Guest Author: Jennifer Romano
Now, when Hamlet posed his question, “to be or not to be?,” he was pondering much deeper issues than whether to turn right or left; however, every Disney World fan faces this important directional decision upon entering the Magic Kingdom in Florida. When one reaches the crossroads at the hub, one must make that day altering decision, Adventureland or Tomorrowland? The debate always rages on about which choice is the better one, but both directions have merit.
If you choose the path to the right of the park, you will be headed in the direction of Tomorrowland, and you will be faced with yet another decision: which ride should I run to first? Should I get a fastpass for Space Mountain, or should I reserve my fastpass for some other major headliner. There is no right answer. You have to do what works best for your family and your needs. Obviously, if you have small children, Space Mountain may not be the best choice for you; perhaps, you might want to head in the direction of Fantasyland to explore some of those more family friendly options. For my husband and I, we always go to the right on the first day that we spend in the Magic Kingdom. We head to Space Mountain, and we obtain a fast pass, then we make our way to Buzz Lightyear so that I can be shown up as a lesser space hero. My husband is always a Galactic Hero, while I usually rank just slightly below that. We have a friendly, but fierce rivalry with regard to this ride! Then, we make our way to the Peoplemover. Is this the most efficient way to tour the park? Maybe not, but for us, it has become tradition.
Now, after we have used up our first fastpass, we usually spend our next round on Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We then spend the rest of the day’s fastpasses on Peter Pan or perhaps another spin on Big Thunder. We have no qualms about running back and forth across the park in order to obtain fastpasses for attractions that lie on completely different sides of the Magic Kingdom. Again, this strategy may not work for everyone because many families are not going to want to run back and forth across the entire park multiple times in a day.
Even though, we run across the park for fast passes, we resume the right to left course during our journey through the rest of the park. After Tomorrowland, we go to Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and then to Adventureland. If we are in the Magic Kingdom for multiple days, we will vary this plan of attack depending on which rides we want to experience. However, that first day always begins in the land of Tomorrow. After many trips, we have figured out what works for our touring plan, but you, as a family, must decide what will work for you. There is no one right way to tour the park for everyone; you just have to see what will fit your specific needs. Until next time, have a magical day, and keep moving forward!