Disney for Solo Travelers: Magic Kingdom Edition!
Have you ever thought about doing the Disney’s Magic Kingdom solo?
This park is a solo theme park traveler’s must!
Magic Kingdom is the number one theme park in world and a place filled with so much magical adventure.
It’s a wonderful starter for you if you’re interested in the classic Disney appeal. It gives a good variety of thrilling attractions on the milder side that will keep you entertained during your whole trip by yourself.
The addition of New Fantasyland and the coming Tron roller coaster, continues to make the Magic Kingdom a world-class theme park.
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What to Expect on Your Solo Magic Kingdom Adventure
If you didn’t know, the Magic Kingdom is located in the Orlando area and is a perfect park to pace yourself, get lost, and discover the enchantment of this land.
For a solo theme park goer, all you need is your smartphone, a good Disney Podcast, and your headphones, and you’ll be on your way to an out of this world theme park adventure!
Traveling solo to Magic Kingdom doesn’t have to be frightening.
Since I started traveling to Disney parks alone, I’ve noticed I’m confident meeting new people. I’m also able to let go just a little bit of my introverted side.
One of the first questions you may have is…
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How do you go to Disney World alone?
Now that’s a big question to answer.
In today’s article I will show you how to do one of Disney’s parks by yourself. If you want to learn how you can go to all other theme parks alone, then be sure to check out The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide.
A handbook I wanted to share with you to walk you step-by-step to planning that first solo Disney World vacation.
Do you think people will realize that you’re alone at the Magic Kingdom?
Or, do you feel you will not have as good of a time on your solo Disney trip when compared to going with family?
If this sounds like you, then I’m here to help guide you into the perfect solo day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
The Disney parks are perfect for any solo adult traveler. You will never have to worry about feeling lonely or afraid when going by yourself.
As a solo park hopper, the Magic Kingdom offers many activities that are amazing, such as top-notch parades, swashbuckling voyages, and futuristic thrills meant to add a piece of pixie dust to your travels.
How do you do the Magic Kingdom solo in one day?
It’s definitely doable if you have a good game plan. Save the Magic Kingdom one-day cheat sheet to your phone below!
Access your copy of the Disney World itinerary here!
9 Tips for Doing Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Alone
Now, allow me to welcome you to Disney’s fairy-tale paradise! Let’s go through the BEST first timer tips for conquering your solo Magic Kingdom journey.
1 – Ease Your Way into Solo Travel
Traveling this way can seem scary to you, so I recommend starting small when it comes to traveling solo.
Try arriving to Walt Disney World one day prior to your party arriving there, then do a couple of hours at the Magic Kingdom to see if you like doing Disney by yourself.
This may just convince you to try a whole day at another Walt Disney World park, like Hollywood Studios, on your own.
2 – Map Out Your Day at Magic Kingdom
The thought of going to the Magic Kingdom solo is probably too stressful for you to even think about, so I recommend mapping out your day in advance.
Having an itinerary relieves any nervousness associated with traveling alone and keeps your mind occupied with all the charming rides and attractions you’ll be enjoying at the Magic Kingdom.
Review Disney’s Magic Kingdom Map Below
3 – Book Your Top Magic Kingdom FastPasses and Reservations ASAP
FastPasses to the hottest attractions such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom need to be booked like yesterday!
Trust me, you will thank me later for this.
FastPasses to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or even Peter Pan’s Flight are nearly impossible to get with last minute planning.
Hipster Power Tip: When choosing FastPasses for Magic Kingdom be sure to choose at least one of the following attractions due to popularity: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, or the Haunted Mansion.
In addition to booking your FastPasses, you’ll want to make other reservations early too.
This is an advantage for you, because you will never have to think of what to do. FastPass reservations also help take away the pressures of trying to “look busy” on your solo trip.
You’ll want to book your dining or special event reservation as soon as you know your Disney vacation dates. Popular Magic Kingdom restaurants and annual events book up quickly.
Take Note of the Magic Kingdom Hours for Your Trip
The Magic Kingdom park opens at 9:00 a.m. each morning and closes at 9 p.m. depending on the time of year (peak season will have longer hours).
4 – Discover All the Lands of Magic Kingdom
Learn the different historical facts of each land or area in the Magic Kingdom.
There are so many unique hidden gems and facts that you’d love learning about as you walk through each highly themed area.
Magic Kingdom is divided into six lands:
- Main Street U.S.A.
- Liberty Square
The lands are centered around the hub, which is Cinderella Castle. This is especially important to note when planning and mapping out your trip.
5 – Experience Your Magic Kingdom Must Do Attractions
Since it’s your solo Disney trip, it’s a time to do Magic Kingdom your way!
This is the NUMBER ONE PERK of going to Walt Disney World by yourself.
Get lost in childhood memories on Peter Pan Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, “it’s a small world,” and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
In order to get all your Magic Kingdom must do’s, I suggest doing a bit of researching on the web and writing everything down you want to accomplish.
Magic Kingdom Rides & Attractions You Must Do
- Conquer each mountain!
