Hi everyone! Long time reader (lurker?), first time poster here. I can’t seem to find the answer to my question in past posts, but happy to have someone point me in the right direction if it’s already been discussed.
My family and I are finally returning to WDW in July, after rescheduling our highly anticipated trip for last June. We are staying off-site, having been gifted the use of a family time-share (making it virtually free for us, otherwise we’d be staying on property. Very tough to talk my husband out of $0 vs many many more dollars). Knowing that we were staying off property, I purchased an AP for myself and 7 day park hoppers for the rest of my family, thinking that I could try to compensate/save a little with other special add ons (more character dining, fireworks dessert parties, Early Morning Magic, free parking, etc). Now, most of those extras are gone for the time being, but I still have an (inactivated) AP.
Since my family holds regular tickets, I was able to make park reservations for the duration of our trip; obviously, since AP’s only get three days of reservations at a time, I only have three days booked. Initially, I didn’t think much of this - I figured that I’d just book more days once we get there and start using the reservations. As time goes on, though, I am becoming more and more nervous that there won’t be any availability and I won’t be able to get into a park on the fourth day of my trip.
Other than booking a room on property, what are my options? Do I have any? All I keep picturing is me sadly waving goodbye to my family as they enter the Magic Kingdom as I’m stuck at the front gates