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10 Quicks Tips for Your Magic Kingdom Day

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is one of the most visited places in the World. People come from around the world to experience the magic of this Theme Park. There is so much to experience at this magical Park, but it can be overwhelming. 

We have ten tips to help you have a wonderful time at Magic Kingdom. This will help you prepare for a magical trip to this amazing Walt Disney World Park.

1. Where to Park

Know that if you plan to drive to Magic Kingdom, you will park not at Magic Kingdom but at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC). This is a few miles away from the actual entrance to Magic Kingdom.After you Park, you must take a tram to the ferry or monorail. These will then take you over to the Magic Kingdom. This is important because you will need to factor in the travel time it will take you to get to Magic Kingdom from the parking lot.

As a side note, use either the My Disney Experience app or another app to track where you park your car. The parking lot of Magic Kingdom is massive. It can be easy to be wrapped up in the excitement and need to remember to track where you parked. If this is the case, know that Cast Members can help you.

Disney's Grand Floridian Pool Areas
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2. Stay at a Disney Resort

If you don’t want to deal with transportation to Magic Kingdom, consider staying at one of the beautiful Magic Kingdom area Resorts. Located right on the monorail line, Guests can stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. 

Each of these Resorts offers quick and easy transportation to Magic Kingdom. Catch the monorail or boat, or walk to the front gates. If you spend much time at Magic Kingdom throughout your trip, booking one of these Resorts can be highly convenient.

3. Reservations are Needed

To enter Magic Kingdom, Guests need a valid Theme Park ticket and a Park Pass reservation. Starting with a good theme Park ticket, this pricing varies from $109 to $189 per adult. Pricing will depend on crowd levels. The busier the Parks, the more expensive the tickets will be.

You will not only need paid admission to the Park, but you will also need to have a Park Reservation. Since reopening, Walt Disney World requires Guests to book these for each day they want to visit the Park.

It is essential to do this early on as we do see Magic Kingdom book up, making it available for Guests. Make sure that you have both before you arrive at Magic Kingdom.


4. Six Theme Lands

Magic Kingdom is huge and can be overwhelming the first time you step onto Main Street, U.S.A. To help you feel less lost, we have an overview of Magic Kingdom’s layout. Magic Kingdom is like a wheel with the hub and Cinderella Castle in the middle of the wheel and each land stretching out.

There are six lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Each land has specific attractions, dining, and entertainment for Guests. 

Take time to explore the My Disney Experience app so you can get the layout of the Park before you arrive at Magic Kingdom. Doing this will help you feel more confident when you arrive.


5. How to Experience TRON LIghtcyle/Run

The newest ride in Magic Kingdom is TRON Lightycycle/Run. This exhilarating roller coaster can be experienced by joining a virtual queue or purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane. To save money, you can join the virtual line at 7:00 a.m. via the My Disney Experience app. The queue fills quickly, so you will want to do this soon. 

Once you join the virtual queue, you will be given a specific boarding number and a predicted return time. This is just a prediction, so keep checking so you don’t miss out on your return window.

Another way to experience this new E-ticket attraction is to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane. For those staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, this can be purchased starting at 7:00 a.m. as well. Here you can select your return time, giving you an hour window.

Pricing for TRON, like ticket prices, is based on crowd levels, so be aware that the price will fluctuate depending on when you are visiting. 

Be aware of these restrictions when riding TRON Lightycyle/Run.

Disney Monorail, Magic Kingdom
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6. Arriving at Magic Kingdom

We have already mentioned that it is a process to get to the front gates of the Magic Kingdom. Because of this, we highly recommend getting to the Park before the official opening time. We recommend this as you can explore Main Street, U.S.A., before heading down to your first ride. 

Don’t forget to catch the “Let the Magic Begin” show on the castle stage to start the day. You don’t want to show up at the front gates at the posted opening time as you will already be behind the crowd.


7. Consider Genie+

We discussed purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane for TRON; however, you can also purchase Genei+ for your day at Magic Kingdom. Genie+ will cost between $15 and $35 per day per person, depending on the crowd levels.

By purchasing Genie+, you get access to the Lightning Lanes for various attractions in Magic Kingdom. There are around 20 attractions that are included with Genie+. This can give you the massive advantage of skipping the standby lines throughout the day.

Top rides such as Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountains, Haunted Mansion, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are just a few of the passages included with Genie+. If you have limited time in Magic Kingdom, Genie+ is a great way to see more of the Park with lower waits.

8. All the Characters

If meeting characters is a priority for your upcoming Disney trip, then Magic Kingdom is the place to visit. Guests have many opportunities to see Mickey Mouse, his friends, and the princesses. 

Not only are there meet and greets throughout the Park, but there are also character meals. At Crystal Palace, Guests will love meeting Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Over at Be Our Guests, the Beast will walk around during the dinner hour, ensuring all is going well.  Finally, at Cinderela’s Royal Table, Guests will be visited by various Disney Princesses throughout their meal.

Magic Kingdom is a great place to see many beloved Disney characters.

Cinderella Castle Happily Ever After
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9. Nighttime Show

Don’t skip Happily Ever After during your Magic Kingdom day. This show is a fan favorite and for a good reason. A great combination of beloved music, characters, fireworks, and projections, Happily Ever After is a touching show.

Ensure you have time during your visit to enjoy this nighttime show.

Related: Why I Love Happily Ever After

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Magic Kingdom

10. More Than One Day

Finally, the last thing you will want to know about Magic Kingdom before you arrive is that you will want more than one day. Magic Kingdom has so much to offer that you won’t be able to enjoy it in just one day indeed

Consider visiting multiple days to experience the magic of this Disney Park.

Those are our ten quick tips for visiting Magic Kingdom during your trip. Use these as you plan so you can have a fantastic experience.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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