Best Magic Kingdom Tips, Secrets and Must do's - Please Contribute!!!

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by IMwink, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. IMwink

    IMwink Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2009
    Hello everyone,

    I will be taking my DD's (5 & 6) to WDW this July. Other than a one visit to MK 2 years ago, we have never been. They will be tall enough to go everything.

    I've been searching the posts and thought it would be good to start a thread that dealt with this issue. It seems like most of you are real WDW veterans, and after spending days (really, work has suffered, but what is more important), and days looking over these posts you all have a wealth of knowledge.

    So please give me your best insider Secrets, Tips, and Tricks for Magic Kingdom. Even ones that don't involve kids (they grow up fast!!).

    Are there any "Must Have" snacks (like the Dole whip is a "must have" at MK)?

    Which Shows are Top load shows and which are side load shows?

    Thank you

    This is the generic info and

    On this list I will first list the Attraction or whatever and then the abbreviations so newbies now what we ae talking about.

    Official DIS Abbreviations - just found this link, I need time to adjust my Abbreviations to be sure they follow this fomat

    What We Have So Far

    Must do Event
    1. Rope Drop (RD) – you can more done in the first four hours than the rest of the day
    2. Pre-open Ceremony – 15 Minutes prior to open there is a show that involves Characters, nice start to a Disney Day

    Top Tips
    1. Do not try to do everything at MK in one day. There is too much to do and you will frustrate yourself and not enjoy what you do get to see. We
    2. Be at the rope drop for Toon Town if you want to see the Fairies without a long wait. Later in the Day it can be 60 minutes long.
    3. Make Pre-open ADR’s – if you get a breakfast ADR before open you can get a great picture with the Castle while no one else is in the park.
    4. Plan a Quick Service for the time that you plan to wait for the parade. You can eat while you save your spot
    5. Sometimes Toon Town opens early, good time to get in line for pictures

    Must Have Snack
    Dole Whip - (Aloha Isle)
    Orange Dole Whip Float
    Cappuccino Float - (Sleepy Hollow)
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich - (Main Street Bakery, Sleepy Hollow)
    Chocolate Cake - (Main Street Bakery)
    Funnel Cake (also topped with Strawberries and whipped cream) - (Sleepy Hollow)
    Citrus Swirl - (Sunshine Tree Terrace )
    Cinnamon Rolls- (Main Street Bakery)
    Key Lime Fudge - (Main Street Confectionery)
    Waffle Bowl Sundae - (Main Street Ice Cream Shop)

    Better Restaurant
    Crystal Palace – only place guaranteed to have Pooh and Friends, Really good for Breakfast
    The Plaza – Strawberry Chicken Salad
    Tony's Town Square Restaurant
    Liberty Tree Tavern - great atmosphere

    Good Counter Service (CS)
    Cosmic Rays – Three restaurants in one. Chicken and Rib meals big enough to share
    Casey’s Corner – Hotdogs
    Main Street Bakery – Breakfast, snacks and Lunch
    Columbia Harbor House - Tuna Sandwich, Fish, Chili

    Restaurants to Avoid

    Kids Tips

    Character Meets
    Aladdin - Near Alladin's Magic Carpets
    Alice - Near Mad Tea Party
    Ariel - Ariel’s Grotto
    Aurora - Toontown Hall of Fame Princess Room, Cinderella's Royal Table (B,L)
    Baloo - Town Square Exhibition Hall
    Belle - Storytime with Belle in the Fairytale Garden, Cinderella's Royal Table (B,L)
    Brer Bear - Splash Mountain Courtyard
    Brer Fox - Splash Mountain Courtyard
    Buzz Lightyear - Tommorrowland,
    Captain Hook - Town Square Exhibition Hall, near Pirates of the Caribbean (PoC)
    Captain Jack Sparrow - near Pirates of the Caribbean (PoC), Pirate Tutorial
    Chip and Dale - Town Square Exhibition Hall
    Cinderella - Toontown Hall of Fame Princess Room, Cinderella's Royal Table
    Cinderella's Mice - Toontown Hall of Fame Princess Room, Cinderella's Royal Table (Dinner)
    Fairies - Pixie Hollow in Toontown
    Goofy - Town Square Exhibition Hall, Mickey's Toontown Fair near the Barnstormer
    Jasmine - Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    Lady Tremaine and the Step Sisters - Fairytale Gardens
    Mad Hatter - near Mad Tea Party
    Mickey Mouse - Toontown Fair Judge's Tent
    Mr. Smee - near Pirates of the Caribbean (PoC)
    Peter Pan - near Pirates of the Caribbean (PoC)
    Pluto - Town Square Exhibition Hall
    Snow White - Toontown Hall of Fame Princess Room, Cinderella's Royal Table (B,L)
    Stitch - Tomorrowland
    Tigger - Town Square Exhibition Hall, Crystal Palace
    Tinker Bell - Pixie Hollow in Toontown
    Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum - Mad Tea Party
    Wendy - near Pirates of the Caribbean (PoC)
    Winnie the Pooh - Crystal Palace

