There is a lot of info we could throw at you at once, but that wouldn’t be very helpful. Rather than giving you an overwhelming list of info you might forget, here are the top things you need to know before you go to the Magic Kingdom. Be sure to check this page often for new updates!
- Happily Ever After Fireworks: With this show replacing Wishes, it’s a must-see new show. Along with fireworks, there is an entire projection show on the front of the castle. This means, to take in the full show, you’ll need to have a spot in front of the castle – preferably in the hub area. To get an obstruction-free view, we suggest securing a spot 2 hours before show time.
- Festival of Fantasy Parade: If you’re planning on watching the Festival of Fantasy Parade, go early to get a spot up at the Train Station at the end of Main Street. It’s shaded, which is a huge plus on the hot Florida summer days!
- Ride Advantage: If you are not planning on watching the parades or the fireworks, use those times to ride some of the more popular rides.
- Take a Break: Looking for a spot to chill for a bit and take in the magical scenery and sounds? Tom Sawyer’s Island is the perfect spot for this. This area isn’t too popular anymore which provides a break from the crowds. There are spots to sit and eat, rocking chairs to relax, and an opportunity to take in beautiful views of Frontierland from across the water.
- FastPass Wisdom: Choose your FastPasses wisely for this park! The most popular attractions that definitely need FastPasses are: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
- Park Transportation: If traveling to the park from the Ticket and Transportation Center, take the monorail if you’re trying to save time. This is especially true on busy days because there will be multiple express monorails running straight to the Magic Kingdom. Otherwise, take the ferry for one trip and the monorail for the other. Both are Disney transportation icons and worth experiencing.
- The Mountains (Space, Splash, Big Thunder): If you had only one chance to visit Magic Kingdom and needed to decide what attractions to experience, we’d of course say the three mountains. Space Mountain is iconic and still gives a thrill after all these years. Splash Mountain is just classic – fun scenery, great music, epic drop. Big Thunder Mountain is another Disney icon that you just have to experience while at the park.
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: We love this attraction because it brings out the competitor in us!
Go through a space “training” session shooting as many targets as you can. Your goal? To become a Galactic Hero by scoring 999,999. Not into competition? That’s okay, just grab the control to the car and spin the entire ride. Either way, you’ll have fun!
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic: This attraction is usually one that we’ll try to do twice while in the park. It combines classic and beloved Disney movie scenes with the amazing music from the respective films! You also get to experience some 4-D magic which makes for an unforgettable experience. Now everybody sing: “Oh I just can’t wait to be king!”
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid: This is one to experience because of the staying power that Ariel has had and, of course, the amazing music from the film. This attraction recreates all of our favorite scenes from the movie and after 20 years of waiting for it, we make this a must-ride during our trip to Magic Kingdom.
- Astro Orbiter: We love this ride because it has a link to Walt Disney and it is another iconic Disney attraction. It’s also a bit of a thrill, especially on a cold January night! The view isn’t too bad either!
- Rapunzel’s bathroom: Without question, Rapunzel’s bathrooms or as it’s been dubbed – Rapunzel’s Royal Flush – is the best bathroom in the Magic Kingdom. The detail, the size, the spot. It’s all great. It’s located in Fantasyland, just past It’s a Small World, on your way into Frontierland. There are even areas right outside the bathroom to take a breather and charge your phone. Even if you don’t have to use the bathroom while you’re in the area, go check it out.
- Main Street near Town Hall: This bathroom is a somewhat hidden one because it’s right at the front of the park and set back. This one is a great one when you’re first entering the park, so you can take care of potty breaks before getting into “theme park mode”, and also great right before you head out of the park. You will rarely have a wait here because the bathroom is very large and it stays relatively clean.
- Tomorrowland Terrace: While this bathroom is smaller than most, it’s a great spot off the main walkways and thus usually has less crowds and mess. It’s perfect for those times that you had to just rush into the park to catch a glimpse of Cinderella’s Castle but then realized you gotta go now that you’re down Main Street! Just take a right at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and then go right into the area that looks like an abandoned restaurant.
- Cheshire Cafe: We like this bathroom because it’s in a pretty central location, right next to the Mad Tea Party teacups in Fantasyland and it’s a somewhat hidden gem. It can get busy at times, but we like this one if you’re in the middle of the park and need a potty break.
- Space Mountain: This bathroom is located in the old building which housed the Magic Kingdom Skyway and is now behind the Tomorrowland Dance Party stage. We like this bathroom because it’s pretty large which means no lines and it’s somewhat hidden off the main walkways. It’s a great pit stop after you’ve taken a wild ride into space!
- Crystal Palace: This restaurant is one you would need a reservation for, but it’s worth the extra work! It’s buffet style and you get to meet the characters from Winnie the Pooh! The restaurant itself is beautiful with a great view of Cinderella’s Castle in the distance. Definitely worth planning a meal there and they offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Pinocchio Village Haus: We love this restaurant because it’s vintage and it pays homage to one of the oldest Disney characters who doesn’t get too much attention these days. Another thing we love about it is that some of the tables have a view of the inside of It’s a Small World, which gives the kids something to watch while you take a break. PVH is a quick service offering flatbread pizzas, salads, sandwiches and the standard kids menu items.
- Be Our Guest: The restaurant is breathtaking and being themed after Beast’s castle, how could it not be? We suggest this eatery as something to experience if you have not. The dinner prices were just increased and the menu was revamped so here are our suggestions. If you just want the experience of eating in the castle, go for breakfast or lunch. If you are hoping to have a meet and greet with the Beast, get dinner reservations because the Beast only meets for dinner. He comes at a price, though, as the dinner menu is pricey.
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe: This restaurant updated their menu and we LOVE it! They’ve gone to offerings similar to Chipotle. They also have a secret menu item: chicken, steak, and vegetable rice bowls! The difference from Chipotle here, however, is that you can add the toppings yourself! So load up on that GUAC, baby! And don’t worry, it doesn’t cost extra!
- Casey’s Corner: Three words – CORN DOG NUGGETS. They are amazing. We make this a snack break every visit. We also love the location right at the corner of Main Street USA looking out to Cinderella’s Castle. There are also a lot of Magic Kingdom ducks hanging out in this area, which makes this spot an all-out favorite for us!
- Emporium: The mega-store on Main Street USA has it all! Even if you aren’t looking to buy something, you need to walk through it. Looking for Disney candy, plush, toys, souvenirs, apparel, accessories, or housewares? The Emporium has it. This place is a bustling magic machine!
- Castle Couture: This shop behind Cinderella’s Castle is unique in that it’s more quaint and sometimes offers items that can’t be found anywhere else in the park. This shop is geared towards Princess items, so it’s a little princess’s dream come true! While in there, check out Aurora’s changing dress!
- Crystal Arts: This shop is every grown-up princesses’s dream! Here you can purchase Disney and non-Disney inspired crystal, glass, jewelry and collectibles. You can also catch a glimpse and dream about owning the $25,000 crystal Cinderella Castle.
- Memento Mori: The former Yankee Trader store has now become a shop featuring Haunted Mansion merchandise and is located right outside the Haunted Mansion. They feature Haunted Mansion-themed kithcenware items and plenty of ghoulish treats to taste! Definitely worth taking a look!
- Big Top Souvenirs: Located in Storybook Circus, Big Top Souvenirs is like a smaller version of the Emporium. You’ll find many souvenirs, apparel, and toys but what sets this shop apart is the selection of ears they have and the sweet treats they sell in the middle of the store! So go grab a cake pop or candy apple and shop for some awesome Mickey ears!