Today we’ll cover Day 2 of the Ideal Morning Plans from the Magic Kingdom Cheat Sheet:
Two-Day Plan – Day 2:
Use FastPass+ at Peter Pan’s Flight (10am-11am), Jungle Cruise (11am-12pm), and a third attraction
- Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 9:10am – 9:20am – Ride again if desired
- Ride Splash Mountain: 9:23am – 9:45am (Won’t get too wet but can return later w/ FP+)
- Ride Haunted Mansion: 9:55am – 10:15am
- Ride it’s a small world: 10:17am – 10:40am
- Ride Peter Pan’s Flight with FastPass+: 10:42am – 10:55am
- Ride Jungle Cruise with FastPass+: 11:05am – 11:25am
- Ride Aladdin’s Magical Carpets: 11:30am – 11:45am
- Ride Pirates of the Caribbean: 11:50am – 12:15pm or in the late evening if waits are already long
- Have lunch. Tortuga Tavern and Pecos Bill are closest. Columbia Harbour House, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Casey’s Corner are relatively close.
Afternoon and Evening:
Consider an afternoon break or visit the anytime attractions like Tom Sawyer Island, Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Swiss Family Treehouse.
This is the easiest and least stressful of the various rope drops. Unlike Epcot or Hollywood Studios, where it’s essential to arrive by 8:15am and hurry to Soarin’, Test Track, or Toy Story Mania/Jedi Training Academy, racing to Frontierland is unnecessary thanks to healthy capacities at our first few stops. If you’re adding Tinker Bell or Merida prior to Big Thunder Mountain, hurrying is going to be more important as those characters have limited capacities and waits build much faster.
The website covered Anna and Elsa along with rope drop crowds and the walk up Main Street in this post. If the video above doesn’t load, check it out on YouTube here. The walk is not as bad as it looks and really not much worse than any other day over the last few years.
This is May 10th 2011, just about a week after I moved to Orlando. There are just as many people hurrying up the street.
July 27th 2012. Etc.
Anna and Elsa do add to the hysteria and once people start running, more people invariably start running. It does seem like it’s a shame that instead of enjoying the walk into Magic Kingdom for the first time, people are blasting through pushing strollers and dragging husbands. While we continue to blame Frozen for the commotion, it’s likely that most people don’t even know what they’re racing to or getting in line for in the morning.
Everyone headed to Anna and Elsa and most people headed to Fantasyland are going to walk through the Castle. To get away from the clustercuss, consider taking the path to the left or the right of the Castle. The Mine Train path takes you straight toward Mad Tea Party with Storybook Circus behind it. Mine Train will be on the left. For Peter Pan’s Flight, take the path to the left that takes you through Liberty Square and then take a right into Fantasyland. An alternate path makes more sense for the Mine Train. For Peter Pan, I would head through the Castle with everyone else and simply continue to the left while everyone tries to jam their way into Anna and Elsa (no jokes please). The walk from Liberty Square over to Peter Pan’s Flight is unnecessarily long, unless you’re really apprehensive about the throngs.
For this plan that begins with Big Thunder Mountain, we would ordinarily take a left at the end of Main Street and continue through Adventureland into Frontierland, but Anna/Elsa coverage takes us first through Fantasyland. This is the scene outside Peter Pan’s Flight at 9:18am. As you can see, it remains very chill as it always does at this time of day.
Virtually nobody in Liberty Square.
At 9:25am, two out of three logs are cycling through Splash Mountain empty because there’s nobody in line.
The scene outside Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at 9:25am.
10 minute posted wait.
There’s virtually nobody in line here due to the hefty capacity and the fact that it’s just about as far back in the Park as possible.
1. Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 9:10am – 9:20am – Ride again if desired.
You may remember the first step notes that it’s okay to ride a second time if you like.
So just pretend like we rode twice and we’re continuing on as planned.
It’s 9:35am, so it took exactly 10 minutes to walk the queue, ride, and arrive back outside the entrance.
At 9:37am, Splash Mountain is still posted at 5 minutes.
We ride Big Thunder first because it’s a shorter attraction and we’ll be able to get over to Splash sooner.
I feel like the Mine Train really ruins the sight lines.
After some technical problems prior to boarding that delay us about 10 minutes, we’re back out front at 10:05am to a 30-minute posted wait and the line already stretching out to the entrance.
Next, we move over to Liberty Square for Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, and Peter Pan’s Flight with FastPass+. it’s a small world is one of the major victims of FastPass+ with priority boarding significantly pushing up standby waits.
At 10:10am, Haunted Mansion is already at 20 minutes according to the sign.
But it’s not really as we find ourselves in front of the door to the Mansion just four minutes later.
Room for one more…
They might be holding out for a maid.
