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The Laid-back Guide to Magic Kingdom was created for families like yours who want to do all the things...without doing "all the things."

For anyone who wants to enjoy their family wherever they are.

This guide is filled with dining options, attractions and shows, and the best way to experience them - especially with kids.

...so you can stop the endless scrolling, screenshotting and straight-up wondering how to experience the biggest park of Walt Disney World.

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Before you arrive,
make sure to...

  • Have a Magic Kingdom park reservation the day you want to visit
  • Download the My Disney Experience app and have all your tickets + party linked
  • Have a credit card ready and tied to your account (this makes it easy to purchase Genie+ and mobile order food)

and remember...

  • If you have a single-day ticket, you can still leave the park to take a break and come back later
  • Park hopping starts at 2pm each day. You’ll have to scan into the first park – the one you have a reservation for – before you can hop to the next.
  • Kids under 3 are free! No ticket required.

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Arriving + Morning Timeline

   CAR: If you’re driving your own car, you’ll have the option to pay for Standard ($25) or Preferred ($45-50/day) parking. If you’ve already paid for parking as a Disney hotel guest, you don’t have to pay this fee again! The parking lot opens 90 minutes prior to Early Entry. Example: If Early Entry starts at 8:30am, you can park at 7:00am.

     Once you’ve parked, you'll walk or take a tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center. You'll go through security, then take a ferry (10 mins) or a monorail (15 mins) to the gate.

 BUS: All resort guests can take the complimentary bus system directly to the gate. Buses don’t require car seats - yay - but you will have to collapse your stroller. You can see exact bus times in your My Disney Experience app under your resort tab, but expect buses to start running 90 minutes before park opening.


    

A tip from Dana: A breakfast reservation at one of the monorail resorts is one of our favorite ways to stack on memories. Like: Steakhouse 71 (Contemporary), Grand Floridian Cafe (Grand Floridian), or ‘Ohana (Polynesian)

If you're staying off-property, here's a bit of a hack. Instead of renting a car, Uber or Lyft to one of these resorts, then take the monorail to Magic Kingdom. This bypasses the Ticket + Transportation Center!

   MONORAIL: The three “monorail” resorts (the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary) offer just that: a monorail. If you’re staying at one of these resorts OR coming from a dining reservation at one of these, you can monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Both the Grand Floridian + Contemporary both have walking paths, too.
   
   UBER OR LYFT: Magic Kingdom is the only park that will NOT let you be dropped off at the gate - the driver will have to drop you off at the Ticket and Transportation Center. Buttttt, if you use a Minnie Van - which is operated through the Lyft app - you’ll get a Disney Cast Member to drive you RIGHT up to the gate. They even come with 2 car seats installed!

      "Early Entry" is a perk that lets Disney Resort guests (or "on property guests") into any park each day 30 minutes before official park opening. To see if you're included, check this list.

      To use Early Entry, one MagicBand or ticket will be scanned at the end of Main Street on the right. You'll see a Cast Member with an EARLY ENTRY sign. 

     Only Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are opened during Early Entry, which includes:

EARLY ENTRY

TRANSPORTATION

  If you can only remember one thing: Magic Kingdom will let EVERYONE into the park 45 minutes before Early Entry starts, no matter where you're staying. For example: If official park opening is 9am, all guests are allowed to enter at 7:45am.

     Out of all the parks, Magic Kingdom is the only one that does this. Get there early to take advantage of empty castle photos, get coffee, or "rope drop" a high-wait time ride!

"ROPE-DROPPING"

ALL GUESTS

     "Rope Drop" is lingo for when the park (or one of the lands) opens for the day. When the rope is removed or “dropped”, guests are free to enter.

   If you're rope-dropping during Early Entry for Tomorrowland, you’ll be held at the end of the bridge at the corner of Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.

   For Fantasyland. you'll be held between Cheshire Café and Cosmic Ray’s. This is the path you’ll want if your goal is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or another Fantasyland ride.

The most popular attractions to Rope Drop:

If you're using Early Entry...

