Ok Dad’s, you are coming to the Magic Kingdom. On the surface you are going to think that it is all about Cinderella’s Castle, Princesses and Mickey Mouse (well it is always going to be about Mickey, after all, it all started with a mouse!). But trust me, there is so much more to see and do!
So let’s get started. My advice…get to the park at opening. It may seem like everyone else has the same idea, but once in the park, you are going to have the opportunity to ride the rides you want before the mid-day crowds really take full effect. Have a plan for your must do rides and grab a map. Let’s look at some must’s for Disney Dad’s:
• The most important thing you can take advantage of is Disney’s Fast Pass system. This system allows you the opportunity to get a pass to come back to the ride at a later time and have a minimal wait in line for your ride. There is no reason to wait more than 30 minutes for any ride. Fast Pass is your friend!
• Ride the Jungle Cruise: While not a “thrill” ride, if you get a good boat captain, the humor they share can be very entertaining.
• Dole Whips: Grab one at Aloha Isle, across from the Swiss Family Treehouse. These pineapple ice cream desserts are not to be missed.
• Wishes Fireworks: This is where you become Mr. Incredible. Be a hero to your family by securing a spot to watch Wishes on the Tomorrowland Bridge. Your family will adore you after seeing Tinkerbell fly overhead.
• Celebration Pins: If you are coming during a family member’s birthday or other special occasion, stop at Guest Service’s for a button. Cast Members will shower you with good wishes all day long.
• Photo Pass: Use the Disney photographers and get a photopass card. You can then look at them and order them when you get home. Keep the card and add photos during your whole stay. Ask your photographer if they have any “magic” poses. A cool surprise will be waiting for you when you review them. This is also a good opportunity to have them take pictures with your camera.
• Shortcuts: There are walkways you can take to avoid crowded areas. Those I use are exiting Tomorrowland, taking the walkway on the left helps you avoid the crowded hub in front of the castle, and the other is the path from Liberty Square to Fantasyland, which takes you alongside and behind the castle.
• Tom Sawyer’s Island: Be on the first boat across and search the island for one of Tom’s paintbrushes. Upon your return you can turn it in to a Cast Member for a prize (we received a “golden fastpass” for a ride of our choice).
• Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom: A new interactive card game that takes you around the park fighting villains with spells. If you ever collected baseball cards, this game is addictive (and free!)
• Flag Ceremony: If you are a veteran, you can inquire about assisting in the lowering of the flag on Main Street at Guest Services. This happens at 5pm each day.
There is no doubt that there is much more to experience. Above are just a few. While in the Magic Kingdom, take your time and look around. You never know what you will find that you didn’t expect. These are the things that memories are made from!