You’ve all been there . . . sticky hot day in a park filled with fellow tourists. The old adage is get to the park at opening to stay a step ahead of the crowds. Want to see what that really looks like? Let’s take a trip to the Magic Kingdom!

Early in the morning there was no monorail service due to safety precautions that needed to be taken after it was struck by lightning Sunday night.


The DVC spot at the Polynesian is certainly coming along.

Welcome to the park!

The Hub project continues with lots of land moving over on the Tomorrowland side.


Special FP+ kiosk just for the large tour groups WDW encounters during the summer.
Astro Orbitor and Peoplemover still down for refurbishment.

The Space Mountain FP area is under walls, probably to install FP+ kiosks.

You can tell where all the guests go at rope drop!

The Seasonpass Podcast

In the latest Seasonpass Podcast Doug Barnes and company talk with Mystic Manor & Enchanted Tales with Belle WDI Creatives.


The park is so empty and fun to walk through first thing in the morning.

The FP sign and booths near Peter Pan have finally been removed.

Tarps are also down at it’s a small world.

Just a beautiful morning.
Emtpy Frontierland.
Workers on the roof of the Country Bear Jamboree.

The WDW Railroad is going down for a lengthy refurbishment soon.

Scrims are still up at the Tiki Room.

Work happening in the transition from Main Street USA to Adventureland.

Until next time!
And yes, they are advertising for Frozen at the Studios at the exit of MK.

That does it for this week’s column. Do you agree that Magic Kingdom mornings are magical? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • LoveStallion

    Great update. What have the wait times been on the mine coaster?

  • matthunterross

    God that park is so beautiful. Nice shots.

  • Cory Gross

    Thanks for helping me get even more excited about my upcoming honeymoon in WDW in September! And a little worried… I had to go check the refurbishment schedule to make sure the Peoplemover was going to be operational, since that is one of my must-do’s, along with the Country Bear Jamboree and Carousel of Progress. I can’t wait to enjoy some of those gorgeous mornings personally!

    • TheBig2na

      Agree on the peoplemover. I love going on that. Did COP last time and it was nice. we dont do it every time. The Country Bears have been on our not to do list for at least a decade. I used to watch home movies from 1989 so when I started going regularly and they had changed the performance I didn’t enjoy it as much. I will probably go next time so the kids can see it though.

    • jcruise86

      Thanks, Cory!

      I appreciate the mornings tip. I sure hope that when we go the Peoplemover, Carousel of Progress and the Hall of Presidents are open since a big part of why we’re going will be to experience attractions that aren’t at Disneyland. I do get that not everything can be open all of the time, but summer seems like a good time to go if one wants most of the best attractions open and (in the second half of summer) reduced hotel rates.

  • TheBig2na

    Thanks for getting me more depressed that my upcoming trip is still 15 months away. hahahah.First World Problems.
    Man that park is beautiful. I can feel myself being there when i see these photos. I need a lottery win.

  • KENfromOC

    Great “calm” report! We were there for the 4th of July week which was very crowded, but had a wonderful time (and the Magicbands / FP+ program really was a benefit).
    Loved seeing COP again, and my daughter finally got to see Country Bears after years of seeing the Moose and other heads secretly located on the Pooh attraction at Disneyland.

  • Erik Olson

    Just a few weeks away from my trip! Great report, thank you!

    • jcruise86

      Have fun, Erik! And please report back to us. 🙂

  • Beautiful photos Cory. There’s no doubt that mornings are the very best time to be in the parks. The heat is usually manageable, the crowds have yet to arrive, the parks look clean and exciting. It’s the magic hour (or two).

    I like to go early, ride as many attractions as possible until the parks get busy. Then go to lunch. After lunch, I’ll either go back to the hotel pool or just spend the afternoon seeing shows and smaller attractions which don’t have a wait and using Fastpass.

    If only morning didn’t come quite so early . . . 😉

  • TodAZ1

    I still find it amazing how much the MK Fantasyland looks like Disneyland’s pre-“New Fantasyland” era.

    • Darth Goofy

      MK Fantasyland “Cirque de lux.” Yeah its old school Fantasyland with new forest behind the berm (Fantasyland Expansion) Hoped they would continue and give that area a similar Disneyland treatment. I can imagine what they could do to improve the “its a Small World” Facade.

      • jcruise86

        I love Disneyland’s Fantasyland including the area in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle, but my wife is calling our upcoming WDW vacation a nostalgia trip for me, so I’d like a few things to remind me of my most eagerly anticipated days of the 1970s. I’m tempted to get a haircut on Main Street just because I can. (We don’t have one, nor a castle over 90 feet tall, at Disneyland.)

  • daveyjones

    i’ve noticed that miceage is shifting more and more towards podcast content. as someone who has difficulty hearing, and needs to read content to access it, this is distressing. i’ve asked before and i’ll ask again, will transcripts of podcast content ever be posted?

    • LoveStallion

      And MiceAge, as someone who runs a podcast network, let me know if you want any help.

  • MikeK

    Are the new DVC villas at the Polynesian resort going to block the view of the main hotel guests?

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  • Susan Hughes

    80% of the attendance at Walt Disney World is from out of town tourists. So it’s no wonder it gets packed in the summer, when everyone goes on vacation.
    Meanwhile, over at Disneyland in California, the crowd size is pleasant and the guests are civilized. That’s because attendance is the opposite over there. 80% are locals, and most are Annual Passholders. Thankfully, they’re blocked out until mid August. So the smaller number of out of town guests enjoy a peaceful and serene Disney vacation.

  • Barbaraann

    My trip is a month away, and I plan on arriving early at Magic Kingdom a few days during my trip. I’ll just be so glad when all the construction is finally over, and I can possibly return again. Or will that time never arrive?

  • seenoevil

    I visit WDW annually with a group of night owls, so it’s nice to see the early morning photos!