This is a long reply – I got some specific replies – and a new question at the end. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to reply. I really hope to be able to pay it forward after my trip.
Agent C – Taking a deep breath – I sure needed it. My kid usually issues that reminder, but even he has his normally stoic self in a bit of a state right now. Since I’m a planner, and my husband and kid are perfectly happy to let me plan, so long as I don’t poke them too much about it – I’m going over one park per night with them and setting up the touring plan. Night before last was Animal Kingdom and that’s when all this worrying started.
While this is my trip, it is also theirs, and on some things I was outnumbered. We have a pretty democratic process so I really had to choose where to use my veto, as did they. So when my touring plan came back ending at the 12:20pm mark – I started to worry. And after having heard and read two days for Epcot – I thought maybe that might be the thing to do in the afternoon.
I’m now leaning toward making this be like a light day. I imagine we are going to be pretty beat from two packed days – even if day one isn’t packed so much but we do have that red eye flight. So I think I’ll just go with that plan.
PrincipalTinker – What is it if it’s not about the experience, right? We do have park hoppers – they were oddly the same price as the one park per day tickets – so we got the hoppers. Last night we planned HS and it is definitely not a half day. Where at AK it was NO shows, it seems there are a lot of shows they want to see. And ToT TWICE I was told. Maybe I’ll see if we move the second ride to after dark.
Iheartepcot – After going through the replies I do think we will just stay at AK and this can be a lighter day. And who knows, “Hey we have lots of time, why don’t we see Nemo.” sounds good to me. Currently our dinner reservations are a bit on the late side, and we were planning on going back to the hotel to clean up then back for dinner. But now I think I might move the reservation earlier if I can, pack a bag and put it in a locker, then just clean up before dinner – and if we’re so inclined THEN go to Epcot….maybe…probably not. I am trying to heed you can’t do everything advice – but I’m also trying to do everything we can without killing ourselves or going drazy.
HackedLife – I’m trying to get Nemo on Lion King on the board, but it’s two against one. I don’t know what’s wrong with these people of mine. But like I said above maybe having some extra time to see them will bring them around.
scrapper1617 – I’ll pass the thanks to my husband.
bswan26 – I get it’s more than just rides – but we also have been many times to San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park – and will no doubt go again. So I can hear my husband and son both going “Oh look a giraffe – seen it – oh look a lion – seen it.” But for the same reason we will go back to San Diego is the same reason we’re going to AK – it’s fun and we enjoy it.
I think my feelings stem from the fact I feel about AK the way I feel about restaurants when we travel We don’t eat at restaurants we can eat at when we’re home – that is unless it really isn’t something we would normally go to. I may be wrong about that, but especially with such a short trip, I’d rather see the things I can’t see at home than the things I can. Sure that could apply to almost any space at WDW, but in my mind I’m just not equating ToT at California Adventure to ToT at WDW the way I’m equating wildlife at AK to wildlife. But in the case of AK, it is still something I think is worth seeing. I just wasn’t sure if it was worth a whole day.
As for speeding through California Adventure, that first time was a preview day before the park opened to the public. And since then, I’ve never spent a full day there, but again the last time I was there was around 2010. I know there’s been a big expansion since, but five years ago, even though it took more than the 4 hours spent the first time, it still wasn’t an all-day thing.
mALYficent – Liner meets? I had no idea. I’ve had my head so stuffed in planning I haven’t had time to explore such things. Guess I have some poking around to do this weekend.
Brklinck – it was actually a custom plan. That’s why I think we finished so early. The family didn’t want to see most of the shows, and there was some other stuff they vetoed. I just made for a short day. But now I think I’ll be able to sway them into a show or two since we have so much time.
Thanks for the tip about KRR – how’s the water? Does it dry sticky? We’d done a water ride at Kennywood in PA and I just remember being sticky once the water dried. Maybe it was an issue with sunscreen. I was just thinking if we’re going to do a locker with clothes for dinner, if it isn’t sticky, it might help to get us cleaned up. Or maybe move the reservation and leave the park at 4 like bswan26 said and go to the hotel to clean up. Or maybe leave at 3. Something to consider.
Smee – I’m getting half day because my traveling companions don’t want to see some shows, but with the free time I’m going to try and sway them my way.
FlyerFan1973 – You really seem to have captured what I’ve been feeling and expressed it better than I have been able to. I really appreciate your response.
Thank you everyone who took the time to respond. All of your replies really helped me to get my head on straight and I thank you.
NOW – onto the new stuff. Dining plan: It appears 2 credit restaurants aren’t such a good deal. So…I’m not sure what to do. I don’t mind paying out of pocket, but really, I was just happy to pick a two credit restaurant since I didn’t have to worry about making another reservation for another credit for another night.
But now maybe I should pay out of pocket for one or both Signature restaurants – and use the TS credit at lunch those days? Or Breakfast? But then is Lunch/Breakfast a better deal for 1 TS credit or is Signature dining for 2 credits better? And then when I would use the QS credit? I can decide when to the use the credits, right? Here’s what I have for
reservations and their credits:
Day 1: Arrival Day/Down Town Disney or resorts – Dinner: Artist Point (2)
Day 2: Magic Kingdom Day - No reservations
Day 3: Animal Kingdom - Dinner: Jiko(2)
Day 4: Hollywood Studios - No reservations
Day 5: Epcot - No reservations
Day 6: Universal CityWalk - Breakfast: Whispering Canyon Café(TS1)
Day 7: Departure Day - Brunch: Raglan Road(TS1)
Thanks again everyone for your time!