We are changing things up a little bit and instead of going day by day we are just going to share our park plans. So here it goes for the Magic Kingdom.
This new game plan will shorten this blog series up since I had a nine day trip. I already shared my day one Magic Kingdom plan so I won’t go over that again. However there were five other times we visited the Magic Kingdom, don’t worry I won’t discuss all of them, some visits were just so we could take a ride on the Monorail.
The next full day we spent at the Magic Kingdom, we started in Fantasyland. Ariel’s Under the Sea Adventure was our first stop, then it was time for our first fast pass Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Then our next fast pass was a ride my wife and I haven’t done in a long time, the Tomorrowland Speedway. The speedway is one my kids have wanted to do for a while however we have had to wait for my oldest daughter to be tall enough to drive with one of her siblings. This sounds weird but being a family of six, we needed to have three of us tall enough to meet the minimum height requirement of 54 inches. From there we went to Enchanted Tales with Belle, followed by lunch at Be Our Guest. After lunch, my wife and oldest daughter went on the Haunted Mansion while the rest of us played Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom before leaving for the day.
The next day at the Magic Kingdom we didn’t arrive until the afternoon taking a little time to enjoy Kidani Village and our savannah view room. When we did arrive, we had fast passes for Space Mountain for my wife my daughters and my mother who joined us at this point. The boys and I went on Peter Pan. After Peter Pan we used our second fast pass on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin now that there were seven of us, I had to ride alone, but my score was fantastic. We then closed out Tomorrowland hitting the Laugh Floor, Carrousel of Progress and the People Mover. This was also the day we hit the Move It Shake It Dance Party which is one of my wife’s favorite attractions. We hit our third fast pass at this point, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Before leaving we went on Dumbo at night. It’s still the same Dumbo but it feels a little different with all the lights and water features.
The last day of our trip is always a Magic Kingdom day. We got there at 1pm after brunch at Chef Mickey’s. When we arrived at the Magic Kingdom we did something that has been on my wife’s list for a long time, silhouette cutouts on Main St. Then we went to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train again with first fast pass (Thunder Mountain was closed so we did Seven Dwarfs overload). The second fast pass was Peter Pan for all of us followed by splitting the group again for our third fast pass. The final fast pass was Winnie the Pooh for my mother and the boys while my wife, daughters and I did Space Mountain. I had been looking forward to Space Mountain for a few reasons, I have never ridden it with my daughters and was looking forward to it, also I had not gone on it in about five years.
This concludes my visits to the Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom: Mike’s trip
Each trip of 4 days or more we usually try to set aside two full mornings for the Magic Kingdom. In my opinion the hours before noon in the MK allow your family to see and do more than any other park. If you have small children that will enjoy(need) a mid-day break for the pool, it is even more crucial. We usually schedule Magic Kingdom for the first full day, as I had said in the last post. For this trip we actually visited MK around the EMH for the other parks. That left two back-to-back days in the middle. So here is how we did it:
For the first morning in the Magic Kingdom we arrived in time to see the welcome show. (This is a must-do now for our family after it was suggested to us by Kyle.) The arrival of the train and the singing sets the day off in a great mood. Next is a walk up Main Street..one that I duly enjoy in the Fastpass plus reservation era. From Main Street we went through the castle into Fantasyland for our first stop, the Regal Carrousel. Although not an attraction you would normally race to, it gives us a chance to collect the group and set out on our Fantasyland morning. Next up was Winnie the Pooh, a FP+ stop at Peter Pan’s Flight, and then It’s a small world. We hit the “Tangled” bathrooms before heading over to new Fantasyland. First up was Dumbo (at the request of our 6 yr-old), followed by Under the Sea, and finally a Fastpass entry to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. (Both Peter Pan and Mine train are a must Fastpass to ensure we ride with minimal wait, although we sacrifice the cool queues on each.) After the coaster we went over to Mickey’s Phillarmagic, a favorite for our family. This was the end of our Fantasyland portion. Being that it was only 11am, we went over to Adventureland for a stop in the Enchanted Tiki room and our last FP+ at Pirates of the Carribean. Afterwards we stopped for our picnic lunch at a table in that area of Adventureland before strolling back through the shops on our way out ending day 1 of the Magic Kingdom.
Day 2 of MK traveling would start where we left off picking up a souvenir that we had passed up before on Main Street USA. Then off to Tomorrowland for a ride through the galaxy on Buzz Lightyear Spin and the Tomorrowland People Mover (one of my wife’s favorites). After that things started to veer from our plan. The Indy speedway had started to amass a wait..so we swapped our Jungle Cruise Fastpass for one there, leaving us to hop into the standby queue for the classic Jungle Cruise while it had no wait..also had us traversing the park after a day where we did very little past a fluid path through Fantasyland.
After the JC and speedway, we resumed our plan to see Frontierland. We began with a family filled boat on Splash Mountain, followed by a walk back to Liberty square for a lunch break. On our second MK day we ate right on a bench in Liberty square..then followed it with 20 minutes of relaxing air-conditioned education inside the Hall of Presidents.
Following this our group actually split in half, with one side staying in liberty square for FP to the Haunted Mansion while the adventurous types wandered back across frontierland to get on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Each group headed off meeting back afterward with matching Mickey ice cream bars in the Liberty square shade. This ended our second and final tour through the Magic Kingdom for this trip…well at least until we hit the refillable popcorn stand on the way out through Main Street..heading back towards the bus to our resort.
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