Disney World – Magic Kingdom Two Day Touring Plan
The Magic Kingdom is the original flagship park of the Walt Disney World resort. Although the park is relatively small in terms of square footage, especially when compared to such behemoths as Epcot and Animal Kingdom , every inch is overflowing with exciting rides, shows, and attractions. It would be easy to spend a week exploring the Magic Kingdom and still not see everything that this amazing park has to offer.
Nonetheless, with two days to explore, it is possible to enjoy the majority of attractions at the Magic Kingdom. When touring the park, keep a few recommendations in mind. First, be sure that you understand the Genie+ system on the My Disney Experience App. A Genie+ reservation, in effect, holds your place in line, for a fee.
There are two basic ways to divide your time between two days at the Magic Kingdom. You could dedicate Day One to the major, so-called “must-see” attractions, leaving Day Two for exploration and minor attractions. Or you could divide the Magic Kingdom in half, seeing half the park in-depth one day and the other half in depth the second day. While both systems have their merits, due to the sheer density of attractions at the Magic Kingdom it is recommended that you divide the park in half. Park operating hours will determine how long you can spend in each land. Simply divide the number of hours that the park is open by the number of lands you have to see in a day.
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Day One – Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square
Begin your day by turning left at the foot of Main Street USA. You will want to bypass Main Street on this first day, as most of the appeal of that land is in the shopping and dining, for which you will have time tomorrow. Simply head straight to the end of Main Street, then turn left into Adventureland.
The main attractions here are Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise. Pirates now include the characters from the hit films, leading to the ride being extremely popular. Visit this one first to beat the crowds. After riding Jungle Cruise, check the time. Fill your remaining time visiting the smaller attractions, enjoying a Dole Whip, or shopping for pirate souvenirs and island merchandise.
At the top of your list should be Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Both are included in Genie+. No visit to Frontierland is really complete without a trip to Tom Sawyer’s Island, where it is possible to spend a lot of time. Therefore, you should do everything else you want to do in Frontierland first, then head to the Island to spend your remaining time.
There are only two actual attractions in Liberty Square: the Haunted Mansion and the Hall of Presidents. Haunted Mansion is consistently one of the top-rated attractions throughout Walt Disney World, and the common consensus is that it is best after dark. Be sure to take a rest stop here to enjoy a turkey leg from the vendor cart.
If you have additional time remaining, make your way back to Adventureland to ride the Jungle Cruise at night. While enjoyable during the day, the animatronics are much more believable and the Hidden Mickeys easier to spot after dark.
Day Two – Fantasyland, Storybook Circus, Tomorrowland, Main Street USA
Make your way directly to Fantasyland, accessible through Cinderella’s Castle. Leave Main Street USA until the end of the day, as the shops and restaurants will be open for one to two hours after the park closes.
Arrive here early. There are several dark rides aimed at families and small children such as “it’s a small world”. After a nostalgia boost from some of these rides make sure to have a Lightning Lane for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It is very popular and can get a bit of a wait. Grab a Lefou’s Brew before you leave and if you can, grab lunch at Be Our Guest.
The circus is a fun area also for families with small children. You can meet characters and shop. But don’t sleep on Goofy’s Barnstormer or the icon Dumbo the Flying Elephant. There is even a splash area of sorts for kids to play in by the Casey Junior train. Grab popcorn to fill your popcorn bucket and a churro on your way out.
Worthwhile for everyone is the last of the Magic Kingdom mountains: Space Mountain . This indoor dark roller coaster is a must-do. Other major attractions include Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and the Carousel of Progress. A great place for some relaxation is the PeopleMover offering a slow-moving overlook of the entire Tomorrowland area. Spend as much time as you like in Tomorrowland since Main Street USA will be open after official park closing.
Main Street USA
The major draws of Main Street are the shopping and Magic Kingdom dining opportunities . Grab a hot dog from Casey’s Corner and watch the world go by, or simply stroll through the massive stores in search of the perfect piece of memorabilia. Or catch a performance by the Dapper Dans a cappella troupe, while sipping a Starbucks coffee.