Time can be crucial on a vacation. Sometimes you have the luxury of exploring, walking around, and soaking in the details. Other trips, you will only be visiting the park for a short period of time and need to focus on accomplishing what you want to accomplish in a short period of time. This is often the case for us when we visit the Magic Kingdom since we usually only have one day to experience all the rides, attractions, shows, and stores that the park has to offer. On days like those, we have to have a plan that allows us to see and do as much as we can as quickly as we can. So, here is how you would want to tackle Adventureland and Liberty Square before lunch!
Start With a Plan – do not walk into the park just with the idea that you are going to focus on these two areas between when you get to the park and lunch. You should get to the park at rope drop (generally 7 AM or 8 AM) and head directly to these lands. You should also identify what is the more important for you to see and do – with us, it is usually rides (Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jungle Cruise), so we put little emphasis on the shows (Enchanted Tiki Room and Hall of Presidents). Take the time to think about what you’d like to do before setting foot in the park.
Use FastPass – if you are spending a full-day in the Magic Kingdom, it generally makes sense to save some of them for later in the afternoon since lines tend to be shorter and manageable during the morning hours. However, we would recommend having a FastPass for one of three major attractions between the two lands. Worst case scenario if you make it to Pirates of the Caribbean and it is only a 10 minute wait: switch the FastPass to another attraction for later in the day.
Ride Early – guests traveling to the Magic Kingdom have different plans when coming to the Magic Kingdom – some want a perfect photo with Cinderella Castle in the background, while others want to meet some characters. We recommend riding early – using this method, you are able to breeze through lines without a wait or wasting a FastPass and saving those other items for later in the day. If you head straight to Adventureland (guests generally head to Fantasyland or Tomorrowland first), you should be able to hit Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Magic Carpets of Aladdin within the first hour!
Review Dining Options Ahead of Time – a lot of time can be wasted in the parks by wandering around looking at the options at each of the dining locations. With the MyDisneyExperience app and myriad resources on-line, take fifteen minutes and look at the menus so you know where to go for a snack while you’re navigating these two lands – know specifically whether you want a Dole Whip or Citrus Swirl and know where each is offered – certain members of our family still can’t remember that Aloha Isle has moved!
Squeeze In the Non-Essentials – with options of shopping and other attractions, squeeze them in during down times or as you are quickly moving to your next attraction. Be sure to grab a Times Guide or do research prior to your visit so you know how long the shows are so you can make sure it isn’t going to impact your schedule for the morning.
Be Flexible – thought you wanted to ride Pirates of the Caribbean first, but it is mysteriously shut down? Be flexible and jump to the Jungle Cruise and check to see if it is back up by the time you are done with it – this way you won’t get frustrated and you will be able to get a lot accomplished!
On a trip last summer, we were able to accomplish the following scheduled between park opening at 8 AM and our lunch reservation at 12.30 PM using these tips:
Rope Drop: walked straight to Sleepy Hollow Refreshments for a Nutella and fruit waffle. We ate that as we walked to Pirates of the Caribbean. After Pirates, we walked quickly to Jungle Cruise and walked on with a five-minute wait. We then went and saw the Enchanted Tiki Room and then walked through the shops in Adventureland and used the cut-through to Liberty Square where we used our FastPass for Haunted Mansion. As we were coming out, the riverboat was boarding, so we jumped on board and rode around the Rivers of America. We checked the next showing for the Hall of Presidents and did some Christmas ornament shopping to kill sometime before it started. After the show, we walked back over to Adventureland and walked through the treehouse and waited as our nephew rode Magic Carpets of Aladdin. We accomplished it all and were very thankful for a quieter afternoon. Use these tips and you can see a lot of the lands before lunch! What is your plan of attack when trying to conquer two lands before lunch?
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