Walt Disney World | Magic Kingdom

I’m not going to lie — Disney is a little bit intimidating. There is the planning and apps and reservations and so much that it can feel overwhelming. Using a Disney planner is certainly helpful, but I think with a little bit of research you can do it on your own as well.

We just got back from two days at Magic Kingdom to celebrate my niece’s 4th birthday. This was my second time visiting as an adult, and while we only went to Magic Kingdom on this trip, I hope this guide is helpful and you have a blast at Disney World.

Where we stayed: While the resorts are amazing, we do not have kids and didn’t need the convenience, so we stayed off property. This is a great option if you want to save money. I found this Airbnb and it was perfect. The space was amazing; it is a brand-new gated condo community, and the second bedroom was perfect for kids with bunkbeds and cute Mickey Mouse vinyl on the wall. There was also a small water park with a pool, hot tub, lazy river, and splash pad that looked super fun, but we didn’t have time to make use of it. Around the area are plenty of fast-food restaurants, gas stations, a Publix grocery store, and Target.

Driving and Parking: The best part of the Airbnb was the convenient drive to Disney. You make a left out of the complex and take the highway straight to the parks. With no traffic it was about a 15-minute drive to the Magic Kingdom parking lot. Depending on the time you get there, if you are close enough you can walk to the monorail station or take a tram there. Make sure to remember the name of your parking lot (either a hero or villain) and row number. Once you board the monorail, you head straight to Magic Kingdom.

Magic Band vs Apple Watch: If you stay on property, I would definitely recommend purchasing a magic band and they are available at a discounted rate. We did not buy them because we didn’t feel it was worth it on this trip. We didn’t have use for them as room keys and couldn’t pay with them since we didn’t have a hotel room linked. I sent our park tickets to my digital wallet and was able to access them on my apple watch. The only time you need to scan them is when you enter the park or if you use a Lightening Lane. If you don’t have an apple watch, they also give you a Disney card that acts as your ticket/pass when you enter the park. You need to keep this card handy or use a lanyard (similar to Universal if you are familiar with that) to scan when needed.

Disney Genie+:  Having the Disney App on your phone is an absolute must. On there you can see your tickets, wait times for rides, a map of the park, order food, and so much more. Disney Genie is free, but I strongly recommend buying Disney Genie+. It is $15 per person each day and allows you to book Lightening Lanes for the rides. Many of the rides have long wait times and this allows you to beat the line at the time you book. A downfall is that you can only book one ride at a time, so you need to plan out your day accordingly. At 7:00 AM the time slots open and you can make your first selection. Choose a ride that is early in the day so you can ride that first, then make your next selection as soon as you’re done.

Mobil Ordering: Purchasing merchandise and food is another great function of the app. We took advantage of this at the World of Disney store at Disney Springs, but it is also available in the parks. You scan the barcode of your merchandise, check out and pay on the app, then visit an employee to verify your purchase. It is easy and definitely worth it to skip the long lines. Ordering lunch or snacks is probably the best part of this feature. If you know where you will be or what restaurant you want, you can order ahead on the app to be ready when you arrive. Easy as that!

Bags: I bought a cheap backpack on Amazon and used iron-on patches from Etsy to make a cute Disney themed backpack. My favorite shop for patches is Enchanted Patches! It came in handy to store our water bottles, snacks, souvenirs we bought, and anything else we needed. You are allowed outside food and drinks into the park, so definitely bring a water bottle because it is hot in the Florida heat and there are fountains around the park for refilling. If you like to keep things light, then I suggest a fanny pack to keep all your items secure. My favorite is this Lululemon dupe from Amazon.

Outfits/Accessories: Etsy is where it’s at for all your Disney needs! Unless you have your eye on an exclusive pair of Mickey ears from the Disney store, I would choose some from a small seller on Etsy instead. In my opinion they are a little smaller and more comfortable than my “official” pair. For kids, these Amazon ones are amazing and a much cheaper option and are what I got for my niece. It’s listed as a three pack, but a sparkly blue pair came with them as well. On our first day at Magic Kingdom, I dressed in Halloween theme to match the park’s decorations. Click here for my shirt, here for my ears, and here for my socks. Day two was a little more casual. I loved this shirt and centered my outfit around it. My shorts and ears are both from Amazon.

Overview of Magic Kingdom:

Main Street, USA

  • Shopping
  • Food
    • The Crystal Palace (character buffet)
      • We ate here our first night. The food was really good, and we met all of the Winnie the Pooh characters. It is pricey so I say you can skip it, unless you love Pooh or have littles that would love it.
    • Tony’s Town Square (Italian)
    • Plaza Restaurant (sandwiches and burgers)
    • Casey’s Corner (hotdogs and fries)
  • Sweet Treats
    • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
    • Main Street Confectionary
    • Main Street Bakery
  • Town Square Theater (Mickey and Minnie meet-and-greet)
  • Main Street Philharmonic (marching band)
  • Main Street Trolly Show
  • Dapper Dans Barbershop Quartet

Adventureland

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse

Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Country Bear Jamboree (show)
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tom Sawyer Island

Liberty Square

  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Sleepy Hollow
    • This is a snack stand but I wanted to include it because I got the funnel cake and it was amazing!

Fantasyland

  • Cinderella Castle
  • It’s a Small World
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (show)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel
  • Winnie the Pooh

Enchanted Forest

  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Belle’s Village
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (meet-and-greet)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Princess Fairytale Hall (meet-and-greet)

Storybook Circus

  • Casey Jr. Soak “N” Splash Station
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Barnstormer
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow (meet and greet)

Tomorrow Land

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (show)
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

I’ve highlighted all of my favorite attractions at each land in Magic Kingdom! Some are definitely geared more towards kids but I think the Magic of Disney is the nostalgia it brings adults as well. Lastly, make sure to end your night watching the Disney Enchantment fireworks show to celebrate 50 years of Walt Disney World! The show starts at 9 PM so make sure to get there early for a perfect view of Cinderella’s Castle. I hope you have a blast on your next Disney trip!

Published by Kelsey Youmans

Welcome to my blog! My name is Kelsey and I am a 20-something bookworm, Pinterest addict, and lover of all things cozy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we live in the beautiful Peach State. I created this blog just-for-fun and I hope you enjoy these little snippets of my life!

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