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Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom? Here's What You Need to Know

Note from Mommy Frog: Beginning Feb. 17, 2022, masks will be optional for fully vaccinated guests in most indoor and outdoor locations. Those not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks in all indoor locations. All guests will still be required to wear masks on enclosed Disney transportation, including buses, monorails and the Skyliner. For the most up-to-date information, check out our guide on mask policies at the theme parks).

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - PinterestA lot has changed (for the better!) since Magic Kingdom reopened in summer 2020. The progress for "returning to normal" has slowly, but surely, been moving in the right direction. Some experiences may still have some modifications, but we've seen the return of fireworks, as well as brand-new offerings, including indoor character sightings (Mickey and the Disney princesses are back at Town Square Theater and Princess Fairytale Hall, respectively), the Early Theme Park Entry benefit for Disney hotel guests and Disney Genie.

Plus we're in the middle of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration, which introduced Disney Enchantment, the new fireworks show that features dazzling projections all the way down Main Street! In 2022, the castle show and Disney Festival of Fantasy parade will return, as well as a new cavalcade.

With so much going on during an ever-changing time, we imagine you have many questions: What's the deal with Disney Genie? Is it worth using Genie+ and the individual Lightning Lane selections at Magic Kingdom? What's hoppening for the 50th inside the park? Well, we've been frequently hopping to the park to keep an eye on things, so we can help you prepare if you decide to return to the parks in the near future.

Arriving at Magic Kingdom Park

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parking Lot

Just like the other Walt Disney World theme parks, you'll need a Disney Park Pass reservation and valid admission if Magic Kingdom will be your first (or only) park — so reserve your spot as soon as you're able to! Now that crowds have returned, we'd suggest arriving the earlier, the better. The parking trams are not running, so keep that in mind when you arrive and leave at the end of the day.

The entry process operates smoothly, and we usually zip through security checkpoints. Security now has contactless, high-tech metal detectors that allow you to walk through without having your bags searched — unless the detectors are set off. If you have any large items with metal, such as an umbrella or DSLR camera, take them out of the bag and hold them straight in front of you as you walk through. Smaller items, such as cellphones and car keys, shouldn't set off the alarm, so those are fine to keep in your pocket or bag. Strollers will be searched separately off to the side.

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Monorail entrance

Masks are still required on buses, monorails and the Skyliner. The monorails are typically fully loaded as normal. While we prefer the ferryboat for its open air, both can get you to Magic Kingdom easily. The bus station, walkway from Disney's Contemporary Resort and resort ferries are operating as well. Each has its own security check.

If your ticket includes park hopping benefits, you'll only need a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park you'll be hopping to. Park hopper hours generally start at 2 p.m. and run until the park closes. If you're planning a whole day at Magic Kingdom, that's even more reason to arrive as soon as the park opens and take advantage of extra time without park hopping guests in the afternoon!

Magic Kingdom Attractions and Wait Times

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Now that crowds have returned to Magic Kingdom, you can expect the popular rides, such as Splash Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, to have the highest wait times. Sometimes, the lines end up being actually much shorter than the posted wait time. For instance, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has been a consistent example of a ride queue that moves swiftly despite having a line that extends beyond the entrance. It seems like every time we've gotten in line, the ride takes about half of the posted time.

Rides may still have health and safety measures in place, including touchless hand sanitizer dispensers near the entrances and exits. Interactive elements in queues, such as the jewels in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, may be roped off.

The majority of attractions are open at Magic Kingdom except for Enchanted Tales with Belle. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover and Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak recently reopened. At the end of the night, you can catch the all-new Disney Enchantment!

Magic Kingdom Entertainment

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Festival of Fantasy

Frogtastic news — there's even MORE entertainment returning to Magic Kingdom in 2022! Mickey's Magical Friendship Faire comes to the castle stage, which will include sequences from the previous show's iteration as well as a new opening and finale in honor of the 50th anniversary. Catch Mickey and friends in fabulous EARidescent outfits and hear an all-new song, "Where the Magic Feels Like Home."

