1. Arrive before park opening. If you want to ride Magic Kingdom's most popular attractions with minimum waits, and especially if you only have one day, arriving early is necessary.
2. Head straight to Tomorrowland for a Space Mountain FastPass. This ride is very popular and notorious for long lines.
3. Next, head to New Fantasyland. If you want to check out Enchanted Tales with Belle, this would be a good time. The line fills up fast and it's a lengthy show. If not, go ahead and hop on Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid. Tip: If you want to see inside Be our Guest without the lines, the restaurant is usually open for a sneak peek! Just ask a Cast Member at the bridge.
4. Afterwards, move back into the original Fantasyland to experience some of the park's classic attractions if that's on your to-do list, particularly Peter Pan's Flight. This popular ride is known for its long, long lines and the sooner you ride the better.
5. Skip Liberty Square and head into Frontierland to ride Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We suggest Splash Mountain first as it's very popular; and if there's still no line, hop back on and ride it again before moving next to Big Thunder.
6. Now make your way towards Adventureland to ride Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise. Also, if you're feeling up to it, explore the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.
7. If you're getting a little hungry, or it's time for lunch, stop at Casey's or Colombia Harbor House for lunch. Both of these eateries offer great food for a decent price. If you want to dine at Be Our Guest, you need to line up about twenty minutes before it opens; but another alternative would be to grab a snack and then visit the restaurant after the lunch rush and before it closes for dinner.
6. If you picked up a FastPass for Space Mountain and haven't used it, now would be a good time. From Main Street, make
your way towards Tomorrowland. Once you've used your FastPass, or if you haven't at all, go ahead and pick up FastPasses for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin; but if the line is short, just go ahead and ride it! While this is a ride geared
towards younger kids, it's a lot of fun to compete against friends and family members!
7. Next visit the Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor, it's hilarious! Skip Stitch's Great Escape (it's not that great), and then visit the Carousel of Progress. From there, slow down a little and relax on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
8, Now continue to take it easy as you stroll through the park on your way to Liberty Square. As you pass through Fantasyland, feel free to ride some attractions if the lines aren't too long. The attractions here are geared towards kids; but one ride you must do here sometime during your day is Mickey's Philharmagic. There usually isn't much of wait so it can be seen anytime.
9. As you walk from Tomorrowland to Liberty Square, be sure not to rush so you can enjoy the details. Then, once you
arrive in Liberty Square, visit the Hall of Presidents, shop at their great stores (especially Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe), and maybe even take a cruise on the Liberty Belle Riverboat. You can also grab a delicious snack at Sleepy Hollow while you're here.
10. From Liberty Square, venture back into Frontierland to enjoy its shops and scenery and do the same at Adventureland. This would also be a great time for a Dole Whip! If you haven't had one already, that is!
11. Venture back into Main Street U.S.A to do some shopping and explore what this section of the park has to offer. This area is full of history and details, so be sure to pay attention! If it isn't 3 o'clock yet, find a great spot to watch the parade. If this is a priority to you, find a spot and hang out there about 45 to 30 minutes before 3 o'clock.
12. Post-parade time is a good time to visit any attractions that you didn't get to before or that you want to ride again! Also, if you haven't used your FastPasses, now may be a good time. If you have missed the parade, and it's later in the evening, have nice dinner at Tony's or the Crystal Palace on Main Street U.S.A., or at Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square. Just be sure to made
advance dining reservations before you visit for one of these locations. If you are looking for a lighter or cheaper meal, visit Columbia Harbour House or Cosmic Ray's. You can also take the monorail to one of the Disney deluxe resorts for a meal.
13. After dinner, you need to start thinking about the evening parade and Wishes, the nightly fireworks display. If the parade isn't that big of a deal to you, skip it and use the time to ride some attractions. Lines are often shorter during this time period and the
outdoor attractions are a whole new experience at night! We definitely suggest experiencing the Jungle Cruise at night, and "it's a small world" usually has no wait at this time of the day. However, if the parade is important to you then you need to be thinking about a good spot. You can watch the parade in Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Main Street U.S.A.
14. Even though Wishes takes place in the sky, you still need to have a good spot to fully enjoy Wishes in all of its
glory. We recommend Main Street, even though it's crowded, as it offers the best view. The bridge over Tomorrowland is also a great spot because Tinkerbell flies just overhead! You can also watch it from the New Fantasyland. The illuminated castles offer a fairy tale backdrop for this display.
15. Remember that as soon as the last firework explodes, there will be a massive flood of people for the exit resulting in
clogged and crowded bus stops, boat docks, and monorail ramps. Either position yourself near the exit for a quick escape or chill in the shops and grab a snack until the crowds die down. Transportation continues even after the park closes.
Remember that these touring guides are not schedules to be strictly followed. Disney is about having fun with your family and loved ones. Strict schedules and stress doesn't make for a magical day. So use this as a guide, enjoy, and have a magical day at the Magic Kingdom!