I’m pretty lucky to be honest, I was trying to work out how many times I’ve gone to the Magic Kingdom. I worked it out at 27 times, possibly more! Not bad for a Brit. I’ve been lucky enough to get to Florida 9 times since I visited for the first time in 2015, as you can see, we are slightly addicted. So, I reckon 9 visits to Florida, and we must go to Magic Kingdom at least 3 times per visit if not more. Anyway, I’ve made my point. I know my way round Magic Kingdom, so here is what you can expect.
There are so many amazing things about Magic Kingdom, but my first tip would be to get there early, the earlier the better. It is usually crowded so its better to be there at the quietest time of the day and that is first thing.
You park your car in a huge car park so make sure you remember your row and your parking lot character, its pretty important or you’ll be ‘that family’ that are trying to look calm and cool as they search in vain for their car, yes we have been that family and yes its painful! Once you’ve got out of your car, you’re not even at Magic Kingdom, now its time for either the monorail or the Ferry to the Magic Kingdom. I prefer the ferry but if I want speed, I’d choose the monorail, sometimes there is no choice and one option will be closed.
The monorail will whiz you round via Contemporary resort which the monorail foes through, you can see Chef Mickey’s if you look down. The monorail circumnavigates the Seven Seas Lagoon, a man-made lake that sits in front of the Magic Kingdom. The white building is The Grand Floridian, Disney’s high end hotel, very luxurious indeed. It’s also the home of some great restaurants like Citricos and Narcoossee’s.
Which ever mode of transport you choose the journey is magical as you approach Magic Kingdom, and this will be a great chance to see Cinderella’s castle of the first time. I don’t know why but I find this an emotional experience, its at the moment I see the castle that I think all the hard work of creating a business that allows me to travel to Florida is all worthwhile.
The first thing you’ll see when you get of your transport is the entrance with the Railway Station behind it. As I write this in July 2021 the station is closed for development but check when you get there as the train can get you around Magic Kingdom in style.
Once you’re used your ticket or magic band you are in. You can expect to be blown away as you enter town square and look up main street towards the Castle. Make sure you have a plan, there are so many things to see and do. If its your first time I would plan it to the second but not everyone is like that, it just depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. We usually head to Starbucks for a drink and some food and then to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, this is a great ride if a little short but one of the best rides in Magic Kingdom.
We then head to Goofys Barnstormer and meet a few characters in that part of the park, then we might head to the Carousel or the teacups. Magic Kingdom is not really a thrill park, its about the magic. I’ve been with some teenagers or various trips and the boys can get a little bored but hey, they are too cool for princesses and teacups. For the rest of us it really does feel magical and there is something new around every corner. Some of the attractions are a bit old fashioned but for many people that are nostalgic and bring back memories, so I hope Disney don’t stop.
I like the show about America History in the Hall of Presidents, it’s a fifteen-minute film and its really heart-warming stuff. I also love Jungle Cruise and my personal favourite Pirates of the Caribbean. Once we’ve done that there are plenty of places for lunch, Casey’s hotdogs are amazing, and we also love Peco bills too. After that we might head to Splash Mountain, even the teenagers love this ride and Big Thunder Mountain. Aside from that we walk and talk and breath in the magic.
Magic Kingdom is not my favourite park, but I do love going because of how it makes me feel. I don’t think I am alone in that. I am sure you will love visiting and I hope my experiences and this guide might help you understand what to expect at Magic Kingdom.