A new cavalcade will debut called Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade, featuring the most character characters of any cavalcade! See Nick and Judy from "Zootopia," Baloo and King Louie from "The Jungle Book," José and Panchito from "The Three Caballeros," Miguel from "Coco," along with Merida, Moana, The Incredibles and more. What an adventurous crew! No word yet on if this cavalcade will replace any of the current cavalcades.

And saving the best for last — the Festival of Fantasy parade will return in early 2022! We can't wait to see this vibrant parade making its way through the park again. Disney has confirmed that there will still be cavalcades in addition to the parade.

Using Disney Genie+ at Magic Kingdom Park

We go into more depth about the new free planning tool, plus Genie+ and the individual Lighting Lane selections, in our separate guide and FAQs. But we've quickly learned that our Genie strategy differs from park to park. It also affects our general touring advice, even for those who do not opt to add on Genie+ or the individual Lighting Lane selections. We're still learning the ropes so our advice may continue to evolve, particularly as we head into the busy holiday season.

Starting out with the basics, here's the full list of rides that have Lightning Lane access, which you can get through either Genie+ or as an individual Lightning Lane selection.

Genie+ Rides at Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Individual Lightning Lane Selections at Magic Kingdom

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom — Genie Tip Board on Phone in front of Cinderella CastleOut of all four parks, Magic Kingdom has the most Genie+ rides (and each park only has two individual Lightning Lane selections). And because there are so many options, we think it's well worth getting Genie+ at Magic Kingdom — whether it's your only park for the day or if you're park hopping. On our first day of using Genie+, we managed to grab five Genie+ reservations and one individual Lightning Lane selection (Seven Dwarfs) before it was time to park hop at 2 p.m. Pretty solid usage if I say so myself!

As for the individual Lightning Lane selections, we think it's toadally worth considering for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We managed to snag a time window earlier in the morning. During our arrival window, the standby line was already 60 minutes long, but we only spent less than five minutes in the Lightning Lane queue.

On the other hand, Lightning Lane access for Space Mountain isn't an absolute necessity, unless you're visiting during a very busy time. While we would try to get a Lightning Lane selection for Seven Dwarfs early (before it's sold out, as it's more likely to on busier days), we'd hold off on getting one for Space Mountain. Just because you can purchase two individual Lightning Lane selections doesn't always mean you should! If Magic Kingdom is your only park of the day, then wait it out because you might be able to hop in the standby line when it's low. And if you're park hopping, you could use your second individual Lightning Lane selection at a different park.

Character Experiences at Magic Kingdom

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Cavalcade

Instead of parades, you can still see your favorite characters in cavalcades throughout the day. While you may not be able to hug them, they will wave and blow kisses to you from afar. Recently, you can now view cavalcade showtimes in the My Disney Experience app, so be sure to check while in the park for the most up-to-date times (times can vary by day). There are several different cavalcades so you can see a variety of characters:

  • A Royal Princess Processional: Merida, Rapunzel, Tiana, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Elena, Jasmine, Mulan, Snow White, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother
  • Mickey's 50th Celebration Cavalcade: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Chip, Dale and parade dancers
  • Magic Kingdom Cavalcade: Gaston, Moana, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Aladdin and Mary Poppins (days vary)
  • Disney Friends Cavalcade: Clarabelle Cow, Max, Stitch, José Carioca, Panchito and parade dancers (days vary)
  • Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure: Tinker Bell (days vary)
  • Main Street Philharmonic 

All of the above cavalcades and processionals move along the normal parade route from Frontierland to Main Street, U.S.A. Shortly after the conclusion of a cavalcade, some characters will appear above Town Square at the train station. We've regularly seen the princesses and Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Pluto greeting guests down below. While not advertised as its own cavalcade, we've also seen Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, accompanied by Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit riding in a Main Street trolley. They travel down Main Street, venture around the Cinderella Castle hub and end their journey back in Town Square. The Hundred Acre Woods friends alternate with the Dapper Dans.

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Royal Princess Processional with Mulan and Cinderella

Mulan recently joined the Royal Princess Processional, which is rare to see her at Magic Kingdom with her fellow princesses! Moana is now part of the Magic Kingdom cavalcade, which is also very exciting because we normally only see her during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We love that these character appearances switch up every once in a while to keep the magical surprises coming! You can still have a possible short greeting with characters too — Lily toadally beamed that the Fairy Godmother told her "Happy birthday!" from atop her float!

