As many Disney fans can tell you, some of the longest queues at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom are in Fantasyland. On a typical day, it’s not unusual to see waits of at least 60 to 90 minutes for popular attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and on busy days, waits of 2, 3 or even more hours can sometimes be expected. With WDW’s FastPass+ (FP+) system, you can reserve a time slot to go on the attraction of your choice, but that still only lets you “skip the line” once per FP+ (unless you use all your FPs+ opportunities for those attractions).
To help make it easier for guests to have their fill of these popular attractions (and, let’s admit it, to help get a little more of their money), the decision makers at Walt Disney World have come up with a new park experience where they can do just that!
The program is called Disney Early Morning Magic, and it’s been around since Spring 2016, so it seems to be doing well. With the purchase of regular theme park admission and a reservation to Disney Early Morning Magic, guests can enter the Magic Kingdom super early, before regular park hours, and ride those three attractions as many times as possible during the extra time frame the park is open to them.
The event also offers a “all you care to eat” (why don’t they call it “all you can eat” anymore?) breakfast buffet at Pinocchio’s Village Haus, which includes:
- Chilled juices, coffee and teas
- Seasonal fruit and berries
- Freshly baked pastries
- Cheese and cured meats
- Scrambled eggs with assorted toppings
- Vegetable frittata
- Smoked bacon
- Pork and chicken sausages
- Fried potatoes with caramelized onions
- French toast
- Assorted yogurts
A few years back (I want to say 2015ish?), WDW played with an extra hours program that gave guests 3 hours in the Magic Kingdom after it was closed for the night. It cost $150, offered no food, and was pulled not long after it started, which would suggest it wasn’t very successful (*cough* at $150 for 3 hours, is there any wonder??? *cough*). Joe and I haven’t taken the opportunity to experience Disney Early Morning Magic, but from reading various first-hand accounts on message boards, it seems to be a positive thing for those who have experienced it and a good way to get on the three popular attractions without “wasting” any FastPass+ on them (or standing in insanely long queues).
Oh, and how good is it on getting you onto those three attractions? Well, I read of one family that was able to get onto Seven Dwarf Mine Train TEN TIMES IN A ROW during the event! Yep, it’s THAT good!
Disney Early Morning Magic takes place from 7:45am to 10am on select Sundays and Tuesdays and costs $69 for adults and $59 for children (age 3-9), plus tax (and remember you have to have a regular theme park admission, as well). Admission is limited and could sell out, so it’s suggested you reserve early.
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