    Best Places to take Memorable Photos
    - ADR - get a pre-open ADR s oyou can take a few pictures before the park opens, like the castle and the Walt and mickey Statue
    - Hats - different hats from each themed gift shop, cowboy, Buzz, beaver, pirate, victorian ....
    - Cinderella's Fountain - you can line up a shot that has the crown on the wall behind the fountain appear to be on the staue in the fountain
    - Cinderella's Wishing Well - It is on a lovely path to the right of Cindy's castle, Path to Storytime with Belle from the Castle. The base of the well has the cat Lucifer chasing all of Cindy's mice.
    - Sword and the Stone - near Golden Carrousel. Guests can attempt to pull out the sword.

    - ZURG - as you exit Buzz Lightyear there is a Great photo op with Zurg behind bars, squeeze through the bars so it looks like they are in jail with him
    - Tomorrowland Transit Authority (TTA) - both day and night you can get great pictures of Tomorrowland
    - Pleakly - That one eyed alien from Lilo and Stitch is a statue in Tomorrowland and you can take your picture with him.
    - Race Car - the race car outside of the Tomorrowland Speedway. A must if you hva e allittle guy who is a car fan!

    - Magic Captain Hook - Photopass photographers can add Captain Hook holding a sword to the side of you, photographer may have a sword for you to interact with, located near Pirates Of the Carribean (PoC)
    - The Sign for Enchanted Tiki Room. You stand underneath the hammer of the red bird and it looks like he is going to hit you on the head.
    - Swiss Family Treehouse You can take great pictures of Magic Kingdom from the top of the treehouse

    - Brer Rabbit's house - a place where kids can play that also makes a great photo op, outside of Splash Mountain
    - Tom Sawyer Island Inside the Fort, by the caves, Barrel Bridge.....

    Liberty Square
    - Liberty Square Riverboat Great photo ops abound for Tom Sawyer Island, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMR) and the Haunted Mansion (HM)! Get a spot on the top deck!
    - Liberty Square Riverboat 2ask to ride with the captain on the Liberty Belle. Then you can get some really great shots of people in your party "steering" the boat.

    Mainstreet USA
    - Paw Prints - near Tony's Town Square Restaurant there are Paw Prints in the cement from Lady and the Tramp
    - Goofy Bench - a Goofy Statue is sitting on a bench near Tony's Town Square Restaurant
    - Magic Tinkerbell - Photopass photographers can add Tinkerbell into your hand, can also be found near the Castle
    - Train Station at the top of train station looking toward castle
    - Casey - Next to the Casey statue
    - Walt and Mickey Pose Stand in front of the Walt and Mickey Statue and recreate there pose
    - Little Statues - Right near the Partners statue, in front of the castle, there are little statues of several of the Disney characters. It's fun to catch your children next to Chip and Dale or the others
    - Scenes - When you first walk into MK in the right under the train station (where the photo place is) go inside and around the back and there are some scenes where you can take some pictures. (snow white, black and white mickey mouse, 100 Dalmatians and a few more)

    Toon Town
    Houses - Mickey's and Minnie's Houses offer loads of photo ops

    Attractions With Fast Passes(FP)
    Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    Peter Pan’s Flight
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Ride Height Restrictions
    Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road (BTMR) – 40”
    Splash Mountain – 40”
    Space Mountain – 44”
    Tomorrow Land Speedway – 32” to Ride, 52” to Drive
    Stitch’s Great Escape – 40”
    The Barnstormer – 35”

    Tips for Extra Magic Hours
    AM Rides
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMR)
    Cinderella's Golden Carrousel
    Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    Haunted Mansion (HM)
    "it's a small world" (IASM)
    Mad Tea Party
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Mickey's PhilharMagic
    Peter Pan's Flight
    Snow White's Scary Adventures
    Splash Mountain

    PM Rides
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMR)
    Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
    Cinderella's Golden Carrousel
    Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    Haunted Mansion (HM)
    "It's a small world" (IASM)
    Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Mickey's PhilharMagic
    Peter Pan's Flight
    Pirates of the Caribbean (PoC)
    Space Mountain
    Splash Mountain
    Stitch's Great Escape
    Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

    Tips for Rides
    Adventure Land
    1. Jungle Cruise (JC)
    - 1.1 Ride Length - 9 minute 5 seconds
    - 1.2 Each of the scenes in Jungle Cruise (JC) is taken from the True-Life Adventure Film Series that Walt Disney produced in the early 1960's
    - 1.3 The airplane tail is from a Lockheed purchased specifically for that scene. The front half is in the Great Movie Ride at Disney Hollywood Studios
    - 1.4 Just before boarding the boat, look for sign that says "Employee of the Month". It reads "E.L. O'Fevre" (Yellow Fever).
    - 1.5 Near the beginning of the Jungle Cruise (JC), look very carefully at the tribal head carvings on the three canoes at Pygmy Beach. You may see vague resemblences of Mickey, Donald, and Goofy.
    - 1.6 - The cruise takes on a whole different feel when ridden in the evening in the dark -- this is also a less crowded time to take the ride.
    - 1.7 If you're lucky and your little one is the only child on a particular cruise, the skipper may just let him or her take the wheel

    2. The Magic Carpets of Alladin
    - 2.1 Ride Length - 1 minute 30 seconds
    - 2.2 The vehicles are rider-controlled and you can fly your magic carpet up, down or pitch forward or backward. The front control is up and down, the back seat control pitches the carpet forward or backward.
    - 2.3 Each seat can hold 2 adults and probably a small child, or one child and one adult.

