Best Time to Visit the Magic Kingdom

Dumbo the Flying Elephant
••• You'll have twice the fun in Fantasyland with the chance to ride both Dumbo the Flying Elephant rides during Extra Magic Hours. © The Walt Disney Company

Choosing the right time of year is very important when you schedule your Disney vacation, but once you arrive, selecting which park to visit on which day can be almost overwhelming. Choose well, and you will breeze through the Magic Kingdom and hit all of your favorites. Choose poorly and you may find yourself waiting in line for hours to climb onto one of Space Mountain's rocket ships.

Best Time of Year to Visit the Magic Kingdom

When you are planning your Disney World vacation there is so much to consider, including the weather.

Some even plan their vacations around one of Disney World's popular special events, like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in November or December.

Best Days to Visit the Magic Kingdom for Resort Guests

When you check into your Disney resort, pay attention to the daily park schedule you receive as part of your check-in package. This schedule will list the Extra Magic Hours available at the Magic Kingdom during your visit.

While dates are subject to change, the Magic Kingdom hosts an Extra Magic Morning on Fridays, allowing resort guests an extra hour to ride popular attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Space Mountain.

The Evening Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom is on Wednesdays when you'll be able to stick around and enjoy some of your favorite attractions after dark on these evenings.

Be sure to check the daily park schedule. Disney often adds additional Extra Magic Hour days and hours during busy and crowded times of the year.

Best Days to Visit the Magic Kingdom for Off-Site Visitors

Since you won't be eligible for Extra Magic Hours, the best days to visit the Magic Kingdom are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Visit the Magic Kingdom on these days to avoid the influx of resort guests heading to the park as a result of the offered Extra Magic Hours.

Best Time of Day to Visit the Magic Kingdom

If you are an early bird, head to the park on your chosen day about 15 minutes prior to opening. If you are relying on the Disney Transportation System, allow at least 30 minutes of travel time to arrive at the park entrance. Arriving early allows you to be one of the first guests to enter the park, and head quickly to your favorite attractions.

If you are more of a night owl, arrive at the park in the early evening on the day you have chosen. Make a dining reservation for 4:00 or 5:00, then hit the rides when you get done. The park crowds will usually begin thinning out as guests make their way to other locations for dinner, or head back to their resort for the evening.

Choosing the best time of year, the day of the week and time of day to visit the Magic Kingdom ensures that you will have plenty of time to experience all that this location has to offer.