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  • On Apr 7, 2024
    Adelaida from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are a family of 4 visiting for the first time in march next year 2025 and i want to know how can i maximize one day at the magic Kingdom with a 3 year old and a 8 year old? It will be the 8 year old birthday.

    Hi Adelaida,

    Happy Early Birthday to your little one! Spending a birthday at Magic Kingdom truly can not be beat. I love that you are already looking to make the best day ever and we can help here at planDisney.

    If you only have one day and want to make the absolute most out of it, I recommend utilizing Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes. Both services are an extra fee but give you access to the Lightning Lane where you bypass the normal ride queue and greatly reduce your wait time. These are worth the extra money on a Magic Kingdom day because there is so much to see and do there that it is hard to fit it all into one day. Genie+ allows you to continually make Lightning Lane reservations one at a time throughout the day and Individual Lightning Lanes are just a one-time fee to reserve a block of time where you can access the shorter queue lines for the most in-demand attractions at Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Tron Lightcycle / Run.

    Aside from these paid services I also have a few free tips for maximizing the amount of attractions you can fit into one day. Arrive as early as possible to get the jump on lines and immediately head to the left after you exit Main Street towards Adventureland to ride Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean. When most people arrive they head to the most in-demand attractions to queue early and I find that wait times in Adventureland are much lower in the morning than throughout the rest of the day. While you are waiting in those shorter lines, go ahead and use Genie+ to get a return time for Big Thunder Mountain.

    Throughout the day, I also try to make my way around the theme park in the same direction and not do too much running back and forth for lower wait times. I find this keeps me and my kids from getting too tired and makes it feel a little less overwhelming. 

    Since you have little ones who may need an afternoon break, I would make sure to have a lunch reservation somewhere that is calm and allows the family to decompress from the hustle of the park. My favorite option in Magic Kingdom is Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. The food is delicious and the restaurant has a great vibe. It also allows you to have a birthday cake with your kid! When you make your reservation simply choose to add a celebration cake and it will be ready and waiting for your party.

    While I fully support a jam-packed day of fun, I would make sure that you know what your top 3-5 attractions are before you get there and prioritize those while allowing your family some time to be spontaneous and have downtime. This will overall make your trip more fun and not make you feel as stressed as the planner.

    Happy Planning,

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