• On Dec 28, 2018
    Lindsay from AB Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! We decided to add Magic Kingdom to our trip on our way to Miami for our Cruise. We are staying with friends. what time should we arrive to get a full day in? We are early risers so we want to be ready to go in 1st. What ride should we hit 1st?

    Hello Lindsay!
    Arriving before opening is often called "being at rope drop."  And, we are a rope drop to fireworks family for sure! You will need to check the opening time for the date you will be visiting. The website's calendar is posted well in advance. If it is an Extra Magic Hour day for the Magic Kingdom, there will be no way for you to be one of the first, as early admission is reserved exclusively for Guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. However, if it is not an Extra Magic Hours day I recommend planning to arrive 60 minutes before opening. This should give you time to arrive at security, go through bag check and be near the front of the line to enter. 

    As for what attractions to hit first, that is dependent on your goals for the day. If you have little ones, I would head straight to Fantasyland for Enchanted Tales with Belle.  If you have tweens or older, I would buckle up on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. For a more detailed plan, I recommend visiting touringplans.com. They have great info, and for a small fee, you can get assistance planning your very own Practically Perfect Disney day.

    If you have not done so yet, make sure and add FastPass+ selections to your ticket as soon as possible. This will help reduce wait times during your day. If you have questions about this, come on back to the panel, we love to help!

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.  One of my favorite things to do is to travel with multi-generational groups. I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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