Magic Kingdom theme park is one of 4 theme parks in Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. It features classic attractions from Dumbo to the Mad Hatter Tea Cups to Splash Mountain and Space Mountain. There is endless entertainment for kids of all ages.
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This park is just too much for our little family with little kids. We MAY have tried to tackle this iconic mega park at the very WORST time of the day and season (April, mid-afternoon) BUT we didn't think it was super small child friendly.
We bee-lined to the back of the park after the obligatory photos by the castle and used our FastPasses for Dumbo. Even with a FP it was still about a 20 minute line for the three minute ride. There was at least a little shade to be found there!
Next, we tried Peter Pan's flight but the line was insane, even for FP. So we left and continued on toward Swiss Family Robinson. By this time the park was packed (around 2 pm on a Wednesday) and though the treehouse was something I thought my son would really like, we were basically herded single file up flights of stairs. There wasn't time enough to take photos without creating a giant bottleneck in traffic.
After that we decided to make our way OUT of the park and hang at the on-site hotel pool area instead. BUT, Disney had other plans for us! It was almost time for the afternoon parade, so the streets were being partitioned off and were getting harder and harder to cross efficiently. We kept getting diverted by cast members to another sidewalk, through another shop, and ultimately the longest way on Earth through the Happiest Place on Earth.
We were happy to buy a Mickey Premium ice cream bar on the way out and board the monorail. It just wasn't our day in the Kingdom, I guess!
I know some folks like this. Maybe had we opened the park instead of arriving in the heat of the day, it would have been better. We'll probably be back again to test the theories--but for now, Magic Kingdom felt a bit overrated and we're happy to stick to the quieter parks with our little ones!
(We would get Memory Maker again though -- the photographer at the Main Street USA entrance area captured photos that made it LOOK like we'd had the time of our lives!)
I use to love the Magic Kingdom as a kid. I was so transfixed by all the magic that happened when you were there. As an adult I can say it still has the same effect on me. It's even better now having my own children! We just came back from our first Disney trip as a family and had a blast!
The Magic Kingdom was by far our favorite park. I'd advice to get there at least an hour before opening to ensure you can get over on the ferry or monorail. Also that gets you through security and there in time to see the opening show! Once you are in take a minute and get some pictures in front of the castle. The memory marker was an amazing add-on that I am glad we opted for.
As for rides, read the many website out there for information on Fastpasses. We spent two days in the park and Fastpassed Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, Mickey Mouse meet and greet, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Peter Pan. With going off season we didn't have very long lines for anything. Winnie the Pooh was definitely one we are glad to have Fast passed because the line was really long. We were told Peter Pan was long, but it wasn't the day we were there so we skipped the Fastpass and went earlier.
As for food, if you can get reservations into Be Our Guest restaurant, do it! We had a wonderful lunch and it was by far the BEST quick service food we had. We also had breakfast at Cinderella's castle and that was well worth it for my Princess loving daughter. We of course, had Dole Whips, ice cream, and other yummy treats.
Another thing my kids loved was the afternoon parade. They had a blast and did so much better then I thought sitting there (3 years old and 11 months at the time). We also enjoyed the few shows by the castle.
Favorite rides: Prince Charming Carousel, Mad Hatter Tea cups, Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean, It's A Small World, Buzz Lightyear, Magic Carpets, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Ariel's Grotto ride. The character meet and greets were also big hits especially Mickey Mouse and all the Princesses for our princess loving daughter.
We cannot wait to go back and explore more as the kids get older to see what they like! It was a great family vacation.
Who doesn't love the Magic Kingdom!! As a Florida resident we've spoiled ourselves with season passes to the Magic Kingdom and it never gets old. The look in your kid's eyes as they see their favorite characters for the first time is priceless. Our best tip is to come early and stay through mid-day, go back to your room for a short rest, and then come back for the late night fireworks. While you could do the entire park in one day, your family will have more fun if you relax and not stress out with the long lines. Some of the most fun is doing the smaller, lesser known rides and adventures. Be sure to stop by the depot inside the gate if you are celebrating a special event.
I have been visiting Walt Disney World & the Magic Kingdom since I was a young girl and I can honestly say it is the most magical place on earth! There is something so special about being able to see all the characters you've watched on television or read about come to life! Now that I have two children we have made the Magic Kingdom a family tradition. Since my daughter was one we have gone to Magic Kingdom every year on her birthday which happens to fall around Christmas Time. Everyone told me to wait until she was older to take her, but we had the most enjoyable time with her as a one year old and I can't wait to experience it this year with her on her third birthday. If you are bringing a toddler I would recommend you do the park at their pace. Bring a comfortable stroller and plenty of necessities! They even allow you to bring in water bottles which is a huge plus if you want to save. Magic Kingdom is a place that is enjoyable for the entire family, not just for kids. There are so many rides that we are able to ride as a family of four (with two toddlers!!!!). There are also more thrilling rides for the older kids and adults. Magic Kingdom also recently added the Fantasy Land which is an amazing area with The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast and more! It is actually the only Disney Park that doesn't serve alcohol except if you are lucky enough to get a reservation at Be Our Guest where you can feel like you are in the Beauty & the Beast movie. There are character meet and greets all over the park and photo passes where you can have your photos all in one spot when you are done with your trip! There are nightly firework displays and great dining options as well! You can also choose to dine at one of the many character dining options, but make sure to make a reservation! The breakfast at Cinderella's castle with all of the princesses is a hot one and they can even stop at the Bippidi Boppidi Boutique and have your little princess' dreams come to life with their hair and makeup done just life their favorite princess! DIsney doesn't miss a beat and if you have one theme park that you have to choose I would definitely pick Magic Kingdom!
