Breakfast coming to Be Our Guest starting March 20

At around $30 a person, Be Our Guest is a pricy option for breakfast out of pocket. However, if you're on the Disney Dining Plan, it is only one counter service dining credit, making it a great value for your plan. Breakfast is typically easier to get a reservation for than dinner. If you're on the Disney Dining Plan, definitely try to dine in Beast's Castle for breakfast.

Magic Kingdom

With so many attractions to choose from, it's important to pick the right FastPass reservations for Magic Kingdom. Which Magic Kingdom attractions are worth your FP+ reservation? Which are worth skipping? Find out in our complete Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Guide.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Roller Coaster- Magic Kingdom Attraction

If you like rides and are planning a trip to Magic Kingdom, one of the biggest things is knowing what to FastPass. I decided to FastPass Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and a character meet and greet. Two other rides that you could FastPass would be Peter Pan's Flight or Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. I know you are probably wondering why we didn't fast pass Big Thunder and Splash Mountain, but there is a trick. Get to the park about an hour before it opens, and get your Magic Kingdom essential-rides when it first opens. A couple reasons why you should get there early is so that you can see the welcome show, and sometimes the park opens early. So as soon as the park opens head down to Frontierland and hop on Big Thunder Mountain: we rode this three times with no wait. When you are done with Big Thunder, head on over to Splash Mountain and you can ride that with no wait as well. After Splash Mountain I would go to the Pirates of the Caribbean, and then you have ridden three of the major rides in the park within the first two hours and then you are done with that area of the park. Then you can use your FastPasses later in the day for rides elsewhere. I hope this helps!

Cinderella's Royal Table - Magic Kingdom Dining

If you were unable to get reservations to the restaurant of your choice, you might still get in. Just ask the hostess/host if they have had any cancellations, and sometimes you'll be in luck and be able to eat there. Last time my family of 7 went to Disney World, we asked the server at Cinderella's Royal Table and got in because of a cancellation.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Roller Coaster- Magic Kingdom Attraction

We like to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at night. We try to get in line so that we are on the ride when the Wishes fireworks are going on. It is an awesome view of the fireworks. We also have done Splash Mountain during this time and it is okay, but there are only a few opportunities to see the fireworks on that ride.

This tip has to do with eating at popular restaurants like Be Our Guest for lunch or dinner. Make sure you make your reservations in advance but consider eating a late lunch as opposed to dinner. It is not quite as crowded. Your chances of getting a reservation close to your vacation time are much better (if not booked far enough in advance). Many of the menu items for lunch are on the dinner menu but are much cheaper on the lunch menu. If you book lunch around 2:15 you can see the 3:00 parade right after lunch. Dinner does not start until 4:00 but I believe the last reservation for lunch is 3:00.

Rivers of America - Magic Kingdom - Disney World

If you're ever wanting to relax/take a moment to get away from the crowds, go stand on the boardwalk on the river right behind the Turkey Leg and Churro stands in Frontierland. It's super relaxing and has a beautiful view of Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island.

Festival of Fantasy - Dragon - Disney World Parade

When watching the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm, we stood on the side of the street under the train station at the front of the park. By doing so, we didn't get stuck with the crowd following the parade out of the park. We got out of the park easily and were one of the first ones to get on a monorail to Epcot.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Train - Magic Kingdom Attraction

When the park first opens, skip out on going towards Fanasyland because that's where most people go. Go straight to Frontierland. There are ABSOLUTLEY no lines for Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain. My sister and I were the first riders of the day on Big Thunder Mountain. Once we got off the ride, the line was already getting pretty long.

We have planned our last 3 visits to WDW to coincide with the Not So Scary Halloween Party because it is so much fun! A great tip is to make a priority seating for Liberty Tree Tavern for around 5:30 the evening of the party.  Just tell a cast member you have a priority seating and they will let you go through. They empty the park starting at 6:00 for people without tickets to the party, which starts at 7:00. While the masses of people are exiting the park, you're having a great dinner.  When you're finished eating, you walk out into the park refreshed and ready to enjoy the party! Also you can make your priority seating for Liberty Tree as soon as the Halloween tickets go on sale which is usually the end of April or early May.

Magic Kingdom - Halloween

We booked Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween during my visit to Disney World. I have never known 5 hours go so fast. What a great night this was! Definitely worth checking out!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Line Sign - Magic Kingdom Attraction

If you are an old hat at Disney World and would like a little twist, ride Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain at night. We hit Splash Mountain late one night because we were avoiding the long lines, and, wow it was gorgeous and a little mysterious too. Big Thunder almost seems faster at night! Way more fun than in the day.

