In a previous blog post we gave you seven ways to kill time when you are waiting for your Disney vacation to arrive. However, there are plenty of times while you are at Walt Disney World, especially Magic Kingdom Park, when you will find yourself with some extra time to kill. Maybe you have 30 minutes before an Advanced Dining Reservation or your next FastPass+ selection or maybe you are even waiting to line up for a parade or nighttime spectacular yet you don’t have time to wait in a 60-minute attraction queue.
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Here are six fun ideas to kill time at Magic Kingdom Park.
Located at the Main Street Confectionary on Main Street, U. S. A. and the Big Top Souvenirs in Fantasyland, there are candy makers. You can easily kill 30 minutes watching them make candy apples in the shape of Mike Wazowski, Mickey Mouse, Olaf and even Maleficent. They also make decorative chocolate covered strawberries, rice crispy treats and cookies. They make it look so easy to create a Mickey Mouse out of an apple and some marshmallows that you won’t want to look away. A lucky few might even get a complimentary nibble.
One of my favorite ways to waste time is watching the glass designers at Crystal Arts (they are also located in Kunstarbeit in Kristall in the Germany Pavilion). It doesn’t matter if they are making a bowl, a glass or an ornate Disney character or even Cinderella’s carriage, it is so much fun watching these amazing artists do their work.
Main Street, U. S. A.
While we are still on Main Street, U.S.A. why not explore the area by walking from shop to shop. (This is also a great way to escape the rain.) The west side of the street is comprised of Casey’s Corner, Disney Clothiers and Emporium gift shop. The east side of the street includes The Chapeau, Main Street Confectionery, Uptown Jewelers, Crystal Arts and Main Street Bakery. If you are lucky you will even catch a performance of the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet.
Don’t worry if you end up making some purchases while you are there. Disney offers free package pick-up for off-property guests and free resort package delivery for on-property guests. For a small fee, they also offer to ship your purchase home.
The Walt Disney World Railroad is not only a great way to kill time, it is also a great way to take a load off while enjoying the scenery surrounding Magic Kingdom Park. On the 1.5-mile journey around the park you will see authentic scenes correlating to the ‘land’ you are near. There are stations at the entrance to the park, between Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland and just past The Barnstormer in Fantasyland.
The ride around the entire park will take approximately 20 minutes.
Tom Sawyer’s Island
Typically, I wouldn’t suggest visiting Tom Sawyer’s Island because it is such a huge time consumer. However, if you have the time you should absolutely take the raft ride over and explore or just relax in a rocking chair on the porch facing Liberty Square. From here you can watch the Liberty Bell river boat come and go or even play a rousing game of checkers.
Dumbo’s Big Top
You don’t necessarily have to ride Dumbo to take a break in the air conditioning and watch the kiddos enjoying the playset which includes rope climbs, trampolines, swinging disc challenges and plenty of seating where for parents to take a load off.
Let’s be honest, you don’t even need to be a kid to enjoy a few minutes of relaxation under the bog top.
Grab a Snack and People Watch
Part 1: Pick your favorite snack:
- Mickey Premium Bar
- Dole Whip
- Candy Apples
- Decorated Rice Crispy Treats
- Turkey Leg
- Ice Cream
Part 2: Cop a squat in one of these places:
- Main Street, U. S. A.
- Central Hub
- Rose Garden
- Tables in front of Casey’s Corner or the Plaza
- Bridge overlooking the drop of Splash Mountain
- Walk way at the edge of the Rivers of the America
- Area around Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
No matter which you chose it’s sure to be a *MAGICAL* time even though you aren’t really doing anything!
Sue Nowicki is an alumna of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and being team mom to ten high-energy volleyball players where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @MQPodcast.