We were blessed to be able to go to Disney World this month. I grew up in California and going to Disneyland, so I was glad to experience Disney World to compare. It was very very similar to Disneyland, just felt a little nicer or newer. It was pretty crowded, but low season. I can't imagine summertime or holidays! I recommend going on a Sunday if possible. Most people travel on Sundays, so Mondays and Saturdays are super crowded. You can bring your own food to save money, and bring glowy stuff for night time activities. The fireworks show is insanely crowded but absolutely can't miss!
What can I say? This is original Disney magic. For kids, especially younger kids, this is by far the best park. It is themed more around Disney and the characters. There are a lot of rides that would be good for toddlers and preschoolers. Seeing the castle is amazing no matter what age.
The magic kingdom was one of our best trips we have ever went on! Sounding corny I know but it was a very magical place. I felt like a kid again! Glad we decided to go here in 2010! We would definitely go again in the future! The fireworks show at the end of the night was the best fireworks show I had ever seen it puts all other shows to shame now.
I have a family of 5-- 2 adults, children: 6,4 and under 1 yr. You definitely need more than a day to check out the entire park. Do not get overwhelmed by all there is to do though. I would recommend starting in one spot and working your way around the park. Don't hop all over the park or you will miss things. Go straight to the new fantasyland and work your way around the park from there (tomorrowland or liberty square). Magic Kingdom Welcome Show starts 10 minutes before rope drop in the Am so get there early. The show
includes dancers, Main Street citizens, and a slew of Disney characters who enter stylishly via the Walt Disney World Railroad. Use the rider swap passes. If you are going to the night parade/show, get to the "hub" center of the park about 30-45 min before it starts. You can get a front row seat! And remember if there are 2 parades that night you are trapped in the park until after it's over.
We really enjoyed our visit to the Magic Kingdom. There is some construction going on right now. We weren't able to ride Splash Mountain because they were having technical issues. Not much critical to say about Magic Kingdom other than the Wifi does not perform well. Placing an order to go in a quick service restaurant using your phone might not be a bad idea!
Definitely stay in one of the resorts that way when your tired or your child needs a nap you can leave and come back easy and quickly. Staying off the Disney property ends up taking more time going back and forth. Another added benefit is if you stay in a room with a kitchen you can cook for your little ones and yourself and save your money for better things like face paintings and special toys. If you don't feel like cooking much then I uh the meal plan that Disney offers through the Parks. It may seem expensive but all meals are covered.
The Magic Kingdom is a wonderful place for families to visit during vacations or just for a day of fun. We usually get to visit Magic Kingdom at least a few times a year. It would be more if we lived closer.
After purchasing your tickets everyone gets to choose to either take the ferry or the monorail. Our family takes the ferry in the morning and the monorail in the evening. The ferry does get very crowded, but it is not to bad. There are two levels on the ferry. My family stays downstairs since we have to use a stroller and there is not a way to get upstairs besides carrying it up. I like to get close to the front of the ferry to be able to see the water and castle. My daughter who was 2 1/2 at our last visit loved being able to see the castle while on the ferry. I have actually taken my 1 year old and 2 1/2 year old to Disney by myself. It was doable and we had a great time.
Here are the rides and shows that we love at Magic Kingdom that the kids can enjoy.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant: My one year old and 2 1/2 year old rode this with me. They both loved the ride.
Haunted Mansion: Both kids rode this ride with me. They did get a little scared when the doors closed for the stretching room. I talked to both of them and they were happy again. This was not one of their favorite rides, but I was happy to be able to ride it.
Its a small world: We have rode this ride so many times. My one year does not like to sit through the whole ride usually so I keep something with me that will occupy him during the ride.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Both of my kids rode this ride and we had a fast pass for it. The ride went so fast we did not know what the book was about. So sad. Maybe it would be better on a slow day at Disney if they slowed the ride down and did not need to get so many people through the line.
Mickey's PhilharMagic: Both kids enjoyed watching the movie. My one year old would not wear his glasses, but was occupied playing with them.
Peter Pan's Flight: Both kids rode this ride with me. There are some dark parts during the ride. They were not scared and enjoyed flying like Peter Pan. :) We had a fast pass for this ride.
