Hi New Friends!
This is my first post over here, I’ve been stalking the boards for quite some time and can’t get over how nice everyone is! I’m a Mommy Blogger and am part of many, many online communities and no community is generally as supportive and kind as everyone is here!
Now that I have buttered everyone and up and we are all feeling warm and fuzzy I am here to ask for a bit of help. My husband and I are bringing our two daughters (a brand new five year old and ten month old at the time of the trip) to Disney between April 24-May 2. I have absolutely no idea where to start on TPs-I may have done this in the incorrect order because I have already made my ADRs, our TA advised me to make the immediately since we are planning “late”–we just booked travel this month.
Here is my pre-scheduled itinerary, we are staying at Pop Century:
April 24-arrive somewhere around 10ish (I work for Southwest so I’m not 100% on the flights I will be taking since it is non-rev but I anticipate it would be evening).
April 25: 8:00 am-Cape May Cafe
11:00 am-Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Downtown Disney
8:20 pm- 'Ohana
April 26: HS day
5:50 pm-Hollywood & Vine Fantasmic 1st show “package”
April 27: MK day
April 28: Epcot
12:20 pm-Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
April 29-Animal Kingdom Day
12:20 pm-Tusker House
4:30 pm-Yak & Yeti
April 30- 6:55 1900 Park Fare
May 1- nothing scheduled
May 2-depart early morning
So as you can see, I initially planned one day for each park the first four days of park days (Saturday we plan on having it be a resort/Downtown day but we can add onto our tickets to go another day if it makes sense) and then the last two to be days to go back and do what we hadn’t gotten a chance to. I’m now thinking this may not have been the best way to go about it. Help!
Background: My family is very, very active and rest periods aren’t required (but wouldn’t hurt if we had them!) The baby will sleep anywhere/anytime so we do not have to build in nap times for her specifically. Making it to rope drop will not be an issue in the mornings so I would love to capitalize on that. My oldest is also a night owl so we can stay out late. My husband and I have been to Disney a couple of times and are those crazy people who hit everything they want all in one day but I know with kids EVERYTHING has changed. Epcot is our least favorite park (we feel like freaks admitting this because all adults we know love it) so I know we will only need to do one day there, max. I’m hoping to get a BOG reservation for dinner (checking daily) or FP lunch. If we get dinner, we will drop Yak and Yeti to replace our table service.
So what should I do-stick with one park per day the first four and then go to MK (which is where I think we will need multiple days) on the last two? Do morning at one park and then take naps/swim and then another at night? The only thing I know we have to do is meet Anna & Elsa (because of course my five year old is obsessed). Which brings me to Fast Passes. Do I get those first or do I TP first and then decide which FP I need.
This is a ton of questions, I’m SO sorry-I feel like a total newbie even though we have been many times. Just never with kids and when the trip isn’t about us-it is about our daughter. I am just so, so excited to bring her, I seriously cry every time I think about how magical it will be for her and want to make it the best trip ever.