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Magic Kingdom Unofficial Guide Adult One-Day Touring Plan Updated for COVID-19 Closures

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In this post we continue to highlight our Magic Kingdom touring plans plans that have been updated to reflect the many closures and modifications due to social distancing rules. In this post I’ll walk you through our Magic Kingdom Unofficial Guide Adult One-Day Touring Plan. This plan is our standard one-day adult touring plans that features attractions that rated highest in our surveys with adults. No character meet and greets or stage shows are included due to these attractions being closed out of caution for the current pandemic. This plan requires a lot of walking and some backtracking to avoid lines, but arriving early and having a brisk pace should save you at least an hour waiting in line. On to the plan!

1) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Start the plan with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a rollercoaster geared to older grade-school kids, but it ranks highly with all age groups in our surveys. There are no loops, inversions, or rolls in the track, and no massive hills or steep drops; rather, your ride vehicle’s seats swing side-to-side as you go through turns.
2) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Take a voyage to the Hundred Acre Wood on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Ride a Hunny Pot through the pages of a huge picture book into the Hundred Acre Wood, where you encounter Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, and Roo as they contend with a blustery day. There’s even a dream sequence with Heffalumps and Woozles.
3) Jungle Cruise

Head to Adventureland for a trip on the Jungle Cruise.
Jungle Cruise is an outdoor group boat ride through some of the world’s best-known simulated tropical waterways. You’ll pass through forest and jungle populated entirely by animatronic animals while your skipper comically narrates your journey.
4) Pirates of the Caribbean

In Adventureland, ride Pirates of the Caribbean.
A slow moving boat ride through a series of sets that depict a pirate raid on an island settlement, from bombardment of the fortress to debauchery after the victory. Arguably one of the most influential theme park attractions ever created. It ranks high with all age groups.
5) Splash Mountain

Go Frontierland and ride Splash Mountain.
The log ride covers more than half a mile, splashing through swamps, caves, and backwoods bayous before climaxing in a five-story plunge and Br’er Rabbit’s triumphant return home. More than 100 Audio-Animatronic characters, including Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear, and Br’er Fox, regale riders with songs, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
6) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Roller coaster through and around a Disney “mountain.” The idea is that you’re on a runaway mine train during the Gold Rush. We put this coaster at about a 5 on a scary scale of 10—it has tight turns rather than big hills or drops, and no loops or upside-down parts.
7) Peter Pan’s Flight

Go to Fantasyland and ride Peter Pan’s Flight.
Peter Pan’s Flight is superbly designed and absolutely delightful, combining beloved Disney characters, beautiful effects, and charming music. Embark on a relaxing trip in a “flying pirate ship” over old London and thence to Never Land, where Peter saves Wendy from walking the plank and Captain Hook rehearses for Dancing with the Stars on the snout of the ubiquitous crocodile.
8) Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

Go see Ariel on Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.
Guests board a clamshell-shaped ride vehicle running along a continuously moving track (similar to Haunted Mansion‘s). Then the ride “descends” under water (which is just a lighting effect), past Ariel’s grotto and on to King Triton’s undersea kingdom.  You’ll love the air conditioning on this one.

9) Rest

Eat lunch.

Grab some lunch in Fantasyland at Pinocchio Village Haus, or make a detour to Pecos Bill in Frontierland.

10) “it’s a small world”

Take a cruise on “it’s a small world.”
Small boats carry you on a tour around the world, with singing and dancing dolls showcasing the dress and culture of each nation represented.
11) The Haunted Mansion

In Liberty Square, see The Haunted Mansion.
The Haunted Mansion serves up some of the Magic Kingdom’s best visual effects. “Doom Buggies” on a conveyor belt transport you through the house from parlor to attic, then through a graveyard. Haunted Mansion is a classic Disney attraction and we consider it a must do.
12) The Hall of Presidents

Watch the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square…. or skip this one.
The Hall of Presidents combines a widescreen theater presentation of key highlights and milestones in the political history of the United States with a short stage show featuring life-size animatronic replicas of every US president. The figures’ physical resemblances and costumes are masterful.
13) Country Bear Jamboree

Head over to Frontierland and watch my personal favorite, Country Bear Jamboree.
A charming cast of animatronic bears sings and stomps through a series of country and Western songs. On the plus side, it’s an air-conditioned refuge on hot days, and the remix of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and “Ole Slew Foot” is genius. They don’t make them like this anymore.
14) Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

See Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland.
Back-to-back-to-back animatronic extravaganzas? Sounds like heaven to us. This show, conceived by Walt Disney, stars four singing, wisecracking mechanical parrots: José, Fritz, Michael, and Pierre. The quartet performs songs arranged in styles from the 1940s to the 1960s, accompanied by dozens of other birds, plants, and tikis that come to life all around you.
15) Swiss Family Treehouse

If you have time, experience the Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland.
An immense replica of the Swiss Family Robinson’s arboreal abode. Don’t do Swiss Family Treehouse unless you’re prepared to climb stairs. For your effort you’ll be rewarded with some wonderful bird’s-eye views of the Magic Kingdom.
16) Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Go back to Fantasyland and watch Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a 3-D film with an odd collection of Disney characters, mixing Mickey and Donald with Simba and Ariel as well as Jasmine and Aladdin. Presented in a theater large enough to accommodate a 150-foot-wide screen, the movie is augmented by an arsenal of special effects built into the theater. PhilharMagic ranks high with all ages.
17) Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Take a relaxing ride on Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.
A once-unique prototype of a linear-induction-powered mass-transit system, the PeopleMover’s tramlike cars carry riders on a leisurely tour of Tomorrowland, including a peek inside Space Mountain. In ancient times, the attraction was called the WEDway PeopleMover (“WED” being the initials of one Walter Elias Disney).
18) Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

See Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a four-act play offering a nostalgic look at how electricity and technology changed the lives of an animatronic family during the 20th century. Although the last scene needs updating, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is the only attraction in the park that display Walt’s optimistic vision of a better future through technology and industry. If you’re interested in the man behind the mouse, this show is a must-see.
19) Rest

Eat dinner. Since you’re in Tomorrowland try out Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
20) Space Mountain

Strap in a rocket and ride Space Mountain.
Totally enclosed in a mammoth futuristic structure, Space Mountain has always been the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attraction. The theme is a space flight through dark recesses of the galaxy. Effects are superb, and the ride is the fastest and wildest in the Magic Kingdom. This is one of Magic Kingdom’s most popular rides.
21) Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Help defeat Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Another ride system similar to Haunted Mansion. Here you’ll move along a track in slow moving spaceships. Each car is equipped with two laser cannons and two scorekeeping displays, enabling you to compete with your riding partner. A joystick allows you to spin the car to line up the various targets. Each time you pull the trigger, you release a red laser beam that you can see hitting or missing the target.

There’s no FastPass+ being offered at this time so you’ll have to do only stand-by lines. Don’t forget, you can customize and optimize this or any of our other touring plans using our personalized touring plans creator on the site or in our mobile app, Lines. Be sure to check out our other touring plans that will help you save time and money in Walt Disney World.

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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for TouringPlans.com and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

One thought on “Magic Kingdom Unofficial Guide Adult One-Day Touring Plan Updated for COVID-19 Closures

  • The PeopleMover is closed for refurb right now.


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