Magic Kingdom touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions for 2017

(Article last updated: April 12, 2017)

Having well-organized touring plans that make good use of FastPasses is key to avoiding long line waits during your Disney World trip, including (and especially!) at Magic Kingdom.

The FastPass+ system is a little hard to understand at first, but I have an explanation on that, plus advice to help you create your own Magic Kingdom touring plan.

Let’s take a look…

FastPass+ basics

New to making FastPass+ reservations? Expand the section below for more info on how they work, how to link park tickets so you can make FP+ reservations, etc.

How FastPass+ works
All guests – whether they’re staying onsite or offsite – can make 3 FastPass+ reservations per day in 1 park ahead of time beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time. All guests can also make use of the app or kiosks in the parks to make or change FastPass+ reservations.

However, there are some differences between onsite and offsite guests:

  • On-site guests (and people staying at the Swan and Dolphin) can make FastPass+ reservations for their whole trip up to 60 days in advance of their trip’s start date, beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time.
  • Off-site guests can make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance of the day they plan to be in the park (which means off-site guests will have to be online for multiple days in a row).

You can’t make your first 3 FastPass+ reservations for the same ride twice.
Your first 3 FastPass+ reservations must be for all different rides.

However, you can get more FastPass+ reservations after you use the first 3.
Once your first 3 FastPass+ reservations are used or expired, you can use the My Disney Experience app or go to a kiosk and get a 4th. Once your 4th FP+ is used or expired, you can get a 5th. These additional FastPass+ reservations can be in the same park or a different park and can be for the same ride over and over, if you want.

Don’t use FastPass+ reservations unnecessarily.
If you arrive at an attraction to use a FastPass+ reservation and the standby line is short (5 or 10 minutes), skip the FastPass+ line, get into the standby line and then change that FastPass+ to something else to use later. You can make the change on your phone or at a FastPass+ kiosk.

Link your tickets
All guests should make FastPass+ reservations online ahead of time. In order to do that, you need to have tickets on your My Disney Experience account.

If you are staying on-site and bought a package for your trip (which includes a hotel and tickets), they’ll already be in your account.

If you are staying off-site and/or bought tickets separate from your on-site hotel room, you need to link them.

You can link your tickets by logging in to your My Disney Experience account, selecting “My Reservations and Tickets” from the menu, and then clicking the Link Tickets button.

From there, you’ll be able to enter your ticket info, and there’s helpful on-screen info about where to find the numbers you’ll use.

You can also link your tickets using the My Disney Experience app. After opening the app, touch your avatar pic at the bottom, select My Tickets, click the plus sign at the top, and then choose “Link Tickets & Passes.” From there, you can type the ticket number or scan the code.

After making FastPass+ reservations, you will be able to scan your MagicBands or RFID-enabled park ticket when you arrive to an attraction at your FastPass+ time.

Magic Kingdom FastPass+ options and priorities

These are the attractions that offer FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom.

FYI – these are priorities, not tiers. FastPass+ isn’t tiered at Magic Kingdom.

wdt_IDTop priority (visit early in the day or with a FP+)Second priority (great bonus FP+ options)Low priority (using FP+ not recommended)
1
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Barnstormer
  • It's a Small World
  • Meet Ariel at her Grotto
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Dumbo
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
  • PhilharMagic



Want to have the FastPass+ suggestions on your phone? Click over to this handy graphic and save to your camera roll.

What times should you make reservations?

Magic Kingdom has so many reservations available that you should plan to show up at rope drop/park opening (arrive 45 minutes before the scheduled park opening time) and ride several things in the first couple of hours without FastPass+, make use of FastPass+ for late morning/early afternoon, and then get additional FastPass+ reservations for later in the day, if needed.

We’ve included suggested times for FP+ reservations in the touring plans below.

Magic Kingdom touring plans

Plan to spend more than 1 day at Magic Kingdom.
If time allows, you will probably want to spend 2 days at Magic Kingdom (maybe even 2.5 days). If you arrive at rope drop (I suggest arriving 30-45 minutes before park opening), make use of the first couple of hours to ride without FastPass+ reservations and then use FP+ to ride later in the day, you’ll be able to accomplish all of the attractions you’d like at Magic Kingdom.

We like to organize touring plans by hour because minute-by-minute touring plans can make you feel like you’re running from place to place without any flexibility, but grouping them by hour can at least give you some sense of timing as you plan.

