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About Maneuvering The Magic Kingdom

This is the most popular park at Walt Disney World. This is the one the kids can't miss, and the one you'll probably spend the most time at (waiting in line). As always, get there early. It will take you a half-hour just to get to the gate from the parking lot. Hit the most popular rides very early or late in the day. (See "Tips" for most popular ride listing.)

  • Designate an area to meet if you split up, and don't make it the most crowded area like Cinderella's Castle.

  • Tell children to go to a Disney worker if they are lost, and they will end up at one of the Baby Services centers.

  • Walking is the fastest way to get around. Train rides can have a long wait.

  • Fantasy Land is the most congested of the lands in the Magic Kingdom. The Dumbo ride wait can be as long as 90 minutes. Visit before 11:00, during the parade or after 7:00 p.m. Eat and shop in other areas that are less congested.

  • Good choices for nighttime rides: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Cinderella's Carrousel, Astro Orbiter, and Dumbo, Splash Mountain (on warm evenings.)

  • Favorite attractions for Preschoolers Ages 2 to 5
    - It's a Small World
    - Peter Pan's Flight
    - Legend of the Lion King
    - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    - Cinderella's Golden Carrousel
    - Dumbo
    - Mad Tea Party
    - Donald's boat
    - Minnie and Mickey's houses in Toontown
    - Jungle Cruise
    - County Bear Jamboree And the Disney characters!

  • The Preteen and Teens prefer the popular attractions as well as Alien Encounter, Haunted Mansion, and the Mad Tea Party.

  • Alien Encounter is not a good choice for children under 10. The Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion is questionable for those under 7, and Snow White's Adventure can be scary to pre-schoolers.

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