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Magic Kingdom Day 1 Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

By Dave Shute

(Note: this is from the Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary.)


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

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


Be at the park by 45 minutes before open.


Space Mountain from

  • At open, head to Tomorrowland and see Buzz Lightyear
  • See Space Mountain (FP+)
  • Ride Astro-Orbiter
  • Ride the Tomorrowland PeopleMover
  • Ride the Tomorrowland Speedway (FP+)
  • Exit the park about 10.30 and either walk or take the resort monorail to the Contemporary Resort. Eat at Chef Mickey’s
  • Return to the park, head into Tomorrowland, and see the Carousel of Progress and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Go to Adventureland and fit the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Enchanted Tiki Room around your FastPass+ for the Jungle Cruise
  • 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 cast members 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.


Tomorrow you have the morning off, then complete your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


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1 Lindsay { 04.30.18 at 5:01 pm }

on your itineraries – if we arrive on Tuesday should I pick up on Tuesday or pick up on the first day of your above itinerary (i.e. go with the travel day even though it’s not Tuesday)?

2 Dave { 05.02.18 at 10:22 am }

Lindsay, my itineraries are based not only on Disney’s calendar (so Tuesday means Tuesday, as you note, not Day 4) but also on a preferred sequence for seeing the parks (basically, Epcot first and MK last) and also the flow of your days in the parks. So they don’t adapt well to different arrival days. You can kick off Tuesday with Tuesday’s plans, but it won’t provide the best flow from park to park or day to day.

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