Hello - I realize that there’s a slew of newbies requesting plan evaluations, so I hope I can persuade you to read one more!
Parents: Matt and Jen. We love good food and craft beer, but we’re more Anthony Bourdain style – we’d rather find good ethnic street food than not get good value at a fancy restaurant. Character meals, buffets, and overpriced dinners don’t suit us.
Kids: Declan, age 8. Doesn’t do any thrill rides; has a weak stomach.
Ronan, age 6. Daredevil, loves roller coasters, though we’ll probably limit him to the more tame roller coasters (ie no Tower of Terror or Rock n Roller Coaster).
Both are super into Star Wars.
We are arriving around 12:30 am on Thursday, March 16 (not ideal, but we booked the trip in October and that was the best option at the time). We are staying at an airport hotel that night. Thursday morning we’ll Lyft to Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village. Does it seem reasonable to be in AK by 12:30 pm or so? That’s when I have our first FPP set.
Day 1: Animal Kingdom. We will strive to have eaten a quick lunch before coming to the parks (we’re ordering groceries from gardengrocer.com). Fast Passes set for Kilimanjaro Safaris at 12:20, FotLK at 2:30, and KRR at 4:50. On this day we’re concentrating on Africa, Asia, and Discovery Island. I tried to work in a few obvious stops for refreshments, but these are obviously flexible. Made KRR last so getting soaked won’t be a problem.
Leaving the park at 5:30 pm; ADR at Sanaa at 6:45.
Note: These plans were made BEFORE any mention of the nighttime shows was made on the Disney Site. Now that ROL and other nighttime options are available, is it worth rearranging my schedule?
Note also: We will be returning to AK on for another half day on Saturday.
Day 2: EPCOT (Friday). Traveling from Kidani Village to Epcot via Lyft. Fast Passes at Mission Space: Green at 11:20, FEA at 4, and TTwC at 7:20. The morning will be devoted to a few big FW rides. First question: is MS:Green still too rough for someone with a weak stomach? Should we just do MS:Orange with child swap?
I rearranged the touring plan to eliminate a couple more FW attractions that were initially recommended because it kept putting us to lunch at 12, and I was worried about lengthy lines. This version has us heading out to World Showcase at 11:15 where we’ll spend the entire afternoon.
Lunch: QS at Yorkshire County Fish Shop, plus maybe trying to sneak into the Rose & Crown for a pint of Guinness (it’s St. Paddy’s Day!).
Dinner: ADR at Biergarten at 6 pm. (I realize it’s a buffet, but we love German food and it seems worth it for the show and atmosphere).
For the afternoon I drew up a rough plan of countries to visit and tried to leave a good amount of time to explore. However, this will just be a suggested guide – we’ll play it by ear, see what catches our eye, look at the shows schedule, and take our time. We’ll save a few countries (France for sure) for our 2nd evening in Epcot later on. The only mandatory stop is Norway for FEA at 4 pm.
If we do follow the rough order of countries listed, we’ll have to jump from Italy to Mexico – is it worth taking the Friendship Boats? I don’t think it’s supposed to be any big time saver but maybe just something different and a brief break from walking?
Day 3: Animal Kingdom(Saturday morning). Sleeping in slightly this morning after the full day yesterday. Goal is to be in the parks by 10:00 am. Fast passes at EE at 10:00 with child swap and FN at 11:30.
Lunch at Harambe Market.
We should leave the parks around 1:30, return to AKL – Kidani for the transfer to our second lodging location – Bay Lake Tower, getting there around 3-3:30. We plan on just enjoying the pool there for whatever remains of the day, getting food and drinks from The Cove Bar.
Around 7 pm we’ll take the monorail over to MK. Plan is to get a Citrus Swirl at STT, then get in position for Wishes and OUAT. If time permits maybe do a ride or two (maybe Splash Mountain if I can swing a FPP, that one somehow didn’t make it into the itinerary for the other 2 MK days). When I first made the plans a month or so ago, I swear the TP site had OUAT Wishes; this new lineup puts us in the parks a bit later than expected (OUAT starts at 9:45 pm), but as it’s the only evening I expect to spend in the MK, I don’t think we have much choice.
Day 4: Magic Kingdom (Sunday). Original Plan was for RD, but now with the super late night on Saturday, I might have to re-evaluate. Suggestions welcome!
This plan concentrates on Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square. 3 FPP: ETwB at 9:30, PPF at 11:20, and 7DMT at 12:20. Hoping for an afternoon FPP at BTMR around 4 pm.
Lunch at Columbia Harbor House around 11:20.
Leaving the park at 5:30 pm. ADR at Kona Café at the Polynesian at 6:45 pm. If possible hoping to get there a little early to check out Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Monorailing back to Bay Lake Tower after dinner to head up to Top of the World Lounge for Wishes.
Day 5: Hollywood Studios (Monday). Travelling to HS via Lyft. FPP for TSMM at 9:20, Frozen at 11:00, and IJSS at 12:45. Signing up for Jedi Training at RD. The boys are big Star Wars fans, so I added extra time for Launch Bay. Interestingly enough, though, when shown pics of Fantasmic and SW: AGS, they chose Fantasmic – go figure.
Hoping to be at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge about 10 minutes before it opens at noon to grab a lounge table for lunch.
PizzeRizzo for dinner around 5:25 pm.
Day 6: Magic Kingdom (Tuesday morning). FPP at Space Mountain at 9:40, Jungle Cruise at 10:45, and Meet Mickey at Town Hall at 1:30. Spending the day in Tomorrowland and Adventureland.
Lunch at Pecos Bill’s at 12:12.
Leaving the park around 3 pm for a rest at the hotel before leaving for Epcot around 4:30 pm.
Epcot (Tuesday afternoon). Final night in the parks, Extra Magic Hours till 11 pm – we’ll see how late we can go, we might end up bailing early.
Dinner at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie . Dessert at L’Artisans des Glace. We’ll spend some time at the pavilions we missed Friday – France, Morocco, Canada. We’ll try to watch Illuminations from the UK – France bridge.
Thanks for the help everyone!