Disney Planning: Magic Kingdom

Hello friends! Sorry for the few days off, visiting family gets kind of busy and exhausting ūüėČ Anyway, I was going to talk about all of the Disney parks in ONE post, but I figured I could give you more information about each park if we discussed them separately. So we are going to start with my favorite park: Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom has the MOST available fastpass attractions with about 60 total options. ¬†Honestly, Magic Kingdom is a two day park if you have the time to do it that way, but not to worry you can totally make it a one day trip (you’ll just have to skip a few things). ¬†After posting my last entry I found that the¬†easy WDW¬†site had fantastic park touring cheat sheets. ¬†They have options that vary based on how many days you’ll be visiting the park, and what time you plan on arriving. VERY helpful so definitely check it out. ¬†They created the map below to help you determine which rides to go for first (and which ones are best to use with a fastpass):


Red rides indicate ones you should get to within the first hour the park is open (or use a fastpass after that time frame).  These rides include:

  • Space Mountain
  • Indy Speedway
  • Mine Train
  • Peter Pan
  • Princess Meet (Anna & Elsa or Rapunzel & Cinderella)

Yellow attractions indicate ones you should get to within the first two hours the park is open, or the last two hours the park is open (or of course use a fastpass option):

  • It’s a small world
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Ariel’s Grotto
  • Dumbo
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Mickey Mouse Meet
  • Tinker Bell Meet
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Aladdin’s Carpets
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion

The other attractions listed in green are what they referred to as “anytime” attractions. ¬†Usually these attractions have smaller lines so using a fastpass would be silly. ¬†These attractions are suggested in between fastpass times:

  • Hall of Presidents
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Regal Carrousel
  • Tea Party
  • Pete’s Silly Slideshow
  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tiki Room
  • Country Bears

Magic Kingdom, like the other Disney Parks offers “extra magic hours” about once a week. Extra magic hours can be before the park officially opens, or after the park officially closes. Extra hours is usually a two hour time span. ¬†For instance, say that the park closes at 8pm on a Wednesday night. If they are offering extra magic hours, certain attractions will stay running until 10pm that night. ¬†It’s a pretty cool so make sure you check which park is offering extra magic hours during your stay!

This park also offers the most character meets, and is probably why I think it has the most “magical”. ¬†These characters include:

  • Anna and Elsa
  • Rapunzel and Cinderella
  • Alice
  • Chip and Dale
  • Tinkerbell
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Ariel
  • Aladdin and Jasmine
  • Donald and Daisy
  • Mickey and Minnie
  • Goofy
  • Pluto
  • Gaston
  • The Beast (only during dinner dining at Be Our Guest)
  • Merida
  • Peter Pan
  • Tiana
  • Pooh and Tigger
  • Woody and Jessie

Want more?! On top of THOSE characters that you can meet in the park you can also meet characters while you eat if you choose to do character dining ! Character dining is available at Cinderella’s Table and The Crystal Palace.

Cinderella’s Table allows you to meet many of the princesses without waiting in long lines. Which princesses you’ll see vary, but it is usually some variation of Ariel, Jasmine, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, and Rapunzel. (So yes if you really want to meet Anna and Elsa I recommend a fastpass for their meet and greet!)

The Crystal Palace allows you to meet Winnie Pooh and friends while you eat! ¬†We personally aren’t doing this because Hailey doesn’t like Winnie the Pooh, but otherwise it is a wonderful dining option!

Again, I feel it is important to note that while dinner at Be Our Guest is not labeled ‘character dining’ it is the only place to meet the Beast!

Below I have added a slideshow of various attractions ! Until next time!

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(All photographs are property of Disney and its affiliates).

*For a list of all attractions, entertainment, and dining in Magic Kingdom visit¬†Magic Kingdom’s Website.*


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