The Magic Kingdom is the park that most people think of when they think about visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. There is so much to do and see at this theme park and there are many different ways that you may choose to experience it. This is your guide to Magic Kingdom touring strategies.

Suggested touring plans are included below. In addition, there are some basic strategies that are helpful when planning your day at any of the Disney theme parks. These plans are not meant to schedule every minute of your day and are flexible based on your interests.

When to Arrive

Hub Grass Magic Kingdom

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At the Walt Disney World Resort, it is extremely beneficial to arrive at the parks before opening. This is especially the case for those staying at a Disney hotel because you can take advantage of the early access. Park opening is often referred to as “Rope Drop” because the different lands are roped off until the official park opening. At the Magic Kingdom, there is a brief welcome show approximately 5 minutes prior to the park opening to signal the start of the day!

It’s possible to experience many attractions with shorter wait times during the first few hours of the day. You will notice as the day progresses that it often gets busier and more crowded. For this reason, all of these Magic Kingdom touring strategies are based on early arrival.

At the Magic Kingdom, guests enter the park approximately one hour prior to “rope drop”. If you are staying on-site, head straight to your first attraction to beat the rush when the park opens. Cast members hold signs to show where to go to use the Early Theme Park Entry. Get your Magic Band or Card scanned and go! This is a great advantage because once the park officially opens, many people head straight to the most popular attractions (e.g. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train).

Alternatively, explore the shops along Main Street U.S.A. or grab breakfast at the Main Street Bakery. Then, enjoy the welcome show and head to your first attraction.

Touring Plans

There are a few different options to consider for Magic Kingdom touring strategies. All are included here. These are recommendations and can certainly be adjusted based on your personal preferences. The main purpose is to help you get the most out of your time in the park. You may find one of these options better than the other based on your travel party, how many days you are visiting, and your interests in the park.

Magic Kingdom with Little Ones

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The first touring plan focuses on visiting the park with little ones who are under 40″. Most of the attractions listed do not have a height requirement. In addition, shows and character sightings are also included. Check the My Disney Experience app for details.

When using this touring plan, consider the following tips:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is very popular and will quickly fill up in the morning. If you are not planning to go there at “Rope Drop”, consider purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane or waiting until late in the day for a shorter wait.
  • Head to Fantasyland first for many attractions that have a shorter wait first thing in the morning.
  • If you would like to experience any attractions that your children are not tall enough for, see a cast member at the ride entrance to do a rider swap.
  • Shows such as the Country Bear Jamboree and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress are great options to take a break from the Florida heat and potentially let young children take a nap
  • The Baby Care Center is available and a great place to take a break and take care of any of your baby’s needs such as feeding or changing
  • Use the mobile order option on the My Disney Experience mobile app. This will save you a lot of time during meal times.


1-Day Touring Plan


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This touring plan is recommended if you are visiting the Magic Kingdom for one day. To get the most out of this plan, it is highly recommended to arrive early.

Here are some additional tips for this Magic Kingdom touring strategy:

  • If you are not purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane time, go to one of these attractions at the park opening or during Early Theme Park Entry. Then, visit the other one late in the day.
  • Work your way around counterclockwise from Frontierland and Adventureland to Tomorrowland. You will likely find shorter wait times for most attractions in Fantasyland later in the day.
  • Use the My Disney Experience mobile app to check for showtimes and character sightings


 2-Day Touring Plan


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This touring plan is designed for guests spending two days at the Magic Kingdom. If you have the time to do so, I always suggest spending two days at the Magic Kingdom. There is so much to do and see!

This plan allows you to explore half of the park each day. There will also likely be time to go back to your favorite attractions, depending on how you prefer to spend your time!

Here are some additional tips to consider for this touring plan:

  • This plan can be modified based on your interests and preferences – it was designed to ensure that you have plenty of time to experience all of the rides and attractions but the days can easily be done in reverse.
  • If you are using Genie+ but find short wait times at your favorite attractions, you can go through the standby line and use the Genie+ when the lines are longer. Check the app for the next available time!
  • If you want to see characters, keep an eye on the app for wait times at the locations with character sightings. The shortest wait times will be at the beginning of the day and late.

Using Disney Genie+ with a Touring Plan

If you decide to purchase Disney Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane attractions, a touring plan is still recommended. If you have a plan of action, it’s easier to maximize your park time. In addition, there are some strategies that may be helpful to consider as you are choosing your return times for various attractions.

One of the features of Disney Genie is a tab entitled “My Day” that includes your scheduled plans. In addition, the “Tip Board” tab provides wait times and additional experiences to consider during your day. It’s important to make sure that these recommendations given in the app make sense for the day you want to experience. If you are familiar with the Disney parks, some of the recommendations may have you scratching your head!

Here are some tips to consider:

  • Be sure to purchase Genie+ prior to 7:00 am on the day of your visit. Ask your travel advisor to add it to your vacation package or purchase it the day of your visit. That way, you are ready to select your first attraction right away!
  • If you want to purchase Individual Lightning Lane attraction times, do this first! These are used for the most popular attractions and the best times tend to go quickly!
  • When you are choosing your Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions at the Magic Kingdom, start with the most popular attractions. The early times for these will also go quickly. On the touring plans included, please note the color key indicating the recommended priority of attractions and rides.

These Magic Kingdom touring strategies are a great way to develop a plan for your park visit. Plus, the travel advisors at Key to the World Travel are great resources to help you plan out your park day. They work with you to ensure that you are comfortable using Disney Genie and its new features. This will ensure that you are not running all over the parks and making the most of your day!

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