When you live just 90 minutes from Disney, making a day trip to Magic Kingdom is an easy choice. With Maria visiting from New York, we set out early in the morning for a magical day. If you decide to take an impromptu day trip to Magic Kingdom, here’s what you should do:
- Download the My Disney Experience app and link accounts with everyone in your party.
- Check to see what FastPass+ options are available, and make up to three FastPass+ reservations for anyone in your group.
- Plan on a sit-down meal? Try to make a reservation as soon as possible. Seating fills up quickly, especially at Be Our Guest. As soon as you know when you will be at the park, check your My Disney Experience App for availability.
- Once you use your third FastPass+, you are able to make more! Use your app to add more FastPass+ reservations to your account to skip the lines.
- Pack sunscreen…and a rain poncho. Florida weather can be unpredictable, especially in the summer months. One minute it’s humid and sunny, and the next minute rain is coming in sideways. Be prepared for different weather conditions in a single day.
- Skip the bottled water! Save plastic and money by asking for a cup of water instead. It’s free and every counter service food option will provide it for you.
- Does someone in your group have an Annual Pass? Make them the designated PhotoPass person! Every Annual Passholder is able to download PhotoPass pictures to their device for free. All regular admissions passes require users to pay for downloads. By making the Passholder scan their Magic Band for all PhotoPass opportunities, they are able to download them all and send them to the group at the end of the day to save everyone money.
- If you do not plan on watching the fireworks, that is your best time to get on Space Mountain or Peter Pan’s Flight. These rides tend to have the highest wait times in the park, and the lines are significantly shorter when the firework show is going on.
- Speaking of fireworks, Wishes is (in my humble opinion) the best nighttime entertainment Walt Disney World has to offer. If you plan on leaving immediately after the fireworks end, I recommend watching them from as close to the exit as possible. The rush to leave the park can be overwhelming after the firework show concludes. However, if you plan on staying in the park later, watch the fireworks from behind Cinderella’s castle in Fantasyland or Tomorrowland. You will still have an incredible view of the show, but be further away from the crowd and closer to the rides you want to get on after the show is over.
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