Magic Kingdom Touring Plan

Every Disney expert will tell you a good touring plan is essential for making the most of your Disney World vacation. But what exactly is a touring plan? And do I have to follow an exact plan in order to enjoy my vacation? Can I be spontaneous?

Cinderella's Castle Magic Kingdom

What is a Touring Plan?

A touring plan is your itinerary for the parks. I like to have a general idea of my day hour by hour. Keeping it by the hour, instead of, say, 15 minute intervals, gives you room to stop and enjoy things, park your stroller, grab a snack, hit the bathrooms, or whatever!

Do I NEED a Touring Plan?

While it certainly isn’t necessary to have a touring plan before you hit the parks, it definitely helps. If you are worried about the lines and the waits at Disney World, having a great touring plan can make all the difference.

What Does a Touring Plan Look Like?

I have put together a basic touring plan for The Magic Kingdom to help you navigate the park and get the most of your time. These are some of my favorite suggestions that have worked for me and my family. These plans are over 2 days at Magic Kingdom. It is best to arrive at rope drop to make the most of your day!

    Day 1 Touring Plan

    1st Hour (Rope Drop)

    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Peter Pan's Flight
    • Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Hour 2

    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
    • It's a Small World
    • Haunted Mansion

    Hour 3

    • Space Mountain
    • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
    • Tomorrowland Transit Authority

    After your morning touring I suggest the following:

    • Break for lunch
    • Parade and/or shopping
    • Afternoon Break/Low wait time rides

    In the afternoon the parks will get busier. They often get HOT in the early afternoon. I don’t usually give specific rides after lunch time. I suggest either heading back to your hotel for a pool or nap break, or using this time to hit some of the rides that are low wait, but air-conditioned. Some suggestions are:

    • The Tiki-Room
    • The Country Bear Jamboree
    • The Hall of Presidents
    • The Carousel of Progress
    • Any repeat rides you loved

    After your afternoon break/cool down time you'll be refreshed and ready for dinner and the fireworks show!

    Day 2 Touring Plan

    1st Hour (Rope Drop)

    • Splash Mountain
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    • Pirates of the Caribbean

    Hour 2

    • Jungle Cruise
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Mad Tea Party

    Hour 3

    • Meet Princesses at Fairytale Hall
    • Mickey's Philharmagic

    This time is again left mostly open. Here i suggest taking a break for lunch. You can then enjoy some of the "cool-down" attractions listed above. You can take a break at your resort. Or you can repeat some of the rides that you loved.

    After you have cooled down I suggest taking a break for dinner before any night time entertainment.

    This is a plan that I like to use, but you can easily swap out rides for ones that your kids love. I suggest starting your day at Rope Drop to get the most out of your time at the park.

    Touring Plans Sound Great, But Can’t I Just Be Spontaneous?

    If you don’t think you can get your little ones up and out the door at rope drop, I feel you. I have suggestions for sleep in days as well. And I also suggest planning out your mornings but leaving afternoons open so you can be spontaneous. Kids never cease to change their minds at the very last minute about rides, characters, or anything else they feel like. So having room for spontaneity, or even just to repeat rides the kids love is a must!

    If you are feeling overwhelmed, don't worry! When you book with a travel agent they can help you plan your and itinerary. 

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