Living in Florida has some perks, like the ocean and warm weather, and oh yeah, the short little drive over to Walt Disney World. Since I grew up an hour away from the happiness that is the Magic Kingdom, I have a few thoughts on making the most out of a day at this absolutely perfect theme park. Also, I think that it's such a fun thing to do when you're in college. There's just something about going to a place that reminds you so much of childhood that's refreshing, plus I can't resist all the sparkly cuteness of the castle and fairytale princesses. It's just so great, and that's why I wanted to share my little guide for a perfect day at the Magic Kingdom.
8:00 a.m. Get Dressed + Pack a Backpack: You should wear something light, especially in the summer. A flowy tank top and high-rise jean shorts are perfect, but make sure to wear some comfy shoes because you'll walk a lot. I checked the health app on my phone the last weekend I went, and I walked 12+ miles. Honestly, wow! Definitely bring a backpack, too! Fill it with your wallet, sunscreen (remember it's Florida), some water bottles, and a little makeup bag for touchups in case it's real warm out. Also, a change of clothes will be helpful if you want to ride Splash Mountain. It is one of the most fun rides in the park, but you'll get soaked.
9:00 a.m. Start Your Day at the Magic Kingdom: Disney tickets are so expensive, so I'd definitely suggest getting your money's worth and arriving on-time. Plus, the ticket and transportation lines get so long throughout the day as the park fills up. P.S. taking the Ferry Boat is actually a little faster than the monorail, and the views are gorgeous. It's one of my favorite ways to start the morning. It doubles as a great backdrop for photos, too!
10:00 a.m. Main Street Coffee + Castle Photos: You'll need extra energy for the long day, so take a little stroll down Main Street USA (haha I've always wanted to say that), and grab a cup o'joe at the cutest little Starbucks on planet earth. It's one of the only coffee shops at the front of the park, and it looks like the tiniest, prettiest bakery. Also, it's a pretty good time to take pictures with your friends or family in front of the Castle before you're too exhausted. My favorite spots are in the middle of Main Street and on the side walkways leading up to the castle, but everywhere is adorable. Afterwards, you should hop on the railroad and take a ride around the park. No one ever rides the train. Oh my goodness it's so relaxing and it takes you to every section of the park. Remember that for when you're feet are tired.
11:00 a.m. Tomorrowland: I always go around the Magic Kingdom from right to left. I don't know if there's a reason for that or if it's just habit, but I really like it that way. In Tomorrowland, you'll find Space Mountain, Stitch's Great Escape, and Buzz Lightyear's Star Command. These are major attractions, so carve out some time for the lines. When I went with Kellie & Julie, we played Heads Up in the line during the wait and it passed the time so much faster. You can check out the app on your phone. I'm pretty sure we were just shouting and everyone around us thought we were crazy, but hey theme park lines could make anyone delusional. Also, my favorite ride in Tomorrowland is the Carousel of Progress. There is no logical explanation for that one, but I LOVE it.
2:30 p.m. Lunch + FantasyLand: All of the food at Magic Kingdom is definitely theme park food unless you make reservations at a restaurant. One place that has Italian options is the Pinocchio Village Haus. I had a Caprese Flatbread, and it was so yummy. Fantasyland has so many happy things with Belle's Castle, Ariel's Grotto, the Seven Dwarf Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, Winnie the Pooh, and It's A Small World. Take time, soak it in and walk around. Also, the ride in Ariel's Grotto never has a line, even if it says 20 minutes, there's no wait, I promise. My favorite is Peter Pan's Flight because it's so old and they haven't changed anything since I was little. You hop on a little boat and it flies over Neverland. It's so perfect.
6:30 p.m. Liberty Square, FrontierLand, & AdventureLand: This is where all the other thrill rides are like Splash Mountain & Thunder Mountain. If you brought a change of clothes, Splash Mountain is so much fun at night, and the later you go, the shorter the line. I've been able to ride it three times in a row without getting off because it was late, so being prepared will really pay off in the long run. Thunder Mountain is the longest roller coaster, but never wait in line unless it's 40 minutes or less. It'll get there, you just have to be patient. Also, on this side of the Park are the Haunted Mansion, Tom Sawyer's Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House (please go to this - it's so magical), and Aladdin's Flying Carpet. I love them all. I like being over on this side at night because of all the twinkle lights and naturey beauty.
9:00 p.m. Fireworks & Ice Cream : Okay, so now you've made your way all around the park and need a little rest. The fireworks are classic and pretty. Find your own little piece of sidewalk and watch the most wonderful firework show on the planet. You'll love it, and if you think about it, grab an ice-cream cone from Main Street while you watch. That ice cream is the best ice cream.
10:00 p.m. Ride Your Favorites: Most families leave after the fireworks, but if you have energy and the park is open until midnight, go ride all your very favorite rides from the day. The lines are so so short and you can move more freely because the crowds will be gone. Yay for happy things like that!
12:00 a.m. Sleepy Time: Make sure to head on out a little before the actual closing time if you want to beat the crowds. Once you get to your comfy hotel room for a good night's rest, you can think about the best day full of laughs, happiness, and pretty things at the Magic Kingdom.
I hope you all enjoyed this little itinerary to the fullest, most perfect day at Magic Kingdom. Comment your favorite spots and tips for a great day at the park. I can't wait to see all the happiest adventures you have. As always, XOXO.