Journey of the Little Mermaid: Both of my kids rode this ride with me and I had a fast pass for it. The ride was down until the afternoon so I grabbed a fast pass that morning. It was such a fun and musical ride. It felt like being in the movie. We can't wait to ride it again.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel: My 2 1/2 year old daughter could ride the Carrousel over and over if I let her. She just loves this ride. My one year did not seem to interested, but rode the ride.
We also make time for walking through the Castle at least a couple times while at the magic kingdom. We have to see Mickey and Minnie every time we visit. My 2 1/2 year old loves seeing them and we took her for the first time this year to see the princesses. She loved it. :)
We also make time for the electrical parade and the fireworks. My family will usually stay at magic kingdom all day. Our children will nap in their stroller when they get tired. We always bring snacks and a few drinks which is so much cheaper then buying it at Disney.
A truly magical place meeting all fantasy expectations and theme park expectations.
A huge park that I suggest will take 2 days to completely satisfy.
I seriously recommend you dont do this between xmas and new year - we almost had standing room only when we went between this time. Apparantly they had to close the park entrance as it had reached capacity. Or at least thats what we were told (it certainly felt maxed out).
This park is incredible (even when fulled to the brim with people)
The rides are exciting, the food etc is like all theme park food, the distance between all the different areas is well spread out.
I dont have a favourite because it all was amazing - however I recommend the fireworks at night.
This is so much better in reality than watching them in the movies.
It doesn't take much convincing to get someone to fall in love with disney world.. they don't call it the most magical place on earth for no reason! A couple quick suggestions to maximize your time at the magic kingdom would be to get at the park 30-40 minutes to the rope drop. And make sure to get closest to the entrance while your waiting, i would HIGHLY suggest heading to the most popular ride that usually has long wait times, such as the new little mermaid under the sea attraction at the new fantasyland! I would grab fast passes for these and then head on over to your favorite ride, most likely you'll be able to ride it multiple times before the ride starts to get long wait times. Another quick tip would be to make all your lunch/dinner reservations online on your smartphone! Its a great feature and it sure is a time saver :)
There is NOTHING like walking onto Main Street USA with the view of Cinderella straight ahead! We brought our 2 year old twins and had a FANTASTIC time! They were captivated by Minnie, Mickey and Pooh Bear! We took them on every ride we could and they had a ball!
We recommend taking advantage of the Baby Care Center, getting stroller fans, and getting to the park as early as possible and you should have a melt down free vacay!!
We went here last year for our daughter's birthday. It was really special and if you have an event like this coming up, this is a great place to celebrate it. First the rides. The rides are really good and fun, but I recommend getting a fastpass, that way you don't wait. But the most special part was at night, we got to go into the castle and our daughter had a dinner with all the characters. It was a really special experience for her and we're glad we did it, no matter how high the price was. Everyone here is nice and helpful, service is great too. Recommended!
This place is my kids' favorite place! We go here once a year, so we make sure we get the best out of it. Without explaining all the places you can go to, I'll just rate service, food and atmosphere. The service is really good, whoever you ask will help you and you won't bump into any problems. However, this place is quite pricey, so make sure you save some money before going here, your kids will want to go on every ride there is. Food. Food is quite good, there are some places that offered chef-like-food, but at a higher price. The waiting lines are quite large, so make sure you have someone waiting for you. Lastly, the atmosphere is where this place absolutely shines! Everyone is happy, smiling, laughing, and makes this place a place you'll never forget!
One thing I love about Magic Kingdom: It's good for all ages, and it's also good for kids with special needs! We've been coming since our kids were babies, about every other year for the last decade, and we always have a great time. The staff is amazing! If you have a baby, the baby care center and Crystal Pavilions are must-do's, for a little girl all the princess stuff and eating at the Royal Table are so much fun! Can't wait to go back this year and see the new Fantasy Land!
The moment our family entered, my daughters and I were just overwhelmed in tears of joy. We couldn't believe we were actually there. We stood in front of the castle in awe as my youngest daughter jumped up & down screaming "WE'RE HERE!!!" It is the most magical place on earth!
What can I say, it's one of the most wondeful places on earth to go as a family. Here are some tips: carry in water bottles and refill at restaruarnts as you go so you don't have to keep buying expensive drinks. You can bring in snacks so you should! My kids get hungry constantly but really only want a tiny snack. If you are going in the hot months, plan to take a mid-day swim or nap break.
Yes, Magic Kingdom is what you see on the ads, but it is more too. We found a little alcove by Cinderella's Castle where Belle was telling stories. My husband was asked to play the part of the Beast. Magic. The first time my daughter stood on Main Street looking at the castle in awe. Magic. Crying at the fireworks dialogue because I was overwhelmed by the inspiration and watching my teenager be more of a little kid for just a few minutes. Magic. Going to Columbia Harbour restaurant because it was less crowded and finding seafood I will be back for. Or going on a birthday, anniversary, or to celebrate being cancer free and being congratulated by all you meet and even a few surprises. Pure magic. Maybe people go for the rides and the characters, but when I go, I go for the memories. Don't get me wrong, I love fast pass and rope drop. But having fun with my family, even standing in line with a Dole Whip, who could ask for more?