Here are some example plans.

General 2-day plan | General 1-day plan | 1-day plan with little ones

General 2-day Magic Kingdom touring plan

Day 1: FastPass+ reservations made ahead of time for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (can’t get that one? Get Peter Pan’s Flight instead), Enchanted Tales with Belle and Big Thunder Mountain

Arrive about 45 minutes before park opening. Magic Kingdom usually allows people in up to an hour before the official opening time. Guests are stopped in front of the castle until the park opens. Between the time you enter and the time the park opens, you can get PhotoPass pics taken, shop and eat on Main Street, and watch the show just before the park opens on the stage in front of the castle. Get more info on the Magic Kingdom opening procedure.

First hour:

  • 1. Peter Pan’s Flight or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (whichever one you did not get a FP+ for, SDMT has a 38″ height req.)
  • 2. Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • 3. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

Second hour:

  • 4. It’s a Small World
  • 5. Haunted Mansion

Third hour:

  • 6. Splash Mountain (40″ height req.)
  • 7. Use FP+ for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40″ height req., suggested FP+ time: 10:30-11:30)

Rest of the day:

  • Lunch
  • 8. Use FP+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″ height req.) or Peter Pan’s Flight (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 9. Use FP+ for Enchanted Tales with Belle (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 10. PhilharMagic
  • 11. Mad Tea Party
  • 12. Parade/fireworks

Day 2: FastPass+ reservations made ahead of time for Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Tomorrowland Speedway

Arrive about 45 minutes before park opening. Magic Kingdom usually allows people in up to an hour before the official opening time. Guests are stopped in front of the castle until the park opens. Between the time you enter and the time the park opens, you can get PhotoPass pics taken, shop and eat on Main Street, and watch the show just before the park opens on the stage in front of the castle. Get more info on the Magic Kingdom opening procedure.

First hour:

  • 1. Repeat favorite things from day 1

Second hour:

  • 2. Pirates of the Caribbean
  • 3. Jungle Cruise

Third hour:

  • 4. Astro Orbiter (optional, doesn’t have a FastPass option so you’ll want to ride it before a long standby line builds)
  • 5. Use FP+ for Tomorrowland Speedway (32″ height req. to ride, suggested FP+ time: 11:00-12:00)

Rest of the day:

  • Lunch
  • 6. Use FP+ for Space Mountain (44″ height req., suggested FP+ time: 12:00-1:00)
  • 7. Use FP+ for Buzz Lightyear (suggested FP+ time: 1:00-2:00)
  • 8. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • 9. Tomorrowland Transity Authority
  • 10. Carousel of Progress
  • 11. Parade/fireworks

General 1-day Magic Kingdom touring plan

The general idea on a 1-day plan is to do a couple of lands within the first 2 hours, and then use FastPass+ for high priority items in other lands.

FastPass+ reservations: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (can’t get that one? Get Peter Pan’s Flight instead), Big Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain

Arrive about 45 minutes before park opening. Magic Kingdom usually allows people in up to an hour before the official opening time. Guests are stopped in front of the castle until the park opens. Between the time you enter and the time the park opens, you can get PhotoPass pics taken, shop and eat on Main Street, and watch the show just before the park opens on the stage in front of the castle. Get more info on the Magic Kingdom opening procedure.

First hour:

  • 1. Peter Pan’s Flight or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (whichever one you did not get a FP+ for, SDMT has a 38″ height req.)
  • 2. Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • 3. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

Second hour:

  • 4. It’s a Small World
  • 5. Haunted Mansion
  • 6. Use FP+ at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40″ height req., suggested FP+ time: 10:30-11:30)

Third hour:

  • 7. Splash Mountain (40″ height req.)
  • 8. Pirates of the Caribbean

Rest of the day:

  • Lunch
  • 9. PhilharMagic
  • 10. Use FP+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″ height req.) or Peter Pan’s Flight (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 11. Mad Tea Party
  • 12. Use FP+ for Space Mountain (44″ height req., suggested FP+ time: afternoon) – as soon as you check in, open the My Disney Experience app and look for FastPass+ for other attractions like Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • 13. Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • 14. Carousel of Progress
  • 15. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (hopefully with a FP+)
  • 16. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • 17. Parade/fireworks

1-day touring plan for families with little ones

Get FP+ reservations for Enchanted Tales with Belle, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (can’t get that one? Get Peter Pan’s Flight instead), and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Arrive about 45 minutes before park opening. Magic Kingdom usually allows people in up to an hour before the official opening time. Guests are stopped in front of the castle until the park opens. Between the time you enter and the time the park opens, you can get PhotoPass pics taken, shop and eat on Main Street, and watch the show just before the park opens on the stage in front of the castle. Get more info on the Magic Kingdom opening procedure.

