Travelling to Walt Disney World last summer with 3 girls under 6 we knew that the princess would be featuring quite high on our list of requested things to do and from my point of view T has two favourite princess – in fact they are so much her favourites that she asks to have her hair done like one or the other every morning since she first saw their movie. You guessed it Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Now these two princesses are hard to see – fast track tickets go as soon as they become available and a couple of times we walked passed the entrance to see them – there was a 120-minute wait.
Staying off site that means that we have a disadvantage over those staying on site when booking our fast pass tickets so much so that on any day and at any time during our two weeks in Florida last summer there wasn’t any availability to see the princess – but as you can see we did manage it and it wasn’t a 120-minute wait. I don’t think that J would have stood still that long just to see a princess, in fact, all we waited was around 15 minutes from when we joined the queue and here’s how you do it.
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How to see Elsa and Anna in Magic Kingdom when you don’t have Fast Passes – Up to June 13th 2016
First check out when the extra Magic Hours are on – you don’t want to do this on a day when the Extra Magic Hours are before the park opens and also best not to do this on a Saturday or Sunday when the park may open early because it’s looking like it’s going to be an extra busy day.
Step one – is get up really early and drive into the park so that you can be there before the gates open. We got to Magic Kingdom Car Park around 8am and there were already people parked there although we were within easy walking distance of the transport centre.
Catch the monorail – the boat does take much longer to get across and although the boat is fun and a must do it’s not for seeing Elsa and Anna without FastPasses.
Get through the checkout and then find a great spot – because you get to see the rope drop. This is a tradition at Magic Kingdom that myself and my husband didn’t know happened even though we had been there a number of times before it’s great fun and the kids got their first glimpse of their favourite Disney characters as we were welcomed into the park for the day.
Now get in – do not stop and collect any badges, and set your fastest walker to collect some park maps if you don’t want to just use your apps (we love the maps!) and head straight to the castle and to the Fairy Tale Hall.
We got there even stopping for a picture midway down Main Street and there was less than 10 minutes on the queue timer and the Fastpass line was also empty. The kids enjoyed an uncrowded time in the queue and then headed into see their two favourite princesses.
So it’s not all lost when you don’t get your FastPass tickets just follow our plan and you can make it.
- Check it’s not Extra Magic Hours
- Wake Up Extra Early
- Get to Magic Kingdom Car Park for around 8am
- Catch the Mono Rail
- Watch the Rope Drop
- Head straight to Fairy Tale Hall
- Leave with very happy children after they have seen their favourite Princesses in real life.
How to see Elsa and Anna at Epcot from June 21st 2016
Up until June 13th 2016, this is for the Magic Kingdom. From June 21st 2016, Elsa and Anna will not be found in the Magic Kingdom instead they will be in Epcot at Norway in the Royal Sommerhus – the same applies there as you will need FastPasses to see the princesses so if you can’t get them.
- Check it’s not Extra Magic Hours
- Wake up Early
- Park and Walk to the entrance of Epcot
- Get in and head straight to Norway walking around to World Show Case.
- Norway is on your left as you face the lake coming from the entrance so head that way straight away and wait to see the Princess.
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