Disney trips usually requires a bit of planning, which is perfectly fine by me since I’m a compulsive planner! But some people may not enjoy trip planning as much as I do. In case you’d rather not mess with planning or you feel overwhelmed by the options, I decided to share our Disney touring plans and schedule so that you can relax (a bit).
This sample schedule worked well for us in July 2014 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In fact, this post goes hand-in-hand with one of my favorite posts: how to visit Disney without waiting in line! (Yes, that’s right. We rode these rides without waiting during the busy season! The companion post will also explain how we used the rider switch pass, and why we chose to include rides with height requirements even though we have young kids.)
What you see here is EXACTLY what we did (or what I wish we would have done!). We spent three (yes, three!) days at the Magic Kingdom and one day at Animal Kingdom. Our girls are young, so we chose to spend the majority of our time at the Magic Kingdom. We didn’t go to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or the water parks, and we don’t regret that decision one bit. Someday, when they’re older, we hope to go back. But the Magic Kingdom was PERFECT for our family (with children ages 1 and 3).
I’ll show the complete schedule for three days at Magic Kingdom, but we hit most of the big rides during the first two days. As you’ll see, most of our lunches were quick service or even on the go. We sat down for dinner, but didn’t want to waste time for lunch since we’d take a break for naps soon after.
Sample Touring Plans for Disney–Magic Kingdom (One, Two, or Three Days)
Day 1 at Magic Kingdom
- Arrive in time for the Welcome Show
- Go straight through castle to the New Fantasyland (the New Fantasyland is awesome for families with young kids!)
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Meet Ariel at her grotto
- Under the Sea–FastPass+ time 10:35-11:35 a.m.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38 inch height requirement)–FastPass+ time 11:45-12:45
- Space Mountain (40 inches) or Tomorrowland Speedway–FastPass+ time 12:55-1:55
- Tea cups
- Pick up fourth FastPass+ at kiosk for evening rides
- Naps or rest at hotel
- Evening–dinner, parade, dumbo, missed rides
Day 2 of Magic Kingdom
- Meet Minnie Mouse & friends at front of the park
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of Caribbean
- Thunder Mountain (40 inch height requirement)
- Splash Mountain (40 inch height requirement)
- Splash Mountain (it’s was our daughter’s favorite!) again with FastPass+ time 11:05-12:05. (Instead of riding again, the grandparents took toddler to Tom Sawyer Island.)
- Lunch (on the go, if pressed for time)
- Haunted Mansion–FastPass+ time 12:15-1:15 p.m.
- It’s a Small World
- Peter Pan’s Flight–FastPass+ time 1:25-2:25
- Pick up fourth FastPass+ from kiosk for evening
- Evening–dinner at Crystal Palace, fireworks, missed rides, etc.
Day 3 of Magic Kingdom
- Carousel (twice!)
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- It’s a Small World
- Under the Sea–FastPass+ time 10:20-11:20
- Tomorrowland Speedway or Space Mountain (44 inch height requirement) FastPass+ time 11:20-12:20
- Meet Donald, Goofy, Daisy, and Minnie at Pete’s Silly Slideshow
- Barnstormer (35 inch height requirement) or Dumbo FastPass+ time 12:25-1:25
- Train to front of park
- Naps, swimming at hotel, dinner at hotel or Magic Kingdom
Sample Touring Plans for Disney–Animal Kingdom (One Day)
- Expedition Everest (44 inch height requirement) or Triceratops Spin
- Kali River Rapids (38 inch height requirement)–FastPass+ time 9:50-10:50 a.m.
- Wildlife Express Petting Zoo (if there’s time)
- Finding Nemo Show at 11:00 a.m.
- Kilimanjaro Safaris–FastPass+ time 11:15-12:15 p.m.
- Festival of the Lion King–FastPass+ time 12:30-12:50 for 1:00 show.
- Evening at Downtown Disney or back to Animal Kingdom
While I like to claim I’m a master travel planner, this was our family’s first trip to Disney. You can find all of the advice I collected to help me while planning on my “Dreaming of Disney” pinterest board! Also, be sure to check out our DIY Clothes for Disney post!
Follow Rachael at Nothing if Not Intentional’s board Dreaming of Disney on Pinterest.
Disclosure: I was provided two, one-day tickets by Walt Disney World. As always, opinions are my own.