    3. Pirates of the Caribbean (PoC)
    - 3.1 Ride Length - 8 minutes 30 seconds
    - 3.2 On the boat, just before it goes under one of the bridges, look for a bald pirate who was close to the water, on the left side. Just before the boat went under the bridge, he turned his head toward our boat and winked!
    - 3.3 Rumor - one of the Pirates is an old Abraham Lincoln figure from the Hall of Presidents that was replaced
    - 3.4 there is a window you can look in and down and see two skeletons playing chess. The board layout is supposed to show a stalemate
    - 3.5 most of the waiting queue is indoors.

    Fantasy Land
    4. Cinderella’s Golden Carousel
    - 4.1 Ride Length - 2 minute
    - 4.2 Cinderella’s own horse is here and is distinguishable by one very unique feature—it is the only one to have a gold ribbon on its tail. Cinderella’s horse is white, wears a red bridle, and is second rank in from the outside.

    5. Dumbo The Flying Elephant
    - 5.1 Ride Length - 1 minute 30 seconds
    - 5.2 This attraction gets long lines as the day goes on. Best bet is to ride early in the day when the park first opens.

    6. It’s a Small World (IASM)
    - 6.1 Ride Length - 10 minute 30 seconds
    - 6.2 Some adults and older children are delighted with the costumes and music, while others find it very boring
    - 6.3 A classic Disney Ride that many have as a must-do
    - 6.4 In one of the last scenes of 'Small World, there's a balloon and one of the dolls in it is holding a sign saying 'HELP!
    - 6.5 Check out Cleopatra winking when you get to Egypt! (She's the one on the barge.)

    7. Peter Pans Flight
    - 7.1 Ride Length - 2 minute 45 seconds
    - 7.2 Peter Pan is one of the most popular attractions at the Magic Kingdom. The line moves slowly, and forms quickly early in the day. Use FASTPASS if you can
    - 7.3 As your ship enters the nursery you might notice the building blocks stacked on the floor (a group is by Wendy's bed, another by the window as you exit). If you look closely, you'll see that these blocks spell "P Pan" and "DISNEY."

    8. Mad Tea Party
    - 8.1 Ride Length - 1 minute 30 seconds
    - 8.2 If you have problems with spinning, avoid this ride! you can get quite dizzy on this ride.
    - 8.3 Watch for the Dormouse, who periodically pops out of the teapot in the center of the platform.

    9. Snow White’s Scary Adventures
    - 9.1 Ride Length - 2 minute 25 seconds
    - 9.2 If there is a long line, don't wait. This ride is not worth any wat more than a few minutes

    10. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    - 10.1 Ride Length - 3 minute 8 seconds
    - 10.2 VERY popular attraction. FastPass is almost always a must here! One suggestion is to go get your FastPass when you are ready for breakfast or lunch and about the time you finish eating, it's time to ride.
    - 10.3 When Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was converted into Winnie the Pooh Adventure around the turn of this century, they included a scene where Mr. Toad hands off the property deed to the ride (to Owl). To see this scene, look to your left as you enter Owl's house. There's a framed picture on the wall, just inside the doors. You really have to turn around and look 'back', almost.
    - 10.4 Try to smell honey as you ride Pooh.

    Frontier Land
    11. Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road (BTMR)
    - 11.1 Ride Length - 3 minute 25 seconds
    - 11.2 Height Requirement – 40”
    - 11.3 look for a crate that says "Lytum & Hyde Explosives Company".
    - 11.4 For the "wildest ride" request a seat in the back rows. For tamer rides, request a seat in the front of the train

    12. Splash Mountain
    - 12.1 Ride Length - 11 minute
    - 12.2 Height Requirement – 40”
    - 12.3 Outside, when every third log boat comes down the big drop into the briar patch, an auxiliary water cannon shoots off a charge of water that soaks folks standing on the bridge to Big Thunder Mountain
    - 12.4 Seems to have gotten to be a wetter ride than in years past
    - 12.5 This is one of the most popular rides in the Magic Kingdom! Lines for Splash Mountain build the minute the park opens (especially in warmer weather).
    - 12.6 If you want to get really wet, though, ask to sit up front!

