We Asked AI To Plan Our Park Day; Here’s How It Went

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park
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Technology is constantly improving, and artificial intelligence (AI) is being used more and more each day. While looking at the many uses of AI, it got me thinking, “Could AI plan my Walt Disney World park days?” So today, I asked AI to plan the best Magic Kingdom park day; here’s how it went.

Disney’s Genie+ and Lightning Lane

Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane

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One of the first things I was curious if AI would account for is using Disney’s Genie+ and Lighting Lane for a better park day experience. AI knew these features would improve our Magic Kingdom park day but didn’t include them in the planning. Instead, it planned a park day without any added reservations but did give me this parting advice:

“Remember to use the Disney Genie service to help plan your day and make the most of your time at Magic Kingdom Park. With the Disney Genie, you can receive personalized recommendations, access wait times, and even make Lightning Lane selections for popular attractions.”

I know the updated Genie+ system isn’t everyone’s favorite, but I find it helpful to maximize the number of attractions I can ride in a day. If you’re someone who’s prioritizing attractions or going during a busy park season, I’d recommend looking into it before your Walt Disney World vacation. If you’re new to the My Disney Experience app, consider downloading it months before your trip to familiarize yourself with the app and the Disney Genie Service. This can help you understand the difference between Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes.

Starting Our Park Day Strong

Exterior of Main Street Bakery

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Most avid Disney fans have a favorite way to start their park day, whether it’s a coffee on Main Street, U.S.A., a picture in front of Cinderella Castle, or rope dropping their favorite attraction. If you’re visiting Magic Kingdom for the first time, how you start your park day can make a difference. This was how AI recommended I start my park day in Magic Kingdom:

“A perfect day at Magic Kingdom Park starts with an early arrival to maximize your time at the park. Upon entering, make your way to Main Street, U.S.A., and soak in the charming atmosphere. Grab a coffee or a quick breakfast treat from the Main Street Bakery to kickstart your day.

Next, head towards Fantasyland and hop on classic attractions like Peter Pan’s Flight and “it’s a small world”. These popular rides tend to have long queues later in the day, so it’s best to experience them early on.

After that, make your way to Adventureland and embark on a thrilling journey through the Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t forget to grab a refreshing DOLE Whip from the nearby Aloha Isle before continuing your adventure.”

First, I agree that you should always arrive early to Magic Kingdom if you’re trying to make the most of your park day. Second, I am in total agreement about soaking in the atmosphere of Main Street, U.S.A. There’s nothing like walking down Main Street, U.S.A., toward Cinderella Castle and taking in the magic. That said, I wouldn’t start my day at the Main Street Bakery. I’d grab a delicious coffee from Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company at the Transportation and Ticket Center to skip the line.

If you’re traveling with younger kids, I think heading towards Fantasyland right away is the right move. However, if you want to experience any of Magic Kingdom’s thrill rides, you’re better off heading towards the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Space Mountain.

Dining in Magic Kingdom

Guests with Piglet at Crystal Palace

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As the last planning challenge for our AI Disney Park Day, I was curious where AI would recommend eating in Magic Kingdom. People have a lot of opinions regarding the best places to eat in Walt Disney World, especially Magic Kingdom. Here’s what AI recommended as a lunch plan:

For lunch, head to the iconic Cinderella Castle and dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table or try the delicious cuisine at the nearby Be Our Guest Restaurant. Advanced dining reservations are highly recommended.”

Don’t get me wrong; I can understand where AI comes from with this recommendation. Cinderella’s Royal Table is unarguably Magic Kingdom’s most popular dining location. However, I don’t think I’d count on this restaurant for lunch for a few reasons. First, a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table is difficult to secure and costs a pretty penny. Second, I’d rather grab a quick lunch during my park day and spend more time on attractions, meeting characters, or sampling snacks. Third, if I’m being honest, Cinderella’s Royal Table isn’t my favorite table service restaurant. While the castle’s atmosphere is beautiful, if I’m snagging a dining reservation in Magic Kingdom, I think I’d rather dine at The Crystal Palace or Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen.

All in all, I was pretty impressed with AI’s Walt Disney World planning capabilities. While I would change a few things, I think this is a great resource if you need help planning your next Disney trip or just want to have some fun.

What do you think? Would you let AI plan your next Walt Disney World park day?

About Megan Losey

As a Disney foodie, I love writing about Disney food and snacks. Some of my favorites are the Carrot Cake Cookie from Trolley Car Cafe, the Mickey Beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Apple Blossom from Port Orleans Riverside. When I'm visiting the parks, you can find me on Main Street taking in the good vibe of Magic Kingdom or relaxing with a drink at the Polynesian watching the fireworks from the beach. As a previous Cast Member, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street U.S.A.