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Walt Disney World: Need your help in deciding which popular attractions/lands @ Magic Kingdom to visit first..

From Danielle Walker
Posted March 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM
We will be visiting Walt Disney World May 10th - 17th. . ( 4 Adults no kids). Everything is planned even the days that we will be visiting each park.. We will be going to Magic Kingdom on the 12th (Sunday; Park hrs 9:am to 1:am). I read reviews saying that Sundays & Mondays are the most busiest, but that's the only day we get the Extra Magic hours at night for that particular park and we want to get our monies worth..Since this park has far more attractions including the New Fantasy Land which makes it even worse to try to figure out where to start. We want to ride the most popular rides first to avoid the crowds( impossible but worth a try) This is where you come in. I need your help in suggesting the order sequence of lands/attractions in Magic Kingdom we should visit from first to last(most popular/crowed to least)? (Please note that we will be there early when the park first open to close riding most to all of the attractions we also will be taking a 3 to to 4hr break at our on-site hotel). Thank you and I look forward to reading all of your responses..


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From Dominick D
Posted March 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM
Looking af the EasyWDW crowd calendar, Josh is saying MK isn't recommended, but you can get success from 9-11 AM and 11 PM-1 AM. The EMH will be a big draw for the resort guests, so most of them will sleep in. This is Josh's most recent morning plan:

1. Arrive at the turnstiles by 8:35am
2. Head directly up Main Street, through the Castle, and to Peter Pan’s Flight to collect FASTPASSes. If one member of your group can collect FASTPASSes for the entire group, do so and have them meet up at Step 3: Return time of 9:40am – 10:40am
3. See Enchanted Tales with Belle: 9:05am – 9:25am
4. Ride Journey of the Little Mermaid: 9:30am – 9:45am
5. Visit Ariel’s Grotto: 9:47am – 10am
6. Collect FASTPASSes for Winnie the Pooh at Mickey’s PhilharMagic: Return time of 10:50am – 11:50am
7.Ride Peter Pan’s Flight with FASTPASS: 10:10am – 10:20am
8. Get in line for Be Our Guest Lunch


(These are my thoughts now) If you don't care about the meet and greets that will save you a good 30 minutes, but if you do follow that plan. If you're skipping them, I suggest riding Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, Pooh, Fastpassing Space Mountain, walking over to Frontierland to ride BTMR and Splash, then take the train to Fantasyland and use your Space FPs (tip: use the route behind Barnstormer, it leads you right in front of Space). After that you can do the other rides that don't get high waits or whatever you want.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted March 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Magic Kingdom with extra magical hours is lots of fun. Remember, that Magic Kingdom mostly caters to younger guests so none of them will be out at 11pm.

I would try and hit the classics such as the Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and the Jungle Cruise. Also make sure to catch the Carousel of Progress. Its the only WDW attraction Walt Disney personally rode!

From Jo M
Posted March 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM
I always jam pack as much as I can into a day at MK, too. But that being said, I much prefer the "walk around and see what sticks" method. If the line is longer than 20 minutes, unless it is is a MUST do for you, keep walking. If it's 10 minutes or shorter, ride it more than once. Besides Peter Pan (which I have been on once, and I really don't get what makes it worth waiting that long for), unless a ride is down, I don't generally miss any I want to see.

The nice thing about this method is I've found myself in attractions I might not have planned to go to/on, just because my timing was right for when I was walking past.

I start in Tomorrowland, but that's out of habit. Or at a popular character meet and greet...so I haven't sweated myself into non-photogenic oblivion.

Disclaimer: I don't know how busy WDW is in this time of year, and no offense meant to those who love their schedules. Also, I go by myself when I go, so I don't have to worry about appeasing anyone but myself.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted March 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM
I would definitely recommend hitting Splash Mountain first...if it's open. Not sure if it's under refurb when you're there, but the ride is notorious for breakdowns (was stuck on it for over an hour once) so best to get a ride or two in while you can. Think the breakdowns get worse as the day wears on. We last went on a Saturday and hit it first with no wait times. Was able to ride it twice with no problems.

From robert morris
Posted March 28, 2013 at 6:36 AM
Always been a fan of

Going to the left first and going Jungle Cruise, POTC knock those out before 10am and get fast pass for Splash then Big Thunder back to Splash

Should be done by 11am

Fast Pass for Peter Pan

Then do HM and parts of Fantasyland or Tommorrowland and as Peter Pan is centrally located the return is fairly easy

I prefer knocking out 4 E-tickets early over the Peter Pan centric aspect of attacking Fanyasyland first

From Ashleigh Noad
Posted March 29, 2013 at 6:33 AM
Well everyone has their own personal preferences but here is what I would do.

As a group of 4 adults, I would make the 'thrill rides' a priority. I would aim to arrive at the parking lot or 'TTC' of MK at least 45 minutes before opening, to allow transfers to the main entrance and complete security checks etc.

After entering the park, I'd generally send one person to head over to Space Mountain to collect fast passes for the group. Then head over to Frontierland and meet the rest of the group. Then I would suggest hitting Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Railroad, after which it may be time for your allotted fastpass time on Space Mountain. Once I have these three done, I generally don't worry about the order of the rest of the attractions (speaking as someone who mostly toured with adults rather than children). After you've hit the 'big 3' the park will probably get busy very quickly. Take it easy for the day, don't try and cram everything in - you are on vacation! Whilst its good to have a basic touring plan, rides can go down and things can go wrong - often the result of not achieving said plan is the precessor of the Disney World 'breakdowns' that you will witness happening later in the day! (That and young children of-course).

I know you are set on using the EMH, but have you considered switching to another day? In my experience, Sundays with EMH were almost always insanely busy. There is an argument that Sunday is 'flight day' and a lot of people leave on Sundays so is an ideal to hit the parks - I personally think this is unfounded as the lack of tourists who have travelled by air, are generally made up by the locals who frequent the parks at weekends.

Regardless of what you do, MK can seem overwhelming to any guest. However, you are a group of adults so perhaps it would be best to prioritise which attractions you would like to do, rather than aim to hit all of them.

From Marie-Eve Landry
Posted April 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Best rides/attractions:

Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, The Barnstormer,Mickey's Philarmagic, Mad Tea Party ... Those are GREAT.

Everything else I haven't tried or simply thought they were boring or VERY kid friendly (we were adults).

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