Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing fun ways to splurge at Disney.
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Magic Kingdom when it is (almost) empty? Sneaking onto the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as many times as you like without queueing? Dancing up Main Street without any crowds? Are you an extreme early bird who would love a few rides before breakfast time?
So I decided to splurge for the Early Morning Magic Fantasyland tickets last vacation.
Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland
Limited entry, early access to the parks an hour prior to park opening. Includes The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Also includes an all you care to eat buffet hosted by Pinocchio’s Village Haus. $69 per adult and $59 per child plus tax. Advanced reservation highly recommended.
Available select mornings only, I found myself queuing outside our resort to catch the bus well before dawn. How early? We excitedly queued at our resort bus stop at 6:30 AM and arrived at the Magic Kingdom by 6:45 AM. We were second in line waiting for security to begin around 7:00 AM. (For reference, the normal park opening hours weren’t until 9 AM that day.) Several of the Early Morning Magic families queued together took turns running kids to the bathroom.
A cheerful predawn cast member checked our reservations and distributed event identification. Then right before 7:45, they released our group!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been to a rope drop where we were absolute first into the park. I never pick the right line. Since the couple in front of us wanted to climb upstairs and see the view from the train station, that left us as the first occupants of Main Street U.S.A. How do you put a value on gleefully skipping toward Cinderella Castle and giggling like a school girl?
PhotoPass Photographers capture memories all down Main Street and throughout the hub. After some quick pictures, we decided to take our road less traveled and cut directly through the castle. I always mean to go through the castle. I usually cut around toward Merida’s meet and greet to shave off wait time…but that’s not a concern this morning.
Christopher and Kylee each have a go at Excalibur in front of Prince Charming Royal Carousel. Then we get down to the business at hand. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Lots and lots of times.
The main reason we theoretically took the chance on this splurge is that my kids were in the sweet spot for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train…it’s just thrilling enough, but not too scary for re-ride-ability. During Early Morning Magic, they let us turn right around, and bypass most of the exit to return through the normal FastPass+ queue. I don’t know where the other guests went. Perhaps they were hungrier than us. Several times we were the only guests on the entire train.
In the end, the kids felt ten rides on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (and once each on the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan’s Flight) made for a perfect start of the day. (We went twice more later in the day, making an even dozen.)
To round out our magical morning, we queued outside Princess Fairytale Hall and met Aurora and Snow White as soon as they woke up for the day.
Assuming a wait of only half an hour for each time on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh, we saved a minimum of six hours queuing. Reality is, we’ve queued well over and hour for each ride before…more than once. Splurge? I think of this more as a savings. Savings for my sanity. #disneymomproblems
We headed over to Pinocchio’s for a nice quick breakfast and then leisurely began our touring plan for the day.
Is Early Morning Magic Fantasyland the right splurge for you?
For us this was a no brainer. My kids love one of the three rides offered beyond all hope of reason.
How much do they love thee?
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, they voluntarily queued for an hour and a half when they’d already ridden it that day.
This is perfect for naturally early risers who love either one or more of the offered rides extremely much (AKA those who end up queuing for all three of these rides despite FastPass+).
Skip this splurge if you hate waking up early (6 AM is much earlier on vacation than at home), if one ride on each of these rides is enough (FastPass+ is free, y’all!) or if you’re doing it for the empty Main Street USA photos (not guaranteed).
We’re excited to try out the night owl version, After Hours at Magic Kingdom, next month!
So what do you think: plurge or skip? Why?
For more Disney Splurges,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Blue | Disney Splurges Loop:
- 1st Stop – Cool Nouns | Specialty Apparel
- 2nd Stop – Frontierland Station | Visiting During Peak Seasons
- 3rd Stop – Saving Up for Disney | Where to Splurge on Disneyland Dining (and Where to Cut Costs)
- 4th Stop – Post 50 Rx | runDisney Splurges
- 5th Stop – Adventurer Mom | Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
- 6th Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | When a Disney Parks VIP Tour is Worth the Splurge