We all make mistakes on vacation. Tackling the World’s largest theme park on vacation is no easy task. It is easy to make plenty of mistakes if you are visiting the Magic Kingdom. Thankfully most mistakes do not mean our vacation is ruined but they can mean we do not enjoy our day as much as we should. These are our Top Magic Kingdom Mistakes guests can make when visiting The Magic Kingdom. Avoid these mistakes to have a great vacation.
You attempt to do it all in 1 day.
The 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, showtimes & a lot more. Plus you can reserve Fastpass+ & make dining reservations on the App.
Don’t even consider entering a Walt Disney World Park in 2018 without access to Wi-Fi.
Not having a Fastpass strategy
Visiting Disney World now requires a Fastpass strategy.
There are no tiered FastPass selections in the 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.
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 your 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 will 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 at a Disney Resort don’t arrive late.
Not having a break.
Don’t underestimate how much there is to do in the 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.
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?
Not staying for the night.
The 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.
Do you have any other Magic Kingdom Mistakes to avoid? Why not leave us a comment below?
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