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Opening Magic Kingdom

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Our Touring Schedule for Trip # 8

We are days from our upcoming and 8th trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.  Anticipation is mounting!

I revealed the completed touring plan/schedule to the family a few days ago.  All were in agreement.  Good!

Day 1:  This is the day we disembark from the Dream.  Boo-hoo, Boo-hoo.  We are headed to our resort, Port Orleans French Quarter.  Plan for the day:  swimming, laundry, and lunch.  This will be the first time we’ve ever done laundry at the World.  I’m prepped for the adventure.  Then it’s off to Hollywood Studios for a Fantasmic Dining Package at Mama Melrose and a reserved seat at the 9:00 showing of Fantasmic.  (There’s a 10:30 showing and the park is open late—we’ll see what happens!)

Day 2:  Animal Kingdom with Extra Magic Hours in the morning.  This means that the park opens one hour early for Walt Disney World Resort guests.  Most touring plans tell guests to avoid parks during Extra Magic Hours UNLESS you are certain you can be at the park when it opens.  Yep, we can!  Kali, Everest, Kilimanjaro, Festival of Lion King, Dinosaur, Boneyard, and maybe Nemo the Musical are on our list for the day.  Where or where to have lunch?  Our fav is Flame Tree BBQ, but we may try Yak and Yeti counter service.  We’ve eaten at Pizzafari before.

Not sure how long we will stay at Animal Kingdom.  We sometimes make it to the 3:45 Jungle Jammin’ Parade and sometimes we don’t.  We’ll play it by ear.  Anyway, dinner at ‘Ohana’s!  Followed by parades and fireworks at the Magic Kingdom?  We’ll see!

Day 3:  Magic Kingdom with Extra Magic Hours in the morning.  The park is our oyster and the husband will be ready to run for Fastpasses.  We have a lunch ADR at Crystal Palace and dinner at Chef Mickey’s.

Day 4:  Hollywood Studios!  Toy Story Mania!  No ADR’s, either!  It’s nice to have a day like that in your schedule so your note worried about making it somewhere on time.  We may return to our resort for dinner or head to Downtown Disney.  It’s great to have some flexibility in the plan.

Day 5:  EPCOT!  Believe it or not, this is one of our favorite parks.  Test Track, Soarin’, Nemo, and characters!  We have a lunch ressie for Coral Reef and a dinner ressie for Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco.  While we’ve eaten at Coral Reef several times, Restaurant Marrakesh is new for us.  Illuminations is also a possibility!

Day 6:  The plan is to start the day at Studios—Toy Story Mania and characters!  Then park hop to EPCOT using the boat that takes guest from Studios to the International Gateway at EPCOT.  Leaving after the 3:00 “parade of sorts” at Studios makes for a good break.  Characters abound in World Showcase in the afternoon and we have a dinner ADR for Teppan Edo in Japan.  We can hang out in EPCOT or hop to Magic Kingdom which will be open until 3:00 am for resort guests.

Day 7:  Flying home.  Our flight is not until the middle of the afternoon, which is a welcome change from our “get on the Magical Express at 4:00 am” flights.


  1. Sounds like great plans! Will you write a TR when you get back? If so can you post the link! Would love to hear about your Dream cruise and Disney World vacation!

  2. Momto1: You bet we will do a trip report when we return. Most likely, several! Thanks for asking and thanks for reading and following!

  3. Get a FP for Toy Story Mania early when we were in line last summer several teens were letting their friends cut in line often and it was about an hour and a half wait, probably thanks to texting, several people noticed but no CM's put a stop to it surprisingly. Same thing at Test Track :(

  4. I agree, Fastpasses for Toy Story Mania are a must. Using FP we were able to ride 5 times one day!

    Test Track--we ride it first with FP in our hands for Soarin.