Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Our Disney Vacation - Magic Kingdom

I don't think I need to tell you what Magic Kingdom is, it's the most magical place on earth :-) Costumed characters, princesses, rides, parades, shows...there's something for everyone! Like I mentioned earlier, there is no "off-season" for Magic Kingdom. I've never been in the middle of the summer or around the holidays, which are supposed to be peak crowd times, but even at the end of January the park is full, but manageable. However, there are rides you will not want to wait on line for without fast passes. From what we saw, these seem to be the most popular attractions with the longest wait times:
  • Princess meet & greets - I probably don't have to tell you this, but Elsa and Anna have the longest wait. And when we set up our fast passes about a month in advance, there were already none available for those 2! 
  • Peter Pan - I was surprised by this since it's an older ride, but I think the shortest wait time we saw all day was 75 minutes.
  • All roller coasters, especially the Seven Dwarfs' Mine Train.
These rides either had surprisingly short or manageable (about 30 min or less) wait times:
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (seats 4 per carpet)
  • It's a Small World (seats 3 per row)
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel - this cannot be fast passed, but the line never becomes unmanageable. We went on 3 or 4 times!
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle - cute interactive Princess meet; children can participate in telling the story of how Belle met the Beast by pretending to be various characters and Dads (or grown men who just want to meet Belle ;-) ) can be suits of armor!
  • Mad Tea Party (seats 4-5, maybe even 6, depending on size)
  • Under the Sea - ride in a clam shell through the story of The Little Mermaid (seats 3-4)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (seats 2-3)
  • The Barnstormer - a roller coaster for beginners. It definitely goes full speed, but the drops aren't steep and the ride is very short (seats 2 per row)
Parades/Shows
  • Check the schedule before you go if there's a parade you don't want to miss; everything may not necessarily run every day. I know the Electrical Parade only ran Tuesday and Friday the week we went so we scheduled around that.
  • People line the streets early for these dance parties and parades so if you want a good spot plan to camp out at least a half hour ahead of time I'd say.
  • Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party - we caught this at 12:30 in front of Cinderella's Castle. It was very cute, lots of characters dancing
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade - 3pm; lots of princesses plus the awesome Maleficent dragon

  •  Main Street Electrical Parade - 7pm; it's a classic! I remember watching this parade when I was little

For more information, visit Disney's official Magic Kingdom site.

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