You may also spot additional characters at designated locations throughout the park. Buzz Lightyear and Stitch can be found sporadically (raised on the Rockettower Plaza Stage) in Tomorrowland. The Country Bears, along with Chip 'n' Dale, greet guests from the balconies of the Country Bear Jamboree theater (in fact, one peeked down to ask for a bite of Leap's Dole Whip!). Jack Sparrow may suddenly appear in Adventureland. Our personal favorite interaction was Anastasia and Drizella bickering behind Cinderella Castle.

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Mickey Mouse in EARidescent outfit in distanced greeting

Indoor character sightings are also now hoppening. Mickey is back in Town Square Theater and the Disney princesses have returned to Princess Fairytale Hall for individual interactions (minus hugs and autographs). It's still not quite the same as traditional character greetings, but it's nice to get some one-on-one time with them. Note that PhotoPass photographers are not stationed at these locations so you'll need to snap a selfie on your phone.

Restaurants and Retail at Magic Kingdom

Certain restaurants may still be using mobile ordering exclusively. You select an arrival time window when you order, and once you're near the restaurant, you can hit "I'm Here, Prepare My Order." If you're prepping your meal during a busy dining period, it may take a while before your food is actually ready for pick up as there are a lot of other orders being processed, so take that time into consideration.

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Dole Whip

The merchandise pick-up service and delivery service to Disney Resort hotels are still unavailable, so schedule your shopping time accordingly. We'd recommend later in the day, so you don't have to lug your bags around.

Touring Advice for Magic Kingdom

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom - Main Street Philharmonic

We always recommend arriving early, ahead of the official opening time. If you're a Disney hotel guest (or a guest at select hotels), take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry. An extra half-hour might not sound like a whole lot of time, but it makes all the difference when you're trying to be one of the first in the standby line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You can easily get a jump start before the normal park guests can enter at the official park opening time. If you're not a Disney hotel guest, we still recommend that you arrive for rope drop and consider springing for an individual Lightning Lane selection, specifically Seven Dwarfs.

So you don't want to purchase an individual Lightning Lane selection and you're not a Disney hotel guest? We'd avoid Seven Dwarfs because, more often than not, the line will already be long when you enter upon park open. Come back to it later, and pivot toward Peter Pan's Flight instead. Lately, Peter Pan's Flight has had low wait times first thing in the morning but it builds and doesn't let up for the rest of the day.

50th Anniversary Celebration at Magic Kingdom

Planning a Trip to Magic Kingdom – Mickey's Celebration Cavalcade

If you're looking to party in honor of the 50th anniversary, Magic Kingdom is the place to be! Mickey and his pals only wear their EARidescent outfits when they're in Magic Kingdom. You can meet Mickey individually at Town Square Theater, or you can see him and his friends in Mickey's Celebration Cavalcade. In early 2022, you can see EARidescent outfits in a special new finale of the castle show "Mickey's Magical Friendship Faire" with an all-new song, "Where the Magic Feels Like Home." You'll also spot the most Fab 50 golden statues, which are scattered around the park. Some are even in unique places, such as Stitch climbing on the Tomorrowland Purple Wall.

There are plenty of 50th food options — and we've already tried some tasty ones! You can also find one of the largest selections of 50th merchandise at the Emporium. And as a combination of food and merch, find the special celebratory popcorn buckets and sippers.

Once it gets dark, Cinderella Castle glimmers as a Beacon of Magic. End your night with fireworks, as Disney Enchantment lights up the night sky!

Additional Magic Kingdom Tips and Tidbits

  • Because there are a lot more rides at Magic Kingdom, we still suggest getting your higher priority rides done earlier in the day, so you don't risk the chance of not being able to ride them due to cleaning or weather delays.
  • Take some time to get photos or videos of Cinderella Castle's new colors at many different angles, especially at night when it turns into a Beacon of Magic!