    Tomorrow Land
    13. Space Mountain – closed until 21 NOV 2009
    - 13.1 Ride Length - 2 minute 30 seconds
    - 13.2 Height Requirement – 44”
    - 13.3 Very Popular, lines build quickly, so grab a Fast Pass. Grab a FP and hop on COP or Astro Orbiter or TTA

    14. Buzz Lightyear’s Spin
    - 14.1 Ride Length - 4 minute 3 seconds
    - 14.2 Even though the line moves quickly, it is recommended you use FASTPASS. Grab a FP and hop on COP or Astro Orbiter or TTA
    - 14.4 Some of the big points in Buzz Lightyear are scored when leaving the first room. Turn around and shoot the back of the Orange robots arm or the back of the buzz saw. As you enter the second room, try to shoot the volcano. The jackpot appears to be the 'Z' target at the bottom of Zurg's pulpit, reachable only just as you enter or (facing backward) just as you leave the third room.
    - 14.5 Great photo op with Zurg behind bars

    15. Astro Orbiter
    - 15.1 Ride Length - 1 minute 30 seconds
    - 15.2 There isn't much to this ride except the wonderful view of Tomorrowland once you are in the air.
    - 15.3 This is an exceptionally breathtaking view at night!
    - 15.4 Good time killer if waiting for Fast Pass of Buzz or Space Mountain
    - 15.5 is a little over twice the speed of Dumbo or Aladdin's Carpets

    16. Tomorrow Land Indy Speadway
    - 16.1 Ride Length - 4 minute 45 seconds
    - 16.2 Height Requirement – to Drive 52”– to Ride 32”
    - 16.3 The queue for this attraction is LONG and winding, up and down stairs. In addition, the wait is often long, even though the line moves steadily. Best time to visit is early in the morning.
    - 16.4 The queue is long and outside. Bring water.
    - 16.5 Cars reach a maximum speed of 7.5 mph with the Briggs & Stratton 9hp engines
    - 16.6 Cars follow along a guiding track and are somewhat difficult to steer. Be aware that inexperienced drivers may stop suddenly in front of you, or inadvertently ram you from behind.

    17. Stitch’s Great Escape
    - 17.1 Ride Length - 15 minute
    - 17.2 Height Requirement – 40”
    - 17.3 This show gets very dark at points, and the special effects used may be too intense for young children, and even very sensitive or squeamish adults
    - 17.4 it also uses a rather offensive smell
    - 17.5 Those who tend to be claustrophobic might not like the restraint that comes down over your shoulders for the duration of the show

    Liberty Square
    18. Haunted Mansion (HM)
    - 18.1 Ride Length - 7 minute 30 seconds
    - 18.2 Don't miss the old-fashioned hearse drawn by an invisible horse at the entrance to this attraction, notice the hoof prints
    - 18.3 Don't miss the pet cemetery -- it's on your left on the hill as you exit the Mansion. See Mr Toad.
    - 18.4 at night, look up at the top story right above the front door. If you watch it for a while you'll notice a light pass by it and some shadows, it looks like 2 people are walking by with a lantern.
    - 18.5 In the TV room look closely at the sheet music.
    - 18.6 In the ballroom scene, there is a lady sitting in a rocking chair. This animatronic figure is a duplicate made from the grandmother in one of the side scenes of the Carousel of Progress (CoP).
    - 18.7 At the entrance just before you go inside the last tombstone (for Madame Leota) has eyes on it that open for just an instant.

    19. The Barnstormer
    - 19.1 Ride Length - 1 minute 3 seconds
    - 19.2 Height Requirement – 35”
    - 19.3 Toontown can get very crowded with families by mid-day, so try to tour this area early or late in the day.

    Main Street
    20. Disney World Train Station
    - 20.1 Ride Length - 1 minute 30 seconds

    Tips for Shows
    Fantasy Land
    1. Dream Along with Mickey
    - 1.1 Outside Cinderella’s Castle
    - 1.2 The show runs about 20 minutes.
    - 1.3 On hot days, there is little to no shade in the area right in front of the castle

    2. Mickey’s PhilarMagic
    - 2.1 Show Length - 12 minute
    - 2.2 This is a 3-D show
    - 2.3 In the waiting area there are sets of doors opening into the main theater. The doors on the right lead to the back of the theater and the doors on the left lead to the front rows. Go for the left doors and try to get in one of the first five rows if you can
    - 2.4 As an aside, the seats are padded and very comfortable with lots of leg room. This is a great attraction to take in when you need a little break from being on your feet.

    3. Story Time with Belle
    - 3.1 She reads a story to the children and chooses some children from the audience to help act out the story. Althogh it is outside, it is a lovely shaded area and somewhat cool. A nice way to sit and rest while your children enjoy time with Belle.
    - 3.2 Check park map for times

    Frontier Land
    4. Country Bear Jamboree (CBJ)
    - 4.1 Show Length - 15 minute 55 seconds
    - 4.2 Look for the claw marks on the door
    - 4.3 This is a great attraction to see when you want to get out of the sun and off your feet for a spell.
    - 4.4 If the line isn't too long, which it usually isn't, you can sit on a bench across from the attraction and wait for the crowd to let out beforre you get in line.

