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  • On May 22, 2021
    Bryce from IL Asked

    Is there a way to map our day out so we do not back track and over walk? Also we will be there starting on May 27th and will the railroads be running yet?

    Hi, Bryce! Welcome to planDisney! Can you believe your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is only four days away? Let's help you get your vacation off on the right foot - and also keep both of your feet from getting too tired!

    While the Walt Disney World Railroad is a wonderful way to get around the Magic Kingdom Park, the trains are still parked at the station for now. We don't have a date for when they'll start running again, but I can't wait to hear those train whistles one day soon!

    So now let's talk park plans! The best way to start is by mapping out your priorities. Do you have dining reservations, or a particular snack you've just got to have? How about a certain must-do attraction? Do you plan to get in some shopping? Once you have an idea of the things you really want to do, you can focus on one specific area of the park at a time. I'll drop links to the current guide maps from each theme park below to help you get started:

    Magic Kingdom Park
    EPCOT
    Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
    Disney's Hollywood Studios

    These are PDF's of the exact same guide maps they offer in the theme parks, so you can print them out and use them to map out your day. For example, you'll see that the Magic Kingdom is laid out by different "lands." Let's say you decide to start your day with a morning ride on Splash Mountain, since the line for that will get longer as the day goes on. After splashing down, you can hop over to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, then Pirates of the Caribbean, and maybe grab a famous Dole Whip from Aloha Isle. Later, maybe you have a dining reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Before sitting down for your meal, you could ride The Haunted Mansion and it's a small world, then take a turn on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and head over for your magical meal in Beast's Castle. At the end of your Disney day, stop by the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A to do a little souvenir shopping before heading for the park exit.

    Plus, be sure to download the My Disney Experience app on your phone. It's a big help for checking wait times at the attractions to decide what to ride next, and you can use the Mobile Ordering feature to order and pay for quick-service meals. You'll get an alert to pick up your food when it's ready, which will save you time - and steps!

    There are as many ways to enjoy the theme parks as there are Guests, so I hope this helps inspire a plan that works for your family. Thank you so much for coming to see us, Bryce, and please stop by again if you have any more questions!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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