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One of the most common touring plan requests we get is for a one-day Magic Kingdom plan that includes attractions for both older and younger children, such as Space Mountain and Dumbo. It’s a difficult scheduling problem for one day, because crowds in both Fantasyland and Tomorrowland increase rapidly in the morning. There are limits to how quickly you can obtain FASTPASSes for the headliner attractions, too, and certain low-capacity attractions such as the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, don’t offer FASTPASS at all. We also assumed that families would be using the “child swap” option, so all the adults could ride without having to wait in line twice. This complicated things more, but since we love a challenge, we decided to give it a shot.
We chose the two dozen most popular Magic Kingdom attractions with all age groups for our touring plan – everything from Jungle Cruise and Goofy’s Barnstormer, to It’s a Small World and Splash Mountain. Then we ran a couple of different crowd scenarios through our touring plan software, and came up with four different plans to test. We put out a request for folks willing to help test them over the busy Memorial Day weekend. Among the crazy people who volunteered were J.L. Knopp from fabulous Disney Driven Life blog (and occasional TouringPlans.com blogger), and Bernie Edwards, longtime friend of the Unofficial Guide and an actual rocket scientist.
Bernie, J.L. and family slogged through touring plan after touring plan, day after day. We tweaked the most promising, and they re-tested the new versions. The overall best plan is now available on TouringPlans.com.
Here’s our new Magic Kingdom One-Day Touring Plan for Parents with Younger and Older Children. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks again to J.L. and Bernie for all of the help!