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8 Things You Should Definitely Do When You Arrive at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Christy Caby

The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World’s most visited theme park, and the most visited theme park in the entire world.  There is so much to see and do that pointers are definitely helpful to get the most out of your day.  Here are 8 things you should definitely do when you arrive at Disney’s Magic Kingdom:

8. Catch the welcome show.

Try to get to park early enough to get through security just before opening so that you can catch the welcome show at the Magic Kingdom.  It will get you completely pumped for the day and get you feeling the magic before you even really get deep into your day.  You will love it, and you also get the chance to hear fun songs and see some of your favorite characters.

7. Grab a park map and Times Guide.

When you enter the park you will see stands that contain park maps and Times Guides.  You will definitely want to grab these and study them.  It will be helpful to have a feel for the layout of the park and where the lands are.  You will also want to review the Times Guide for various show times and character meet and greets to ensure that you can work must-do attractions into your family’s itinerary for the day.

6. Stop for a celebration button if you are celebrating something special.

Once you enter the park, if you head toward the left you will see an area where Guest Relations is set up.  At that location there is a cast member with a ton of different buttons.  These buttons are free for guests and give you a way to celebrate just about anything:  anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, selling your house, moving, passing a test, etc.  Whatever you deem a celebration, you can get a button for it and wear it proudly around the park.

5. Take picture in front of Cinderella Castle.

The first thing that you will lock eyes on when you walk into the Magic Kingdom is the iconic Cinderella Castle.  Be sure to take a selfie or have one of the PhotoPass photographers take your picture as you enter the park.  Whether it is your first visit or your 100th, it doesn’t feel like your Disney vacation has really begun until you see the castle and take a picture to commemorate the occasion.

4. Look out for performers and sights on Main Street USA.

There is a lot of various entertainment right on Main Street USA that so many guests miss because they hurry past it in order to get to the major attractions.  Right on Main Street there are horse-drawn trolley rides, singing and dancing performances at the train station, Main Street Citizens interacting with guests, character meet and greets, appearances by the Dapper Dans and more.  It is a happening fun place to be with a lot of great magical moments.

3. Choose left or right (or more through the middle).

When you enter the park and get to the castle hub area, many guests make the important decision to either go left or right.  If you head left, you head to right into Adventureland.  If you head right, you will head right into Tomorrowland.  There are typically two kinds of guests, those that choose to go right and those that choose to go left.  The majority of guests go right since that is typically the laws of traffic to stick to the right.  If you go left, you may get to experience less traffic earlier in the day.  You may also choose to head down the middle and hit Liberty Square or Fantasyland!

2. Head to the most popular attractions with the shortest wait times.

If you are at the park close to opening, then check the wait times on the app and head to the larger attractions with shorter wait times.  The wait times for these attractions are typically the shortest first thing in the morning and help you save time and get to ride some of your most desired attractions.

1. Snag FastPass+ selections, if you haven’t already.

If you haven’t made your FastPass+ selections then definitely log into the app while you are at the park and go ahead and make selections from what is remaining.  This will help save you time in lines and help ensure that you get to see and do as much as possible during your day at the Magic Kingdom.

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About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!