Visiting the Magic Kingdom has a lot riding on it for all guests who enter through the park gates. There is a lot of pressure to get your money’s worth and to see and do as much as possible. Unless you have an annual pass, it could be decades before you can experience the Magic Kingdom ever again.
With stakes that high, it’s imperative that you look at some key ways you can reduce stress with some Magic Kingdom tips like these.
Familiarize yourself with My Disney Experience
The My Disney Experience app makes things very easy for Disney World guests, but if you don’t know the ins and outs of the system, it can be stressful to try to deal with at the last second. Get familiar with this incredible app and its features. particularly the interactive Magic Kingdom Map and the available tools you can use.
You can even take advantage of the wait times feature to study queue lengths in the weeks before your visit. That could inform your choices on where you go first and what attractions you approach throughout the day.
It’s so helpful that it’s my favorite of all the Magic Kingdom tips.
Get to Bed Early
Get lots of rest, but make sure you leave yourself plenty of time before the Magic Kingdom opens. The earlier you arrive, the more hours you have. Therefore you’re less likely to stress about getting enough things done during your visit to the park. You will also take advantage of the best hours in the park, the ones where the crowds haven’t filled in yet. Most parks are closing earlier than usual due to the parks not having fireworks so make sure to check out what times each park closes.
Granted, these days there aren’t many crowds, but it’s still a good practice to get used to. This routine can prove invaluable among Magic Kingdom tips.
Have a Dining Plan
Don’t buy a dining plan from Disney, but you should have a plan of your own. There are pros and cons to table service vs. quick-service restaurants. But for a stress-free day, I prefer quick service. That’s because you have more freedom with your time. Table service restaurants require advance reservations and they lock in parts of your day, which can induce stress if you want to do more.
Quick service is more flexible and you can use the mobile order feature on your phone. One potential concern with quick service is that finding a table can be stressful at busy times of the day. So, to avoid this, pick less popular dining times so you can miss the lunch and dinner crowds. Not only that but now you can order your food via the My Disney Experience app to cut down on wait times as well and avoid being around lots of people.
Pick the Path of Least Resistance
The best Magic Kingdom tips help you manage time and space. The park is very easy to navigate and you can easily zip from one end of the park to the other without much trouble. However, it is a big park and you can get stressed if you are running around too much. Plan your day to take advantage of what is in your immediate area before moving on.
That means starting your day where more popular attractions are in close proximity, so you can do more with less work. If you get in a bind, you can always use the directions feature on My Disney Experience to map the most appropriate route for you to get from one place to another.
In general, the best way to explore the parks is not by looking down at a map but by looking right in front of you. Large visual queues around the park lead you further in and guide you on your way. These queues are called weenies and they are designed to impact the way you experience the park.
Using these natural landmarks, you can be free to enjoy the park without the anxiety of trying to figure out where to go next.
Carrying merchandise around with you is cumbersome and stressful. Rather than lugging big bags around the park with you all day, worrying if they’ll be lost or stolen by the time you leave, send the things you buy to your hotel. This is a complimentary benefit to being a resort guest.
The delivery goes to the gift shop at your hotel, so you don’t have to pay the $6 room delivery fee.
Understanding their COVID safety tips
Visiting the Magic Kingdom right now will be a little bit different than it has been in previous years. With the current pandemic happening, there are certain regulations that the Magic Kingdom and Disney has put into place to help ease your worries and know that they’re taking the best safety precautions possible.
Check out our Instagram highlights of when we visited the parks!
Some of the safety protocols that they’ve put into place include:
- Ongoing training for their staff on the latest updates and plans surrounding COVID-19
- More cleaning efforts on targeted areas
- Adding more hand sanitizing stations and handwashing stations throughout the park
- Adhering to social distancing
- Mandating masks for all guests and employees (there are relaxation areas where masks can be removed for a short break)
- Added relaxation spots where you can remove your masks and still have social distancing practices. At Magic Kingdom they are located at Tomorrowland Terrace, Gold Oak Post, and Pete’s Silly Sideshow.
- Mobile food ordering to avoid contact with many people.
These safety protocols are in place for all the Disney parks and are meant to help keep you stress-free and as healthy as possible.
Are you excited for your trip to the Magic Kingdom? It’s time for a fun and stress-free trip! Do you have any other Magic Kingdom tips?
Check it out Disney Blog Parks featured us in their blog as well! https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/08/disneycreators-stories-from-the-parks-at-magic-kingdom-park/
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