    Tomorrow Land
    5. Monster’s Inc Laugh floor
    - 5.1 about 15 minutes long
    - 5.2 Theater seats about 400.
    - 5.3 Seating is on hard plastic seats.

    6. Stitch's SuperSonic Celebration
    - 6.1 This show is about 25 minutes long.
    - 6.2 There are NO seats. However, cast members lay out mats on the ground directly in front of the stage. This space is VERY limited.

    Tips for Other Attractions
    Adventure Land
    1. Enchanted Tiki Room
    - 15.1 Show Length - 10 minute
    - 15.2 The theater is quite dark, which may frighten some small children. Some children may find some scenes a bit scary or intense because the birds act a little wild and it can get a little loud, but they should be OK
    - 15.3 While waiting, sit down on one of the benches across from the attraction. The show rarely fills up and there is not a bad seat in the house. So take a break and sit down rather than stand in line.

    2. Swiss Family Tree House
    - 2.1 Length - 13 minute 5 seconds
    - 2.2 The Swiss flag in the Swiss Family Treehouse is the only flag of another nation that is on display permanently over a Disney attraction.
    - 2.3 You get a nice nighttime view of Magic Kingdom from the top of Swiss Family Treehouse
    - 2.4 Don't miss the plaques throughout the tree (left) that tell, in journal form, the story of the Robinsons and their sons: Fritz, Ernst, and Francis.

    3. Pirate Tutorial

    Fantasy Land
    4. Pooh’s Playful Spot
    - 4.1 Play area designed for 2-5 year olds
    - 4.2 good place for pics

    5. Cinderella Castle
    - 5.1 Sit on the stone ledge on the right side of the castle, you may hear Stitch giggle and tell you to be quiet because he's hiding.
    - 5.2 the little mice up in the rafters of the lobby of the castle. Gus and Jacques in the throne room at Cinderella’s Royal Table
    - 5.3 Inside the walls of the walk-through of the castle is several mosaics. On the mosaic wall furthest from the entrance are the two stepsisters, Anastasia and Drusilla. The mosaic shows one of them with a red face and the other with a green face. Red with rage and green with envy!
    - 5.4 try asking the suit of armor for an autograph. what happens??
    - 5.4 In the room where you get your picture taken with Cinderella, the flag with the three lions on it represents the Disney family crest.
    - 5.5 Now contains the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

    Frontier Land
    6. Tom Sawyer Island
    - 6.1 find one of the paintbrushes Tom and Huck left behind. If you find one, don't just leave it there -- take it back to a Cast Member for a special prize, maybe even a "go to the front of the line" pass for a major attraction! Please be kind and don't horde the Brushes. The CM will give you a pass for the wholoe family.
    Paint Brushes
    - 6.2 while in Harper's Mill, look closely at the wooden gears operating. On one of the gears that rotates horizontally, look closely between the cogs. You will see a little blue bird sitting there.
    - 6.3 You have ride over on a Raft and wait for a raft to ride back
    - 6.4 Strollers are not allowed unless they are for medical purposes

    Liberty Square
    7. Hall of Presidents
    - 7.1 Length - 22 minute 48 seconds
    - 7.2 is shown every half-hour
    - 7.3 It's also a great place to get off your feet in air-conditioned comfort for a little while
    - 7.4 It's probably better suited for children 8 and older

    8. Liberty Square Riverboat
    - 8.1 Ride Length - 12 minute 45 seconds

    Tomorrow Land
    9. Carousel of Progress (CoP)
    - 9.1 Show Length - 20 minute 45 seconds
    - 9.2 Usually no wait and it is a good way to get out of the Sun and wait for FP for Buzz or Space Mountain
    - 9.3 it is well worth the time to see this piece of Disney history at least once!

    10. Tomorrow Land Transit Authority (TTA) – closed until 24 AUG 2009
    - 10.1 Ride Length - 10 minute 04 seconds
    - 10.2 Relaxing Ride away from crowds touring Tomorrowland from above
    - 10.3 This ride is also great at night when the park is all lit up.

    Toon Town
    11. Character Meets
    - 11.1 Judges Tent - Classic Disney Characters
    - 11.2 Pixie Hollow - Tinkerbelle and Faries
    - 11.3 Princess Room - Princesses

    12. Play Areas
    - 12.1 Donald's Boat and Toon Park
    - 12.2 Mickey's Country House
    - 12.3 Minnie's Country House