Space Mountain in Tomorrowland
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train + Peter Pan's Flight in Fantasyland

If you're NOT using Early Entry...

Jungle Cruise in Adventureland
Splash Mountain in Frontierland

“it’s a small world”
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mad Tea Party
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Peter Pan’s Flight
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Space Mountain
The Barnstormer
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress


Click here to learn more about Rope-dropping

This part is important!!

TRANSPORTATION CHART

For even more detail on how to get to Magic Kingdom from your resort, here's a free download to save to your phone in case you get stuck!

"ROPE-DROPPING"

     "Rope Drop" is lingo for when one of the lands opens for the day. When the rope is removed or “dropped”, guests are free to enter.

   If you're rope-dropping during Early Entry for Tomorrowland, you’ll be held at the end of the Tomorrowland bridge. This is where you'd want to be if your plan is to ride Space Mountain.

   For Fantasyland. you'll be held between Cheshire Café and Cosmic Ray’s. This is the path you’ll want if your goal is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Peter Pan's Flight.

The most popular attractions to Rope Drop:

If you're using Early Entry...

Space Mountain in Tomorrowland
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train + Peter Pan's Flight in Fantasyland

If you're NOT using Early Entry...

Jungle Cruise in Adventureland
Splash Mountain in Frontierland

Attractions & Shows

Let’s check out the attractions + show in bite-size pieces according to the 6 "lands" across Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Liberty Square, and Main Street USA.


Fantasyland Rides:
The Barnstormer (35”)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
"it's a small world"
Mad Tea Party
Peter Pan's Flight*
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38”)*
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

    Fantasyland has the most attractions that are “any height”, meaning the entire family can ride - even babies! It’s the biggest draw for toddlers and preschool-age kids and let’s be honest, we love it, too. This land is open for Early Entry.


Fantasyland Experiences + Shows:
Casey Jr Splash N' Soak Station
Enchanted Tales w/ Belle (temporarily closed)
Mickey’s Philharmagic
See Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
See Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall

Fantasyland

Fantasyland Rides:
The Barnstormer (38”)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
"it's a small world"
Mad Tea Party
Peter Pan's Flight*
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38”)*
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

Fantasyland Experiences + Shows:
Casey Jr Splash N' Soak Station
Enchanted Tales w/ Belle (temporarily closed)
Mickey’s Philharmagic
See Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
See Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall


    Fantasyland has the most attractions that are “any height”, meaning the entire family rides - even babies! It’s the biggest draw for toddlers and young kids and let’s be honest, we love it, too. This land is open for Early Entry.



Fantasyland

Adventureland

Frontierland

Tomorrowland Rides:
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain (44”)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Speedway (32”)

Tomorrowland Experiences + Shows:
Carousel of Progress



     Tomorrowland has a piece of my heart for it’s look-to-the-future-vibe, but how it ironically feels nostalgic. This land is open during Early Entry.



Adventureland Rides:

Jungle Cruise
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Pirates of the Caribbean 

Adventureland Experiences + Shows:

Swiss Family Treehouse
Enchanted Tiki Room
A Pirate’s Adventure - Treasures of the Seven Seas



     Adventureland is our favorite land. It makes me want to grab a backpack and get lost somewhere - maybe in search of the perfect rum cocktail. You won't find that here unfortunately…but you will find rides for the entire family!



Tomorrowland

Adventureland

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Fantasyland Rides:
The Barnstormer (38”)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
"it's a small world"
Mad Tea Party
Peter Pan's Flight*
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38”)*
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

    Fantasyland has the most attractions that are “any height”, meaning the entire family can ride - even babies! It’s the biggest draw for toddlers and preschool-age kids and let’s be honest, we love it, too. This land is open for Early Entry.


Fantasyland Experiences + Shows:
Casey Jr Splash N' Soak Station
Enchanted Tales w/ Belle (temporarily closed)
Mickey’s Philharmagic
See Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
See Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall

Fantasyland

Frontierland Rides:

Big Thunder Mountain (40")
Splash Mountain (40")

Frontierland Experiences + Shows:

Country Bear Jamboree
Tom Sawyer Island


     Frontierland feels the most “laid-back” to me out of all the lands, and is a great land to go when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Splash Mountain is going to be rethemed to Princess and the Frog!. Learn more here.



