We’re going to be looking at park strategies for all four of the parks at Walt Disney World. My previous strategy guides assumed that you wouldn't be staying on property or purchasing Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes (ILL). But so much of the best strategies involve these options, so instead I'm going to talk about what the best option is for each particular park. Since Early Entry is available to all on property guests, this also changes traditional rope drop strategy. We'll also talk about what you can do if these options aren't available to you. Today we’ll be discussing Magic Kingdom. (Updated April 19, 2023).
Magic Kingdom attractions:
Highest wait times – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s
Flight, Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain,
Moderate wait times – Pirates Of The Caribbean, Big Thunder
Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, Astro Orbiter, Buzz
Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh,
Tomorrowland Speedway, The Barnstormer, Under The
Sea: Journey Of The Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales With Belle, pretty much any meet and greet
Lowest wait times – Mickey's Philharmagic, Dumbo The Flying Elephant, Prince
Charming Regal Carrousel, Swiss Family Treehouse, The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin,
Tom Sawyer Island, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, The Hall Of Presidents, Walt Disney’s
Enchanted Tiki Room, Walt Disney’s Carousel Of Progress, Monsters Inc. Laugh
Floor, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
N/A - Tron Lightcycle Run (more on this below)
Best Strategy - Genie+
Alternate Strategy - Extended Evening Hours
In some ways, Magic Kingdom is the easiest park to
strategize around and in some ways it’s the hardest. There are easily more attractions at this
park then at any of the others, probably combined. That leads to a more spread out crowd
throughout the day, with more moderate wait times as opposed to some really
busy attractions and some empty ones.
Our recommendation is to spend two days in Magic Kingdom. If you choose not to (or are unable to do so
for any reason), our STRONG recommendation is to purchase Genie+. I would recommend it even over a two day visit, as it allows your trip to be much more relaxed. More than any other park, the experience of being there is worth a great deal at the most visited theme park in the world.