Save time at the Magic Kingdom by using the Express Stroller Rental. It is located outside the park entrance.

Buzz Animatronic- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin - Magic Kingdom Attraction

Use this tip to get high scores on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. In the first room, aim for the left arm of the left robot for 100,000 points, and when you are on Planet Z and you see Zurg, hit the bottom target of his space scooter for 100,000 points.

You wrote of the pleasures of viewing the fireworks from the plaza view terrace and we did that and it was excellent. We found, quite by accident, an even better place the following night. We were exiting Mickey's Philharmagic just as the fireworks began. The view from the area between Philharmagic and the Carousel is just phenomenal!!! Almost all of the fireworks explode directly above your head as you stand in an area that seems to be in broad daylight.

Festival of Fantasy - Anna and Elsa - Disney World

We watched the Main Street Electrical Parade from near its starting point, near at Town Hall. When the end of the parade passed us, we raced to Adventureland. We were able to go on the Jungle Cruise and Aladdin’s Magic Carpets without waiting in line at all, because most of the people in the park were still watching the parade. Although we didn’t try it, you could probably apply the same principle and watch the earlier parade near Frontierland and run to find rides in that area as soon as the parade finishes.

Santa Claus in the Parade - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

During the fall and winter, Magic Kingdom hosts two ticketed parties: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. These are held on select nights, and they close the park at 7 pm for non-party goers. If you are visiting Magic Kingdom September-December, pay attention to the dates of the parties. If you don't have a park hopper, be sure to visit Magic Kingdom on a day that the party doesn't occur.

We watched the fireworks at Magic Kingdom near Cinderella Castle, and my 7-year-old, who had been full of energy until that point, got very drowsy once we actually stopped running from ride to ride. Getting him through the crowds and out of the park after the fireworks was a challenge. For people watching the fireworks with kids, try this tip: watch the fireworks near Town Hall so that if the kids become very tired during the fireworks “downtime,” you don’t have too far to drag them to the monorail. It also still offers a great view!

Hall of Presidents Exterior

If visiting Magic Kingdom on a hot day, don't miss the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square - there is rarely a long line, it's air conditioned, and honestly it's a great show! My 9-year-old loved it!

Storybook Treats - Magic Kingdom Dining

We just returned from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and were pleased in particular with Storybook Treats in Fantasyland. The ice cream sundaes were to die for and the prices were great! If your family likes ice cream, then this is the place to go. It beats the pre-made ice cream stands found all over the park.

Fireworks over Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom's fireworks are spectacular, but did you know that there are ways to see them outside of the park? The Contemporary's California Grill offers its diners an amazing view from the top of the Contemporary, which is a definite bonus to getting a great meal. What about a couple of options that don't require you to pay any money? The beach at the Polynesian offers a great view over the water of the fireworks, and, like the California Grill, they will play the music from the fireworks. Lastly, the by the ferry docks at the Transportation and Ticket Center is actually a great place to see the fireworks, and this option has the fewest crowds. If you time it right, you could even watch the fireworks while riding a ferry. All of these options offer something slightly different, so try out one of them next time you go to Disney World!

Space Mountain Line - Magic Kingdom Attraction

Here's a great tip for riding the 3 Mountains at Magic Kingdom! Get in line for the mountains later at night right before the fireworks start, so probably around 7:30 the lines will die down somewhat because of people eating dinner and getting ready for the fireworks. Leave Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain for the night and ride Space Mountain during the day. This is a good plan, because standing in line for Splash and Big Thunder can get HOT during the day where as Space Mountain has an indoor line which is air conditioned. This will pay off because there are no lines the Fireworks at night on any of the Mountains! So hit the smaller rides during the day, and save the mountains for later at night! This really does save on time and you get more rides out of it! Another perk: You can actually get some pretty cool views of Magic Kingdom's fireworks from Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain if you get lucky with your timing.

When you enter the park, pick up a copy of the times guide and make note of the parade times, even if you don't want to watch the parade. If you have no interest in watching the parade at Magic Kingdom, make sure you are in the area of the park you want to be when the parade starts. Traveling around the park, especially around the parade route, becomes next to IMPOSSIBLE. I was at the Haunted Mansion and needed to go to ride Splash Mountain because I had a Fastpass, and it took me at least 20-30 minutes to make that short trip simply because of the parade.

During a parade at Magic Kingdom, if you want to avoid the crowds on the sidewalk - walk through the shops as much as possible. You can walk almost all of Main Street inside if you stay on the right hand side (right side as you are looking at the entrance).

