As a long-time Central Florida resident of more than 35
years, I have visited the Magic Kingdom countless times. If
you are planning an Orlando Disney vacation and need
information, enjoy these Magic Kingdom insider tips.
If you are going to visit the park during a busy time of
the year, try to get to the park early. A lot can be done
in that first 90-minute time period. Rides are usually
walk-on or at most about 10 minutes. It is amazing how many
rides you can go through in that first hour and a half
after opening. So it pays to get up early, have your
breakfast, and be at the gates right at opening. You should
probably try to visit Fantasyland first if you have young
children, as these rides tend to get crowded rather
Try to ride all the mountains early. These are Space
mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain. The
lines on these will invariably get long later on.
The quickest and easiest way to get to Splash Mountain
in the morning is to ride the train from Main Street
Station to Frontierland Station which is right at Splash
Mountain. It sure beats running across the park! So head to
the train station immediately upon arriving if your goal is
this neat ride.
As you go through the castle, you can easily miss
Cinderella's wishing well. Throw a coin into this fountain.
There is a surprise special effect. To find it, you can go
through to the back of the castle and then turn right and
take the hidden path that leads you from the back of the
castle to the Tomorrowland walkway near Cosmic Ray's. (By
the way, I love to eat at Cosmic Ray's....the chicken and
mashed potatoes are excellent.)
Here's a fun tip for the Haunted Mansion. Look for the
wedding ring in the cement.
Getting bored while waiting for the train at the Main
Street Station? Put a quarter into the Antique Music Box
located in the waiting room to hear a some tunes. Or put a
coin into some of the other machines scattered around the
station and you can view a short movie.
Around dusk, take a walk through the All American Rose
Garden outside the Castle. It is a bit off the beaten path
but you will be treated to beautiful views of the castle
and the wonderful smell of roses all around you. Now and
again you will even see a duck family among the
When visiting Minnie's house, be sure to check out the
appliances and take a good look around. It holds a few
secrets if you look carefully.
Ride Space Mountain if the line is inside the building.
If the line is outside, come back later. An Orlando Disney
vacation will go downhill fast if you spend all day waiting
in lines. That information is indisputable.
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