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How to tour Magic Kingdom (without waiting in lines)

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How to tour Magic Kingdom (without waiting in lines)

Worried about long waits for Magic Kingdom attractions?

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.

Below, find Magic Kingdom touring plans, along with FastPass+ suggestions to make sure you’re maximizing your time.

Let’s take a look…

Important Update:
Disney Genie has replaced FastPass+

FastPass+ (at Walt Disney World) and FastPass (at Disneyland) have been discontinued. A new system, called Disney Genie (free) and Disney Genie+ (pay-to-use) are now available at all 4 parks.

  • Disney Genie –> Complimentary in-app service that helps you plan your day.
  • Disney Genie+ –> Basically, it is a paid FastPass that costs $15 per ticket, per day (Walt Disney World) & $20 per ticket, per day (Disneyland). This service replaces the old FastPass service and allows you to choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions. It works very similar to MaxPass at Disneyland.
  • Lightning Lane –> New name for FastPass line. You use this with Genie+.
  • Lightning Lane Select Experiences –> The most high-demand attractions are not available in Genie+; however, you can select up to 2 of these high-demand attractions per day to ride via an individual Lightning Lane selection. These selections will cost you extra (they aren’t included with the price of Genie+), and the prices are dynamic, meaning they will vary based upon the time of the year and attraction.

FastPass+ basics

New to making FastPass+ reservations? Check out how to use FastPass+ at Disney World to get you started.

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.

Top priority
(visit early in the day or with a FP+)
Second priority
(great bonus FP+ options)
Low priority
(using FP+ not recommended)
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Peter Pan’s Flight
Space Mountain
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Splash Mountain
Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
The 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

For more information on FastPass+ options and strategies at Magic Kingdom, check out our Guide for FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom .

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What times should you make reservations?

After the park opens, plan to 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 Magic Kingdom touring plans below.

Arrive before park opening

To make the best use of your time, arrive about 45 minutes before park opening.

Magic Kingdom theme park 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.

Main Street USA

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 Cinderella Castle.

Get more info on the Magic Kingdom opening procedure.

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 theme park (maybe even 2.5 days).

If you arrive at rope drop (we’d suggest arriving about 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 park.

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 Magic Kingdom touring plans.

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 to the park 30-45 minutes before park opening.

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. The Many 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. Splash Mountain (40″ height req.)

Third hour:

  • 7. Use FP+ for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40″ height req., suggested FP+ time: 10:00-11:00)
  • 8. Pirates of the Caribbean 
  • 9. Jungle Cruise

Rest of the day:

  • Lunch
  • 10. Use FP+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″ height req.) OR Peter Pan’s Flight (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 11. Use FP+ for Enchanted Tales with Belle (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 12. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • 13. Mad Tea Party
  • 14. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • 15. Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • 16. Parade/fireworks show

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Magic Kingdom day 1

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

Arrive to the park 45 minutes before park opening.

First hour:

  • 1. Repeat favorite things from day 1

Second hour:

  • 2. Astro Orbiter (optional – doesn’t have a FastPass option so you’ll want to ride it before a long standby line builds)
  • 3. Use FP+ for Tomorrowland Speedway (32″ height req. to ride, suggested FP+ time: 9:15-10:15)
  • 4. Use FP+ for Space Mountain (44″ height req., suggested FP+ time: 10:30-11:30)

Third hour:

  • Lunch

Rest of the day:

  • 5. Use FP+ for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 6. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • 7. Meet characters (check My Disney Experience App for current availability)
  • 8. Tomorrowland Transity Authority
  • 9. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • 10. Parade/fireworks show

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Magic Kingdom Day 2

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 to the park 30-45 minutes before park opening.

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. The Many 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
  • 9. Jungle Cruise

Fourth hour:

  • Lunch

Rest of the day:

  • 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’s Space Ranger Spin
  • 13. Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • 14. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • 15. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (hopefully with a FP+. If not, look for the shortest waits during parades and at the end of the evening)
  • 16. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • 17. Parade/fireworks show

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Magic Kingdom general 1 day

1-day touring plan for families with little ones under 40″ tall

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

Arrive to the park 30-45 minutes before park opening.

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. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • 3. Barnstormer (35″ height req.)
  • 4. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Second hour:

  • 5. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • 6. “it’s a small world”
  • 7. Haunted Mansion

Third hour:

  • 8. Pirates of the Caribbean
  • 9. Jungle Cruise
  • Lunch

Rest of the day:

  • 10. Use FP+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″ height req.) or Peter Pan’s Flight (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 11. Use FP+ for Enchanted Tales with Belle (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 12. Meet characters (check My Disney Experience App for current availability)
  • 13. Use FP+ for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 14. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • 15. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • 16. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • 17. Mad Tea Party
  • 18. Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • 19. Parade/fireworks show

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Magic Kingdom touring plans for little ones

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.

Big Thunder Mountain

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.

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