Don’t let the title fool you…my family loves Magic Kingdom and I would highly recommend it. I’m also very realistic and know what I’m getting into. Go in with reasonable expectations or you will quickly feel defeated. Know some insider tips and use a touring plan. I don’t want to rain on your parade…but you will have more fun with the right frame of mind.
Here are some realities about Magic Kingdom you need to face.
It Might Not Be “Magical”
Disney World is a magical place full of the happiest people in the whole world, your entire day will be perfect, and the kids will have the best day of their life. Lies. Your kids will get tired and have a meltdown, you will witness other families having meltdowns (adults included), and you may consider having your own meltdown at some point. Things just might not work out how you have played them out in your head. It might rain, your favorite ride might close down, somebody might ram into the back of your ankles with their stroller, or your kids might decide they just want to go back to the hotel and swim. It’s ok – don’t put so much pressure on one day.
Characters Sightings are Limited
If you have visions of your kids skipping down Main Street hand in hand with Mickey and Minnie, prepare to be disappointed. We have only seen characters at Magic Kingdom during a parade or character dining experience or after standing in line at their designated spots. They do not walk freely through the park and you won’t just “bump” into them.
Prepare to Stand in Line
You can prepare a killer plan, schedule FastPass+, and do everything perfectly right, but you will inevitably still stand in a LOT of long lines. Just suck it up, take a deep breath, and think over and over again that you are on vacation and this has to be better than work.
Some Rides Suck
Sorry but they do. It’s Magic Kingdom and you are obligated to go on them because they are “classic” rides from when you were little and your kids have to experience them too….right? But let’s be honest, I almost fell asleep during “It’s A Small World”, the “Jungle Cruise” is a huge disappointment as an adult, and don’t get me started on the “Tiki Room”.
You Can’t Do It All in One Day
You just can’t. There is too much to do. Plan ahead and know what can or cannot be skipped.
Leaving Is a Nightmare
Leaving right after the fireworks is a joke. It’s wall-to-wall people and strollers moving at a crawl…a perfect storm of torture for your aching feet and exhausted children. And don’t forget it’s a 2-step process with the boat/tram ride and then the parking lot trolley. Consider watching the fireworks near the exit or hit some late-night rides and let the crowd die down.
All that being, said don’t worry….you’ll have a great time…really!