First hour:

  • 1. Peter Pan’s Flight or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (whichever one you did not get a FP+ for, SDMT has a 38″ height req.)
  • 2. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • 3. Barnstormer (35″ height req.)
  • 4. Dumbo

Second hour:

  • 5. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • 6. It’s a Small World
  • 7. Haunted Mansion

Third hour:

  • Lunch

Rest of the day:

  • 8. Use FP+ for Enchanted Tales with Belle (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 9. PhilharMagic
  • 10. Use FP+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″ height req.) or Peter Pan’s Flight (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 11. Mad Tea Party
  • 12. Use FP+ for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (suggested FP+ time: afternoon) – as soon as you check in for your FastPass+, open the My Disney Experience app and look for other FP+ opportunities, such as Pirates of the Caribbean or Jungle Cruise
  • 13. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • 14. Carousel of Progress
  • 15. Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • 16. Parade/fireworks

What about Rider Switch (sometimes called Child Swap)?

The Rider Switch system allows parents to take turns riding things that little ones can’t/won’t ride. Please read my Rider Switch article so you can see how to use it and maximize your FastPass+ reservations.

Want to arrive late or park hop?

This is not a great park to arrive late to, and the increased number of attractions makes me want to suggest 2.5 days here for people on a 1 week trip.

One idea would be to spend the evening at Magic Kingdom on your arrival day doing a few things that you’ve reserved ahead of time. That should allow you to visit all of the popular attractions without long lines.

WDW Prep Members

Level 2 WDW Prep Members have touring plan tools to put together their own plans. The attractions indicate height requirements, if it’s a good use of FastPass+, illustrations of ride vehicles so you can see how many people will fit (especially handy if the kids outnumber the adults), and when to visit each attraction.

And as you build your touring plans, they are grouped by hour (for the first 3 hours) and then your whole plan is plotted on a map at the bottom of the page so you can see how it all lays out.

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Holly Bekkering

We are traveling to Orlando next week to take our two kids to Disney for the first time. Our oldest is 5 yrs old but our younger daughter is only 2 and a half and so did not require a ticket to the park. Do we need to book our youngest daughter for rides or does she just come with us as a group? Any advice you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you.

Becky Diekema

Since she doesn’t require a park ticket, she does not need fastpass+. She can just go on rides with you (as long as she meets the height requirements)

Rebecca Brennan

We are traveling to Disney World next month with our two little guys- 3 and 18 months. Do you suggest two days in MK for the Toy Story/Jake and the pirates fan or one day MK on day HS?

Becky Diekema

Personally, I’d do one in MK and one in HS. Ideally 2 in MK and 1 in HS, but if that isn’t possible, 1 in each. HS has toy story mania and Disney JR Live with Jake while MK has Buzz Lightyear

Mike

Hi

I’m planning a 2 week trip next Easter with a 2 year old and 6 year old.

We are going to stay in the animal kingdom and just do Disney. How many days would you suggest in each park? I want to take it easy and have days off or trips to the water parks too as not to tire everyone out but don’t want to miss out on anything either.

Any help or advice would be great!!

Thanks

Crystal

Do I need fast pass for the week before Thanksgiving?

AlexsMommy

I would like to seek your advice. We are going with our two year old in a few weeks on a low to moderate day at Magic Kingdom. We will be there at rope drop. We are using fast passes on the Mickey Meet and Greet, Mine Train/Thunder Mountain (child switch), and then Winnie the Pooh (to ride at around 11:30). We plan to arrive at rope drop and go straight to Peter Pan, Dumbo, Ariel, It’s a Small World. We have elected to skip Splash and Space Mountains as well as Belle’s Enchanted Tales and Ariel’s Grotto. We will go back to the hotel for a break and then return for non-Fantasyland Rides, shopping, dinner, Eoshes, and Kiss Good Night. Would you suggest we switch our FP for Winnie the Pooh to one for Peter Pan and go to Winnie the Pooh at rope drop instead? Thank you in advance for your advice!

Donna M.

