Making the Most of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Cast Member Tips and Tricks

by Rebecca Bryant | Release Date: January 22, 2018 | Availability: Print, Kindle

A Nickel Tour of the Magic Kingdom

The best travel guides give the same good advice: ask the locals, learn from the locals. At Walt Disney World, the locals are the cast members, so if you want to learn the ins and outs of the Magic Kingdom, who should you ask? The locals!

Rebecca Bryant is a former Disney World cast member. During her time in service to the mouse, she investigated every nook and cranny of the Magic Kingdom, learning how to navigate the park like a local, and where to find the best pixie dust.

It's all here, in a book small enough to fit in your purse or your back pocket, but big enough to help make all your Disney dreams come true.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Disney-speak

Chapter 2: Main Street, U.S.A.

Chapter 3: Tomorrowland

Chapter 4: Fantasyland

Chapter 5: Storybook Circus

Chapter 6: Liberty Square

Chapter 7: Frontierland

Chapter 8: Adventureland

Chapter 9: Holidays

Chapter 10: Travel Tips

Chapter 11: Disney Dining Plan

Chapter 12: Resort Accommodations

Chapter 13: Extra Magic Insights

Chapter 14: Final Thoughts



What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Disney? Perhaps it’s the classic mouse that has become an icon. Maybe it’s the towering 189-foot-tall castle in the Florida theme park. Or it could be the two sisters that have recently taken over the world with the record-setting release of Frozen. No matter what comes to mind, there is no doubt that one of the quintessential family vacations is a trip to one of the Disney parks. Some families go once in their life, others could practically take up residence in Magic Kingdom. Whatever your level of Disney experience, I’m here to help you get the most for your money.

As a Walt Disney World cast member, I spent quite a lot of time exploring the Orlando parks and resorts, learning a lot of tips, tricks, and strategies along the way. I can tell you which restaurant has the best milkshakes (50s Prime Time Café in Hollywood Studios), what time to head over to Test Track and walk right on (just as IllumiNations begins), and where to sit to get an amazing view of Happily Ever After without anyone else blocking your view (directly in front of the castle behind a flower bed). As you plan, research, and prepare, I’ll shed a little light on the lesser-known tips and tricks to help you make the most of you Walt Disney World vacation.

In this book, I will be taking you through all six lands of the Magic Kingdom with information on all of the rides, restaurants, and intriguing features of each. I have also included tips on what to wear to Disney, what to pack, a section about the Disney Dining Plan, and special events offered at the Magic Kingdom. At the end of the day, hopefully you’ll be glad you’ve picked up this book, as my aim is to share as much knowledge as I can about the original Florida theme park that debuted in 1971: the Magic Kingdom.

Rebecca Bryant

Rebecca spends her time alternating between reading, writing (usually about Disney), and enjoying time with family and friends. She has recently completed her bachelor of arts in Digital Film with an emphasis in Production and minor in Marketing at Grand Canyon University in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. She is married to her loving husband, Isaac, and looks back fondly on her cast member days. She would jump at the chance to visit Walt Disney World again, and may be back there soon.

Did you know that Casey's Corner, the quick-service hot dog restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A., has an opening ceremony that includes selecting a kid and letting him throw out the first pitch of that day's "game"? Me, neither! And that's just one of Rebecca's cast member tips...

One great tip for beating the heat in summer (and practically every other time of the year) is instead of walking down the middle of Main Street, walk through the Emporium gift shop on the left side as you enter the park. The shops all look different from the outside, but they are in fact one long, inter-connected shop that ends at Casey’s Corner. Casey’s also has a cute little activity you may want to watch in the morning. If you are around Main Street during the time when Casey’s opens, you should try and catch their opening ceremony. They choose one child to throw the “opening pitch,” which is captured by a PhotoPass photographer, and they hand out free Cracker Jacks as well. I stumbled across this by accident one morning, but I think it is adorable.

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You've been in the Magic Kingdom all day, taking photos with your iPhone. And now the battery's almost dead. What to do? You probably didn't bring a spare. But if you know where to look, you can "swap" batteries in the park, no charger or other equipment required.

If you are like me and use your phone for basically everything (FastPass+, dining reservations, photos, text messaging, etc.) while you’re in the park, you will need some way to charge it. My phone sometimes barely made it four hours into a park day due to the amount I used it. Originally, I had brought a backup battery, but that one ended up dying and not working out. About two months into my cast member tenure, Disney installed machines that provided portable batteries, but the caveat was that once you drained them, you could go and switch it out for a fresh, new battery, no need to charge it. You could charge it if you wanted to on your own, because I came with a USB charger, but more often than not I just used the in-park stations. The two areas available to swap batteries were Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. (the Space Mountain gift shop) and the shop right as you exit Mickey’s meet-and-greet on Main Street. The cost to purchase the original pack was around $30, but swapping batteries was free. It may not be the most cost-effective option for a two- or three-day trip, but for annual passholders who come all the time, I highly recommend this. There are stations to swap out the batteries in the other parks as well.

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