Frontierland

Frontierland

Liberty Square Rides:

Haunted Mansion

Liberty Square Experiences + Shows:
Hall of Presidents
Liberty Square Riverboat


     Fun fact: Liberty Square is the only land with no public restrooms - except the restaurants of course. Since indoor plumbing didn’t exist in this land’s era, restrooms wouldn’t have existed either, and Disney is aaall about theming.





Meet Mickey + Minnie at Town Sq. Theatre

Let the Magic Begin + Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire (welcome show)

Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade + Adventure Friends Cavalcade

The Dapper Dans

Festival of Fantasy Parade 

Disney’s Enchantment


    Repeat after me: Castle. Coffee. Fireworks. Shopping.

   While there are no attractions in this land, there are a lot of shows, parades and meet and greets to be found. Like...





Liberty Square

Main Street USA

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Tomorrowland Rides:

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain (44”)*
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Speedway (32”)

Tomorrowland Experiences + Shows:

Carousel of Progress



     Tomorrowland has a piece of my heart for it’s looking-to-the-future origin, but now it ironically feels nostalgic, like the 70s airport in Catch me if you Can. The land with the most air-conditioning and opened during Early Entry.


Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland Rides:

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain (44”)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Speedway (32”)

Tomorrowland Experiences + Shows:

Carousel of Progress



HIGHEST WAIT TIME: Space Mountain (44")

     Tomorrowland has a piece of my heart for it’s looking-to-the-future, but now it ironically feels nostalgic, like the 70s airport in Catch me if you Can. This is one of the lands that’s opened during Early Entry.



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Adventureland Rides:

Jungle Cruise*
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Pirates of the Caribbean 

Adventureland Experiences + Shows:

Swiss Family Treehouse
Enchanted Tiki Room
A Pirate’s Adventure - Treasures of the Seven Seas



     Adventureland is our favorite land. It makes me want to grab a backpack and get lost somewhere - maybe in search of the perfect rum cocktail. You won't find that here unfortunately…but you will find rides for the entire fam (another reason to love it.)


ADVENTURELAND

Tomorrowland Rides:

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain (44”)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Speedway (32”)

Tomorrowland Experiences + Shows:

Carousel of Progress



HIGHEST WAIT TIME: Space Mountain (44")

     Tomorrowland has a piece of my heart for it’s looking-to-the-future, but now it ironically feels nostalgic, like the 70s airport in Catch me if you Can. This is one of the lands that’s opened during Early Entry.



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Frontierland Rides:

Big Thunder Mountain (40")
Splash Mountain (40")*

Frontierland Experiences + Shows:

Country Bear Jamboree
Tom Sawyer Island


     Frontierland feels the most “laid-back” to me out of all the lands, and is a great land to go when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Splash Mountain is going to be rethemed to Princess and the Frog!. Learn more here.


FRONTIERLAND

Tomorrowland Rides:

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain (44”)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Speedway (32”)

Tomorrowland Experiences + Shows:

Carousel of Progress



HIGHEST WAIT TIME: Space Mountain (44")

     Tomorrowland has a piece of my heart for it’s looking-to-the-future, but now it ironically feels nostalgic, like the 70s airport in Catch me if you Can. This is one of the lands that’s opened during Early Entry.



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Liberty Square Rides:

Haunted Mansion*

Liberty Square Experiences + Shows:

Hall of Presidents
Liberty Square Riverboat



     Fun fact: this is the only land with no public restrooms - except restaurants. Since indoor plumbing didn’t exist in the land’s era, public restrooms wouldn’t have existed either, and Disney is all about theme. If you need a potty - head to a neighboring land!

