After the park opens, plan to ride several things in the first couple of hours without FastPass+, make use of FastPass+ for late morning/early afternoon, and then get additional FastPass+ reservations for later in the day, if needed.

We’ve included suggested times for FP+ reservations in the Magic Kingdom touring plans below.

Arrive before park opening

To make the best use of your time, arrive about 45 minutes before park opening.

Magic Kingdom theme park usually allows people in up to an hour before the official opening time. Guests are stopped in front of the castle until the park opens.

Between the time you enter and the time the park opens, you can get PhotoPass pics taken, shop and eat on Main Street, and watch the show just before the park opens on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.

Magic Kingdom touring plans

Plan to spend more than 1 day at Magic Kingdom.

If time allows, you will probably want to spend 2 days at Magic Kingdom theme park (maybe even 2.5 days).

If you arrive at rope drop (we’d suggest arriving about 45 minutes before park opening), make use of the first couple of hours to ride without FastPass+ reservations and then use FP+ to ride later in the day, you’ll be able to accomplish all of the attractions you’d like at Magic Kingdom park.

We like to organize touring plans by hour because minute-by-minute touring plans can make you feel like you’re running from place to place without any flexibility, but grouping them by hour can at least give you some sense of timing as you plan.

Here are some example Magic Kingdom touring plans.

General 2-day Magic Kingdom touring plan

Day 1: FastPass+ reservations made ahead of time for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (can’t get that one? Get Peter Pan’s Flight instead), Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Big Thunder Mountain

Arrive to the park 30-45 minutes before park opening.

First hour:

  • 1. Peter Pan’s Flight OR Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (whichever one you did not get a FP+ for, SDMT has a 38″ height req.)
  • 2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • 3. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

Second hour:

  • 4. “it’s a small world”
  • 5. Haunted Mansion
  • 6. Splash Mountain (40″ height req.)

Third hour:

  • 7. Use FP+ for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40″ height req., suggested FP+ time: 10:00-11:00)
  • 8. Pirates of the Caribbean 
  • 9. Jungle Cruise

Rest of the day:

  • Lunch
  • 10. Use FP+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″ height req.) OR Peter Pan’s Flight (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 11. Use FP+ for Enchanted Tales with Belle (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 12. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • 13. Mad Tea Party
  • 14. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • 15. Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • 16. Parade/fireworks show