Early Morning Magic Fantasyland

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing fun ways to splurge at Disney.

Early Morning Magic
Castle pictures at dawn? Yep. Just me a photographer and a cast member rolling his cart to work.

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?

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
Pulling on the Sword in the Stone in front of the empty Carousel.




Me too!
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.

Early Morning Magic-Fantasyland
So close!

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.

Early Morning Magic-Fantasyland
Our week got plastic party bracelets stamped with the Early Morning Magic logo!

A cheerful predawn cast member checked our reservations and distributed event identification. Then right before 7:45, they released our group!

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
Don’t trip on the trolley tracks!

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?

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland

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.

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
Wait…you mean you can go through the castle?

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.

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
After a few rides, the kids were worried we would lose track…hence the countdown photos. This is our seventh time up the first drop.

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.

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
Yes, they each have their own row. (This is ride eight.) Chris decided he preferred the front car, Kylee, the back car, they tried sitting most of the train that morning.

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.)

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
Waiting for Princesses to wake up? #bestbrotherever

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

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
Waiting for us with all the juice, pastries, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea, and French toast we could care to eat. The buffet continued until 10 AM. We pushed it off until 9:30 after several more rides to take advantage of the low crowds at park opening.

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+).

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Super Fans, only.

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,
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5 Replies to “Early Morning Magic Fantasyland”

  1. I wish they were doing this during our next trip. It is one splurge I would definitely do!!! I love being in the park with much lighter crowds. It’s why we go early, leave midday, and then go back late.

  2. What an awesome splurge and it totally sounds like it worked out perfectly for your family! Those pictures are truly priceless 🙂

  3. Oh my, the sight of your kids skipping through what seems like their private park is priceless! Though I have been in an empty park late at night, and during some private runDisney events, this splurge seems perfect for young families. Great post!

  4. Twelve times on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! I’d say that was a pretty awesome splurge! I was excited when we managed to ride it 3 times on our last vacation.

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