Our Disney Trip {2 day park plan}

We recently spent one day at Disney {The Magic Kingdom} and one day at Hollywood Studios.  We thought both parks would be great for our boys {ages 6, 4, and 2}... and we were right.  :-)

Here is a brief summary of the highlights of our days:

Day 1 (Monday):  Hollywood Studios

7:45am - We arrived at the park because we had booked a breakfast with the characters from Disney Jr. at 8:15 (which gives you early access to the park).  This was definitely a highlight for our boys and totally worth the money!

9:00am - We sent one person from our group to "fast pass" Toy Story Mania while we got ready to leave the breakfast.

After the breakfast, we headed straight for "Jedi Training Camp" sign up.  If you have a child between 4 and 12 who likes Star Wars, you definitely need to do this.  (When we signed up, they gave us a time of 1:50pm to return for the camp.)

Next, we headed straight for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid Theatre (which is lovely and magical), and after it was over, we headed back to Toy Story Mania to redeem our fast pass and get our pictures taken with Buzz and WoodyIf you can, send someone for a Fast Pass for Star Tours while you are waiting in line to see the characters.

At this point, you should just assess the time of day and make a plan for what you want to do next.  Make sure you use your fast passes, and try to make time for the following:
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Disney Jr. Live Show (featuring characters from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny, Mickey Mouse Club House, and Little Einstein)
  • Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (featuring Lightening McQueen)
  • The Tower of Terror (if your little ones are brave and over 40" - my two oldest did it and loved it)
  • The American Idol Experience (where singers try to win a ticket to the front of the line at a real American Idol Audition)
... and, if you have girls, you will probably want to see Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage.  We didn't have time to fit it in, but you could always skip Jedi Training Camp or the Cars Stunt Show if you think your children would prefer it.

And you MUST end your day with the Fantasmic! nighttime spectacluar.  Seating opens up 90 minutes prior to the show, so you will need to be there very early.... but it is soooo worth it.  While watching, my 2 year old said, "This place really is magic, isn't it Mommy?"  Isn't that what it is all about?  :-)

Day 2 (Wednesday):  The Magic Kingdom

Again, it is important to arrive early to the park.  It takes awhile to process people through, and if you are at the gate when it opens, you can do a "countdown" with the characters (which is lots of fun!)

With The Magic Kingdom, it is really important to use your Fast Passes.  We used the first ones for Peter Pan's Flight, and for Town Square Mickey (where you can meet Mickey and Minnie, get their autographs and have your picture taken).  I also suggest using your Fast Passes for:
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Splash Mountain
  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The other "must do" rides with big wait times (and no fast passes) are:
  • It's a Small World
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Space Mountain (if your child is brave and older... the height restriction is 44", but I thought it was a little rough for my tall four year old) 
And, you definitely won't want to miss:
  • Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade (only one time each day)
  • Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Nighttime light show and fireworks (complete with tinker bell flying down from the castle)
You will likely have time for some more rides/attractions/character meet and greets, but focus on the most important ones first.

Whatever you decide to do, I am sure you and your children will feel the "magic" of the Magic Kingdom.  I know we did!  :-)


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

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  1. I think we're planning a trip in 2 years time. I can't wait! Thanks for the tips! We went to Disney on our honeymoon and just reading your list of activities brings back memories I can't wait to share with my kids.

    1. Sharing with the kids is better than you could imagine. Seeing the "magic" in their eyes is awesome!

  2. Great info, Gina! I've sent this link to my mom and sister as well!

  3. I love reading your post cos it makes me excited of my Disney World Vacation on summer. Thanks for sharing your Disney experience.

  4. Disney vacation is a lot of fun,


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