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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How We Checked Off Fantasyland During Morning Extra Magic Hours at Disneyland




We had 4 days to tour Disneyland Park—Magic Kingdom.  Out of those 4 days, we knew we could be a rope drop for 3 of them.  One of those Extra Magic Hours mornings was dedicated to Fantasyland. 

It didn’t take us long to realize a recently re-opened Peter Pan’s would need to be an early morning target.  Wait times shortly after park opening hit 70-90 minutes and stayed that way throughout the day and at Disneyland, this attraction is not a Fastpass attraction.


So, we were a part of the pack that walked through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and wound our way through the queue for Peter Pan’s Flight.  We were in the first 30 or so people to make it onto the attraction.  The crowd was behind us as by the time we exited the ride, the wait times had hit 70 minutes.




Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was next as the entrance was right next to Peter Pan’s exit.  No wait!   Loved how the beginning of this ride makes an extra turn for the car on the left.  You think you’re going a different direction, but it is really just a U-turn.  Funny!




Momentum was with us at this point and we paced across the courtyard to Snow White’s Scary Adventures.  I vaguely recall this now closed attraction from Walt Disney World and the Disneyland version is better. 







Pinocchio’s Daring Journey was next.  The crowd really was behind us, or so we thought.  It wasn’t until we went around the corner to Alice in Wonderland that the lines were starting to form. 


The boy and the husband rode Mad Tea Party then we settled in for what was a reasonable wait for Alice in Wonderland.  This attraction has recently undergone a renovation and includes some interesting technology.



It wasn’t 8:00 am by the time we exited Alice in Wonderland.  Storybook Land Canal Boats were our next target, but they didn’t open until 8:00 am.  So we headed to “It’s a small world” where there was no line. 





We then queued up for Storybook Land Canal Boats and other than Jungle Cruise, it was one of the longest lines we waited in during our visit.

But, we had done it.  All of the attractions we wanted to ride, including the boy hopping into the single rider line of Matterhorn Bobsleds.

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