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Disney World is expensive. Okay, we’ve gotten that obligatory, expectation-setting statement out of the way, so let’s move on to the topic at hand of picking your extras wisely at Disney. With some advance planning, you can have a successful day at Disney World without spending a dime on any of the extra add-ons. On the other hand, you are already ‘in for a pound’ at Disney, so sometimes spending a little extra in one arena can dramatically improve the overall experience. There is an early morning Magic Kingdom add-on experience very much has my attention as it appears to offer the right mix of added convenience and a reasonable price. To set the stage, last summer I took my girls, then ages seven and two years old, to Disney World and we splurged on the Magic Kingdom Classics Tour. This tour lasted all morning and allowed us to walk right onto about ten classic Walt Disney World attractions with no waits.
In addition to this guided tour through those attractions, there were magical Disney ‘fairies’ moving our stroller to the optimal exit point at the rides’, giving an extra helping hand with the girls, providing snacks and an air-conditioned reserved table to rest, and a few other magical Disney touches. It was indeed a magical and stress-free way to spend the morning at the Magic Kingdom riding multiple no height restriction rides in a short period of time.
Doing this tour allowed us to save all of our Fast Pass Plus Reservations for other rides in the afternoon, meaning that we were able to accomplish everything we wanted to do in our one day at the Magic Kingdom without ever waiting in line. With little children and the July Orlando heat, this was our recipe for success.
As we look towards our next trip to Disney World, I want to incorporate something similar to that tour into our plans since it helped us make the most of our time at Disney. This is especially true since I will likely be the only adult visiting the Magic Kingdom with our kiddos that day. However, we don’t need to do that exact Classics tour again, nor do I want to spend quite that much money on top of theme park tickets and other costs a second time. The Magic Kingdom Classics Tour is $199 per person (children under 3 are free), so it was a large investment on top of all the other Disney expenses.
The $69 Disney Early Morning Magic Experience
This time around, we are giving serious consideration to the Disney Early Morning Magic experience that is a reasonable $69 per adult and $59 per child (presumably those three and under are free). This experience is only available on select Sundays and Tuesdays from 7:45 – 10:00 AM, and during that time you have virtually unlimited FastPass/wristband access to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight. On top of that, you also get breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus. I’ve heard of folks riding Mine Train ten straight times with this experience.
If we purchased this special access, we would most likely ride those three included rides many times for the first hour, and then just before the park officially opens, we would line-up for a Frozen princess meet and greet or other popular attraction in that part of the park as soon as they begin. We may then sneak in another attraction before the lines really get going, do a final Mine Train ride, and then round out our morning having included brunch at Pinocchio Village Haus before the included breakfast buffet ends at 10AM.
Getting a few rounds on Mine Train, a top-tier princess meet and greet, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, breakfast, and potentially another ride or two knocked out without any real lines by 10AM and without using any Fast Pass reservations sounds well worth the $69 and $59 tickets. Since my youngest daughter will still be just under three years old on our Disney visit (but yet already tall enough for Mine Train at 38 inches), she would presumably be free for this experience, just as she was for our VIP Classics tour last year. My eight-year-old is already a big Mine Train fan, so I know she would enjoy several rounds on this track.
What Disney World add-ons has your family found to be worth it? Has your family ever utilized the Disney Early Morning Magic experience?
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