First-time Walt Disney World visitors are often overwhelmed attempting to plan their day at Magic Kingdom. Most every Disney fan will tell you a different Disney touring plan, but today I’m going to share with you OUR families “Maximum Fun Route”. **Important note, this route does NOT take into consideration Covid-19 changes**
There are a few things you need to know before we share our plan:
- We have two teenagers (18 and 13) and two younger children (8 & 7), myself and my husband in our family.
- My husband, the teens, and the 8-year-old all love rollercoasters. I’ll call them the “Rollercoaster 4” The 7-year-old and I do not (I get horrible motion sickness) so we will be the “Non-Riders”
- You’re always a bit at the mercy of fast pass availability, what time of the year you are visiting, and how crowded the parks are. We’re going to assume for this exercise that all the best things have happened and conditions are ideal.
- In this example, we are going to assume that you DO have access to Extra Magic Hours because being on property is “ideal” conditions for our family.
Alright – Here’s our DREAM plan for a day at Magic Kingdom. *Reminder this is completely our (the Scroggin family) opinion and is designed just to help you get ideas. It is not a guarantee that you will do everything just like what we say.
- 6:45am – Leave the resort.
- 7:00 – Arrive at Magic Kingdom, tell them we’re here for a dining reservation at Crystal Palace. Get great photos of a semi-empty Main Street and castle on the way to dining reservations.
- 7:15-8:00 – Enjoy a breakfast buffet while getting photos and autographs with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore & Tigger.
- 8:00 – Goal: Ride as many typically busy rides without a wait as you can.
- Rollercoaster 4 head over to Tomorrowland Space Mountain / Fantasyland Non-Riders head to Dumbo then Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Rollercoaster 4 walk over to Frontierland and ride Big Thunder Mountain and-or Splash Mountain if its available / Non-Riders stay in Fantasyland ride Small World, the Carousel & Winnie the Pooh if possible.
- 10:00 – Meet-Up in Liberty Square to ride Haunted Mansion together.
- 10:30 – Snack? Walk together to Adventureland to see what has short lines. If Pirates isn’t a bad wait-time, then ride that together. If it is then ride Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, Jungle Boat, and cool off in the Enchanted Tiki Room.
- When you’re done with Adventureland grab Casey’s Corner Hot Dogs & head back to the resort for mid-day nap potentially between 12:30-1:30.
- BACK TO RESORT FOR REST/ POOL/ ETC. (Hall of Presidents for a nap for those of you not wanting to go back to your resort/hotel room, then ride anything or meet any characters that have a wait-time of 30 minutes or less. If it’s your first time you’ll want to send someone to save your spot for the afternoon parade by 2:15ish).
- 3:30 Head back to the Magic Kingdom on the resort bus. Be entering in as people are leaving after the parade. *hopefully*
- 4:00 FAST PASS – PETER PAN or PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN depending on which your group wants more.
- 4:30ish Philharmagic OR Enchanted Tales with Belle (depending on your group’s likes)
- 5:00: FAST PASS – SPLASH MOUNTAIN (if its open!) if not then BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN (for some reason all of our family will ride water rides) Grab a snack on the way to whats next.
- 5:30: Hop on WDW Railroad in Frontierland and ride it to Fantasyland Stop
- 6:00ish: Barnstormer for those who want to ride, Pete’s Silly sideshow character greetings for those who don’t.
- 6:30: Walk towards Tomorrowland. Grab dinner at Cosmic Ray’s Counter Service (anyone wanting to ride Tea Cups on the way should make sure to send in their mobile order. If you finish eating early then take a loop on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover before the next Fast Pass)
- 7:30: Space Mountain FAST PASS for Rollercoaster 4, FAST PASS for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin for non-riders.
- 8:00 pm: Walt TOWARDS Main Stree to get a prettier look at the fireworks. Send someone earlier in the day to “save your spot” for the parade but in our experience, ALL BETS ARE OFF when it comes to fireworks and people never can actually save a spot at all, so just move in that direction. There’s often good viewing around the Plaza and if you want to spring for the Happily Ever After Dessert Party (which we have done many times and love!) it’s great viewing and totally worth it for the deserts.
- Until the park closes, check the My Disney Experience app to see what has low wait times and enjoy those rides Definitely try to get in Monster’s Laugh Floor. Always do your BEST to not cross the parks. So stay concentrated areas until rides come up. Of course, as soon as you feel comfortable turning your teenagers loose to go ride whatever they want I suggest you do it, especially since (if you’re on property) they can catch a bus monorail back to your resort. Usually, the park closes around 9:00-10:00 pm at night. Check park hours to know for sure.
So there you have it. This is obviously just an idea of what you could do. Again remembering that conditions are ideal in this scenario. If you followed this plan you would have done all of these attractions in one day.
Try it out and let us know what you think! Or help us with future articles and let us know what you would do differently! Best wishes!
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