Magic Kingdom morning plan

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by dr&momto2boys, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. dr&momto2boys

    dr&momto2boys DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2006
    We just returned from WDW. I tried to research a good touring plan for rope drop before I left, but never came up with a concensus.

    Here is what I found...
    You have to be one of the first at the turnstiles/rope to get to Enchanted Tales with Belle. We were there 15 minutes before opening one morning and at the back of the crowd. We did not stand a chance at getting to see Belle. There was an 80 minute wait already! The next morning we were at the front of the crowd and we were the first to see Belle. The experience was worthwhile by the way!

    Since we didn't want to wait for Belle the first day, we decided to check out Dumbo (old habit I guess.) There was absolutely no need to get to Dumbo early. In fact, the kids will want to play in the new play area so you may as well get there when there is a bit of a wait.
    Next we went to Goofy's Barnstormer and the kids rode it a few times with no wait. It's probably a good idea to get here early...but no need for first thing.

    My guess is to go to Belle, followed by Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh first. Then Barnstormer, Dumbo, tea cups, etc. Send a runner for a fastpass for Little Mermaid.

    This is not exactly what we did because we messed up the Belle thing the first day an ended up doing the rest of Fantasyland that day. The next day when we did get into Belle, we headed to Tomorrowland after that and easily did everything there with little or no wait. We did get FP for Space Mountain. We were done in a couple of hours and ready for an early lunch and then attractions in the other lands.

    Feel free to add input people! I would really like to get the "perfect" plan down before our next trip in September and help others out who have no idea where to start either.

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  3. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    My usual plan of attack for MK is as follows:
    -Be at MK no later than 30 mins prior to opening
    -Straight through to FLE, do Enchanted Tales
    -Grab Peter Pan FP
    -To Tomorrowland, ride Space
    -Back to Fantasyland and ride the main stream rides, and then use PPF FP
    -Head to Frontierland

    I used to start with Frontier/Adventureland all the time, but with Enchanted Tales it seems like that's the big thing to do first now!
  4. dr&momto2boys

    dr&momto2boys DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2006
    Wow! We have a hard enough time just getting either FL or TL done in one morning...but then we have a lot of little ones who don't want to miss a thing in either of these lands. We do one or the other and then Frontier and Adventureland with FPs later. We always spend at least 2 days in MK.
  5. dr&momto2boys

    dr&momto2boys DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2006
    Is this topic overdiscussed? (But I haven't been able to find a good thread on it yet.)
    Or is everyone else just lost too? Or perhaps people think they have discovered the best plan and want to keep it secret?

    I can't figure out why this isn't discussed more (unless I'm just missing it.) :confused3
    Please point me to a good thread about this if there is one.
  6. mesaboy2

    mesaboy2 DIS Veteran

    Oct 28, 2009
    Touring plans in general are discussed all the time. There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all plan since everyone's priorities are different.
  7. TallandGoofy

    TallandGoofy Mouseketeer

    Apr 14, 2005
    Thanks for reporting back!

    We are going in June and I am trying to figure out the best way to tackle ETwB. I think I am resigned to doing it first thing on our second day. We are going to do two MK days and my plans are:

    Day One
    Frontierland, Adventureland, Liberty Square + whatever Character meet n greets we feel like. Also Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom and the new Pirate Treasure Hunt thingy that should be going by then.

    Day Two
    EMH Morning
    Grab FP for Peter Pan
    Ride Under the Sea
    Grab FP for Pooh
    Ariel's Grotto
    Ride PP with FP
    Ride Dumbo
    Ride Barnstormer
    Grab Space Mountain FP
    Ride Pooh with FP
    Pete's Sideshow characters
    Ride Space Mountain with FP
    Ride Buzz
    Then, outta there for long lunch and break
    Come back around 4 pm and hit the low wait things - e.g. Carousel of Progress, Monsters Inc, Philharmagic, Small World.... Parade and Fireworks...

    It's PERFECT!!! :cool1: ;)

    Well...I'll find out in a few months, any way... :)
  8. starjazz

    starjazz DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2012
    I agree with Mesa - everyone has different needs. I mean, we did Fantasyland and that was it on Day 1 - included CRT. Then Tomorrowland and Frontierland/Adventureland Day 2. Then hit faves on Day 3.

    The trouble is, when we went, we thought we had this perfect plan, and were all set to follow it....and then we hit the closures (queue noise of car screeching to a halt). That really shows how good your group is adaptation.

    Day 1 - Pooh and Mermaid down most of the day.
    Day 2 - Pirates and Mermaid down all morning
    Day 3 - Pooh, Barnstormer and Space down for various chunks of the day.

    So, just be ready to adapt and modify! :thumbsup2
  9. dr&momto2boys

    dr&momto2boys DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2006
    Thanks for the input everyone. I appreciate the discussion. I agree that no one plan will work for everyone. But it usually comes down to one or two must do first attractions (used to be Dumbo then PP for FL at the MK in WDW.) Whereas it is PP, then Dumbo at MK at DL. Everyone knows TSMM has to be first at DHS, then RNR and ToT. Something like that.
    Looks like ETwB must be first at FL (for those interested), but what then? Or what if you're not there in the first 15 minutes and the wait is already ridiculous, what's Plan B?
    I know this will change further when the Seven Dwarfs coaster opens next year too. But how about for now?
    More thoughts?
  10. mesaboy2

    mesaboy2 DIS Veteran

    Oct 28, 2009
    The other parks are easier to do this for because there aren't as many options. MK has probably twice the attractions even Epcot offers, and the other two parks I could almost count on one hand each.

    Safe to assume the attractions that offer FP are generally the ones in higher demand. Among those, the most popular attractions are the three Mountains, Pan, and these days Little Mermaid. These attractions are where I would start.

    (ETWB doesn't offer FP and won't until FP+ is online. For now, that is also a high priority.)
  11. ashg8r

    ashg8r Mouseketeer

    Jul 23, 2010
    I agree, there is a lot of room for variation - next week will be in MK for 1 day, morning plans are: FP PP, meet Ariel, ride LM, ride Pooh (if you aren't Getting FP for it later, the standby gets LONG) and my DD likes to play for a bit in the queue, ride PP, then head over to meet Tink, and hit Adventure and Frontier. Planning to try ETwB after Wishes. Characters can definitely throw a wrench in your plans, so I always work them into my plans.

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