How many days should you spend at the Magic Kingdom?

The Magic Kingdom at Disney World is the most popular theme park in the world, featuring dozens of unique rides and attractions. How many days should you plan to spend at the Magic Kingdom to make sure you experience all it has to offer?

The length of your trip as well as the size of your group will influence this answer. You may also choose to spend more or less time depending on crowds, your interests and the weather.

That being said, we recommend you spend at least two days of your vacation at the Magic Kingdom.

The Magic Kingdom is often referred to as a two-day theme park due to its size and number of attractions. Even with the complimentary FastPass+ service, it’s almost impossible to ride or visit every attraction on busier days. Planning two full days at the park will give you the best opportunity to visit the rides you want to ride most, watch the parade and experience the incredible nightly fireworks show.

We recommend that you try to make your first day at the Magic Kingdom the day you watch the parade, the fireworks show and try to ride the park’s most popular rides. This way you’ll have a back-up day should weather or scheduling alter your first day’s plans.

If you’re staying on property, which we believe it is worth it to stay at a Disney World hotel for the convenience alone, we recommend splitting up your days. Crowds and hot weather can put a real damper on your day, causing some of the magic and enjoyment to fade. We’ll arrive at the Magic Kingdom early, hit some of our favorite attractions while the lines are manageable, use our FastPass reservations, eat an early lunch and then head back to the resort for a quick break. Then, we’ll return refreshed for an evening/night of Magic Kingdom fun.

Overall, you’ll want two full days to commit to the Magic Kingdom to experience everything it has to offer. Even then you may miss some rides/attractions, but you’ll have enough time to hit the highlights.

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David is a Disney travel expert who created Notes from Neverland in 2018 after visiting Disney theme parks countless times. Previously, David spent way too much time writing about sports, and was featured in Sports Illustrated, MSN, Yahoo!, and in many other publications. Learn more or contact us.

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