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Our Magic Kingdom Schedule – See it All Without Waking up Early!

Our favorite magic kingdom schedule at Disney World

So currently, my most popular post on Pinterest is “How to do Disney when you are not a morning person/why you do not have to be a Disney rope drop person”. I wasn’t expecting it to be a popular opinion because so many people push for rope drop as a way to ride popular rides with short wait times. But because it seems to have interested some on how they can still have a great time in Disney without rising before the sun (who can blame them/you?)…I have decided to share what our daily schedules look like for each park. So here you have it! Our Magic Kingdom schedule!

If you have read our favorite week long itinerary for Disney World (if you haven’t you can and should here!) you know that we visit Magic Kingdom 2 full days and usually 1 evening for magic hours. Since we are there 2 full days, I will share what each day looks like for us and even include a separate schedule for a magic hours night as well.

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Okay, buckle up and get comfortable because there is a lot of information ahead!

Welcome to magic kingdom

Magic Kingdom Schedule – Option 1

Keep in mind, the main importance of our schedule is that we are NOT morning people! Sometimes we will enjoy breakfast at the Crystal Palace (especially if we are not on a dining plan because it’s cheaper than dinner) but preferably we do not arrive to the park before 11.

11 – 11:30 AM Arrive to Magic Kingdom

We aim to leave our room between 10:30 and 11. This depends on when our first Fastpass+ reservation begins. For simplicity let’s say our Fastpass+ is from 11 to 12 (even though it could be totally off the wall with 11:20 to 12:20).

So we arrive at 11, head down Main Street and walk through some of the shops (as long as we are not running late, which does happen!…especially as the week goes on) and then head to our first fastpass which is going to be space mountain!

After we ride space mountain we will jump on the people mover and sometimes even the carousel of progress before heading to our next Fastpass+ reservation.

12 PM – 1 PM

Our next Fastpass time slot is from 12 to 1, let’s say this is for jungle cruise! We will head from Tomorrowland to Adventureland around 12:30 and quite possibly catch a show in front of the castle or a parade heading down Main Street! We will jump on the jungle cruise, laugh our butts off, and then check the times on Pirates of the Caribbean and the magic carpets.

Fitting in the parades to our magic kingdom schedule

I will say that I refuse to wait longer than 35 minutes for pirates and about 15 for Aladdin’s magic carpets. So if these lines are longer we just come back later!

1:30 PM – Lunch Time!

By this point we are hot, hungry and in need of an AC’ed location to sit and rest. We will head over to Peco Bill’s Tall Tale Inn for a yummy lunch! If you have never had the pleasure of eating at Peco Bill’s, I will warn you, it is yummy but crowded! Usually I give Jesse my order and he gets the food while I find a table.

Lunch at Pecos Bill in Magic kingdom
2 PM – 3 PM

Around 2 we will have our final scheduled Fastpass and head there from lunch. This Fastpass is going to be Big thunder mountain! As soon as we are in line we will jump on my Disney experience and see what Fastpass+ reservations are available. Some times we are able to grab a haunted mansion or many adventures of Winnie the Pooh for 5 or 6 PM. Other times we can only get a splash mountain fastpass for 9:30 PM.

After we get off big thunder mountain we will usually head to Fantasyland.

3 PM – 8 PM

During this late afternoon/early evening we fit in everything we can. We will check the times of the haunted mansion, many adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, and Buzz Lightyear. And same as for pirates, I will not wait more than 35ish minutes for any of these.

This is also the time that we will hit up PhilharMagic (always) and the hall of presidents (if everything else is super busy). We will also do some shopping and snacking, which always pairs nicely with a cold Starbucks drink in hand.

8 PM – Dinner!

Now it’s dinner time! We will head to Liberty Tree Tavern for our dinner reservation (this is my absolute favorite place to eat!)

9 PM – Close

The last few times we have been to Disney, Magic Kingdom has been closing at 10. (I LOVED when it use to say open until 12, and I know it is currently only 7 due to COVID-19).

Happily Ever After usually starts around 9 so by the time we come out of dinner, everyone is ready for the show and ride lines are MUCH shorter!

We try to ride as much as we can during this time as well. And if we want to watch Happily Ever After, we will one night and will ride the other night we are there.

In the evening is when we will ride under the sea journey of the little mermaid, it’s a small world and splash mountain.

If possible we love to jump back on thunder mountain (likely) and space mountain (not likely). And if Buzz is short we will do that too, especially if we didn’t ride it earlier.

Now it depends on how late the park is open til but typically you can get journey under the sea, it’s a small world and 1 of the more popular rides fit in before 10.

Close

As the park is nearing closing time, we will head to the gift shops on Main Street once again. This is purchasing time. I pick all the things I like while I shop during the day and then contemplate if I really need it or not before we leave.

This saves us SO much. I will usually pick out 10 or so things through out the day and then narrow down to 2 by the end of the day, PHEW!

Once our shopping is done we head for the ferry boat back to the ticket and transportation center.

Magic Kingdom ScheduleOption 2

Okay so now that you have the basic idea of how we structure our day at Magic Kingdom, let’s see what day 2 has in store! This will follow the same set up, just different goals for the day!

