• On Mar 14, 2017
    Jackie from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am traveling to Magic Kingdom for only 1 day with my 12 year old and my 14 year old. What do I need to do to plan my visit? What can I do with the FastPass option? This is all new from the last time we were there!

    Dear Jackie,

    Thanks for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your terrific question about planning for your wondEARful day at the Magic Kingdom with your children!

    Yes, if you haven't been to the Walt Disney World Resort in a few years, a lot has changed in terms of planning out your time there! You will love it.

    FastPass+ is, in my opinion, a terrific system that helps you to make your day run efficiently and get you through several attractions using much shorter FastPass+ lines. Starting 60 days before your trip (or 30 days if you are not staying at an on-site hotel), you can make up to three FastPass+ selections of attractions that you would like to experience. You will then select a time for each of those attractions and you will visit the attraction within that hour-long window that you have chosen. When you arrive at the attraction, you will go through a much shorter line to ride. With only one day at the Magic Kingdom, I also highly recommend arriving very early in the morning, around an hour before the park opens, to get through security and to beat the crowds that arrive as the day goes on. You will find that you are able to do several attractions in the first hour of the park being open.

    For your FastPass+ choices for kids of that age, I recommend thrill rides such as Space Mountain, the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train, or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

    Have a magical time!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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