Making the most of your Disney vacation can be a challenge especially with young children. During our first trip, I found a few things helped us tackle the morning hours at Magic Kingdom. With two kids under three we spent the bulk of our vacation time at Magic Kingdom.
- As hard as it was, I made sure that we arrived each morning right at opening. The crowds are at their lowest right at opening. By arriving early we also had time for nap/break in the afternoon. We chose to stay at the Contemporary which made MK easily accessible via a short walk or monorail ride.
- Although crowds are low, things can be quite congested along Main Street. We chose to skip the long lines for pictures with the castle. By heading through the Emporium, we could skip past the congestion of Main Street and exit right at Casey’s Corner.
- Our first stop each morning was Adventureland just to the left of Casey’s Corner. Jungle Cruise, which often has a long wait time later in the day, was usually only a five or ten minute wait. The wait for Pirate’s of the Caribbean was always less than five minutes. We actually just walked right on the ride each morning. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (one of our son’s favorite) are also here. We easily got three or four rides in before we had been at the park an hour.
- By scheduling our first Fastpass around an hour after opening, we didn’t waste a valuable Fastpass when ride wait times are low. Usually our Fastpasses were reserved for popular rides like Peter Pan’s Flight and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Time management and arriving early can keep the parks from being overwhelming. By being familiar with the park layout and typical ride popularity, we planned our day accordingly and limited the exhaustion a Disney vacation can cause. Hope these tips help in your planning. I would love to hear any tips you could offer to make our future Disney vacations run smooth.