LIBERTY SQUARE

Tomorrowland Rides:

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain (44”)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Speedway (32”)

Tomorrowland Experiences + Shows:

Carousel of Progress



HIGHEST WAIT TIME: Space Mountain (44")

     Tomorrowland has a piece of my heart for it’s looking-to-the-future, but now it ironically feels nostalgic, like the 70s airport in Catch me if you Can. This is one of the lands that’s opened during Early Entry.



TOMORROWLAND

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Meet Mickey + Minnie at Town Square Theatre*

Let the Magic Begin + Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire (welcome show)

Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade + Adventure Friends Cavalcade

The Dapper Dans

Festival of Fantasy Parade 

Disney’s Enchantment


    Repeat after me: Castle. Coffee. Fireworks. 

   While there are no attractions in this land, there are a lot of shows, parades and meet and greets to be found on Main Street USA. Like...

MAIN ST USA

Tomorrowland Rides:

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain (44”)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Speedway (32”)

Tomorrowland Experiences + Shows:

Carousel of Progress



HIGHEST WAIT TIME: Space Mountain (44")

     Tomorrowland has a piece of my heart for it’s looking-to-the-future, but now it ironically feels nostalgic, like the 70s airport in Catch me if you Can. This is one of the lands that’s opened during Early Entry.



TOMORROWLAND

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*Attraction with the highest wait times. Try to ride within the first 2 hours after park opening, during a parade, or after fireworks for the shortest wait.


   The parade is a GREAT way to see a lot of characters like Mickey, Peter Pan, Ariel, Rapunzel, and a Fire Breathing Dragon (maybe give your kids a heads up about that one!)

BEST SPOTS TO WATCH

THE PARADE

Frontierland is my favorite spot for a few reasons: since the parade starts in Frontierland, it takes about 20 minutes to reach Main Street USA. Watching from Frontierland means you can get back to rides with low waits before everyone else! It's also far less crowded and has more shade.

Where to Watch

THE PARADE

SPOT TO WATCH: TWO

If you're planning on heading out after the parade, the end of the Main Street by the flag pole is an excellent view since you can watch the parade turn the corner. It's the least crowded, and right next to the exit for you to duck out.

Where to Watch

THE PARADE

MORE PARADE TIPS

  • The parade takes about 20 minutes to reach in front of the Castle towards Main Street

  • You can confirm the two showing times in the My Disney Experience app

  • Take a potty break before it starts

  • If you're not watching the parade, this is great time to ride attractions with lower wait times

THE PARADE

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Parade & Fireworks

When people talk about the fireworks, they're talking about the new Disney's Enchantment. The previous show, "Happily Ever After" will re-appear in 2023! Check ahead of time to confirm which nights it's showing (this won't be performing on night's with a Halloween or Christmas Party!)

THE FIREWORKS

BEST SPOTS TO WATCH

While you can really get a view of the fireworks from anywhere, the cool thing about Enchantment is the projections on the Castle. Anywhere between the Central Plaza and the castle are the best views.

Where to Watch

THE FIREWORKS

SPOT TO WATCH: TWO

Buying tickets to the Fireworks Dessert Party is my favorite way to watch the fireworks. ($92.95/adult and $55.39 for ages 3-9)

The party comes with unlimited desserts plus champagne, wine, beer + coffee, but the reason I buy a ticket is for the viewing area. It's FAR less crowded and gives my girls room to play aaand we don't have to save a spot to get a great view. 

THE FIREWORKS

FDP: WHERE YOU WATCH

THE FIREWORKS

MORE FIREWORK TIPS

90 mins before fireworks, you can check in at Tomorrowland Terrace where the "party"  happens. I like having a light dinner so I can stuff myself on fruit, cheese, and dessert.

When your finished, you're escorted to the VIP Garden Plaza viewing area to wait for the show to start!

VIEWING AREA

DESSERT

THE FIREWORKS

  • If you want to beat the after-fireworks crowd, watch from further down Main Street USA. 

  • Bring a set of pajamas for your kids to change into, so when you get back to the room it's *plop* to bed

  • If you can hang, after the fireworks is a great time for low wait times

  • While it's definitely not necessary, people start saving their spots about an hour - if not more - before fireworks start

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There are two parties...

