By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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Magic Kingdom Day 1 Seven Night Itinerary For Lower Crowd Periods at Walt Disney World

(Note: this is from the Disney World Lower Crowd Itinerary, Seven Night Variant.)

MAGIC KINGDOM DAY 1: WEDNESDAY AGENDA

Today you have the early morning off, have brunch at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort near the Magic Kingdom, and then begin your visit to the Magic Kingdom, seeing Tomorrowland and then touring some lower-wait attractions in Adventureland and Frontierland. You will then end your day at Fort Wilderness’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.

You should have FastPass+ for Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, and the Jungle Cruise. The other fixed points in your schedule are Chef Mickey’s and Hoop-Dee-Doo.

Today’s plan may be a little over-ambitious, but anything you miss you can pick up on Saturday.

FIRST THINGS

Be at the Contemporary Resort in time for your meal at Chef Mickey’s. For most, this will mean a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then walking or taking the resort monorail to the Contemporary. Check at your resort front desk for the best route.

AT THE PARK

  • After your meal, walk or take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom
  • See Space Mountain (FP+)
  • Fit around your Buzz Lightyear FastPass+ lower wait rides in Tomorrowland–the Carousel of Progress, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and the Tomorrowland PeopleMover.
  • Around the time of the 3p afternoon parade (which you will see later this week), check waits at Astro Orbiter and the Tomorrowland Speedway.  If the lines look OK, and the rides seem fun, see them
  • Go to Adventureland and fit the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Enchanted Tiki Room around your FastPass+ for the Jungle Cruise
  • Once off the Jungle Cruise, if you skipped Astro Orbiter and the Tomorrowland Speedway because of waits, try now for a fourth FastPass+
  • Find the passage into Frontierland and see the Country Bears
  • If you have time, find the rafts near Big Thunder Mountain and see Tom Sawyer Island
  • Around 5p, head for the main entrance and look for the boat docks right in front
  • Take the boat to Fort Wilderness (not the Wilderness Lodge), and follow the crowds to the Hoop-Dee-Doo area, and check in for the 6.15p show.
  • See Hoop-Dee-Doo!
  • Ask outside for the best way to get back to your hotel.  Most likely you will return by boat to the Magic Kingdom, and catch a bus or monorail there.  But special buses may be running…

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

Tomorrow you continue your visit to Magic Kingdom, with an early start!

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Magic Kingdom Day 2 Seven Night Itinerary For Lower Crowd Periods at Walt Disney World

(Note: this is from the Disney World Lower Crowd Itinerary, Seven Night Variant.)

MAGIC KINGDOM DAY 2: THURSDAY AGENDA

Today you will continue your visit to the Magic Kingdom. You’ll see Fantasyland and Liberty Square.

You should have FastPass+ for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and the Haunted Mansion. Other fixed points in your schedule: you have lunch reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table and want to see the afternoon parade at 2p.

If you choose, you can head to Hollywood Studios at the end of the day to see whichever of the evening shows there you missed on Monday. This will require the park hopper add on, making it an expensive visit. Use the My DIsney Experience app to double-check show times.

FIRST THINGS

Be at the park by 45 minutes before open.

Festival of Fantasy Afternoon Parade from yourfirstvisit.netAT THE PARK

  • Enter the turnstiles when the park opens and head to Peter Pan. Ride it
  • See it’s a small world, the Carrousel if you wish, Mickey’s Philharmagic, and Winnie the Pooh while you are in the area
  • Head into Storybook Circus and see Dumbo
  • See the Barnstormer if it looks like fun and lines aren’t too long
  • See the Mad Tea Party
  • Fit together Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, your FastPass+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and your lunch at  Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • See the 2p  parade by grabbing a spot around 2.30 between the Castle and Liberty Square
  • See Enchanted Tales with Belle (FP+)
  • Fit the Hall of Presidents and Liberty Belle Riverboat around your FastPass+ for the Haunted Mansion.
  • If you wish, and have a park hopper ticket, head to Hollywood Studios to see the evening show you missed earlier this week. Book a FastPass+ for the Studios on your way if you wish
  • Have dinner at the park or in your hotel (counter service)

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

Tomorrow you finish your visit to Epcot

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Epcot Day 2 Seven Night Itinerary For Lower Crowd Periods at Walt Disney World

(Note: this is from the Disney World Lower Crowd Itinerary, Seven Night Variant.)

EPCOT DAY 2: FRIDAY AGENDA

Today you will complete Epcot, and have the evening off.

For today you should have FastPass+ for Mission: SPACE, Test Track, and Turtle Talk with Crush.

You have no reserved dining today.

Epcot

FIRST THINGS

Be at the park by 45 minutes before open. 

Test Track at Epcot Main Design Console

AT THE PARK: MORNING

  • When the park opens, see Soarin’ Around the World
  • Ride Mission: SPACE (FP+)
  • Head to Test Track. Ride it using FastPass+.
  • Head to the other side of Future World and see the attractions in the Imagination Pavilion– Disney-Pixar shorts, and Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Fit in The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Living with the Land, and Circle of Life around your FastPass+ for Turtle Talk with Crush. If lines are too long for Living with the Land, get a fourth FastPass+ for it later. Note that as you ride each FastPass+ ride you can move the next to an earlier time, if available.
  • Have lunch while you are in this area of the park at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion on the lower level
  • Next is the rest of World Showcase, starting in Canada and progressing counter-clockwise. Tour as you did Sunday night, checking out the shows as you wander
  • Agent-Ps-World-Showcase-Adventure-F.O.N.E.1If the kids are bored by World Showcase, check out Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
  • And you are almost done!  Check out Innoventions on your way out of the park

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

Tomorrow you complete your visit to the Magic Kingdom. You get to sleep in a bit.