    Secrets, Cool Stuff, and other Tips
    1. Wake up Tinkerbell - in her shop, tinkerbell's treasures, its a sweet little surpise for any Disney fan. It can be done many times during the day. There is a bell on the counter, and when it is rung tink flies around the shop and then appears on a flat screen behind the counter. The kids can get pixie dust in their hair too.
    2. The barber shop in the MK has a special for "first haircuts."
    After the haircut, DS received a Mickey ears hat that said "first haircut," a certificate commemorating the occasion, and Mom got a few locks of DS's hair in a tissue
    [B ]3. Toon Town RD[/B] - there is a rope drop right at 10 a.m. outside of Toontown, and Goofy will be waiting at his roller coaster to ride as well as Minnie and/or Mickey to give a personal tour of their houses. There's usally a character or two from the Judge's Tent that will walk with the kids to their particular line in the tent. Also best time to get in line for Tinkerbell
    4. Flag Ceremony – at 5:00 pm there is a Flag Ceremony where they lower the US Flag. A veteran service member will assist in the ceremony. The veteran gets a certificate and pictures. A veteran can inquire about participating at City Hall Support our Veterans!!!
    5. Roy Disney Statue - Location: Magic Kingdom Town Square
    You may have walked past it many times without realizing it's there. In the center of the Town Square, near the flagpole is a statue of Roy Disney. Roy is sitting on a bench. There is room for a guest or two, especially if you want to have your picture taken with Roy. Many guests are unfortunately unaware of this tribute to Walt's brother. They may not even be aware of his contribution to the development and success of Walt Disney World. This lesser-known Disney is quite unheralded. What I like most about this treasure is that it recognizes the other Disney responsible for WDW.
    6. Riding the train around, and riding on the last car. The conductor will often let a child (or two or three) stand in the back and be guest conductors, helping push the spiel button or saying "all aboard" over the mike.
    7. Push the Talking Trashcan – His name is Push. He comes out from Mickey's Star Traders every hour or so and roams for 20 minutes.
    8. Talking Goofy bench by Tony's - this is also a great photo op
    9. Lilo and Stitch Restrooms – in Cosmic Rays and reportedly a few other places you can hear Stitch in the Women’s Restroom talking, sometimes looking for Lilo, and you can hear Lilo in the Men’s Restroom looking for Stitch.
    10. Fireman for the Day - the firehouse in the Magic Kindgom they have an honorary fireman of the day. They get hats and get to ring the bell. The CM's working at the firehouse sang, "For he's a jolly good fellow!"
    11. Props - In the Main St. train station lower level, up on one of the shelves (Cast members (CM's) can halp you locate it) you can see Aladdin's lamp as well as other characters' belongings waiting to be picked up. Some park guest lost and found items are there too, is the artificial leg with the name Smith on it (a Mary Poppins joke) one of these?
    12. Disney Cartoon Shows - Although the Main St. Cinema is gone, old Disney cartoons are still shown, in a small theater, with seats, in Exposition Hall.
    13. Liberty Square Christmas Shop if you look closely, it's actually three separate shops with the walls opened between them. They are supposed to be owned by three different colonial families- a German family, a woodcarver's family, and a musician's family. Check out the details the next time you go! Also find the hidden park in the back of the Christmas Shop
    14. Liberty Square Tree - The 13 lanterns hanging in the Liberty Square Tree representing the original 13 U.S. colonies. Its the big tree to the left when facing the Paddle Wheel Boat.
    15. Presidental Step - In Liberty Square, there is a gate around a door -- it guards a marble slab that used to be threshhold or a step at Monticello. President Jefferson actually walked on it long ago.
    16. Spitting Camel - this big gold camel is at Aladin's Magic Carpet ride.
    17. Sword and the Stone - near Golden Carrousel. Guests can attempt to pull out the sword. Used to be part of the "The Sword in the Stone Ceremony" that is no longer performed. It is rumored that every so often someone is still allowed to pull out the sword.
    18. Willie the Giant When you go to Sir Mickey's Shop in Fantasyland, look at where the roof meets the walls. You will see Willie the Giant from Mickey and the Beanstalk peeking into the shop.
    19. Mutascopes - thought they were just for display, but when you put a penny in, they actually work! There are 4 or 5 of them, and some of the lightbulbs were burned out so didn't work, but know at least two of them did, and it only cost a penny to find out. The kids thought they were great. You put in a penny, start turning a crank and a short silent movie plays for you.

    Parade Watching Spots
    1. Train Station - the train station in the front of the park. You have to stake out a seat for a couple of hours before
    2. Santa's Sleigh - A GREAT place to watch parades in the Magic Kingdom is from Santa's sleigh outside the Christmas Shop in Liberty Square. It's about 10 feet back from the curb but you're sitting up higher and you get a great view! Most people don't think to sit there so you don't have to get there too far in advance, and the best thing is that no one crowds you because they're all too busy crowding each other on the sidewalk!
    3. Peco's Bill - Grab something to eat and watch the parade nearby

