Ok, we literally just did this a couple of weeks ago with our 7-year old son and 11-month old son. Of course all kids and every family is different, but this is what worked for us:
We were able to do rope drop every day except one in the middle, and that day we should have skipped a park or done just very light touring, maybe in the evening in hindsight. Given that you’re there two weeks, you should consider scheduling some lazy mornings/break days, but try to do rope drop other days. Otherwise, rope drop was pretty easy because our younger son was our alarm clock, waking us up around 6 every day :).
We did back-to-back FPs starting at park opening, (9-10-11, sometimes 9:15-10:15-11:15 depending on what we could get). Then once we tapped in for our 3rd FP, we would try to get a couple of more, which we were pretty successful at doing (made some 20-30 minute waits 5-10 minute waits - in one case we got a 4th FP for Test Track after lunch, saving a whole lot of time). Then when we were ready to leave the park, we’d get a FP lined up for the park we were planning on visiting that night. Our visits to parks at night were light, usually dinner and a few attractions, as we planned our heavy touring in the morning/early afternoon. That’s the advantage to getting them done early, you can end up with more FPs and more short waits. Plus, then if you don’t make it to the park in the evening, nothing lost, you’ve already used your FPs.
Also, take advantage of grace periods (5 minutes before/15 minutes after) that are built into the system. If you show up anytime within the grace period, the system will let you in automatically. After the grace period, it’s up to the discretion of the cast member.
The other thing to keep in mind is rider swap. If there’s any rides you might go on with your 4-year old (like 7 Dwarfs Mine Train, Soarin, etc) that have a height requirement, get a rider swap. They are usually good until the end of the current calendar month, so often times we would have a FP for a headliner like Splash Mountain, and one of us would do it with our son, and the other would get the rider swap Fastpass, which allows three people to get on an attraction. We’d then use it on another day/night when returning to the park. The only time this gets tricky is if the month turns over…
I can’t overemphasize how critical the mid-day break was for us. It reset us, gave everyone time to recharge, and we were able to enjoy some time in the parks in the evening at a relaxed pace.
Things I’d do differently:
- I wouldn’t schedule anything for the first hour to hour and a half of the day - lines are pretty short then. I’d schedule my first FP to start sometime between 10 and 10:30…
- I would spread them out a little bit more. It’s hard to get from one FP attraction to another within the windows, especially if you have a little one who needs diaper changes/feedings/etc. If I were to do it again I’d leave at least a 15 minute gap between FP windows (so say 10 AM, 11:15, 12:30) unless two attractions were pretty close together.
Oh, and one bit of unsolicited advice - plan on things being more delayed than you think between attractions. TouringPlans does a great job building plans with wait times, walking time, etc. What they don’t take into account is the diaper changes, the feedings, etc that having a baby/young toddler demands.
Good luck, and have fun!