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

This is a specially ticketed event in the Magic Kingdom (buy tickets here.) Note that the park will close early on these party nights:

Nov: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29
Dec: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22

Prices range from $139-199, depending on the night and the party goes from 7:00pm to midnight.

Ticket holders can scan into Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00pm! If you're only going to the party, you don't need a park reservation.

NOVEMBER 8 - DECEMBER 22nd, 2022

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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

There is a specially ticketed event for Halloween in the Magic Kingdom (buy tickets here.) The most important thing to note is that the park will close at 6pm on these nights:

August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 
September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30 
October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 

If you have a party ticket, you don't need a park reservation for Magic Kingdom that day and you can enter the park at 4:00pm. Take advantage of this even though the party doesn't start until later!

Genie+ is not available to use during the party.

AUGUST 12 - OCTOBER 31st, 2022

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TIP #1: Check a calendar

Triple checking a calendar (I like the free one from UnderCover Tourist) will show you things like high and low crowds, events, and holidays you should be aware of. You may end up wanting to switch your days around after knowing what you know!

Avoiding Long Lines + Crowds

AVOIDING LONG LINES

TIP #2: Try for mid-week

Historically, crowds are higher on Mondays and Saturdays. Tuesday through Thursday will statistically have the least amount of crowds.

Avoiding Long Lines + Crowds

AVOIDING LONG LINES

TIP #3: Ride at "odd times"

Riding attractions during the parade (especially the first show of the day) and fireworks will give you lower wait times

Avoiding Long Lines + Crowds

AVOIDING LONG LINES

TIP #4: The last minute

After the fireworks is a great time to ride some bigger attractions. You can get into the standby queue for a ride up until literal park close, they have to get you ride.

Avoiding Long Lines + Crowds

AVOIDING LONG LINES

The Barnstormer (35")
Big Thunder Mountain (40")
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Haunted Mansion
"it's a small world"
Jungle Cruise
Mad Tea Party
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Mickey’s Philharmagic
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Peter Pan's Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean 
See Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
See Mickey at Town Square Theater
See Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
Seven Dwarves' Mine Train (38")*
Space Mountain (44")
Splash Mountain (40")
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tomorrowland Speedway (32")
Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

*Not included with Genie+ called "Individual Lightning Lane"

I cover everything you need to know about Genie+ in my full Disney World planning guide, Laid-back Magic. It’s too much to fit into a park guide! Here are the basics:

  • Genie+ is the new skip-the-line system at Disney World that allows you to use the "Lightning Lane" (expedited queue) at an attraction.

  • Genie+ costs between $15-22/day per person and can be purchased in your My Disney Experience app the day you want to use it.

  • Anyone can book their first Lightning Lane return time at 7am, no matter where you're staying.

You can make another Genie+ selection after you've scanned into the last Lightning Lane you've booked

OR

After 2 hours have passed. Whichever comes first.

Example: If your first Lightning Lane return time isn't until 5pm, you can make another Genie+ selection ever 2 hours after the park opens.

At 7:00am...

and don't forget...

Book your first Lightning Lane based on which ones sell out first:


1. "Jingle" Cruise
2. Meet Cinderella at Fairytale Hall
3. Meet Mickey at Town Sq. Theatre
4. Meet Princess Tiana at Fairytale Hall
5. Peter Pan's Flight


On a particularly hot day, you can expect Splash Mountain to sell out just a touch sooner, as well as Haunted Mansion when you get close to Halloween. If it’s stormy weather, the Genie+ selections for character meets will jump to the top of this list.

*Not included in Genie+, but can be purchased a la carte at 7am for on-property guests, or park opening for off-property.

  • In the MDE app, select the "+" button, then choose "My Genie Day + Tip Board". Select the park you're visiting that day. Find the attraction you'd like to book a return window for, and select the next hourly return window that's available.


For us, Genie+ is a no-brainer when we have a full day in Magic Kingdom.

