Our Family’s Top 7 Must-Do Magic Kingdom Rides
If you are short on time, here are the best family-friendly attractions at Magic Kingdom:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: A musical roller coaster that zips through animations of the Seven Dwarfs’ mine.
- Peter Pan’s Flight: A classic dark ride that takes you on a flight over moonlit London.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: An indoor boat ride that takes you through stunningly detailed scenes of skeleton pirates and buried treasure.
- Haunted Mansion: A humorously spooky tour through an elaborately themed haunted estate.
- Jungle Cruise: A riverboat tour through jungles and wildlife scenes, with hilariously cheesy puns.
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin: An interactive indoor ride where you blast targets.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: A delightfully fun, mild roller coaster that races through vibrant canyons and mining scenes.
The new TRON Lightcycle Run is a fantastic ride (and one of my favorites), but it is too intense for young children. However, my 8-year-old son Ben has finally grown tall enough to ride it, and he can’t wait to experience the high-speed thrills on our next visit!
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Maximize Your Time at Magic Kingdom with Genie+ & Lightning Lane
When visiting in 2024, maximize your day and minimize time waiting in long queues by taking advantage of Genie+ and Lightning Lane at Magic Kingdom:
- Provides access to shorter standby-skipping Lightning Lane lines at select attractions
- Make ride reservations in advance to reduce wait times
- Use for rides like Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, etc.
Individual Lightning Lane Purchases:
- Buy individual access to headliners not included with Genie+ (currently Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and TRON).
- Ensures you’ll experience your family’s top ride priorities with little or no waiting
Helpful Strategy Tips:
- Check attraction availability when making your Genie+ and Lightning Lane selections
- Arrive at the park open to make your first ride reservations
- Remain flexible – adapt your plan based on actual park crowds and ride breakdowns
- Analyze which rides have the longest waits and use Genie+ on those
Using Genie+ and Lightning Lane effectively can make your group’s experience at the Magic Kingdom in 2024 much better, smoother, more efficient, and enjoyable.
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Frequently Asked Magic Kingdom Trip Planning Questions
Here are answers to some of the most common Magic Kingdom FAQs:
What is the slowest day to go to Magic Kingdom?
Magic Kingdom is least crowded on Tuesdays, followed by Wednesdays and Thursdays.
What month is Magic Kingdom’s least crowded?
January and February are typically the least crowded months at Magic Kingdom since they fall after the busy holiday season.
What is the best time of year to visit Magic Kingdom?
The best times to visit Magic Kingdom with fewer crowds are:
- September and much of October, after the summer crowds have left.
- Mid-May, before Memorial Day.
- Weekdays in January and February.
If you enjoy holiday magic without the crowds, the first few weeks of December are ideal.
When is the cheapest time to visit Magic Kingdom?
The cheapest time to go to Disney World (and Magic Kingdom) is from early January to Presidents’ Day weekend, when both ticket and hotel prices are lower. The next cheapest times to visit are late August to early September. Non-holiday weekdays during October, November, and December can also be quite affordable.
What are the worst days of the week at Magic Kingdom?
Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays are the busiest days at Magic Kingdom as families often start or end their trips on weekends and visit the park on arrival day.
How many days is enough for Magic Kingdom?
Most guests prefer two full days in Magic Kingdom to experience everything at a relaxed pace, including evening events like the fireworks. However, you can see the highlights in 1 well-planned day.
Can you do all of Magic Kingdom in 1 day?
You can experience the best of Magic Kingdom in one day if you arrive early, use Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes wisely, plan ahead, and stay until closing. However, two days allow you to ride your favorites again and see shows.
Can you do Epcot and Magic Kingdom in one day?
It’s not advisable to try and experience Epcot and Magic Kingdom in one day since they are far apart, making transportation time-consuming. It’s technically possible to do both in one day with a park hopper ticket, but it’s better to devote a whole day to each park for a more relaxed visit.
What should I not miss at Magic Kingdom Orlando?
Don’t forget to take pictures in front of Cinderella Castle, walk down Main Street USA, and experience classic attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Additionally, don’t miss evening events like the Festival of Fantasy parade and nighttime fireworks shows.
Where do people go first at Magic Kingdom?
Most guests head straight for the popular rides in Tomorrowland or Fantasyland first thing in the morning. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin draw long lines fast.
Does Magic Kingdom have fireworks every night?
Magic Kingdom hosts a dazzling fireworks show called “Happily Ever After” most nights, typically starting around 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. The show features lasers, lights, and special effects, with projections down Main Street, U.S.A.
Is Magic Kingdom busy during the holidays?
Indeed. The Magic Kingdom is most crowded on major holidays, such as Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, and especially around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Is it worth visiting Magic Kingdom during Christmas?
Visiting Magic Kingdom during the Christmas season can be magical with all the special décor, events, and festivities. But you must be prepared for massive crowds and long waits. Going during a weekday in early December before the crowds peak can be a good compromise. See our Christmas at Disney World article for more.
What about visiting Magic Kingdom for Halloween?
Halloween is another very popular holiday period at Magic Kingdom. Special ticketed events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party help distribute crowds, but expect higher attendance, and longer waits than average throughout October.