After additional technical problems prior to boarding, we find ourselves back out front a whopping 25 minutes later at 10:35am.
According to the Cheat Sheet, we should be at: Ride Haunted Mansion: 9:55am – 10:15am so we’re 20 minutes behind schedule, mostly due to the fact that I was 15 minutes late arriving at Big Thunder in the first place.
The next two steps are:
4. Ride it’s a small world: 10:17am – 10:40am
5. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight with FastPass+: 10:42am – 10:55am
It’s 10:37am and the it’s a small world posted wait is 10 minutes. With our Peter Pan’s Flight FastPass+ “expiring” in just 18 minutes, it would be prudent to ride that before doing it’s a small world. But as we know, a FastPass+ can be used up to five minutes before the window and up to 15 minutes after by default.
Just to make sure nothing’s changed, I opted to continue with it’s a small world even though I won’t be off until after the Peter Pan’s Flight FP+ window has closed.
Fundraising to pay for MyMagic+.
She’s not broken – she’s “winking.”
It’s exactly 11am, so it’s a small world took 23 minutes. Peter Pan’s Flight is listed at 40 minutes with the FP+ line spilling out to the left.
I waited less than 5 minutes for small world, but by the time I got off the wait had skyrocketed to 20 minutes with the line already outside, but not yet into the extended queue. The Cheat Sheet is crafted to get you to each attraction right before waits develop, which is what we’ve seen time and time again, even running late.
It’s going on 11:05am and I had no problem scanning my ticket, no questions asked.
The FastPass+ line works the same as the old FASTPASS line, like most other attractions that offered legacy FASTPASS.
The line out the door for FP+ is not really a big deal – I got in line at 11am and was riding at 11:07am.
And back out front at 11:11am.
4. Ride it’s a small world: 10:17am – 10:40am
5. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight with FastPass+: 10:42am – 10:55am
6. Ride Jungle Cruise with FastPass+: 11:05am – 11:25am
We remain 16 minutes behind schedule, but note how close the Cheat Sheet wait/ride times are to the actual times. Our it’s a small world ride took exactly 23 minutes just like the Cheat Sheet says, while we came in 2 minutes under at Peter Pan’s Flight with an 11-minute actual time.
it’s a small world is now cycling riders through the full queue.
After taking a few minutes to check on the Mine Train, it’s 11:25am with a 50 minute wait at Peter Pan.
Liberty Square beginning to fill as we head to Adventureland.
Mansion up to 25 minutes with the covered queue area nearly full, resulting in an actual wait close to 20 minutes.
Pirates already up to a 20 minute posted wait with about half of the queue full – something entirely unheard of prior to FastPass+ and the reason why we plan to use FP+ here after Jungle Cruise.
Aladdin’s Magical Carpets is the next step with a 15-minute wait. Not particularly interested in riding in the 90 degree heat, I opted to skip. You can do the same thing too – if an attraction doesn’t appeal to your group, just move on to the next – it will only result in shorter waits.
When it’s possible to schedule a 4th FP+ on Monday, it would be prudent to ride Jungle Cruise and Pirates with FP+ and then schedule a 4th FP+ for Magical Carpets for after lunch. There’s a kiosk next to the Jungle Cruise entrance.
Jungle Cruise with a 35 minute posted wait.
It looked to be accurate with a shockingly full standby queue. But that’s why we’re using FP+.
I got in the FP+ line at 11:43am and boarded just two minutes later.
And back out front at 12:02pm for a total wait/ride time of 19 minutes.
Our third FastPass+ for Pirates of the Caribbean is for 11:55am – 12:55pm so we have over an hour to ride if you include the 15-minute cushion at the end of the window. The website never recommends planning to use a FastPass+ after the window closes because that’s when you run the risk of actually arriving too late when something unexpected happens.
As written, the plan calls for lunch before Pirates, but hunger has set in and we have time, so lunch at Tortuga Tavern across from Pirates of the Caribbean it is.
Since changing its name from El Pirata Y el Perico, Tortuga has been consistently open for lunch, though it may not be when crowds are extremely light.
Another souvenir mug.
Taco meat is not one of the more photogenic things of our world and this is unfortunately, no exception. There are two amusing things about Tortuga. First, they are absurdly slow considering their job literally consists of taking a spoonful of rice and a spoonful of one other item and placing them on a tortilla. Second, each item is only delivered with rice alongside beans, chicken, or “beef.” Or in the case of the taco salad, it is “literally” just a spoonful of beef in the bottom of an otherwise barren taco shell. Most guests look at their meals incredulously, before cast point them in the direction of the toppings bar.
There, you’ll find diced tomatoes, salsa, and jalapenos.
In addition to lettuce and cheese. All very photogenic.
And taco sauce and hot pepper sauce.