It has the most attractions included and the most for kids to ride out of any other park.

Do yourself a favor and invest in Genie+ for your park day.



USING GENIE+ TO SKIP THE LINE

ATTRACTIONS WITH LIGHTNING LANES

Dining in Magic Kingdom

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
Cool Ship
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe 📲
The Lunching Pad 📲
Joffrey’s Revive
Tomorrowland Terrace (this only hosts the Fireworks Dessert Party)

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Aloha Isle
Spring Roll Cart 💗 (seasonal)
Jungle Navigation Co. 💗 🍽️
Sunshine Tree Terrace 📲
Tortuga Tavern

Adventureland

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Frontierland

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Click here to learn more about Mobile Ordering

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👑   Character Dining
🍽️   Needs an advanced dining reservations
📲   Mobile Order available 
💗   Our favorite


Are you here for the food? I knew we’d be friends. 

In this section you'll see all the dining options by land. I marked which are my favorites, have characters, mobile ordering and dining that requires an advanced reservation.


Save time by mobile ordering

Open your My Disney Experience app, click the "+" and choose “Order Food.” Pick the restaurant, and your arrival time, and then add to your order.

During your arrival window, select the “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” button (I like to do this while I'm walking over). The screen will turn purple and tell you exactly where to pick up.

The most under-rated restaurant in my opinion, Jungle Nav Co. is tucked away in Adventureland and themed to feel like it's where the crew of the Jungle Cruise eats.

This is the only place in Magic Kingdom where you can get a margarita and find the spiciest food (two of our favorite things.)

OUR FAVORITE DINING RESERVATION

My favorite snack

Main Street Confectionary has a make-your-own popcorn bar. Choose your base, add M&Ms, anything you like! It's a great treat that isn't so sugar-laden like other things in Magic Kingdom.

best QUICK SERVICE spots for...

PICKY EATERS
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
FOODIES
  • Columbia Harbour House
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
VEGAN OPTIONS
  • Casey's Corner

We have two little girls ages 6 and 2, so while my oldest can ride most things now, we gravitate towards things we can all ride together!

These are my favorite rides that are always a hit with the whole family:


Peter Pan’s Flight
it’s a small world
Mad Tea Party
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Under the Sea - Journey of the LIttle Mermaid
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Jungle Cruise
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
+ Prince Charming Regal Carrousel 

BEST RIDES

What's Rider Switch and how does it work?

RIDER SWITCH

The best way to save time! One adult rides while the other stays back with the kid(s) not riding because they're either too little or just don't want to...

Then *switch*! The adult that stayed behind can use the Lightning Lane instead of waiting in standby a second time.

Here's how:
Find a Cast Member (they'll usually be holding a device) at the attraction with your entire family.

The adult whose staying behind will have their ticket/MagicBand scanned along with whoever wants to ride with them.




Rider Switch is available at The Barnstormer, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Tomorrowland Speedway.

After riding, the adult that just rode stays back with the "not riding" child.

Now the adult that waited doesn't have to wait in the regular standby line: they can use the Lightning Lane. 

Here's the best part: the adult using the Lightning Lane can bring someone with them! So someone could ride a second time!

non-riders

riders

non-riders

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THE STANDBY QUEUE FOR DUMBO: THE FLYING ELEPHANT

...has a playground - with air conditioning! You can even keep your place in line while the kids play. 

1/8

THE HUB GRASS ON MAIN ST USA

...in front of the castle is a great spot to let your baby crawl around. Grab an iced coffee, or even lunch, and have a little picnic on the grass.

2/8

QUEUE FOR MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH

...not air-conditioned but it’s always a hit with my girls and super interactive!


3/8

PLAYGROUND UNDER SPLASH MOUNTAIN

...is a great area to hit while you’re using Rider Switch! Find it under the exit stairs.

4/8

SWISS FAMILY TREEHOUSE

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..there’s a LOT of steps (you'd have to carry your baby) so great for when a kid needs to blow off some energy! My favorite part of Adventureland.

