When you walk through the gates of the Magic Kingdom, the first thing you will most likely notice is the huge crowds of people . While there is no way to eliminate the crowds at the park, there is a way to circumnavigate the park to make your time there a little more manageable. One of my top Magic Kingdom tips for beating crowds is to walk in the opposite natural flow of traffic.
Studies have shown that people naturally walk counter clockwise in theme parks. So, if you use Magic Kingdom as an example, most people will go off to the right toward Tomorrowland after walking down Main Street.
When you get to Magic Kingdom, head left off Main Street USA toward Adventureland & Frontierland! What you’ll find is that there are barely any lines at the popular rides on the opposite side of the park (like Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin’s Magic Carpet, or Splash Mountain). Logically, that is the best place to start your day!
As the crowds wind around from right to left, you will find that by the afternoon the lines have died down in Tomorrowland. This is a great time to grab a fast pass for rides like Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin while you hit a show like Monsters Inc Laugh factory that takes a little more time.
A great time to hit the more popular rides at Magic Kingdom is during the parade. If you don’t care to sit and watch the parade, you will be able to get in a few more rides, especially in those areas furthest from the parade route!
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