Do you have any questions about Magic Kingdom reopening? If you're planning to visit the parks, let us know what you're most excited about in the comments below.

Related: All of the ~Magical~ Details about Disney World Reopening

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 25, 2022 at 9:15 p.m. Elizabeth Gary Says...

Thank you so much for all the helpful info! This will be our family's first time going and I am so nervous traveling by car with 6 and 9 year old girls. I have been referring to your website and reading tour newsletters for weeks trying to prepare, and I still feel overwhelmed. We are a family of four, traveling from Birmingham Alabama and we will be staying at Parc Soleil. I have printed out your packing list and 1-day itinerary for Magic Kingdom, which are both so awesome by the way! What should we put in our park bag? What traveling games do you recommend? What things will the girls just have to have as souvenirs so I can order them ahead of time? Thank you again! You and your family has taken so much stress away from planning!

Jun 28, 2022 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Wow, thank you so much for sharing :) we're always hoppy to help, so if you have any other questions, ask away! We've recently posted an Instagram video with our friend @wellhellodisney about packing your bag for the parks in the summer. Be sure to follow us @themeparkfrog for more tips and tricks! For traveling games, we recommend the Play Disney Parks app, as well as Heads Up (mobile app) and Guess Who with Disney characters. For souvenirs, some of our must-haves are Minnie ears, pins (find out more about pin trading!) and an autograph book for character greetings.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 4, 2022 at 3:07 p.m. Mek Says...

Hello, my child birthday is next week and we are coming here. Although I have checked weather. What happens if it rains or storms? Is park more of outside?

Jun 6, 2022 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mek!

It depends! If it's raining hard (or if there's thunder and lightning within 10 miles, with or without rain), then outdoor attractions and shows will close. If it's only lightly raining, then outdoor rides and entertainment may continue to operate (there's a special Rainy Day cavalcade that hoppens in this exact scenario!). At Magic Kingdom, there are indoor rides and shows, as well as shops and restaurants where you can take cover. We have a bunch of rainy day tips in a separate blog post that you can check out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 28, 2022 at 3:25 p.m. Leah Says...

We are coming to Disney on the 17th April, all that week Magical Kingdom reservations are booked. Can we get tickets on the day as Walk-Ins? First time I'm ever going and I need to go Magical Kingdom!

Mar 28, 2022 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leah!

We would not rely on walk-in availability for tickets and park reservations (they can and have turned people away). We'd suggest that you keep checking availability periodically, as some people may change plans and cancel their park reservations. You could also purchase (or upgrade to) Park Hopper tickets. While you wouldn't be able to start at Magic Kingdom in the morning, you could hop over, starting at 2 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 2, 2022 at 3:36 a.m. Erin Dean Says...

Hi, we are going to magic kingdom in a few days. Our resort offers a shuttle at a later time than we desire. Do you recommend driving and parking or taking an Uber? We have senior citizens and toddlers in the group and I’m trying to plan the best option. Thank you for all the info in your posts!

Jan 3, 2022 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

Now that the parking lot trams are back at Magic Kingdom, either option would be fine! You would end up at the Transportation and Ticket Center no matter which one you choose. Since Uber/Lyft costs vary (and can surge during busier times of the day), we'd probably stick to driving ourselves and parking. Also keep in mind that while Uber/Lyft provide options for car seats (if your toddlers need them), it's possible that you may need to wait longer.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 14, 2021 at 2:40 p.m. J Says...

If we don’t have a park ticket, are we able to park at magic kingdom? Looking to continue our annual tradition of drinks and some dole whip at the Polynesian, and the dining reservations are booked on our dates. Was thinking of paying to park and walking over to keep the tradition alive.

Aug 16, 2021 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi J!

We have a few suggestions:

1) Keep looking for dining reservations. Some may pop up due to cancellations, and then if you snag one, you can park at the Poly with no issues.

2) Pay for parking at TTC, with a slight caveat: We have been asked before if we have a park reservation, but it doesn't happen every time (depending on the cast member you get). If the cast member does ask and you have to say no, then it wouldn't hurt to explain the situation. We can't see why it would be a big issue (especially since you're willing to pay the parking fee), but we're also not exactly sure what happens if someone says they don't have a park reservation.