    Fireworks Watching Spots
    1. Dumbo Ride - For a different great place to view wishes at MK go in front of Dumbo's ride and face away from the castle. The fireworks are directly overhead!! In fact, they are all around you. You can still hear the music, but the effects are fantastic. There's no need to get there early as few people know about this spot. There are a few tables and chairs so you can sit and have a treat.
    2. Tomorrowland Terrace - To watch fireworks at Magic Kingdom, if you're not interested in the parade, a Cast Member suggested we take seats at Tomorrowland Terrace. We were the only people sitting there. Tinkerbell flew right over our heads and we had a spectacular view of the fireworks
    3. The Plaza - Watch the Wishes fireworks from The Plaza dining terrace. Tinkerbell will fly right toward you during the evening fireworks
    4. Rose Garden - The rose garden to the right of Main Street heading in the direction of the castle makes for a unique viewing location for the fireworks.
    Toon Town - Most poeple leave to stake out a prime spot elsewhere to see the Tinkerbell fly to the Castle. If you stay in Toon Town, then there are very few guests, plenty of benches and the little ones can still play. The lines for the Characters will also get really short
    - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe - get there about 45-60 minutes early so you can grab a good table. Then we use the time to relax and have a snack before ending a great day in the MK with an awesome view of the fireworks, and see Tinker Bell make her magic flight to start the whole thing off!
    - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMR) - just as you exit Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, there is a geyser with a small boardwalk around it near the waters of the Rivers of America. Stand near the geyser (not too close or you'll get wet!) and face the large grove of trees over Tom Sawyer's Island right in front of you. When the show begins, the sky will light up with giant hrysanthemums and a loud cacophony of KA-BOOMS! Usually there are very few people around; that and the fact that you are right on top of the display makes it one of the most intimate viewing of fireworks I have ever experienced!
    - The Pier - a small pier in Frontierland on the walkway that runs along the Rivers of America from Splash Mountain over towards where the riverboat is. It was so dark and quiet, it was like having a private viewing! The view is not quite as spectacular as being right in front of the Castle (or a little to the left on the bridge), but this was so intimate, it really did seem like we were the only ones in the park!

    Parade Route -
    Dreams Come True Parade - Approx 3:00pm
    Spectromagic - Approx 9:00pm or 1hr before Wishes. Spectromagic is not everynight

    Park Maps

    I have compiled all the Known Restaurant Menus for the Park from this Site, and others, in one Document. I have listed which places are TS and QS restaurants, and used the Snack Post below to note the Known DDP Snack exchanges. If you would like this PM me and I wil send it to you. (I Think I've figured out the PM stuff)


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  3. Smiling Cheshire Cat

    Smiling Cheshire Cat DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2009
    IMwink, I love these tips list you are compiling. I've learned a lot of new stuff.

    At MK it really does pay to arrive at Rope Drop. We always do Rope Drop at least 2 days at MK and go to Fantasyland for one and Tommorrowland for the other. It is incredible how much more you can do in the morning hours.

    I recommending eating at the Crystal Palace. We do breakfast with an early ADR before the park opens. We can enter MK before it opens and take lots of great pics of Main St. and the castle with virtually no one around. When we were there in March there were also Photopass Photogs taking pics of guests in front of castle during this time.

    Speaking of Photopass, we also found the photographers at night on the path from Frontierland heading towards Crystal Palace taking pictures of people in front of the castle at night.

    We found a lot of characters at MK. Rafiki, Peter Pan, and Captain Hook in Adventureland and Buzz and Stitch in Tommorrowland and Alice and the White Rabbit by the Teacups. But the best ones we saw were Lady Tremaine and the Step Sisters in the Fairytale Gardens. They were great and so funny.

    Cosmic Ray's is our favorite Counter Service and I cannot tell you how much I love the orange dole whip float. My favorite thing to eat in all of Disney World.

    Good luck with your list.:goodvibes
  4. SlightlyGoofy

    SlightlyGoofy <font color=green>I shall be forced to take you on

    May 5, 2001
    The Crystal Palace is a great buffet restaurant and wonderful opportunity to spend time with Pooh and his friends. The kids get to parade round the dining room every once in awhile while letting off steam and let the parents get some great pictures.

    Cosmic Rays has really good chicken and rib dinners that are big enough to share.

    The Plaza is a sweet place to have a restful meal. Check out the Strawberry Chicken Salad.

    Casey's has great hot dogs and such and you can sometimes see a great deal of the parade or listen to the resident piano player.

    Grab a FP for Pirates or Jungle Cruise and then head over for a Dole Whip. Head back toward the rides and just a few steps up you will see a secluded shaded area to the right where you can sit, enjoy your snack, and people watch until time to ride.

    Main Street Bakery, great place to have a bit of breakfast or light meal or snack.

    You can ask for a free CUP of water at any CS place. If you just ask for water you will be given a bottle and a big bill.

    Tony's is a fairly expensive place, according to what you want to eat, but it is pretty and close to the front of the park should you want to watch the parade from that vantage point. BTW, the steak melts in your mouth and I love the margarita pizza there.

    My favorite place to watch the parade is from over the train station in the front of the park. You have to stake out a seat for a couple of hours before OR know SG and ask her to save you seats.:rotfl:

    Sit on the bench to the right of Country Bear Jamboree or Tiki and wait for the people to start leaving from the previous show and then just walk on in. There are no bad seats and you will have saved yourself a lot of stress and strain. This works for any of these type attractions.

