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  • On Jan 30, 2020
    Marianne from NY Asked

    do you have a suggested itinerary for a two day visit to MK with 6 grandchildren under the age of 9, we will be a party of 14, 2 in their 60s, 3 couples in their 30s & 40s with their six children. Our 1st day we plan on heading to Fantasyland first.

    Hi there, Marianne! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I'm so glad you dropped by with your question. 

    I have one word for you Marianne: Fastpass+. My best advice for a suggested itinerary for Magic Kingdom Park is to book those Fastpass+ selections 30 days prior to your visit (or 60 days prior if you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel). Since your group has a wide variety of ages, my recommendations below will be for attractions you all can enjoy (but there are some great thrill rides available as well).

    I would also encourage you to try to get to the park as early as possible. While I can't guarantee this, I have found that the first hour of the day often sees lower crowds. 

    Since you're hoping to start in Fantasyland, I would try to secure Peter Pan's Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (note: there is a 38" height requirement) and Enchanted Tales with Belle as your three Fastpass+ selections for the day. The ideal time for these is late morning to early afternoon. My family and I like to use the first two hours of the day to experience attractions that we don't have a Fastpass+ for. I would also recommend checking out Be Our Guest for lunch. If you haven't visited this restaurant, it's a gorgeous rendering of Beast's Castle. And... if you're using the Disney Dining Plan, lunch and breakfast is one quick service entitlement. Reservations are recommended. 

    From Fantasyland, I would move on to Tomorrowland and test your family's skills at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and then laugh out loud at Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor. By this time it will likely be late afternoon and since Florida in August can be pretty hot- this is a great time to experience these indoor attractions.The rest of the day can be spent enjoying Tomorrowland. 

    Since day one will have you excited to come back for more, on day two, the Fastpass+ selections I would try to book are Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and then Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater. As with day one, the ideal time frame for these is late morning to early afternoon. In terms of escaping the August heat, an iconic favorite that I always recommend is Country Bear Jamboree. And, if your family loves Character Experiences, consider booking The Crystal Palace. This buffet with friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood is great for larger parties because there is something on the menu for everyone! 

    Marianne, I hope this is a good starting point for your family and I wish you a vacation filled with Magical memories. 

    Lauren


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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney World Resort questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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