The best advice I can give to anyone traveling to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is simple: Plan, Plan, Plan!
If you only have time to go to one Disney park, Magic Kingdom is probably the park you will choose. It is the park with the iconic Cinderella castle and Disney character experiences.
For many families, a trip to Magic Kingdom is on their bucket list.
What You Should Know Before You Go
- First, you drive to the giant parking lot and pay $20 to park for the day.
- Then you load up on a shuttle, which takes guests to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC).
- Once at the Transportation and Ticket Center, you will choose to ride either the monorail or ferry to take you to the Magic Kingdom entrance gates. (The monorail is faster, but the ferry is more scenic)
- Finally, you will arrive at the Magic Kingdom entrance, where you will go through metal detectors and have your tickets scanned.
FYI, the shuttle and monorail are not exactly stroller-friendly, so it’s a good idea to have plenty of hands available to carry babies and fold up your stroller for quick loading and unloading.
What We Brought To the Park
- Double-stroller-rented from Lets Go Strollers(They pick up and drop-off from your hotel, which is a nice bonus)
- Diaper bag
- Backpack with snacks, water bottles, ponchos, camera, sunscreen, etc.
Rides We Rode
Our three FastPass+ Selections were: Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Peter Pan’s Flight. (Thunder Mountain was closed for maintenance during our FastPass+ time, so they let us choose another ride in its place, and we chose Haunted Mansion.)
Other rides we rode:
Pirates of the Caribbean-our first ride at Magic Kingdom. Instead of looking around when we got to the park, we made a beeline to this ride and rode it before the line got super long. It showed a 15 minute wait when we arrived, but we ended up waiting 30 mins to board this ride. Baby-friendly, I held our 10 month old while my hubby held our 21 month old.
The Barnstormer-small roller coaster, good for my 9 year old stepdaughter.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin-you “shoot” aliens. Fun ride.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant-flying elephant ride. Little kid-friendly
Haunted Mansion-not scary, neat special effects.
“it’s a small world”-older ride, but one of my favorites. Nothing like the singing dolls and getting the “it’s a small world after all” song stuck in your head.
Jungle Cruise-relaxing boat ride, with a funny tour guide
Mad Tea Party-spinning teacups. Hubby and stepdaughter did this ride. Not recommended if you suffer from motion sickness like I do.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin-similar to the Dumbo ride, but flying carpets. Little kid-friendly. My hubby rode with our 21 month old.
Peter Pan’s Flight-little kid-friendly. I rode with my 10 month old.
Prince Charming Regal Carousel-typical carousel ride, little kid-friendly.
Splash Mountain-hubby and I rode. My stepdaughter chickened out. Fun log ride.
Swiss Family Treehouse-treehouse that kids (and adults) can quickly climb on.
Tomorrowland Speedway-stepdaughter drove the car while I helped push the gas pedal down. Discovered that my SD is horrible at steering.
Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid-You ride a seashell through different areas that illustrate the Little Mermaid story. Little kid-friendly.
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room-Not a ride, but a show. Nice break from the heat.
Rides I Would Have Liked to Ride
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train-a Fastpass+ is a must for this ride. The only available FastPass+ time for this ride when we looked a month in advance was 9pm, so we chose not to ride this ride.
Space Mountain-indoor roller coaster
Thunder Mountain-my hubby snuck on this ride during the fireworks display at the end of the night. (I rode the Jungle Cruise with my SD to close out the night.)
Disney Characters Note
One thing that surprised my family was the lack of Disney characters we saw at Magic Kingdom. If you want to see characters, consider meeting them a ride, because you will have to wait in line for various character “Meet and Greets.” Winnie the Pooh and Tigger were the only characters we saw, and we only saw them as they were walking to their Meet and Greet location.
The best way to see Disney characters is to watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Since it was raining on our Magic Kingdom Day, the parade was cancelled, which was a bit of a bummer.
If you visit Magic Kingdom, be sure and stay for the Closing Show, which features fireworks, music, and a laser lights display on the Cinderella Castle.
As you can see from the picture, the light show depicted “Frozen.” It also illustrated many other Disney movies. I did not experience the full effect of Disney Magic until the closing show.
Readers: Have you visited Magic Kingdom before? What were your thoughts?
My Family’s Experience
July 12, 2017-Westhoff Magic Kingdom Day
As you can see from the picture above, my family visited Magic Kingdom as a big group. In total, there were 11 of us including: grandparents, my family of 5, my brother-in-law’s family of 3, and my oldest niece. The kids ranged in age from 2 months old to 14 years old.
Getting to the Park
One thing you should keep in mind if it’s your first visit to Magic Kingdom, is that getting to the park can be an ordeal in itself. (Especially if you are like my family, and traveling with 2 under 2 plus a double stroller)