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Magic Kingdom® Insider Secrets

  1. When you first enter the park, pick up a map and a times guide right away. Both are located underneath the railroad station and are crucial to the planning of your day. They tell you park hours along with parade and show times.
  2. Be sure to bring water and sun screen. Having a poncho, umbrella or light raincoat might be a good idea, too, as afternoon rain showers are not at all uncommon in Central Florida, especially during the rainy season (from June through September).
  3. Adults with youngsters too small to ride an attraction may take turns riding. Simply see a Cast Member at the front of the attraction and obtain a Child Swap Pass, which will allow one parent (and any other child who is tall enough to ride) to enjoy the ride while the other sits out with the other child. Then, without waiting in line again, you can swap so that both parents can enjoy the ride!
  4. Don't forget to bring your autograph book to Mickey's Toontown® Fair, a place where you can find lots of your favorite characters.
  5. Many Disney Cast Members are fluent in more than one language – check the lapel pins under their nametags which indicates which languages they speak.
  6. Check the tip board on Main Street U.S.A.®, Area throughout the day for the current wait times for the most popular attractions at the park.
  7. For full-service meals, it is best to make reservations in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE. You can also check for last-minute reservations when you arrive at the park at either Guest Relations or at the desired eatery.
  8. If your party decides to split up, remember to set a specific meeting place and time, as the Magic Kingdom® Park is very crowded and it will be difficult to find them on your own.
  9. Take advantage of Disney's Fastpass® Service. Simply slip your Park Pass into the Fastpass® Service machine to receive an assigned return time and enjoy the rest of the park while you wait. Here’s a tip though – only use the Fastpass® Service for the biggest attractions at the park – i.e. Space Mountain® Attraction, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® Attraction, Space Mountain® Attraction and certain attractions in Fantasyland® Area that have long wait times. The other attractions’ lines fluctuate throughout the day, but those rides are sure to always have a long wait! And, plan your Fastpass®  uses wisely – you cannot get another Fastpass®  until your current time is up. So, if your Fastpass®  time is from 3-4 p.m., you cannot get another Fastpass®  until 4 p.m.
  10. There is a shortcut from Frontierland® Area to Adventureland® Area. When leaving the Tiki Room attraction, take a left and that walkway will take you right into the heart of Adventureland® Area!
  11. If there are two parades at night, we highly suggest waiting for the second. Not only will you be able to get on rides very fast while everyone else is waiting for the parade, you will also be able to have prime viewing for the second one, making it even more special.
  12. Check Exposition Hall (the same place where on the right as you pass underneath the railroad station) as you enter and leave the park – they have random characters in there throughout the day!              
  13. You can get free engraving on your mouse ears – the only place at Walt Disney World® where this is free – at The Chapeau, a small store that is connected to The Confectionery on Main Street, U.S.A.® Area But because this service is free, expect a wait time. In other words, get your merchandise early, drop it off, and plan on picking it up later in the day.
  14. Did you know that you can get a haircut at the Magic Kingdom® Park? Visit the Harmony Barber Shop located beside the Car Barn on Main Street, U.S.A® Area to get a fresh new haircut to begin your day.
  15. If you are traveling with toddlers or small children, you will want to visit Fantasyland® Area first thing in the morning, as several popular kids' rides in that area build long waits early in the day. If not, head west to Frontierland® Area when the park opens, visiting Splash Mountain® Attraction and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® Attraction, two of the park’s busiest rides, first.
  16. The best place to see the fireworks show at night is from the Rose Garden, right in between the walkways that go from Main Street, U.S.A® Area to Tomorrowland® Area and Fantasyland® Area. This place is down below Main Street, U.S.A®, so it goes unnoticed easily. However, if it is not blocked off for a private party, head down there to check out the fireworks. Not only does it provide a great view of the show, it also is very sparsely populated, meaning you will get to see the fireworks without standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a stranger! The Rose Garden is also a great place to get your wristband for the Magic Kingdom Park’s® Extra Magic Hours. Don’t waste your time in line at another place – head to the Rose Garden and walk right up to get your wristband for all the late-night action.

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