5/8

TOM SAWYER ISLAND

...take a boat from Frontierland to explore this secret island. Only do this if you feel like you’re not in a rush since it takes a bit to get back.

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CASEY JR SPLASH N' SOAK

...find this near Dumbo's ride. On hot park days it’s a good idea to pack a bathing suit/swim diaper because the kids WILL get wet!


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ADVENTURELAND MISTERS

...just up the steps from Jungle Cruise, this is a great spot to let the kids out of the stroller to cool off - perfect after a Magic Carpet ride!


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SPOTS TO PLAY

There's a lot of sitting in Disney World (in the stroller, on rides, in restaurants) but kids have to MOVE. These are the best spots to let your kids out and let them run, crawl, or just straight up play.

My number 1 tip for visiting with an infant is to use the Baby Care Center next to the Crystal Palace (by the entrance of Magic Kingdom). It’s a clean, air-conditioned spot with cushioned changing tables, with lots of room to breathe instead of the crowded restrooms. 


BABIES

The Baby Care Center will have last minute items available for purchase: formula, diapers, wipes, baby food, medicine, etc. There’s a place to fill up your water bottle, or microwave a snack for your toddler. It’s really the best!


I was nursing my 6 month old when I first brought her to Disney and found that shows like the Carousel of Progress where perfect for a solid nursing session; 21 minutes, dark and air conditioned, not too loud. Perfect!


SEE THE BABY CARE CENTER ON THE MAP HERE.

There are so many hidden adorable moments to be found in Magic Kingdom. 

Here are my favorites:

MEMORIES

  • Get Pixie Dusted (free!)
    Next to Cinderella Castle you'll find Sir Mickey's. Ask a Cast Member if they have any "pixie dust" and a little magic will come your way.

  • Main Street Silhouette Portrait
    The sweetest tradition where
    an artist creates a silhouette of
    your child's sweet profile

  • Embroidered Ears
    Get your child's name embroidered on their first pair of Mickey ears *cries*. Find them at: Box Office Gifts inside the Town Square Theatre and Fantasy Faire. Heads up: this can be up to 90 mins before it's ready to be picked up, so go earlier + come back.


More experiences for kids called "Enchanting Extras" can be booked 60 days before like a makeover at Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique or a haircut at Harmony Barber Shop.

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First, open the My Disney Experience app > hit map > filter Magic Kingdom > characters



Tap "show list" to see aaaall the characters you can meet, you can even find them on the map!

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Tap "show list" to see aaaall the characters you can meet, you can even find them on the map!



Tap "show list" to see aaaall the characters you can meet, you can even find them on the map!

Besides seeing them in the parade, you can meet Mickey + Minnie indoors at Town Square Theatre. The wait times for this can be very long, so hit it first thing in the morning or get a Lightning Lane with Genie+

Oh, you want Mickey??

WHERE TO FIND CHARACTERS

In addition to the parade, there are lots of spots to meet your kids favorite characters like Winnie the Pooh, Rapunzel, etc. Here's how to find them:

MAGIC KINGDOM, FANTASYLAND

A popular spot themed to look like The Beast’s Castle.

Beast makes an appearance, but character interactions are always changing! Reservations can be made 60 days in advance.

CINDERELLA CASTLE, MAGIC KINGDOM

Located inside Cinderella Castle where you can meet Cinderella before or after your meal. Reservations can be made 60 days in advance.

Pro Tip: plan a meal here for a special occasion, like an anniversary or birthday.

MAIN ST, MAGIC KINGDOM

See Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our favorite character meal in Magic Kingdom!

Pro Tip: Get a breakfast reservation and order a mimosa "light on the orange juice". Thank me later...

THE CONTEMPORARY RESORT

Have breakfast or dinner with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.

It can get pretty noisy if your kids are sensitive to that, otherwise a great spot on the monorail to have a character meal. Reservations can be made 60 days before.

POLYNESIAN RESORT

At the Polynesian Resort (which is on the monorail connected to Magic Kingdom), have a family-style breakfast with Lilo and Stitch.

