We are in the early stages of planning for the Food and Wine Festival in 2018. Would like opinions if it’s worthwhile to park hop the whole trip to get the most out of our park time as well as F&W..
Previously, except for late evening ADR’s for a special dinner or show, we stayed the whole time at one park so; this is new ground for us.
Here is the background on our trip:
• A mid-September trip, flying in on a Tuesday AM, departing the next Tuesday PM.
• Plan is to use Disney Transportation only.
• We’ll be staying at the Beach Club Resort that is walking distance to Epcot, snacking at F&W.
• Plan to buy 5-day Park Hopper tickets
- We will do lunch at the 1st park, then hop to the 2nd park.
Some tips and constraints extracted from the Unofficial Guide to WDW 2018 (UOG):
• Unless you’re going, stay away from Hard Ticket events at night.
• Stay away from F&W on weekends
• Take advantage of EMH then, hop to park with lowest crowd level
So, given the above, this is what it looks like:
BIG NOTE: The closing times and Extra Hours are based on the 2017 Schedule. As of today, the 2018 schedule is the same.
BIG NOTE #2: The CL’s are from the “What we saw” CL’s for the same day/week in 2017. In all cases, the predicted level was 2 to 3 levels understated compared to the “What we saw” CL.
Tuesday: Resort time
Wednesday AM: EPCOT (FW) CL5
Wednesday PM: Magic Kingdom (EEH) till 11 PM, CL6
Thursday AM: EPCOT (FW) (EMH) CL4
Thursday PM: Hollywood Studios till 8:30 PM, CL6
Friday AM: Magic Kingdom (EMH) CL4
Friday PM: Animal Kingdom till 9 PM, CL4
Saturday: Resort Time/Disney Springs
Sunday AM: Hollywood Studios (EMH), CL6
Sunday PM: EPCOT (WS) till 9 PM, CL5
Monday AM: Animal Kingdom (EMH) CL6
Monday PM: EPCOT (WS) till 9 PM, CL5
Tuesday: Disney Springs
I ran a couple test Touring Plans and half days seem to work for attractions based on the predicted levels. I still have to punch in resturants.
But, here is my dilemma. Per the UOG, using Disney transportation the worst-case minutes are::
EPCOT to MK: 37 minutes
EPCOT to HS: 30 minutes
MK to AK: 63 minutes!!
HS to EPCOT: 35 minutes
AK to EPCOT: 38 minutes
I think these one-way travel times are low. I’m sure there is an assumption the mode of transportation has minimal wait time.
I'll also need to ensure our last event is closest to the exit.
I'm worried when the crowd levels get updated?
Am I crazy to try planning this way? Has anyone else tried this?
Any and all opinions are greatly appreciated.