Festival of Fantasy - Dragon - Disney World Parade

The lines to a lot of rides get shorter around one hour to a half hour before a parade, as people start lining along the parade route. If you have already seen the parade (or don't care to see it), this is a good time to ride the most popular attractions.

Many people will line up for the parade on Main Street or in the Hub, but the route goes through Frontierland as well. You can usually get a great spot there, and it's much less congested than Main Street.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin - Magic Kingdom Attraction

Do not visit the Magic Kingdom on a Monday. It is packed! For many people, Magic Kingdom is the first park they go to, which makes the days or day after most people arrive typically very crowded. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are always better for the Magic Kingdom. Instead, visit one of the other three parks on Monday, as they will be much less crowded.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Roller Coaster- Magic Kingdom Attraction

Get to the "Mountains" at Magic Kingdom early: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The lines on these get long later on. These are also good attractions to get Fastpass+ reservations for, as they are three of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom.

If you plan to eat at the Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom, try and plan your dinner so that you are done 20 minutes before the parade starts. Just step out onto the porch for a great view.

Magic Kingdom - Late Night

At the Magic Kingdom, people usually leave right after the fireworks go off. The park usually stays open for a couple more hours after the fireworks. Since most people don't know that (or they just are tired), they leave once the fireworks are over. This leaves Magic Kingdom relatively empty until the real closing time.

Monorail - Walt Disney World

When everyone is leaving the Magic Kingdom, the monorails tend to get very crowded. Most people head toward the Transportation and Ticket Center monorail, which is the first monorail to the right. It is always crowded. Just past that is the Resort Monorail. Use the resort monorail! This takes you to the Contemporary but stay on and you'll get to the Transportation and Ticket Center a lot faster, and without dealing with all the crowds.

Splash Mountain - Exterior - Disney World

If you want to experience Splash Mountain but don't want to wait in line or use Fastpass+, just go to other rides until about 10:00pm or later then come back to it. My friends and I walked right through with no one in front of us and got on. Sure it was a little colder, but worth it!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Train - Magic Kingdom Attraction

When entering the Magic Kingdom while the 3:00 parade is going on, hop on the Walt Disney World Railroad train at Main Street. You can take it to Frontierland, and you will miss all the crowds leaving after the parade.

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin - Magic Kingdom Attraction

If you have a child, plan your trip so you are at Magic Kingdom when it opens. The crowd gets really heavy around 11:00 am. But it's amazing what you can do in those first two hours before the lines get long. When you get into the park, go straight to Space Mountain. You will have almost no wait! Then go to the Buzz Lightyear ride. You can ride that repeatedly with almost no wait until about 10:30am. Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear are two very popular attractions but if you hit them early, you can start your day with a bang without waiting in lines!!

A tip for dining at Magic Kingdom is to put off eating a dinner until 1 hour before the night parade. While you wait for the parade someone can go get the food and bring it back. That way you can have a nice meal and a place to sit during the parade.

Avatar Flight of Passage on Pandora Ð The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Early bird gets the worm at Disney World. If you want to get the most out of your day at the parks, get there about 30-40 minutes before the park opens because you'll be able to ride all of your favorite rides before the crowds come. You'll have very short waits for popular rides like Toy Story Midway Mania, Space Mountain, Soarin, Frozen Ever After, or Expedition Everest. Avatar: Flight of Passage will still have a relatively substantial wait if you get there before park opening because of the demand (sometimes as much as 45 minutes to an hour as soon as the park opens), but this will still be significantly shorter than the standby wait later in the day (which can stretch over 2 hours easily).

Hall of Presidents Exterior

A good way to cool off without going back to your hotel room: Head to the Hall of Presidents - 23 minutes of air conditioned relaxation. Other long, air conditioned attractions: The American Adventure at Epcot, the Frozen Sing Along at Hollywood Studios, and Finding Nemo: The Musical at Animal Kingdom.

At the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, the shops stay open one hour after the last attraction has closed- so you can save your last minute shopping to the very last minute and not miss any late night rides!

Dumbo the Flying Elephant Up Close - Magic Kingdom-Attraction

Here's a tip that works best at Magic Kingdom: If you want to save time, get to the park as it opens, and go to the rides in the back first. Usually there are shorter lines that way.

Festival of Fantasy - Dragon Float

I just recently went to Disney World and I found that the best place to sit for the parade is on the balcony of the Magic Kingdom's train station, right as you enter the park. Try to get there at least half an hour before, because this is a popular spot. People take the chairs and tables that are up there. If you sit there, you have a great vantage point for the parade.