Never Get Lost In The Magic Kingdom Again

First Aid and Baby Care at Magic Kingdom
First Aid and Baby Care at Magic Kingdom - Photo by Steps to Magic

The Magic Kingdom can provide an escape from reality when you need it the most, but what happens when you take a wrong turn without knowing it. There are three ways that you can know where you’re going and how to get there, without having to stress!

ASK A CAST MEMBER

This one is simple: Just ask a cast member. They’ve got the lay of the lands and can give you the right directions to your intended destination, without judgment. This is incredibly helpful when looking for a specific spot, like a washroom or first aid.

USE A PARK MAP

Disney puts maps everywhere, but specifically you’re going to find a stack of paper maps at most (if not all) retail locations near the cash register, right next to the Times Guides. These will give you the opportunity to look around you to have a starting point, like an attraction or quick service location, and then see where your next steps will be.

If you download the MyDisneyExperience App to your phone, you’ll have access to a smart map which will geolocate you to your exact location.

FOLLOW THE CROWDS

Never mind, this isn’t a tip! In fact, most times the crowds will lead you further away from your intended destination. Ask first, wander later!

KNOW THE PARK LAYOUT

The Magic Kingdom is divided into six themed “lands.” It is designed like a wheel, with the hub in front of Cinderella Castle. Pathways spoke out from the hub across the 107 acres (43 ha) of the park and lead to these six lands.

There are breezeways and other walkways that connect the lands without going through the central hub (aka in front of the castle), but if you’re ever lost…go to the castle!


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I know that this is a basic question for folks who have been to the parks a lot, but let’s look at the reason why someone would be looking for an answer to this topic.

It’s not for adults.

It’s for kids.

From personal experience, both working in the parks and running my own tour company, you’ll want to keep everyone orientated throughout the day. From pointing out things like washrooms and places that you’ll be seeing later (like your FastPass at the Haunted Mansion), it’s integral to give the younger minds something to look for.

It’s also important to know where you’ll end up “getting lost” or becoming separated from your party.


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Here’s the Top 3 Places You’ll Lose Your Family at the Magic Kingdom

In Crowds

  • Parades, because parents like to send their kids to the front to get a better view.
  • Fireworks, because it’s dark and overly crowded in places like Main Street USA.
  • After a show lets out, like Festival of the Lion King or Fantasmic. Lots of people flooding the street.

Washrooms

  • Before you hit the washroom, communicate with your party exactly where you’ll meet them. Don’t Don’t Don’t use the phrase “I’ll be around”, because there are sometimes two or three entrances to a washroom.
  • Parents, make sure that your kids know what you’re wearing and have a pic of the outfit that they’re wearing. The number of times that I’ve seen kids follow an adult out of a bathroom because they had on the same shoes or same color clothing and then realize that they’ve lost their parent…it’s constant!
  • Dads – this is a tip for you. Wear funky shoe laces! Have something that makes you stand out in a crowd.

Restaurants

  • I’ve seen meltdowns at all points during mealtimes, from parents losing kids who went to find a table to kids not knowing where their family was sitting after returning from the restroom.
  • Don’t yell across the dining room, as it’s just easier for you to get up and walk over to your lost family member. In fact, you’ll see them LONG before they see you, so don’t sneak up on them from behind without using their name about 5 steps away.

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Tips for Keeping Track of Lost Parents

Disney doesn’t have lost kids – they’ve got lost parents. The kids know exactly where they are…

Because of that, it’s important that you put as many things on your kids in order to identify them and give a Security Cast Member the upper hand of a happy reunion.

  • Take as many photos as possible, including outfits with all accessories (hats, sunglasses, etc)
  • Write your MOBILE phone number on the backside of their MagicBand. Your home number won’t help anywhere at this moment.

The topic of getting lost has so many different answers and tips that it’s all about over-communicating. Be aware that you’ll be in the most popular theme park in the world, so most people won’t know what it’s like to be around 60,000 other people who have their own agendas and schedules to keep.

I hope that this was helpful!

I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!
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