Disney Vacation Planning: Magic Kingdom

If you ask anyone who has visited Walt Disney World on a regular basis – the #1 thing to do is to plan! Breaking down each park with must do’s, meal reservations and park times will help make the best use of time.

This week let’s look at Magic Kingdom;

Must Do’s – This will depend on ages involved, but following is a suggested list.

  • Splash Mountain; Has a minimum height limit of 40”. There are some big drops. This ride appeals to multiple ages.
  • Big Thunder Mountain; Has a minimum height limit of 40”. There are some small drops and can be quite fast-paced.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean; There are no height requirements, but recommended to place small children to the inside of the boat. This ride is also dark inside. The temperatures inside tend to be cool, so is perfect for hot days.
  • Haunted Mansion; There are no height requirements. This ride is dark and slow moving.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic; There are no height requirements. This is a 3D adventure show, which could startle young children, but removing the glasses can eliminate that.
  • Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train; Has a minimum height requirement of 38”. From what I understand – tall individuals could also experience some discomfort. This is the newest of the rides in Magic Kingdom and can be very busy.
  • Space Mountain; Has a minimum height requirement of 44”. There are some big drops and very fast paced. It is also very dark inside.
  • It’s a Small World; There are no height requirements on this ride, but it is recommended to place small children to the inside of the boat. This ride is slow moving and very comfortable temperatures inside make it perfect for hot days. I dare you to walk out of this ride and not have “It’s a Small World” singing in your head for the rest of the day.


  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant; Serves American and Italian cuisine themed after Lady & The Tramp
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant; Serves American and French cuisine themed after Beauty and the Beast. This is the newest restaurant in Magic Kingdom so plan on reserving at the 180 day mark for dinner, or have a quick service lunch.
  • Aloha Isle; A must for Dole Whips.
  • Casey’s Corner; Perfect for hot dogs and quick snacks
  • Gaston’s Tavern; A new quick service restaurant specializing in roasted pork shanks. Check out the LeFou’s Brew – a non-alcoholic drink.

There are a number of other counter service restaurants available throughout Magic Kingdom including Prince Eric’s Village Market that has fresh produce available.

Have your list of Must Do’s and places where you want to eat well in advance of your trip. Table service restaurant reservations can be made starting 180 days before your trip. If you are a Disney resort Guest, you will be able to reserve your Fast Pass + at 60 days before your trip, and at 30 days prior if staying off property. And don’t forget to also download the Disney app (My Disney Experience) on your smart phone for a personal connection for times of parades and wait times.

Coordinating everything before arriving at Walt Disney World will make your trip a lot more relaxing. Happy Planning!

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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