Note that characters are only during breakfast.

Story Book Dining 

WILDERNESS LODGE

We LOVE this spot. It's for dinner-only, with a fixed menu. Meet Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy + the Evil Queen herself.

Tip: Take a boat directly from Magic Kingdom to Wilderness Lodge!

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CHARACTER DINING IN & AROUND MAGIC KINGDOM

Even if your child doesn't use a stroller at home, I think anyone under nine should bring one! We gate-check our double stroller from home to stow our drinks, bags, sweatshirts...and, um, daughters...

Here are the deets:

STROLLERS

  • Strollers can't be larger than 31" wide and 52" long. Double strollers are OK! 

  • Stroller parking can be at completely different spots then where you enter the ride. Look for designated signs before getting in the queue.

  • Within these parking areas, Cast Members will move strollers around to make room. So no - your stroller didn't get stolen - just moved!

  • Tie or hang something on yours so you can spot it easily - I tie a red bandana!

  • Wagons/stroller wagons are NOT allowed.

  • The park offers strollers for rent, but they are hard plastic, don't recline, and I 10/10 do not recommend


This is the only service I've heard of that is allowed to leave the stroller at your resort without meeting you in person.

If you're looking to rent a stroller,
               for the best options I've found.

STROLLERFY

SCOOTERBUG RENTAL

KINGDOM STROLLERS

MAGIC STROLLERS

If want to rent a stroller, here are the best options I've found

click here

This is the only service I've heard of that is allowed to leave the stroller at your resort without meeting you in person.

STROLLERFY

SCOOTERBUG RENTAL

KINGDOM STROLLERS

MAGIC STROLLERS

When Things Go Wrong

First thing to do is to let the closest Cast Member know along with a detail of your kid's appearance. They are HIGHLY trained and will communicate with staff across the park. Your child will be taken to the Baby Center - if need be - until you're reunited.

I love these temporary tattoos that you can write your phone number on for peace of mind!

LOST CHILDREN

Try and start your day off as soon as possible since thunderstorms tend to creep up in the afternoon. Bring along a raincoat or poncho, umbrella, and a rain stroller cover. Head to indoor spots like Carousel of Progress, Enchanted Tiki Room, or PeopleMover until the storm passes - they are quick! If the forecast is predicting a soggy day, throw some waterproof sandals in your bag. 

RAIN

If you have a Lightning Lane return time and the ride closes during your window, the app will automatically give you an Multi-experience pass that you can use somewhere else! Right now, the biggest closure in Magic Kingdom is the Railroad. You can check other closures + refurbishments in the My Disney Experience app.

RIDE CLOSURES

First, let the closest Cast Member know along with a detail of your kid's appearance. They are HIGHLY trained and will communicate with staff across the park. Your child will be taken to the Baby Center - if need be - until you're reunited.

I love these temporary tattoos that you can write your phone number on for peace of mind!

LOST KIDS

If you have a Lightning Lane return time and the ride closes during your window, the app will automatically give you an Multi-experience pass that you can use somewhere else! Right now, the biggest closure in Magic Kingdom is the Railroad. You can check other closures + refurbishments in the My Disney Experience app.

RIDE CLOSURES

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You'll only find paper straws in Disney World that get SO soggy. Try these compostable-but-feel-like-plastic straws

We're not poncho people, so I make sure to always have an umbrella in my bag and a rain cover in the stroller's boot!

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We've had this clip-on stroller fan since '19 and it's still kickin'. Aaaand it can be recharged with FuelRods (win-win)

This may be my best - if not only - mom hack. TRIANGLE crayons that don't roll of restaurant tables!

Our Park Day Essentials

First, will you be using Early Entry?

YES

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Do you want to stick to rides geared towards toddlers, or more thrills?

TODDLERS

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Do you want to stick to rides geared towards toddlers, or more thrills?

TODDLERS

THRILLS

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These itineraries walk you through a Magic Kingdom day separated into two parts, each with 8 attractions. Use them on their own, in pieces, or combined together.

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