Family of first timers, 3 boys who will be 10, 11 and 14. We have 3 days for UOR and most of us are really keen to go to Volcano Bay as part of this. Younger 2 boys want to buy interactive wands, 2 adults have read all the HP books, seen the films and are excited about seeing the WW. 14yo was not especially engaged on a visit to the HP studios in Watford, grrrrrr, but I think should like the rides and a bit of wandering about but probably not as enthusiastic as the rest of us. We will be staying at HRH for two nights so have 3 days of early park admission and unlimited express passes.
Our dates are fixed, we fly from the UK the night before and are staying offsite for the first night. (I would have far preferred to do UOR at the end of our trip but we couldn’t get the Disney part of our stay moved forward to fit with our flight times.) I imagine we will be up fairly early and will possibly be feeling a bit wobbly the first day from jet lag and exhaustion.
The plan had been to hit the parks early and then to have an afternoon break to enjoy the pool at HRH/ nap/ recover from jet lag and then return to do some more rides and to enjoy seeing the park at night, however, my perfectly laid plans have been scuppered!
Our first day will be the last night of Mardi Gras - does this mean other evening entertainment will not be on? Will Diagon Alley still be open? I’m not sure whether we’ll last 'til the evening as we could be awake at some hideous hour that morning The following two days of our stay BOTH parks close at 6pm due to GradBash.
My questions are:
Can we “do” USF and IOA in two days, moving at a slower, dozy pace, shut out from the parks at 6pm, but with EPs? Possibly including some down time at the hotel? (When we booked this we thought we were getting 3 full days, all advice indicated this would be adequate for USF, IOA and VB with EPs)
When would you go to VB? Friday or Saturday? I’m leaning towards Saturday as we have 7am EPA for the theme parks on both Friday and Saturday and we would probably take more advantage of this on the Friday, plus we can enjoy the pool at HRH once we flake out, which we won’t be able to do on check out day. Will a Saturday at VB be ridiculously busy?
VB is open 'til 7pm. What time in the afternoon do the crowds start thinning out? Also wondering whether we could go there 4pimsh to enjoy the end of the day there…
Are there particular rides you’d avoid if you suffer from motion sickness and are jet lagged?! I know we’ll want to try everything but I also want to pace ourselves so we don’t end up going green at about 11am on our first morning!
Any recommendations on how long to spend where (esp in the WWoHP) and at what time?
These touring plans looked like they would be so much easier than the WDW ones initially but now I’m not so sure…
Any tips would be very helpful, thanks in advance, Brizz.