    Skip Stitch and feel sorry for the long lines that you see as you walk by.

    Do not try to do everything at MK in one day. There is too much to do and you will frustrate yourself and not enjoy what you do get to see. We split the park into sections. If you must do it in one day just pick out the highlights and plan to go the day AFTER they have EMH's. BTW, this works for any park. Folks tend to want to go to the park with extra hours so it if you go the day after there are fewer folks. This only works if you do not care to see some big parades and such though.

  5. Eljay

    Eljay DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 2002
    One morning, try to be at the MK gates 15 minutes before opening time, to see the :welcome: show.

    It's just a sweet little 5 minute show, up in the train station to welcome you and to announce that the MK is open. We loved it, it just set the mood and got us pumped up!

    Stay in the center, don't crowd either of the gates, or you won't be able to see it.

  6. RIJim

    RIJim Mouseketeer

    Feb 24, 2009
    Enjoy the "side" shows, there is a lot going on all around you. Capt Jack recruiting young pirates outside of the POFTC is fantastic, both my kids got selected and they talk about that more than anythng and they've never even see the movie! The CMs playing these parts are brilliant. the jokes are so fast, Im usually the only one laughing out loud but I have that kind of sense of humor.
    I second the rope drop, without rushing we get to experience a ton in a few hours. My kids usually do Buzz 6 or 7 times with no lines. Then we usually have lunch around 11:30 and ready for the afternoon.
  7. lfwhipp

    lfwhipp Who Dat Baby!

    Mar 23, 2009
    wake up TInkerbell in her shop, tinkerbell's treasures, its a sweet little surpise for any Disney fan.

    take your time and dont rush, you cant see it all in one day so enjoy yourself and the time you have choosing to see what you really want

    when its very HOT, make sure you do the AC rides at the hottest part of the day OR every so often. you dont have to schedule the day, but when you get hot or overheated, pop in on small world, philharmagic, HM, pirates, tiki birds for a much needed cool down. or try the judges tent midday when the majority of guests are at their ADR's. its A/C and inside while you wait in line.

    if you have a young child who is too small to ride the big rides, take advantage of the baby swap.

    CP is a wonderful buffet with pooh and friends, my kids loved it. LTT is also wonderful, but now that the characters are gone i am a bit bummed.

    if you are gonna do a QS meal later in tha day, do it while you wait for a parade, it keeps the kids busy and you can get in your spot for the parade early. its great fun to people watch as well or chat up a CM.

    when enetering the park, the security guards check you on both sides, go to the side with the shorter line not the one where everyone is at, he will go from one sideto the other of the table.
  8. DessertGirl

    DessertGirl Mouseketeer

    Feb 10, 2008
    I am loving these tip threads! Subscribing:cool1:!
  9. shordiebecka

    shordiebecka DIS Veteran

    Apr 15, 2008
    just wondering...does anyone have any good tips for MK EMH? I assume that they will be really busy..but I can make it till 1 AM so I'm trying to get most of my stuff done then :)
  10. DaveStroem

    DaveStroem DIS Veteran

    Jan 7, 2009
    If your going this year don't rush over to Tommorowland to get a Space Mountain FP as it is closed till November.

    Splash Mountain seems to get more people REALLY WET then it used to.
  11. IMwink

    IMwink Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2009
    These Commments are great.

    I will update later Later tonight, I don't have the time right now.

    Have a nice night.
  12. SKTiger

    SKTiger Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2009
  13. Disuser

    Disuser DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2008
    Bumping. I love the park tips,secrets and must do's!
  14. super leeds

    super leeds Earning My Ears

    Apr 30, 2009
    Is it true you can get a free, first-time-visitor pin from Guest Services on your first ever visit?

    Would be a nice tip if true!

  15. OB1

    OB1 May the Ears be with you

    Aug 25, 2003
    YES - you can get that button or many other buttons about your celebration trip (wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, etc.)
  16. super leeds

    super leeds Earning My Ears

    Apr 30, 2009
    Wow, that's a nice touch from Disney!

    Are these buttons free?

  17. lfwhipp

    lfwhipp Who Dat Baby!

    Mar 23, 2009
    Yes they are and wear it all trip, you will get many congrats, etc from CM's/ great touch by Disney!
  18. IMwink

    IMwink Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2009
    Updated some Info

    Please let me know if anything I post is out of date

    Thank you
  19. declansdad

    declansdad DIS Dad #639 New Brunswick, Canada

    Apr 14, 2004
    I wouldn't automatically skip Stitch's Great Escape. Our ds was a huge fan the first time we went on it and he loved it.

    Another great CS spot is Pecos Bills.

    Sometimes there are some great photo ops in the Exposition Hall.
  20. marinapj

    marinapj Mouseketeer

    Mar 25, 2009
    Great thread, lots of cool tips!
  21. IMwink

    IMwink Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2009

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