Published: May 4, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Columbia Harbor House is another great place to grab a meal. They have healthy options, too.
Eric S

Published: May 4, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Enchanted Tales with Belle actually gets really busy in the morning if you aren't there immediately after the park opens, usually 60-70 minutes, and cools down a bit in the afternoon, 30-40 minutes. If the day isn't incredibly busy, it might be worth it to take your chances later. The worst that will happen is you'll be waiting the same amount of time. The best case scenario is half the wait.
Robert Niles

Published: May 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Thanks! Keep the suggestions coming, please. I'll make a revision tonight.

Published: May 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Great tips! As a longtime visitor and passholder to WDW, I usually get through the gate at park opening and head straight to Space Mountain. Get your fastpass first then you can usually walk right on through standby and ride then go back through and ride the other side. They are 2 different rides even though the cast members will say they are the same. After that head over to Peter Pan. You can usually get another fastpass by then and go through the standby line and ride without much wait. Now in your first hour in the park you have already gotten 3 rides and 2 fastpasses.
Also if they are being strict on return times and refusing late returns you can always go to guest relations and they will trade you a current fastpass for an expired one with simply a polite request. Space and time constraints here prevent me from laying out my usual full day's planning but Mr. Niles' tips will go a long way towards ensuring you make the most of your day at Magic Kingdom.

Published: May 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I don't know if you take requests or not. But I was really hoping that maybe you could post a persuasive article about if the Disneyland Indiana Jones Ride came to Florida. In my opinion it would be the absolute perfect fit especially now that Disney owns the rights to Lucasfilms. In my opinion the ride would easily bring alot more people to the parks given that this is one of the few franchises that doesn't really loose popularity and would be an instant success if it came to Florida.

1. Many people on the East coast haven't experienced this ride yet.

2. Its still very popular and would fit in Walt Disney World (especially Animal Kingdom)

3. Disney now owns the rights to Lucasfilms.

4. It would be alot cheaper to construct instead of a new attraction because the ride already exists and no major redesigning by disney imagineers would need to take place.

5. The ride is already a very successful ride and would be a great fit for Animal Kingdom.

Thanks for your consideration, I absolutely love love this ride and hope that one day it makes it to Disney World

Published: May 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

This is wonderfully well written. I've been an Ops Manager at Universal and I'm a 15 year WDW pass holder. This is perhaps the most concise and best written advice I've seen on the Magic Kingdom. The best part is the reminder that "This is Vacation, not a military operation." Relax folks and enjoy the day. Perhaps you can't get on every ride and see every show at the park, but enjoy the things you can do rather than stressing over what you miss. It's about spending time with your family, NOT about checking off the bucket list.

I know this is much easier than said than done, but you will have a better time if you relax and savor the now rather than bemoaning what went un-done.

Published: May 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Thanks for the wonderful and well written advice. You mentioned that some vacation packages are offering fast pass +. Do you know which ones or how that is working? We have a current reservation for June and we were wondering if this new system will be in place by then or later this year.
David L.

Published: May 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

No love for the Jungle Cruise or Laugh Floor? Other than that, nice overview!
Brandon Townsend

Published: May 4, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Great article, Robert. My only suggestion is that if you're going to ride SM first, bring/buy a poncho so you won't have to walk around all day with squishy shoes and underwear.
I am also interested in when the Fastpass+ will become available to more guests. I'lll be at the Boardwalk in October and planning ride times down to the minute appeals to the vacation Nazi in me.

Published: May 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

You forgot to write about going to the supermarket at some point, hehe. It seems like one 20oz water is $3.00 in the parks, while 24 bottles is only $6 at the Publix. I have been going to the Publix for years now and it saves money, and technically it is only like 2 miles from Downtown Disney. There is a grocery delivery service now, but I have never used it. The problem is getting there, they don't make it easy. Here are a few ways:
1) Walk - but be prepared not to carry much back.
2) Taxi - but be prepared for a hefty 20$+ cab ride each way!
3) Grab the Linx 50 and go to Sea World (really cheap) then grab the Itrolley and I am pretty sure it has a stop at the Publix. You can get the Linx at Downtown D or the Transportation Center, but this Linx/Trolley ride could take over an hour or more each way.
4) Rental car - This is probably the best, but the traffic is insane. Go at 10pm since the Publix is open 'till 11.

I have done a most of these and for sure will help the food/water budget. It all depends on how adventurous you want to be. Good luck.

Published: May 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I would also like to see some of the things that I shouldn't waste my time on. Stitch's Great Escape, anyone?