There’s this theory out there in the Disney community. I’ve been pondering it for quite some time, so I decided to put it to the test.

I will now tell you that theory.

The best way to get through most of the Magic Kingdom headliner attractions is to make an early morning breakfast reservation. From there, you can hop from attraction to attraction until the park gets busy…ALL WITHOUT A FASTPASS+ RESERVATION.

Now, I personally would use a Touring Plan to make this magic happen. Buuuuut for the sake of the experiment, I filmed this video without one.

Now let’s see how I did!

35 COMMENTS

  1. Tried to do this as well- but my 8:20 reservation at BOG plan backfired when they changed park opening to 8:00 on the day we made this plan so new strategy was required for our crew

    • Carol,

      I’ve heard this can happen. Fortunately, I made my reservation a week or two before my trip so the hours didn’t change on me. Phew!

      – Angela

  2. I think it’s a good idea, in theory, if all the stars align just right for you.
    It’s so difficult getting dining reservations these days. As the previous poster mentioned, if you are lucky enough to secure a reservation, you never know if the park hours are going to change.

    • Melinda,

      When the park hours change, it really is such a bummer! I’m experiencing the same issue for my September trip, so I feel you there.

      As far as booking dining reservations, I can’t tell you how many times our TouringPlans reservation finder has helped me out. I have gotten every single “hard-to-get” reservation using this feature…including the one for this video. I know that sounds like a plug, but I really do swear by it!- Angela

  3. I’ve done this numerous times and it worked like a charm. Yes, as previous poster mentioned you do need to watch out in case the opening time changes. But, if it doesn’t, you end up ahead of the crowd for a good chunk of the morning.

    • Sherry,

      I’m happy to see this method works for you as well! I finished the video feeling really satisfied and like I had the whole day to use my FP+ reservations on whatever I wanted! – Angela

  4. Unfortunately I’m not a morning person so Rope Drop is truly a mystery to me, BUT I bank on jumping in all the rides after MK fireworks and I usually get to ride tons on headliners before the park closes! VMptires can have fun too!

    • Beth,

      I’m with you…I am not a morning person AT ALL. When it came to this experiment however, I couldn’t deny that it really works! All I can say is, thank God for caffeine! – Angela

    • In theory yes. But in reality – it seems to me that all the early morning reservations are taken when the 180 day mark happens for those staying at a Disney hotel.

      • You don’t have to be staying at a hotel to make an ADR at the 180 mark. You will, however, be limited to just that one day, then make the next day’s on the next morning, etc. Resort guests get the benefit of being able to book for their entire stay.

        • Right. I think what Lin is saying is that many of the hot reservations have already been claimed at the 180-day mark (by the “180 + length of onsite stay” folks).

    • Yes, you can! You won’t be able to make reservations as early as those staying onsite, but it’s still possible. – Angela

  5. Touring Plans shows the crowd level as 4 for MK that day. Not sure how well that would work during the summer crowds.

    • Neil,

      I’m going again around Christmastime. Maybe I’ll have to test the theory when it’s a little busier? – Angela

  6. As a former cast member that often worked opening, i would write out plans exactly like what you did. Angela, your only mistake was NOT going on space mountain. Wait times posted are most of the time half of what they really are, especially in the mornings. It could have been even as little as a 10 min wait. But yours was the perfect strategy, seeing the long wait time attraction at opening in when the lines are either nothing or still short and jut keep going until they get too long. Good job!

    • This is less true in the mornings now than it used to be. Waits at Space Mountain climb quickly, and those posted waits are real at 10 am. I think Angela made the right call by not getting in that line. See EasyWDW’s past few MK walk-throughs.

      Certainly, the peak posted wait times and the posted wait times at the end of the night are over-stated. (So, at 2 pm, 130 minutes might be more like 80 minutes – that is still painful though. And if you see Tower of Terror posted at 15 minutes right before HS closes, it’s really a complete walk-on.)

    • Jim and Patrick,

      I did think about continuing on to Space Mountain. I checked the TouringPlans Lines app (which showed a similar time to the WDW wait), and the people waiting in line were almost to the standby entrance. Taking those two things into consideration, that’s why I decided to forgo it. It would have made a perfect ending to the video, so I was a bit bummed about it!

      I’m very happy to see that you agree with my game plan. I love reading the feedback and advice of our subscribers, so keep it coming! – Angela

  7. I bypass the ADR and hit the EMH morning park. I can get all three major rides in Epcot done before 9:15 Hitting soaring, FEA then TT. Most people do not want to do that type of running around

  8. We do a combination of this plan with FP+ and it has worked for us each and every time. That said, this is dependent on the pre-park breakfast not being ruined by a revised hours schedule and an early park opening. You need to be flexible and ready for changes up to the day of your plan. The key FP+ placement later in the morning is our insurance against hour changes or unexpected ride closures or delays.

    • Mike,

      That’s how I did it too. I believe two of my FP+ reservations were for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. You said it best: They were my insurance in case my experiment didn’t go to plan. As you can see, it did for the most part! – Angela

  9. I think this works for non-first timers. Because you know where everything is and you know you’ll be zigzagging back and forth…and walking fast. I think if someone has never been there, it would be overwhelming. So I’d definitely get there early for an ADR or EMH, hit the big ones that are near each other and have FP’s for late morning for the others.

    • Audrey,

      That’s a good point…or even if you were spending a second day at Magic Kingdom. That way, you would have the first day to familiarize yourself with it. – Angela

  10. 35 min to stand in line @ bog, order food, wait for it, eat, and get to 7d? Even if I was fast eater, that sounds too quick to be realistic or enjoyable. I wonder if that would work with a bigger party as well.

    • Robin,

      I didn’t feel rushed in the slightest. You can pre-order your meal using the MyDisneyExperience app or online 30 days in advance. While I waited for my meal, I captured footage of the building and grabbed my beverage and cutlery. While I ate, I Facetimed with a family member before continuing my breakfast review. Also, keep in mind that 7DMT is right next to BOG, so the walk is very short. I think I might have shown the distance at the beginning of my video.

      You’ll most likely wait longer for your food with a larger group, so I would definitely suggest ordering ahead. I went with a group of 6 once and I think we were in and out in about 45 minutes. That was with a baby and toddler too. Not bad! – Angela

  11. It all depends how much those quick rides are worth to you. Looking at $30+ per adult (with drink and gratuity) and $15+ per child. I’m banking on the $15 I’m paying Touring Plans for a custom plan!

    • TwoBits,

      Absolutely. If you don’t think the menu or dining experience is worth it to you, you can definitely choose to forgo it! – Angela

  12. I can’t believe people think this is a challenging thing, much less one requiring a breakfast ADR. All you need to do is show up at MK at rope drop. That’s it. My partner and I reserve our FP+ selections for before dinner in a second park, while I run around MK doing easily 75% of the Park between rope drop and lunch time. We do this multiple times every WDW trip. It’s never a problem.

    • Michael,

      There is no wrong way to approach mornings at Magic Kingdom. Your way or the method I used in this video; it just comes down to what we all prefer. – Angela

  13. I am wondering how well this would work for a large party…we are a family of 7 and I’m thinking that breakfast could take a LONG time and by the time we would finish, the park would be opening anyway?

    • Rachel,

      I had an 8am Be Our Guest reservation for a party of 6, and I believe we were in and out in about 45 minutes. We pre-ordered our food, so I would definitely suggest doing that. We were in line for Peter Pan’s Flight before the park opened at 9am, so you might be okay. Our kids were two and six-weeks-old at the time too, so they were a little extra work with all the diaper changes and nursing breaks! – Angela

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