By Caitlin Corsello
When most guests think of Walt Disney World, their thoughts immediately focus on the Magic Kingdom. By far the most popular of the four theme parks, the Magic Kingdom is home to some of the most iconic and classic Disney experiences and attractions. Guests who tour the park are treated to a flight over London with Peter Pan, a thrilling journey into space, the chance to interact with ghosts, and a jaw dropping fireworks extravaganza. With so many things to experience and see in a day at the Magic Kingdom, smart guests head into their visit with a touring plan in mind to help save time and get the most out of their day. Here is the perfect touring plan for a magical day in the Magic Kingdom!
Rope Drop –
Arriving first thing in the morning is the best way to kick off a day in the Magic Kingdom. Guests who arrive before the park opens are treated to the opening show which features music, the Walt Disney World Railroad, the mayor of the park, and plenty of Disney characters. After a grand countdown, the gates are opened and guests can head into the park knowing that they are some of the first to enter for the day ensuring low crowds and low wait times for the morning hours.
The Mountains –
Guests should head over towards Adventureland and Frontierland first thing in the morning as they tend to be least crowded since many guests head straight for Tomorrowland on the opposite side of the park. Guests can experience two of the Magic Kingdom’s mountains with little to no wait times early in the morning. Splash Mountain takes guests on a soaking journey with Br’er Rabbit as he searches for more adventure culminating in a thrilling drop into the Briar Patch. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad whisks guests around the mountain, through the town, and through mysterious caves on a runaway mine train that is the wildest ride in the wilderness. Experiencing these two attractions first thing in the morning ensure low wait times and plenty of thrills!
Haunted Mansion –
Located in Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion is perhaps the most popular and beloved attraction in all of Walt Disney World. Taking guests into Gracey Manor, the attraction features eerie effects, creepy scenes, and the chance for guests to find themselves face to face with nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts. Guests should definitely try to experience this attraction more than once on a visit to the Magic Kingdom as it is so full of detail and interesting props that each ride will reveal new things!
Lunch At Columbia Harbour House –
After being scared on the Haunted Mansion, a great place to stop for a quick service lunch is at Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square. The restaurant serves up fresh menu options that guests can’t find anywhere else in the park like shrimp, lobster rolls, and chili. Guests can then enjoy their meal in the nautically themed dining areas. A great tip is to eat on the upstairs level which many guests don’t realize exists. There guests can usually score a table near the window and enjoy their meals looking out into Liberty Square.
Fantasyland During Parade –
Fantasyland is one of the most popular areas of the Magic Kingdom and it is home to many family friendly classic attractions like It’s A Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Since the area features rides that are family friendly, it tends to be most crowded in the mornings when families with children are up and exploring the parks. A great time to experience all that Fantasyland has to offer is during the afternoon parade, when many guests have migrated towards Main Street to grab a spot on the curb to watch as the Festival of Fantasy parade streams past. Since many guests are on Main Street or are off enjoying lunch, the attractions in Fantasyland tend to have lower wait times making it an ideal window to experience the land.
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FastPass Seven Dwarfs –
The newest attraction in Fantasyland and New Fantasyland is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which takes guests into the world of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on a journey into the mine caves. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the nearby lands, a sparkling encounter with the dwarfs in their mine, and even a chance encounter with the Evil Queen. Since this attraction is both relatively new and very fun, its super popular and tends to easily accumulate high wait times. A great touring plan is to book a FastPass for the attraction ahead of time to ensure a great experience with a low wait time.
Explore Tomorrowland –
The early evening and nighttime hours are a great time to explore Tomorrowland as guests can enjoy watching the sun set and the futuristic neon lights of the land come to life. While exploring the area, guests can enjoy Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and the Carousel of Progress. Guests should plan ahead and book FastPasses for Space Mountain, which offers guests the thrilling chance to blast off into outer space. Space Mountain is one of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions, and it can have a high wait time regardless of the time of day. Therefore, having a FastPass is the way to go to enjoy a space adventure with little time spent waiting on line.
Dinner At Cosmic Ray’s –
Located in Tomorrowland is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, a quick service restaurant that features some out of this world entertainment. Guests can order from several different bays which each feature different dining options then find a table near alien Cosmic Ray who entertains the crowds with songs, jokes, and funny anecdotes. Guests can also opt to dine at a table against the massive glass windows overlooking Cinderella Castle and enjoy the view of the beautiful structure throughout their meal.
The ultimate end to any day in the Magic Kingdom is watching Wishes Nighttime Spectacular high in the sky over Cinderella Castle. Narrated by Jiminy Cricket and featuring Disney music, fireworks, a flight by Tinkerbell, and some Disney villains, Wishes simply can’t be missed on a day in the Magic Kingdom. Guests who are looking for the best viewing spots should center themselves on Main Street facing the Castle and enjoy the show!