdom (“Happily Ever After”) are an absolute must do at least once! The show is so much more than just fireworks because Disney lights up the Cinderella castle with illuminations of your favorite characters. The best spot is in the Hub along a railing. To get this spot, you’ll need to stake it out at least an hour before the start of the fireworks show. I’m telling you… it’s worth it.
10. Buzz Lighyear Secrets
Want to earn the most points on Buzz Lightyear? Check out this guide for all the important spots to hit.
11. Flag Retreat
Every day at 5:15PM The Colorguard performs the Flag Retreat ceremony in Town Square on Main Street. This is when they lower the American Flag from the flagpole each day. It is a great display of patriotism. The Philharmagic plays music, there are honored guests, and more! The ceremony is very special to watch. This tradition started with Walt Disney and has been performed every single day since then!
12. Kiss Goodnight
Exactly 30 minutes after the park closes, the castle lights up with “Kiss Goodnight”. This is an unpublished show that features Roy Disney talking.
13. Avoid Weekends
Magic Kingdom is the most popular park – try to go on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
14. Go Behind the Scenes
Explore behind the scenes with Disney Keys to the Kingdom Tour. This tour will take you in the underground utilidor that is below Main Street. It’s $99 per adult for the 5 hour tour.
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