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Magic Kingdom Touring Plan – Without Fast Passes

by Jamie Rumph

With all that has changed at Disney World especially without the convenience of the FastPass system, a visit to one of the parks can seem very intimidating. The truth is, you can still visit and do as much as you used to, but you have to make sure you have a good plan. Even when we did have FastPasses, seeing all of Magic Kingdom in one day was impossible; therefore, I still recommend setting aside two days for this park, but if you only have one day I’m here to help you see as much as possible!

My touring plan works to move you around the park in a timely manner while also not having you dart back and forth between the lands.  You will easily put in 10,000 steps a day at Magic Kingdom and eliminating any unnecessary walking is crucial to park survival!

Do remember that some attractions are not currently open and there is no estimate of when they will reopen.  Character meet and greets are on hold, and parades have been replaced with character cavalcades throughout the day, and fireworks, they’re on hold too! But don’t despair!

Disney has surprised us all with ways to make your park days just as magical.  Truthfully, some changes I hope will stay for good!

You can view my Magic Kingdom Touring Plan with Fast Passes and other pre-pandemic information here.

A couple of key points to keep in mind are:

  • A park reservation is required to enter the park and can be made on your My Disney Experience app after you’ve purchased a valid park ticket.
  • Masks are required by everyone 2 years old and up to be worn at all times unless eating or drinking while stationary. Disney is very strict about this.  They are serious about our safety.
  • Try to visit Magic Kingdom during the week.  Weekends are considerably busier which increases your wait times.
  • Be sure to check the park hours in advance and double-check again the night before you plan to visit as they often vary between days and can change.  You can find current park hours on your My Disney Experience app.
  • Wait times are often shown longer than they actually are (which is good news!)
  • Don’t be intimidated by the size of the lines. With social distancing being enforced throughout the entire line they look much longer and more intimidating than they really are.

In order to get started, you will need to prioritize which attractions are the most important to you and then strategically go about seeing them.  If I haven’t listed an attraction you MUST SEE while here, swap out the one you’re less interested in.   The idea is to cover as much as possible but still stay flexible if there’s something you really want to do or a shorter than expected wait time pops up.

Arrival at Magic Kingdom

On your Magic Kingdom day, you’ll want to arrive 30 minutes to 45 minutes prior to park opening time.  

Remember there are several new steps and changes in the arrival process:

If you are parking at Magic Kingdom:

  • There are no trams running in the parking lots so you will be walking 
  • First, you will go through the temperature screening line
  • Second is security with metal detectors
  • Then you can choose the monorail or the boat to get to the Magic Kingdom entranceIf there is a long monorail line I highly suggest the boat as it can hold many more socially distanced people than the monorail
  • And finally, the Ticket entrance!

If you are staying at a Disney Resort:

  • By Monorail from Contemporary, Polynesian, or Grand Floridian: – you will go through security at the resort, board the monorail and then head directly to the entrance at Magic Kingdom upon arrival.
  • By Bus: You will be dropped off at the bus loop in front of Magic Kingdom.  Security with metal detectors will take place in front of Magic Kingdom before entering the park.
  • By Boat: You will be dropped off at the front of Magic Kingdom.  Security with metal detectors will take place in front of Magic Kingdom before entering the park.

You can view all park rules and prohibited items here.

We will use the early morning hours to cover a few attractions prior to the park becoming crowded.  But you must be in place and ready to go when the park officially opens.

  • Cast members often admit guests into Magic Kingdom prior to the listed park opening time.  This is why it’s so important you be at the park 30 to 45 minutes prior to park opening. 

Currently, not all of the Main Street shops and dining locations will be open, but many are.  However, I highly suggest you resist temptation and move on towards your first ride destination, the lines form fast!

Starting Point:

Walk straight down Main Street and through the castle (One interesting perk is without the stage shows in front of the castle, you can now walk through the castle to see the beautiful murals inside!) towards Fantasyland.  

