Two Hours, Three Mountains, Seven Dwarfs

While my wife was spending time with her sister and niece at the Bon Voyage Breakfast, my daughter and I headed into the Magic Kingdom for some exciting time in the parks.  We hopped on the monorail for the short ride from The Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom.  I really wish there was a way to make a walkway from The Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom like the walkway from The Contemporary but, alas, the water way where the Electrical Water Pageant floats are stored gets in the way.  Still we were in the park before 8 am.  However, we could not beat the end of the opening stage show and had to walk through the crowds to our first stop, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

We made Seven Dwarfs Mine Train our first stop because we knew that it was going to have the longest line no matter when we rode it.  We did not have Fastpasses for this attraction.  We got into the line at 8:07 am and this selfie was taken at 8:35 am.  We waited less than 30 minutes for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and we weren’t even close to the front of the line.

While we were walking out of Seven Dwarfs, I went on the My Disney Experience app (yay new phone for agreeing with MDE unlike my previous phones) and I saw that Space Mountain had only a 10-minute wait.  I made the executive decision to walk over to Tomorrowland and experience a short-wait for Space Mountain.

Well, we got over to Space Mountain and an empty Tomorrowland.  The wait time was still posted as 10 minutes.  The 10 minutes was more of a place-holder time.  We, literally, walked through the queue and into our ride vehicle.  The cast members even allowed us the time to take a pre-ride selfie.

This selfie was taken at 8:46 am.  Now keep in up that our Seven Dwarfs selfie was taken at 8:35 am.  In those 11 minutes, we rode Seven Dwarfs, walked from Seven Dwarfs to Space Mountain, and walked through the Space Mountain queue.

All we left was to walk across the park to the Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain combination.  This is where we ran into an expected wait.  Usually, these two mountains are empty at park open and really don’t busy until after 10 am.  However, this day was the first day that Splash Mountain re-opened after it’s refurb.  And there were expected delays in its opening.  As a result, there was a long wait for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as people jumped in that line while waiting for Splash Mountain to open.

We ended up waiting about 20-25 minutes for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad so it was a rare time that we got to experience the queue since we usually walk on this multiple times in the morning.  The selfie above was taken at 9:37 am.  No in-ride picture because Big Thunder does not have a photo opportunity nor do I take pictures while I ride.

Last up, Splash Mountain and our first Fastpass usage of the day.  Our Fastpass window opened at 9:55 am so we had a few minutes to kill before we rode Splash Mountain.  We went into one of the gift shops and played a game of checkers to kill the time.  Our window opened and we by-passed the 40+ minute posted wait time for Splash Mountain and conquered all three mountains and encountered some dwarfs in a fun-filled morning.

This last pre-ride selfie was taken at 9:58 am.

We hit the big drop on Splash Mountain at 10:09 am and took a post-ride selfie at 10:10 am.  Going back to when we entered the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train queue at 8:07 am, it took us 2 hours and 3 minutes to experience all three Magic Kingdom mountains and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

What did we do after this, we rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad again because we had a Fastpass!  Then, we went over to Liberty Square and experienced Haunted Mansion.  Moved on to Jingle Cruise.  After this, we went over to the Contemporary for lunch at the Contempo Cafe (my daughter’s favorite) before heading back into Magic Kingdom to use our Space Mountain Fastpass.

It was a busy morning with not a lot of waiting but some unexpected waiting.  How did we do this?  I’d like to say that we had a plan but we didn’t.  We did, however, get the park right at park open which is a big plus.  No one is at the parks early in the morning (especially after a Christmas party night) and you can experience a lot of must-do attractions before the crowds start rolling in mid to late-morning.

Our morning:

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Space Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 2x

Splash Mountain

Haunted Mansion

Jingle Cruise

Thanks for reading!

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