3) If you're going during a less busy time, it might not hurt to try parking at the Poly without a dining reservation & say you're only there to eat Dole Whips and get drinks and most importantly, that you don't have park tickets (so it's evident you're not trying to cheat the system). To prove that, you could try pulling up your MyDisneyExperience account and show that there aren't any tickets linked. But there's still the chance you could be turned away regardless.

4) Park at Disney Springs and take a bus to the Poly. This option is free and there wouldn't be any issues, but it would take time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 6, 2021 at 3:39 p.m. Crissy Says...

Hi! We planning to go to magic kingdom Monday, we wanted to arrive early to start our day, and my brother and his family purchased tickets for the boo event and it starts at 7 pm. I wasn’t able to purchased tickets for that… will we get kicked out of the park at that time or are we able to continue our day ??? Thank you!!

Aug 6, 2021 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crissy!

Boo Bash only takes place on select nights, so if you're going this Monday, you don't have to worry about it since Boo Bash starts on the 10th! (But even if it had coincided with your visit, daytime guests can stay until the park officially closes at 8:30 or 9 p.m., depending on the date.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 3, 2021 at 3:24 a.m. Richard Mosko Says...

My wife is handicapped. Do they still give out special pass so that our group can be sent to the special needs waiting line?

Jun 3, 2021 at 6:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Richard!

Yes, they do - hop by Guest Relations when you enter the park to see which option best meets your needs.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 13, 2021 at 12:46 p.m. Fabiola Ayala de Macias Says...

We are planning on visit magic kingdom on June 20th, but we can't buy ticktes online- any suggestions or why this is not possible?

May 13, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fabiola,

In order to visit Disney World right now, guests need both valid admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation. With the Disney Park Reservation system, each park has a set number of reservations for guests to attend each day to maintain capacity limits. For June 20, all parks but EPCOT are currently full (no Park Passes are available). However, you can continue to check back to see if additional availability opens up for Magic Kingdom, as cancellations can happen!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 21, 2021 at 3:13 a.m. asaleh00 Says...


We are planing to go to magic kingdom in May and spend a day only, this is our first time. We would like to know what rides you would recommend recommend for kids age group 3 to 14. Thank you.

Mar 22, 2021 at 12:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Wow, how exciting! You are going to have a great time! There are many rides that all age groups will enjoy, including Astro Blasters, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Peter Pan's Flight, It's a Small World, Journey of the Little Mermaid, Jungle Cruise, Tomorrowland Speedway and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train may be a hit for all involved if the littles are feeling adventurous and meet height requirements! Likewise, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion are thrill-free enough that everyone can ride, but do have a dark and ominous undertone, so that one varies from kiddo to kiddo as to whether or not it'll be too scary. The older kiddos may want to hit all of the mountains - Space, Splash and Big Thunder (which some of the smaller kiddos may be big enough for, as well). Little ones will enjoy Dumbo, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Barnstormer (a very small coaster made just for tadpoles). We hope this helps! Enjoy your visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 14, 2021 at 1:58 p.m. Kendall Says...

If you do arrive to the park early are the rides already open to ride or would you just be standing in line waiting for the actual opening time for it to open up?

Mar 15, 2021 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kendall!

At this time, transportation on-site and the parking tolls only open about an hour before the park officially opens, so by the time you're off your chosen mode of transportation, through security, temperature checks, etc., you're in the gates almost right at scheduled opening time :) All of the rides are open at that time, as well. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 9, 2021 at 1:19 a.m. Courtney Says...

Hello! We are heading to magic kingdom tomorrow. It looks like it will be crowded. What time does the parking lot open? Also, is it best to hit up space mountain first or it’s a small world/Peter pan? Thanks!

Mar 9, 2021 at 7:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

We may be responding after you've already left - crossing our fingers that you have a great day! The parking lot opens an hour before the park is scheduled to. We'd recommend getting there right around that one-hour early mark; if the parking toll line isn't moving yet, don't worry! In our experience, once it opens up, things move pretty quickly. As for what to hit first, we've hopped to Space, then Peter Pan, on our last few trips, but we're also big Space Mountain fans :) We say go for whichever you'd most like to ride!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 26, 2021 at 4:33 p.m. Alexis Says...

