Disney World is one of the best places on earth to visit for families, and among the different parks, Magic Kingdom with preschoolers is one of the best vacation spots out there. As a father of 6, over the years I’ve learned a few insider tips to have fun at the Magic Kingdom with preschoolers. Here are 5 of the best insider tips I’ve got
Best tip for Magic Kingdom with preschoolers: Strollers
Whether you rent one or bring your own, you DEFINITELY want a stroller. Even if your preschooler things she’s “too big” for a stroller, you’ll want one to haul all your gear
Renting a stroller at the Magic Kingdom will cost $15 / day for a single-wide stroller and $31 / day for a double stroller. Obviously if it logistically makes sense, it will often be cheaper to bring your own!
There is no need to purchase insurance or anything – nobody’s going to steal your stroller. You may want to tie a balloon to your stroller or identify it with a sign or something so that you can spot it in a sea of strollers at stroller parking
Tips to keep your food costs down
I would suggest holding off on treats until after lunch to prevent sugar-induced meltdowns. One suggestion would be to offer popcorn as a late-morning snack. For Dining Reservations, I would avoid a character breakfast until after 11 a.m. or so. Early morning hours are some of the best low-crowd hours out there (aka shortest lines!) – this way you won’t waste valuable low-crowd hours in Fantasyland.
What to do if your preschooler wants to wear a costume
Yes, every kid wants to wear a special costume for their time at Disney World, and of course a good costume will make them look super cute, but… consider the weather – ensure your child’s costumes are comfortable in very warm weather as well as warm enough in very cold weather.
To avoid complaints of feeling uncomfortable in a princess costume, consider bringing a simple princess dress from home or Disney and a soft tutu for the park that can still be worn in layers. Tell them they can buy a tiara or accessory of their choice at the Princess boutique near Cinderella’s castle. Decline hair glitter, as your preschooler will reach middle school before it completely washes out.
Best fast passes for Magic Kingdom with preschoolers
Photos with Goofy, Donald, and Minnie are available starting at 10am next to the Barnstormer and Dumbo, so stand in line early and get happy character photos out of the way.
You’ll want to book your Fast Passes at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 so that you can eat at 11:45 or 12, have lunch, go straight to a FP whose window is 12:25-1:35. The second you tap your magic band on the 3rd ride, book a 4th FP on your phone using the app. Some good rides you’ll want to use these morning Fast Passes on are:
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Meet and Greet Princess
Focus on Fantasyland in the first stretch from park opening until lunch. Then focus on Adventureland and Tomorrowland rides.
Here are 9 rides to go on that never have lines and can offer a restful break from heat and walking.
- People Mover
- Tiki Room
- Carousal of Progress
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Dumbo has an inside play area to use while you wait for the ride.
- Winnie the Pooh has a play area while waiting in line
- Tom Sawyer Island
- The fenced areas around the castle for fireworks viewing
- Take the train around the park (the train brakes are very loud at each stop and will prevent napping)
Best place to take a break at the Magic Kingdom
One of the other best tips for Magic Kingdom with preschoolers would be some good places to take a break. Because let’s face it – your preschoolers are DEFINITELY going to need multiple breaks, and it’s better to make a plan for it rather than face a meltdown because you pushed things too far!
The best place to take a break in Magic Kingdom with preschoolers is the Disney Baby Care Center. It offers wipes, foods, diapers, and more for sale for anything you need. The Magic Kingdom Baby Dare Center is located near Crystal palace Restaurant right off of Main Street USA near the entrance to the park
What other tips for surviving Magic Kingdom with preschoolers do you have? Leave a note in the comments!