My ideal Magic Kingdom day – PREP098

I always tend to do days at Magic Kingdom pretty much the same way to avoid lines and make sure to fit in all of the attractions there.

Today, I have tips on how to do that for your trip.

I also have news and a tip for parents of little ones.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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My ideal Magic Kingdom day

  • Start with an early breakfast reservation before the park opens or by arriving about 40 minutes before the park opens to see the opening show
  • Start touring in Fantasyland or Tomorrowland, and then move on to Frontierland or Adventureland. See my Magic Kingdom touring plans for details.
  • Lunch at Columbia Harbour House (Quick Service) and Liberty Tree Tavern (Table Service) are the most enjoyable to me. See the pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom restaurants for more info.
  • After lunch, I like to use FastPass+ reservations and see shows.
  • For an afternoon snack, I'd recommend a Dole Whip at Aloha Isle or an ice cream treat at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.
  • Watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade from the train station at the front of the park, and then exit the park or take the train to another part of the park.
  • End the day with the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes fireworks. See my viewing tips for the best place to position yourself for these.


  • Wilderness Lodge is going to have construction from October 26, 2015 through the end of 2017. The Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground, fire pit, nature trail, boat and bike rentals, and spa treatments will be unavailable during that time. The main feature pool will remain open.
  • Candlelight Processional packages are now available to book. See my holiday information for details on that.
  • Check out Disney Food Blog's overview of the Disney Dining Plan changes for more info on that.
  • February 2016 park hours are now on the February dashboard and updates to the August park hours are on the August dashboard.
  • Check out the Humans of Disney Facebook Page.
  • First-timer interviews will be back on the podcast this fall.

Quick tip of the day

The auto-flush toilets often scare little ones at Disney World, so use the manual flush ones in the Baby Care Centers, or plan to cover the sensors on the toilets with your hand, a Post-it Note, or a sticker.

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I am a first timer going in November! I would love to do a podcast with you if you are looking!!!!


We got an email today saying that there’d be construction at Wilderness Lodge during our stay 9/28/15 to 8/4/15 and that the nature trail would be closed and we may hear construction noise. Are they starting earlier?


Loved this!! We are going in early October. Thanks for the great info!


Great podcast! Thanks for the info, esp the toilets! We are having our first trip this Dec and thats a life saver right there. 🙂

Erin Owensby

I have a three year old that is afraid of the automatic toilets, so I always take a strip of toilet paper and lay it over the sensor. Works like a charm!

Amy Morse

This was such a great post! I cannot imagine how anyone could be negative with you. You are such a positive person. Our youngest son, who is a Disney fanatic, was recently diagnosed with dyslexia. We live in MA and just took a 12 day vacation down the Cape (Cape Cod), but I needed to drive up (one hour each way) four of those days with our son for tutoring. When we got in the car the first morning he said, “The only way we can make this ride is if we listen to the Disney lady. I cannot drive… Read more »


Great podcast! Love listening to your touring plans and suggestions!


Love the tip! The restrooms at Disney are the loudest I’ve ever visited due to all the automatic flushes/ hand dryers– yikes!!


I agree! those scary toilets set our oldest daughter back 4 months while potty training! I learned my lesson with the second one and brought post it notes!

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