As a lover of all things thrifty when it comes to Disney, I always include being thrifty with time. When we visit Disney World, we want to fill our days with as much magic as possible. Of course, one can never do ALL that Disney has to offer in one trip, but that doesn’t stop most of us from trying.
One way I love to save time in Magic Kingdom, not to mention the footsies in my family, is by using the train, the Walt Disney World Railroad. There are many reasons to ride this scenic attraction. First, if you aren’t familiar with MK, it’s a great way to orient your self and figure out the lands and the layout. Second, it really is a pretty ride with great views of the castle, some green, and attractions. Third and thriftiest of all reasons, it saves time getting from one part of the park to another.
The train leaves from Main Street (you can’t miss it since you have to walk right under it to get into MK!) and makes stops in Frontierland and Fantasyland before it circles back to Main Street. Sometimes we hop on this first thing in the morning if our goal is to get to Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. If you detest racing with the crowd, this could be a good choice for you. You may not be the first to hit the lines, but your feet will thank you and maybe even your nerves too;) The train drops you right near the entrance of Splash Mountain! In Fantasyland, the station is right behind the new Storybook Circus section. If you have young children, the train is a great way to get to Fantasyland where you will probably be spending most of your day.
The entire trip around the park is about 20 minutes long, it’s a 1.5 mile cycle. There are four trains and Disney boasts that you will only have to wait 4-10 minutes at any time for one of them to roll into a station. I think that’s a good deal, since it probably takes you at least 10 minutes to walk from Main Street to either Frontierland or Fantasyland; way more if you are fighting big crowds. Plus, since the train holds a good amount of passengers, the line goes fast if there is one.
Next time you visit the Magic Kingdom, try using this time saving tip, you may find you have the time to spare for a little extra magic! Plus, all transportation and attractions are free with your ticket, so of course there is no extra charge!
Tina works full time as a school counselor in an elementary school. She lives close to Baltimore, MD with her husband Dave and her 13 year old stepdaughter, Ashley. They also have a furry family member, a cat name Frodo, that keeps life interesting in their house! Tina began visiting Disney World as a child with her family, and now her, Dave & Ashley take a trip to the World every year. She considers herself a Disney “fanatic” and once her family is finished one trip, she is already planning their next one. Tina loves to find the best deals, even in the busy seasons (she can only go when schools are off!) and loves sharing those deals & tips with anyone and everyone! What Tina loves most is the magic of WDW, it makes her feel like a kid again. She hopes that every family has the opportunity go to the World and experience the magic for themselves because it has a way of reminding its visitors that dreams do indeed come true! Read more of Tina’s work on her blog A Not So Bland Life, where she writes about home decor, cooking, couponing, traveling, and and of course, Disney!