And the extremely unattractive finished product sans the ounce of sour cream that’s included with each taco entree. This is more or less Taco Bell quality fare – at least as far as the beef is concerned. It tastes good, but it’s virtually impossible to pick it up and eat because they aren’t served properly folded and it’s difficult to do yourself because the original toppings aren’t centered. That means you’re knife and forking it, which in turn means you have to look at every bite. Anyway, Tortuga Tavern is a nice change of pace from mostly hamburgers and chicken nuggets at Magic Kingdom. Columbia Harbour House, Be Our Guest, or Pinocchio Village Haus would still be better choices in my opinion.
The nachos are nice and sharable too.
It’s 12:40pm and Pirates has a 25 minute wait.
About 70% of the queue is full.
I don’t think I’ll ever get a usable shot of this guy.
It’s 1:02pm, so riding with FastPass+ took 22 minutes. The Cheat Sheet budgets 25 minutes – Ride Pirates of the Caribbean: 11:50am – 12:15pm or in the late evening if waits are already long. I opted to use the FastPass+ with the expectation that we will be able to schedule another right after.
So in about 3.5 hours, we were able to do
- 2x Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (not really but let’s pretend being 15 minutes late was the first ride)
- Splash Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- it’s a small world
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
That’s a pretty solid morning.
With lingering Easter crowds and FastPass+ pushing up waits at secondary attractions, there are not as many options in the afternoon as there once were.
Most people will want to think about returning to their resort for a break, but there are several green anytime attractions in the area should you wish to kill some time before another FastPass+ or the afternoon parade, including the Walt Disney Railroad, Swiss Family Treehouse, Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bears, Liberty Square Riverboat, Hall of Presidents, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, and Prince Regal Royal Carrousel.
Let’s take a look at some of these afternoon wait times. Jungle Cruise is at 50 minutes with FP+ backed out here.
20 at Magical Carpets.
There are two temporary FastPass+ kiosk locations that aren’t published – one is here at the Adventureland Veranda outside the Tinker Bell meet and greet. The other is Heritage House in Liberty Square in between Hall of Presidents and Sleepy Hollow Refreshments.
Speaking of Tink.
No lines at any of the kiosks as Disney pays cast thousands of dollars an hour to twiddle their thumbs. That may change on the 28th as the kiosks become required to book that 4th FP+.
The Monsters Inc. line is somehow extended outside the building.
30 at Buzz.
Four people at Carousel of Progress and one man that looks lost.
A minute or two at PeopleMover.
A surprisingly short 15ish minute wait for Astro Orbiter.
85 at Space Mountain.
And another surprisingly short queue at Tomorrowland Speedway though the wait is posted 30.
10 at Mad Tea Party.
20 at Dumbo.
What saving money on NextGen doesn’t look like.
Waits continue declining back here at Pete’s Silly Sideshow, with 10 minutes for Donald/Goofy and 15 minutes for Daisy/Minnie.
35 at Ariel’s Grotto.
Popularity at Journey of the Little Mermaid continues to plummet with a posted wait of 30 minutes. The only person in the queue was janitorial services.
You may recall the website always recommends getting in line for Be Our Guest lunch around 2pm when lines are shorter and you’re not wasting precious morning touring time with the 10:30am open. This is actually the shortest I’ve ever seen the line for the restaurant during service at 1:56pm. The wait to get inside would only be 5ish minutes.
30 at The Many Adventures.
Posted as 70 minutes at Rapunzel/Cinderella and 230 minutes at Anna and Elsa, though both wait times are entirely made up. It’ll be another two weeks before we get an accurate measure of what to expect.
The Fantasyland FastPass+ kiosk center is stocked with a whopping 27 cast members, many of whom have nothing to do.
55 minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight at 2:15pm. You may remember when we walked right on with a total wait/ride time of 11 minutes.
We waited less than five minutes for it’s a small world – now the queue winds around outside with 30 minutes posted.
Another 35 minute wait at Haunted Mansion.
Still plenty of spots to see Festival of Fantasy in Liberty Square at 2:20pm.
This side is nearly completely empty.
As discussed at length, FastPass+ is also pulling waits down at several headlining attractions, including Big Thunder which only has a 45-minute wait. In similar crowds prior to FP+, you’d expect the wait to be 70ish minutes at the same time.
75 minutes at Splash in the heat of the afternoon.
A whoppin’ 40 at Pirates.
60 at Jungle Cruise.
None at Swiss Family Treehouse.
That will do it for this edition. I’ll be back with some other random notes that don’t pertain directly to touring later, along with hopefully a run-through of the Day 1 Plan including Anna/Elsa FastPass+ later this week.
Overall, we were able to accomplish just as much as we would have under the old system, if not more with less walking and no need to backtrack.