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Magic Kingdom Day 3 Seven Night Itinerary For Lower Crowd Periods at Walt Disney World

(Note: this is from the Disney World Lower Crowd Itinerary, Seven Night Variant.)

MAGIC KINGDOM DAY 3: SATURDAY AGENDA

Today you will complete your visit to the Magic Kingdom, with Adventureland and Frontierland in the afternoon, and the nighttime shows in the evening. You will also pick up today anything you missed on your earlier visits, or want to see again.  You can arrive earlier if you wish to fit more in–if you want to revisit high-wait rides, then arrive before park open.

You should have FastPass+ for Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean.  The other fixed points in your schedule are dinner at the Crystal Palace and the times of the evening shows.

FIRST THINGS

Be at the park by noon (or earlier, as noted above).

Splash Mountain from yourfirstvisit.netAT THE PARK

  • Head to Big Thunder Mountain. Ride it using FastPass+
  • See the Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • See Pirates of the Caribbean (FP+)
  • See Splash Mountain (FP+)
  • Re-visit any rides you want to do again or missed earlier in your visit, booking additional FastPass+
  • Have dinner at the Crystal Palace
  • Re-check the time of the fireworks tonight, then if you have time re-visit any rides you want to do again, booking additional FastPass+
  • Move to a spot between the end of Main Street and the castle and watch Happily Ever After
  • Watch Once Upon a Time
  • Head back to your hotel

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

Tomorrow you finish the Animal Kingdom, and then return home

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Animal Kingdom Day 2 Seven Night Itinerary For Lower Crowd Periods at Walt Disney World

(Note: this is from the Disney World Lower Crowd Itinerary, Seven Night Variant.)

ANIMAL KINGDOM DAY 2: SECOND SUNDAY AGENDA

Today you spend the morning completing your visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and then depart for home. You have no scheduled meals.

You should have FastPass+ for Avatar: Flight of Passage and Festival of the Lion King,

MORNING

  • Check out and note your instructions for Disney’s Magical Express if you are using it.  If you aren’t, for many domestic airlines you’ll be able to check bags and print boarding passes near the front desk.  This is a tip-based service.  You can also store your bags at the bell stand
  • Arrive at Animal Kingdom by 45 minutes before open

AT THE PARK

  • Arrive 40 minutes before open
  • At open, head to and ride Expedition Everest
  • Ride DINOSAUR
  • Ride Primeval Whirl
  • Ride (if desired) Triceratops Spin
  • See Maharajah Jungle Trails
  • Ride Avatar Flight of Passage (FastPass+)
  • See the 11a Festival of the Lion King (FastPass+)
  • Fit more exploring of Avatar: World of Pandora and additional FastPass+ for re-rides into whatever time you have still available

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Next Week (August 19 through August 27, 2017) at Walt Disney World

DISNEY WORLD NEXT WEEK: AUGUST 19 TO AUGUST 27, 2017

The material below details next week’s Disney World operating hours, Extra Magic Hours, parades, and fireworks.

For more on August 2017 at Disney World, see this.

OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/19-8/27/17

The Magic Kingdom will be open from 9a-10p 8/19 through 8/24; 9a-7p 8/25; and 9a-10p 8/26 and 8/27

Epcot will be open from 9a-9p every day

Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be open 9a-9.30p 8/19, and 9a-9p 8/20 through 8/27

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open 9a-10p 8/19, and 9a-9.30p 8/20 through 8/27

EXTRA MAGIC HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/19-8/27/17

Saturday 8/19 Morning:  Animal Kingdom Evening: Animal Kingdom

Sunday 8/20  Morning:  Hollywood Studios  Evening: none

Monday 8/21 Morning: Animal Kingdom  Evening: none

Tuesday 8/22 Morning: none Evening:  Epcot

Wednesday 8/23 Morning: none  Evening:  Magic Kingdom

Thursday 8/24 Morning: Epcot Evening: none

Friday 8/25 Morning:  Magic Kingdom Evening: none

Saturday 8/26 Morning: Animal Kingdom Evening: none

Sunday 8/27  Morning: Hollywood Studios Evening: none

PARADES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/19-8/27/17

The Magic Kingdom: Afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3p 8/19; 2p 8/20 through 8/27

FIREWORKS AND EVENING SHOWS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/19-8/27/17

Happily Every After at Magic Kingdom: 9p 8/19 through 8/24 and 8/26 and 8/27

IllumiNations at Epcot: 9p every night

Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9p 8/19; 8.30p 8/20 through 8/27

Star Wars Show and Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9.30p 8/19; 9p 8/20 through 8/27

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom 9.15p and 10.30p 8/19; 8.45p 8/20 through 8/27

SHOW SCHEDULES FOR WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/19-8/27/17

See Steve Soares’ site here. Click the park names at its top for show schedules.

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