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4 Tips for Beating the Crowds at Magic Kingdom

One of the first things you will notice when you arrive at Magic Kingdom is the crowds. While they aren’t totally unavoidable, there are ways to avoid crowds at Magic Kingdom.

4 Tips for Beating the Crowds at Magic Kingdom

Tip #1 Crowd Calendars

The first thing you should know is that there are certain times when you will find that Magic Kingdom is more crowded. 

Usually, the more crowded times at Magic Kingdom are during special events or on weekends when locals tend to flood the park. 

One of the best ways to predict whether or not the day you choose to head to Magic Kingdom will be crowded is by looking at a Disney Crowd Calendar.

These can be valuable in choosing a less crowded day at the park!

Although you may have no choice but to go to Magic Kingdom during a more crowded time period, there are some things you can do to avoid the congestion.

Day Trip Magic Kingdom Itinerary

Tip #2: Take Advantage of Early Park Hours

If you are staying on Disney property, you will find that each park has extra park hours weekly.

Be sure to take advantage of this extra time at the park when only Disney resort guests can enter!

This is a great time to ride the more popular rides that typically have long lines.

Best way to go through Magic Kingdom to avoid crowds

Tip #3 Walk in the opposite natural flow of traffic

Studies have shown that because most people are right-handed, they tend to naturally walk counterclockwise 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!

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

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!

Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom

As the crowds wind around from right to left, you will find that by the afternoon the lines have died down in Tomorrowland.

Mickey Mouse at Festival of Fantasy Parade

Tip #4: Skip the parade & ride the rides

Parades at Disney are a huge fan draw. People start lining up almost an hour ahead of parade time. Use this to your advantage.

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!

Magic Kingdom Crowds

Crowds are unavoidable, but there are ways you can circumnavigate them to make your experience less stressful!

Do you have other tips on how to beat the crowds at Magic Kingdom?

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Sunday 18th of May 2014

How many days does it take you to enjoy the Magic Kingdom and what other park would strongly appeal to a 6-year old, other than the Animal Kingdom?


Tuesday 20th of May 2014

I would recommend two days at Magic Kingdom so that you can fit in most everything you want to do. Six year olds would also like Hollywood Studios. They have great shows (Little Mermaid, Beauty & Beast, Disney Junior and Indiana Jones) and tons of character meet & greets. Toy Story Mania is a great ride, as is Star Tours, for a 6 year old.

Penny Smith

Thursday 16th of January 2014

I have found that people DO actually go straight for Frontierland first… and if you go STRAIGHT to Space Mountain at open, you can ride one to even three times before needing a fast pass… Frontierland has always been super crowded right away in the morning in our experience. Better yet, go back to Peter Pan first as that is ALWAYS a long wait the rest of the day!


Thursday 16th of January 2014

Now that they new Fantasyland section is open, many go straight back there. We usually head straight to Adventureland and NEVER have a wait for Pirates which can be a LONG line later in the day. My guess is that many may be going to Frontierland to grab Fastpasses for Splash Mountain. Now that MagicBands have arrived, traffic patterns may change.

Jean Lynd

Sunday 2nd of December 2012

good tip!

Cynthia M

Sunday 6th of May 2012

We plan to visit the really popular rides during a parade or show. Fantasmic pulls away huge numbers of riders making the lines much shorter.

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