My 19 year old daughter and I will be in Orlando iin January and have one day to devote to Disney. We want to do MK as that is her choice and we have not. Even there since she was nine. We will be there on Thurs., Jan 19th Do I still need do buy tickets my tickets in advance and do all these Fast Pass plans? I’ve also heard of Magic Bands. For one day I’m really confused.

Cris

I have heard conflicting information on the following: if you use your three allotted FP+ in one park, can you obtain subsequent FP+ in other parks (if you have a Park Hopper), or are you restricted to the first park only for the entire day?

Cris

Great Shannon, thanks so much! To follow up, would you consider this a good strategy, i.e. Using a Park Hopper, visit one park in the morning, take a break midday after getting a 4th FP+ for later in the day visiting a different (less crowded park), and then potentially get subsequent FP+ as possible,in that second park?

Another question specifically about Magic Kingdom – is it no longer possible to get FP+ for the Wishes fireworks or the special parade during Christmas Week?

My family will be spending Christmas Week at DisneyWorld for the first time. We are excited, but given the expected crowds, we want to do as much planning as possible. I was told I can start getting FP+ starting tomorrow am.

BRANDY JONES

I am going in Dec and I had everything planned out except the fast passes because I am findimg them to be very difficult. Then all of a sudden they changed my MK day to early open. I had reserved a breakfast at Be Our Guest so we would be in the park early. Any suggestions on wheat I should do. Any advice would be amazing!

Kristina Woodruff

Is this on Dec 20th? I had same exact thing happen. My breakfast is at Crystal Palace.

Debbie Robbins

Do you recommend the same FP and touring plan for SUPER busy weeks (like Christmas week)? Just wondering if the influx of people will affect the lines first thing in the AM?

Hi there! I am loving all the information your site, and podcasts are full of. One question I have is about the 2-day touring plan. Is the walking from one side of the park to another a long ways? I’ve seen other plans that have you stay on one half of the park on day one and other half day two. I have 4 kids 3-10 an

Kelly

I’m no expert at all but my family and I went twice in 2012 with kids from ages 1-7 years old. I felt walking from one side of the park to the other was a little too much. That was before Fantasyland opened up. The kids got worn out pretty quickly and we all felt like we were just walking the whole time and missing out on things. This year we are going to do one side of the park then the other side.

Sorry my comment got cut off. My kids are 3-10 and I cannot tell how far it really is between rides from the maps on Disney. Do you find this plan works with all ages? Thanks!

LadyS

Do you have any touring plans for a full day in Magic Kingdom including MNSSHP? I am going for the first time in September. Since I’m insane, I want to be there from open to close. …because obviously I want to see all of the things!

Jade

Hi Shannon,

We are at WDW for 9 days. I have purchased 9 day Park Hopper Water fun & more tickets. I am wondering if I plan to do 2 different parks on most of the days, whether this is a worthwhile idea. I do not know how long it takes to get from hotel back to accomodation (POFQ) but ideally, I am opting to go to one park in the morning (possibly EMH park), and then take afternoon break at hotel, before heading to another park in the late afternoon. I would be booking my FP’s at the second park. We are going in late Sept. Do you think the hopping will enable us to enjoy the parks and achieve what we’d like to do? Do you think I will be able to get some good rides done in the morning if I arrive at rope drop without FP reservations. Travelling with 2 teen daughters and husband. Love your site and it has been great listening to the podcasts. Thank you for making the planning more understandable and less overwhelming.

Jerri

Hi, I have been planning my trip as well. But I am curious about park hopper with a 9 day ticket. I always thought park hopper would be more beneficial for those with short tickets ie. <5 days. A 9 day ticket gives you at least 2 days in every park with a day to spare! According to this blog Hollywood Studios doesnt even require a whole day to do everything. So why bother with the expensive park to park add on? Im just curious.

Brandi

We are planning wdw trip in June I noticed on the website there are black out days are you not able to get a fast pass+ and plan ahead ?

Everything I’ve read says that I need to book a FP to meet Anna & Elsa at the Magic Kingdom, but I don’t see that on your list! Did I miss something? Have they disappeared? Is there somewhere else I need to look for them? I know that the new Frozen ride is supposed to be opening soon, but I didn’t see them on your Epcot page either. Help please! πŸ™‚

Kimberly

Shannon–What would be the earliest time I should try for a FP in MK if I also have 9am BBB reservations in Disney Springs on a Saturday in late August?

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