Top Magic Kingdom Mistakes

We all make mistakes on vacation. Tackling the World’s largest theme park on vacation it is easy to make plenty of mistakes. Thankfully most mistakes do not mean our vacation is ruined but they can mean we do not enjoy our day as much as we could. These are the Top Magic Kingdom Mistakes guests make that can ruin their vacation.

Top Magic Kingdom Mistakes Walt Disney World Orlando
Top Magic Kingdom Mistakes

You attempt to do it all in 1 day.

Magic Kingdom is a massive theme park with lots of attractions. If your visit only allows for 1 day make a list of your must-do attractions.

Attempting it all in 1 day will lead to failure, tiredness & grumpy kids.

If you have time visit on 2 or even 3 days. This will also make your Fastpass+ strategy easier.

You can’t access the park Wi-Fi.

Online access is essential in Walt Disney World.

The My Disney Experience App is your essential guide to wait times, maps, show times & a lot more. Plus you can reserve Fastpass+ & making dining reservations on the App.

Don’t even consider entering a Walt Disney World Park in 2018 without access to Wi-Fi.

Carousel Magic Kingdom

Not having a Fastpass strategy

Visiting Disney World now requires a Fastpass strategy.

There are no tiered fastpass selections in Magic Kingdom but you are still limited to 3 in advance reservations. Unfortunately the most popular attractions will have run out of Fastpasses once your first selections are used.

In our opinion the following attractions should usually be Fastpass selections.

  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain

To get a Fastpass for all these you might need to visit on 3 days.

Don’t plan your Fastpass selections and it could be your Top Magic Kingdom Mistake.

7 Dwarfs Mine Train Magic Kingdom
7 Dwarf Minetrain a Fastpass essential? Avoid Magic Kingdom Mistakes

Not bringing park essentials

Make a list of what you need e.g. camera, phone, autograph book, poncho.

Make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen & a good hat. Plus you will need access to plenty of water.

Pack you bag the night before. Remember to not take too much as you will be carrying it all day.

You arrive after Extra Magic Hours

Arriving after Extra Magic Hours is a big mistake. The park will be busy and queues are going to be long.

If you are not staying at a Disney Resort don’t attend if possible on Extra Magic Hours days. If you are staying in a Disney Resort don’t arrive late.

Meeting Peter Pan Fantasyland

Not having a break.

Don’t under estimate how much there is to do in Magic Kingdom. Plus the Florida heat can be unforgiving. It is easy to burnout if you are not careful.

Take your time & plan to have plenty of breaks.

Many people will take a break during the mid afternoon when the park is at its busiest and hottest. Consider returning to your hotel for a few hours.

If you decide to stay in the parks make sure you take plenty of time out, drink plenty of water & don’t skip meal breaks.

Spend too long in the shops.

“The park is now closed but wait the shops are still open!”

Need a souvenir?

Why waste ride time during the day?

The shops on Main Street USA stay open for 1 hour after the park advertised closing time.

Main Street USA Magic Kingdom
Main Street USA do your shopping late in the day

Doing every attraction in order.

If time is limited you may need to skip the odd attraction.

Yes, you might want to experience everything but usually it is impossible.

Here is our list of 5 attractions you might want to consider skipping.

Do you really want to miss Space Mountain for The Country Bear Jamboree?

Liverlips from Country Bear Jamboree

Not staying for the night.

Magic Kingdom is even more magical at night. Make sure you don’t leave before it gets dark.

Often lines will also be a little quieter later in the day.

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Family vlogging fun at Disney at Night

Do you have any other Magic Kingdom Mistakes to avoid? Why not leave us a comment below?

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