11 AM – 12 PM

Again we will aim to arrive to Magic kingdom around 11 to start our day and first Fastpass+ reservation.

For this option we are going to start off with big thunder mountain. Depending on how quickly we are done we might check out the times for pirates of the Caribbean or the Haunted mansion.

The haunted mansion from Tom Sawyer island

12:30 PM – Lunch

On this day we will have a reservation for lunch at Be Our Guest. Remember that even though Be Our Guest is quick service for breakfast and lunch, it still requires a reservation!

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Our next Fastpass after lunch is Buzz lightyear. While we are in the area we will ride the people mover and the carousel of progress again. (Day 1 on the carousel of progress is to enjoy it…day 2 tends to be to relax in the AC!)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Since it can be difficult to get Seven dwarfs mine train Fastpass+ reservations, we have to take what is available. This means that our 3 Fastpass reservations back to back does not always happen.

So if this is the case, we will take this busy afternoon time to hit up those shops and Starbucks again.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Phew! Finally our last Fastpass+ reservation so we can get some more scheduled! And we finally get to ride mine train! (We never expect to ride this more than once in a week because there are so many other rides we love just as much or even more, but that doesn’t mean you can’t replace some space mountain Fastpass reservations with more for mine train!).

After mine train we might grab a snack and check the time for the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

4:30 PM – 8 PM

Here is our free time again to explore and do whatever is available. Whether this be more Fastpass reservations, PhilharMagic, the Swiss Family treehouse, Tom Sawyer Island or the mad tea party.

Exploring Tom Sawyer island at Magic kingdom

8 PM – Dinner!

It’s dinner time again, and this time we head to the Crystal Palace for a buffet dinner with Pooh Bear and his friends!

Crystal Palace character dining

9 PM – Close

Sometimes we will get done with dinner around the time Happily Ever After is beginning so we will watch from the front of Crystal Palace.

Then, depending on the closing time, we will hit up as many rides as we can once again!

Magic Kingdom ScheduleMagic Hours Evening Option

Cinderella castle at Magic kingdom

So our favorite magic hours are the evening ones at Magic Kingdom, there are so many rides here that the lines stay short!

This schedule will again depend on closing time and when magic hours begin. But we typically arrive about 2 to 3 hours before the park closes.

So if the park closes at 10 and magic hours are from 10-12, then we will arrive around 7 or 8. Because this day is suppose to be our day off…but who could pass up these short lines!

7 PM – 10 PM

We will schedule 3 Fastpass+ reservations for 7-8, 8-9 and 9-10. We make sure to schedule one for Peter Pans flight, then Space mountain and maybe jungle cruise.

You have to be strategic here because certain rides are easier to get on during magic hours than others. Also, we have run into jungle cruise not being open for magic hours, so plan ahead!

While the park is still open, we will also grab a quick dinner. We like to eat at the Friars Nook to get their buffalo chicken tots! We do not like to eat here on a full Magic Kingdom day because the seating is outside side and we like to cool off during lunch and dinner.

10 PM – 12 AM – Magic Hours!

Once magic hours begin, we will bounce from ride to ride until they are over.

Some rides we love to fit in are big thunder mountain, haunted mansion, pirates of the Caribbean, many adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Buzz lightyear.

We will try to fit in it’s a small world, Journey under the sea, Aladdin’s magic carpets and Dumbo if there’s time or if other lines are to long.

We do not wait around for long lines during these magic hours. Our goal is to ride as much as we can in the 2 hours!

Magic Kingdom Schedule – Wrap up!

Well there you have it! This is how we ride all our favorite Magic Kingdom rides, without waking up early!

Cinderella castle at Disney World
Tips to keep in mind…
  • Always wait until evening to ride it’s a small world and journey under the sea.
  • Focus on getting Fastpass+ reservations for rides that do not slow down in the evening.
  • Try to schedule Fastpass+ reservations as early as possible (but not before 10 if you do decide to go for rope drop).
  • Use the My Disney Experience app to check ride times so you are not wasting time going back and forth.
  • Know the rides/attractions you ABSOLUTELY want to do and make I happen but don’t stress during busy times and fill in gaps with rides with short wait times. Your Magic Kingdom schedule should have a plan but not a minute by minute breakdown.
  • And…most importantly…HAVE FUN! Chances are when your trip is over, you will not be focused on not getting to ride mine train or Peter pans flight because of how many other amazing things you were able to do!

I hope you enjoyed our Magic Kingdom schedule and I hope I can help you have an awesome Disney World vacation!

What do you think? Do you like to visit Magic Kingdom more than once? What suggestions do you have? Let me know!

And come on back for our Animal Kingdom schedule next week!

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Need some ideas for what to do in Magic Kingdom with your little ones? Check out Stephanie’s post over at Mom’s Magical Blog – The Best Things To Do At Magic Kingdom With Toddlers!

Hi, I’m Denise! Wife, mom, professor, animal lover and Disney freak! I am a DVC member, former Disney travel consultant and now the face behind Enchanting Wishes. My family and I spend a lot of time in Disney and I hope to help you enjoy your Disney vacations by sharing my experiences and travel tips with you! Follow me on Pinterest for more Disney fun!

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