Our Fast Pass Route at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

We just got home from a big family vacation at Disney World.  We hit Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom.  This trip just kind of snuck up on me and we didn’t do much planning.  We didn’t read the guidebooks or search the Internet before heading down there and to be honest with you, we had no plan.  I actually got teased by the family because according to them, “what good is traveling with a travel blogger if she is no help?!” 

Waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion and watching the rain!

Waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion and watching the rain!

One of our Disney days was spent at the Magic Kingdom.  We arrived around 9:30 in the morning and didn’t leave until after the fireworks that night.  We had lots of luck with our fast pass timing and standing in lines so I thought I would share our schedule.  I am by no means a Disney expert and don’t claim to be.  This was our one day route through Disney World.  It seemed to work for us, but it might have just been the time of year, the day of the week, and what we chose to do!  We were thrilled that with our Fast Pass route, somehow we managed to only wait in lines for 20-30m.

We started our day in Tomorrowland.  We went straight to the Fast Pass line for Space Mountain and then we got in line for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin where we had a 20m wait.  After riding the Buzz Lightyear ride, we got in line for the Astro Orbiter rockets.  We had a 30m wait for the Astro Orbiter rockets.  While we were waiting, our Fast Pass times for Space Mountain opened up which meant we could pick up another Fast Pass.  We knew we were headed to Fantasy Land after Space Mountain, so while we waited in line for the rockets, two people in our party picked up Fast Pass tickets for Peter Pan’s Flight.  Once we finished with the Astro Orbiter, we got to Space Mountain with time to spare on our Fast Pass.  Then we got in line and rode the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway cars.

After Tomorrowland, we picked up Fast Passes for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as we walked straight to Peter Pan’s Flight to use our Fast Pass.  After Peter Pan’s Flight, we waited in line for about 30m for It’s A Small World.  Then we used our Fast Pass for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  After that, we had about a 15m wait for Cinderella’s Golden Carousel.    At this point, it was after noon and everyone was getting whiny for lunch so we ate and rested our feet!

After lunch, we went to Frontierland and picked up Fast Passes for the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Luckily it was only about an hour until we could get in line for the ride so we took the kids over to Tom Sawyer’s Island to play and explore for awhile.  Once the Fast Pass time passed, we grabbed Fast Passes for Splash Mountain (and our time was hours later!).  We grabbed an early dinner to beat the crowds, rode Pirates of the Caribbean and waited about 35m for the Jungle Cruise.

This is where what little plan we had totally went out the window!  The sky opened up and it started pouring.  Big thunder crashes, lightning cracking through the sky, and buckets and buckets of rain were threatening to ruin the rest of our Disney day.  We jogged over to the Haunted Mansion where we were able to wait in line under awnings for the 30m wait.  By the time we came out of the Haunted Mansion ride, the rain had finally let up but Splash Mountain wasn’t running due to electrical difficulties.  This was going to be a problem because all my son talked about all day long was getting to ride Splash Mountain!  We passed the Country Bear Jamboree as it was getting ready to start so we decided to catch the show (so strange!) to kill some more time.  Luckily, Splash Mountain was open and ready to go when we finished and my son was thrilled! 

If you can believe it, by the time we were finished with Splash Mountain it was time to line up for the 9pm parade and fireworks show.  We missed a few rides that the kids would have liked to go on (the teacups to name one!) but I think for the most part we had a great day!

Do you have any secret tips that help to make a day at Disney World successful?  Please share in the comments!


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    Loved the story, Jen!

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    Man, I love those FastPasses. Only, in the past I’ve gone to Splash Mountain as soon as I arrived at the park in the morning, and the Pass wasn’t valid until 4pm or later! Which in Florida in summer means that it will likely be raining then and the ride will be closed down as a result.

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    I ask this of everyone I know who has been to Disney… What do you think is the ideal age range of kids when you visit?ni didn’t make it there until college but I also hear a lot that if you visit when kids are too young that you won’t get to see as much since they can’t handle such a long day.