  • Below is the order I would ride the attractions in. 
  • This takes into account which lines are often the longest throughout the day. 
  • If there is something you aren’t interested in doing, simply skip that one and move to the next. 
  • The four rides in red are by far the most popular in the park with consistently long lines as the day progresses. 
  • If you are visiting for two days, make it through as many of the four as you can until the line length is more than you’re willing to wait, then make them your first priority on day 2.  

Note: Haunted Mansion is on the way from one set of rides to the next and easy to knock off the list and reduce walking unless you’d rather postpone it to later due to rapidly increasing wait times.

Day 1

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Peter Pan
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • People Mover
  • Space Mountain
  • It’s a Small World
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

Day 2

If you’re visiting Magic Kingdom for a second day repeat your favorites from day one or ride the ones you missed.  Then follow the day 2 touring plan.

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winne the Pooh
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Tom Sawyer Island

*This plan is not inclusive of all attractions.  Please add in attractions you’d like to experience as you see fit.

Attraction Height Requirements:

  • Space Moutain – 44″
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 40″
  • Splash Mountain – 40″
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 38″
  • The Barnstormer – 35″
  • Tomorrowland Speedway – 32″

Rider swap

Rider swap is available at the following Magic Kingdom attractions:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Goofy’s Barnstormer
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

How rider swap works

Rider Swap is a great way to get all willing and tall enough guests on the attractions together when one member of the party is either too short to ride or does not want to ride.

When you approach the Standby entrance simply let the Cast Member know that you’d like to rider swap.

The Cast Member will instruct you on how to ride the attraction allowing the second part of your group to skip to the front of the line when the first group returns.

 The first group will ride while one adult and unwilling/too small participants stay behind. After the first party returns the adult that stayed behind will be able to use the FastPass entrance to ride the attraction along with the other members who just rode.

This system is a fantastic way for everyone to get to experience the attraction together even when some aren’t able too. It’s also a great way for the kids to be able to experience many of the attractions twice!

Single rider lines

Unlike Disneyland and a select few attractions at Disney World, Magic Kingdom does not have any single rider lines.

Characters

  • In place of meeting the characters up close and personal, there are Character Cavalcades that run the parade route every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • There are typically 3 to 4 different sets that run throughout the day. You’ll see variations of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Pluto, performers from the Move it! Shake it! Mousekedance it! Parade, and some of Disney’s favorite princesses.
  • During the holiday seasons, the Character Cavalcades offer characters dressed up in holiday attire.
  • There are surprise character appearances on the stage in Tomorrowland throughout the day so make sure to keep an eye out!  Times are not published in order to reduce the gathering of crowds.
  • The characters also like to pop up on the train station off of Main Street to surprise and delight their friends.

Relaxation Stations

There are various relaxation stations throughout the park for a quick stop to remove your masks, take a drink, and have a pre-packed snack.

  • Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Frontierland – Golden Oak Outpost
  • Fantasyland – Petes Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus

There is not currently a set amount of time you are able to stay in a relaxation station.

Dining

Park touring is exhausting and makes you hungry!  Pack snacks in your bag to eat throughout the day.  Bring a water bottle too.  You can purchase water in the parks but it can be quite expensive.  Quick Service restaurants will provide free water in a paper cup.  They are unable to fill your water bottle but you can pour the water from the cup into your own water bottle.

Table Service Dining:

I’d recommend at least one table service (think wait staff)  dining reservation per day so that you can relax in the AC and remove your mask. 

You can make dining reservations 60 days prior to arrival on your My Disney Experience app.   Day of reservations can be found in the app if available.  I recommend you make your reservations prior to arrival to ensure the most availability.

Guests are now required to wear masks while sitting at their table unless they are actively eating and drinking.

Quick Service Dining:

There are many quick-service options available.  Mobile order your food through the My Disney Experience app. It saves time!

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