There are numerous “how to” guides for Walt Disney World beginners, but they are just too simplistic for annual passholders. Annual passholders know which rides are a must do, and which rides aren’t worth standing in line for. The intent of this article is to act as a guide for the experienced Walt Disney World traveler, or more likely the annual passholder who might visit the parks multiple times a year. I’m sure for some even this list of ideas is too simplistic for annual passholders, so if you have any helpful suggestions for Walt Disney World veterans leave them in the comments below, or on Facebook.
Skip the Parade and the Fireworks
You’ve seen the parade and the fireworks hundreds of times. Take this time to get on attractions that typically have longer waits. While the rest of the guests are packed onto Main Street U.S.A. this is your opportunity to ride Space Mountain or The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Yes, there will still be lines when the fireworks and parades are going on, but the wait times are usually much lower. With the parks becoming increasingly more crowded it is times like these that annual passholders have to take advantage of the fact they don’t need to do and see all the things that beginners must do.
Citizens of Main Street
Intermittently from 9:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the Citizens of Main Street come out onto the street to interact with guests in half hour segments. During the peak hours of the day from about 12 until 2 p.m. I suggest annual passholders and Magic Kingdom connoisseurs to make their way to the front of the park to interact with the Citizens of Main Street. This way you get a fun interaction with the ensemble of 19th century citizens, but maybe more importantly, you get a chance to take a break from the long lines at the peak hours of the day. The cast of characters are a joy to interact with, and they really bring Main Street U.S.A. to life. Whether you meet the mayor of Main Street U.S.A., or any of the other wonderful citizens, this is an opportunity that Disney veterans shouldn’t miss.
Lunch at one of the Seven Seas Lagoon Resorts
You are an expert in the Magic Kingdom, and you know that the 2nd floor of the Columbia Harbor House is a great place to eat within the parks, and you most certainly know about the new delicious options at Pecos Bill’s, but you’ve had all the food in the parks a million times, so it is time to mix it up. I suggest you hop on the monorail and head over to one of the three deluxe resorts on the monorail loop. While I am breaking the rules of this list strictly being in the Magic Kingdom I think the jump to one of these resorts is so quick that is should be included. Between Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort there are a lot of great places to grab a quick bite, or even table service locations that will be a lot nicer at to eat than in the parks. I highly suggest Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, as it is a much better dining experience for a quick service restaurant compared to anything you’ll find in the Magic Kingdom.
Try Things You’ve Passed Over
Whether you’ve put off watching the Country Bear Jamboree, or walking up into the Swiss Family Treehouse it is time for you as an annual passholder, or Disney expert, to bite the bullet. Some experiences within the Magic Kingdom have been pigeonholed into the category of being a “boring” or “lame” attraction. Don’t listen to that nonsense. While there is a chance you might hate it as much as the naysayers say, there is also a chance it might become your favorite attraction. As much as I am not a fan of the Country Bear Jamboree, I have friends who absolutely love it. For the longest time I put off riding the Peoplemover because I thought it was just a ride for children and old people, and now it is arguably my favorite attraction.