So I go tomorrow on Saturday and have never been before.. do you know if their doing any tea parties with princess or anything ?! Also as far as food goes do I have to make a reservation or do you think it'll be pretty easy to find food there ? A friend suggested packing my own but I feel like that will be more of a hassle unless there's no way to get food without a reservation?

Feb 26, 2021 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis,

The character dining experiences have not yet returned to Magic Kingdom. Currently, I'm seeing some dining reservation availability for Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern, The Crystal Palace and Tony's Town Square Restaurant in the My Disney Experience app. If any of those interest you, I'd hop on snagging a reservation, as same-day availability may be harder to get. If you're OK with quick-service restaurants, you'll be able to use mobile ordering to secure your food. There may be a wait, especially if you're dining at a peak time, but we find it pretty easy to use! Hope this helps, and have fun tomorrow!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 11, 2020 at 1:56 p.m. Maru1234 Says...

Hi! Thank you for this tips. Are we alowed to eat seating in a sideway specially if we need to feed the kids with homemade food? Are there little food shops like hot dogs or icecream around the park?

Dec 11, 2020 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, there are lots of stands and restaurants open in Magic Kingdom! You are absolutely able to stop off to the side and get a drink or a bite to eat. There are lots of tucked away places around the park to do so, complete with seating :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 14, 2020 at 6:43 p.m. Shelly St Germain Says...

You recommend arriving, say, 40 minutes after park opens to avoid car lines. If I do that , is there a chance I won’t be able to get in due to too many people, with the limit in each park, even if I did make a reservation for my party?

Jul 14, 2020 at 4:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly!

No, arriving a little late will not impact your chances of getting in :) The capacity Disney sets is enforced through the amount of Disney Park Passes it releases, so you can arrive any time! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 14, 2020 at 5:39 p.m. Baylor81 Says...

Concerned the two year old I’m bringing this week will not wear her mask all the time. She will only wear it a few minutes then take it off. I’m mean she’s two so can’t expect much. Please note that we are bringing her a mask and will try our hardest to make her wear it as it is Disney rules and we are not trying to be rule breakers.

What I’m wondering is when you were visiting, did you personally see little 2 yr old toddlers wearing them. I understand kids that are a bit older can comprehend but since she is only two she doesn’t understand why something has to be on her face.

Jul 14, 2020 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Baylor 81!

We did see small children wearing them during our visit. We've heard from lots of parents that what worked well for them was explaining that this was Mickey's house rule, and if we want to be at Mickey's house, we have to follow by his rules. We know it can be tough for little ones to understand! We have a post dedicated to mask tips, including tips for tadpoles, here, that may help you all prepare for your trip! We'd also recommend taking advantage of some of the Relaxation Areas so that she can take a brief mask break. Others in the Frog Pond, any tips to share?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 14, 2020 at 3:35 p.m. M. Q. Says...

Question about the rides...are they loading them to capacity or leaving seats/rows open? How often are rides shut down for cleaning? Thanks.

Jul 14, 2020 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi M.Q.!

Disney is leaving seats and rows open on rides, but that configuration depends on the ride itself. For instance, every party gets their own pirate ship on Peter Pan’s Flight because it’s already a small seat. We were in the front row of Splash Mountain and there was another girl by herself who sat in the last row. Jungle Cruise has partitions to separate parties. Roller coasters have empty rows between parties (but parties that have to be split up remain together). Kilimanjaro Safaris had each row filled, but parties were kept separated by row/the dividers between. Sometimes you have an entire ride vehicle/boat to yourself (Na’vi River Journey). And of course, this can vary depending on how many people are riding at that time. We've been told that rides are cleaned every two hours, and they also are cleaned at the end of the day. We saw cast members cleaning the ride vehicles when we went on Splash Mountain & the Wildlife Express Train. While we were in line for Kali River Rapids, there was an announcement that the ride was delayed for cleaning, but it was probably like a 10-15 minute delay. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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