Do Disney Like a Cast Member: Tips for Magic Kingdom
Years ago I was a Cast Member at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Most Cast Members are the biggest Disney fans you can find, so we all frequented the parks on our days off. Here are a few tips, tricks, and some extra magic on a park-by-park basis so you can do Disney like seasoned veteran.
In Magic Kingdom, the new and improved Fantasy Land is set to open in late 2012. It will feature a new Little Mermaid attraction, the castle of the Beast, and the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Several more rides and attraction are set to open in the next phases, so there is a great deal to be excited about!
My all-time favorite Disney theme park treat is a Dole Whip Float. Aloha Isle in Adventureland is the only in-park home of this treasure. What is a Dole Whip Float? It’s a non-dairy pineapple soft-serve floating in pineapple juice. It is pure heaven, and always my first stop in Magic Kindom.
PhilharMagic is an absolute must! It is the best 4-D show I have ever seen! Beautiful music, your favorite characters, bubbles, and you can finally smell the grey stuff from Beauty and the Beast (It really does smell delicious).
Fast Passes are practically a requirement Magical Kingdom. This is the park everyone is thinking of when they say they are going to Disney. For this very reason, it is always going to be a little more crowded. Decide ahead of time what you absolutely must do and what can you wait on. This park alone could easily fill two full days to do everything, but most folks can squeak by in a day and a half.
Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade is an absolute must do. It is amazing as it all starts with Tinkerbelle flying from Cinderella’s Castle. The whole thing is breathtaking.
Wishes… what can I say about Wishes? It is sensational. It brings goose bumps to my skin and tears to my eyes. To me, it is the embodiment of everything Disney has to offer. There are a couple of great places to watch Wishes: if you are in Magic Kingdon, I recommend you stake a claim early on the Main Street Train platform. If you would like to have a perfect view without the crowd and really good food, my favorite place is Ohana’s at the Polynesian resort. They have a wall of windows aimed at the castle and they pipe in the music. Contrary to popular belief, Cinderella’s Castle has the absolute worst view of the fireworks because they are being shot off from behind, around, and on top.
The Electrical Water Pageant is an often missed Disney event. When night falls on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon lighted boats take to the water for a one-of-a-kind parade set to classic Disney music. It’s a short little parade but very striking. It can be seen from the various resorts around the Lagoon; the timing is staggered as the boats are traveling around the entire lagoon.
Magic Kingdom has a very few table service restaurants. Cinderella’s Castle has wonderful food and is an amazing experience. Tony’s Town Square is from Lady and the Tramp fame and offers very nice Italian food.