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Toy Story Land and Magic Kingdom in one day

by Emily
(Boston, MA)

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“We will be at Disney World for one day. We planned on just doing Magic Kingdom (MK), but crowds at Hollywood Studios (DHS) have been a lot lower than we expected with Toy Story Land (TSL). We would like to rope drop at 7 and do the TSL rides, plus Star Tours, and maybe Muppet Vision (not into super big thrill rides) then head over to MK for our first FastPass at 11.

At MK we would like to do most of the rides except Space or Splash Mountain or the really slow (imo) rides like Hall of Presidents or Carousel of Progress. We would also like to see Happily Ever After so that will take up some time as well. MK doesn’t close until 11 though so we will be able to do some rides afterward.

Will we be able to fit most everything in without being rushed at HS and MK?”

It sounds like a plan?

Woody welcomes you into Toy Story Land

Start your day with Woody at Toy Story Land – Photo by Brett Svenson


Howdy. I think you have a pretty good plan depending on…

With Disney’s Hollywood Studios opening at 7, and the Magic Kingdom closing at 11, you are obviously going to be there on a day where crowds will be pretty big. That means lines will be pretty big too.

The good news is if you are at rope drop at 7 and high tail it over to Toy Story Land, I think you’ll be able to get all of Toy Story Land done, and if you get lucky maybe Muppet Vision too. I’m not sure you can sneak Star Tours in and get over to the Magic Kingdom in time for an 11 am Fastpass (even if it’s 11-12) especially if you are using Disney Transportation, but the rest should be possible.

I’d do the rides in this order, Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania, then hit Muppet Vision 3-D. Check your time and maybe if the line is not crazy at Star Tours do that. I’d figure one hour minimum to get from Star Tours into the Magic Kingdom using Disney buses. (That includes getting through security and the gate.)

Dad’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios page

You can always Minnie Van or Uber quicker, but the buses will take a while unless you are lucky.

FastPasses are the key

Happily Ever After is a good way to end the day

Make sure to get a good view for Happily Ever after – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Fastpasses are going to be the key to your success at the Magic Kingdom. Yes, the really slow rides like Carousel of Progress and Hall of Presidents won’t have lines and can be done anytime (or not), most of the rest of the attractions are going to have long lines with you arriving at noonish.

You’ll need to have a plan. I’d have FastPasses set up for my top 3 rides and a plan to hit all the rides around them at the same time. There are some rides that you probably won’t be able to experience just because the lines will be too long if you don’t have a FP.

Since you aren’t doing the mountains, look at attractions that normally have long lines and choose your FastPasses from them. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Tomorrowland Speedway, Peter Pan’s Flight, Jungle Cruise, Buzz Lightyear, and even Pirates usually have lines will over an hour on busy days. Those would be my picks for FP if you want to experience them.

Happily Ever After will probably be a welcome break. It’s a great show. You should take time and enjoy it. Try to get a good spot where you have an unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle and the air around it.

The time between the end of Happily Ever After and 11 will be a good time to ride a few rides. As long as you are in line at 11 you’ll be able to ride that last ride.

Dad’s Magic Kingdom page

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

It’s going to be a long hard day, but I think you can get a lot of what you want to do done. You’ll need to be ready at rope drop and know exactly where you are going from rope drop until Happily Ever After. Once the fireworks are done it’s time for mop up duty.

In the immortal words of Sean Connery, “it’s doable”.


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