- Do a special tour like the Keys to the Kingdom.
- Create your very own special tour such as, a food only day or attraction day.
- Dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant.
- Ride the Tomorowland PeopleMover at night!
- Try the kiddie, whimsical rides in New Fantasyland.
- Have an adult beverage in the Magic Kingdom.
- Board classic Disney rides like Carousel of Progress.
Hipster Power Tip: Remember to find a nice quiet area of the park to regroup.
My favorite thing to do when I want to escape the crowd is to hitch a ride over to Tom Sawyer’s Island and find a quiet seat. I also like to sit in the front area of Liberty Square next to the entrance and people watch.
You can also to take the classic Disney train ride around the park where you will learn some facts about Disney.
Adult Friendly Activities
- Enjoy a delicious meal with a nice glass of wine at Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Stay at the park when most kiddos are asleep for the Disney Villains After Hours
- Be the crowd and frustrated families by taking advantage of the Disney Early Morning Magic in Fantasyland
- Get a history and VIP tour of the park with Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour
- Enjoy all the exciting attractions with The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour
- Eating Your Way Around the park at the Magic Kingdom: I recommend that you create your own version of foodie tour around the world at this incredible park.
Do Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Solo!
This game’s objective is to stop Hades’s grand plan by defeating Disney villains who can be found in portals throughout the park.
6 – Don’t Be Afraid to Socialize
I know firsthand what it’s like to be an introvert, but get out of your comfort zone.
Take the ThemeParkHipster challenge and introduce yourself to at least one person on your day at Magic Kingdom.
Get familiar with your social media community. There are lots of Facebook groups dedicated to Disney enthusiasts.
You can join the ThemeParkHipster Facebook community here!
These groups usually have people in it who frequently travel to Disney parks solo. They will become your very own theme park family and they will also help you out with the latest park news and their own personal theme park hacks.
Your Instagram community is another place to get to know your Disney family. Once these relationships are formed online, they may lead to long-term friendships.
Let’s connect at Instagram here!
7 – Take Lots of Photos at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is one big attraction meant to captivate and inspire.
Take advantage of the PhotoPass system at Disney, where Cast Members will take photos for you that can later be retrieved digitally (on your computer or your phone).
Don’t forget to take photos with characters in the park.
Now that I’m a bit older, I love meeting all the characters in Magic Kingdom, such as, Princess Tiana and Gaston.
I also love watching others dress like the characters they plan on meeting in the parks. It always makes for amazing photos!
8 – Know the Reasons Why Doing Magic Kingdom at Disney World Alone is So Incredible!
Perk #1: Freedom.
There’s an incredible sense of independence when you’re exploring the parks by yourself. You can take a journey with Ariel and all her aquatic friends at Magic Kingdom without anyone mocking you about your choice in entertainment.
A big plus is that your day will move a lot faster, meaning that you’ll do more without the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Perk #2: You Become a Better Problem Solver.
With the solo experience you gain the advantage of becoming a better problem solver. Because it’s just you on this vacation path, you will have to come up with plan A, plan B, and plan C for some of the theme park events.
When you’re with a group of people you may have many different opinions or solutions to problems that arise; however, when it’s just you, you become the sole problem solver.
Perk #3: You Meet Incredible Solo ThemeParkHipsters
Since I started going to Disney by myself, I’ve noticed that I’ve become more confident in other social settings.
Traveling solo to Walt Disney World makes me happy, which makes me more comfortable introducing myself to others.
9 – Remember You’re Home and Never Truly Alone
When you arrive at Walt Disney World you are home. The cast members, the characters, the Disney guests are all your family.
This is the most magical family reunion!
What to Know Before You Go
How much does the Magic Kingdom cost?
A one-day REGULAR season Magic Kingdom ticket starts at $118* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).
What day of the week is best to go to the Magic Kingdom?
Tuesday is the best day of the week to have your solo Disney day. If Tuesday doesn’t work, Wednesday and Thursday are good as well.
What are the best Disney resorts for Solo Travelers?
- Swan and Dolphin Resort
- Windsor Hills Resort (perfect if you’re meeting family or friends later)
- Fort Wilderness Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Buena Vista Palace (offsite)
What rides at Disney World have single rider line?
The Magic Kingdom currently does not have any single rider attractions. While planning out your day, you’ll want to have your FastPasses booked as mentioned earlier in this guide and arrive early to the park.
Disney World Single Rider Attractions
- Test Track – Epcot
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Hollywood Studios
- Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom
- Smugglers Run – Hollywood Studios
Have I convinced you to go to Disney’s Magic Kingdom solo yet?
Be courageous, take the leap and go!
Don’t spend your life waiting for others schedule to line up with yours in order for you to make that solo trek.
If you want to go to a Disney park solo, then go!
Traveling by myself to theme parks is my Theme Park Therapy and I want it to become yours.
Let me know below if you’ve ever went to Magic Kingdom by yourself or if you’re thinking about going at it alone in the comments below?
Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
(Original Article Date: June 6, 2019/Updated May 18, 2020)