This is our plans:
We have Genie+ and Park Hoppers on the tickets. Also, Memory Maker.
Our general plans every day is to be at the front of the pack for early entry (when we have it), leave at around 11:30am to eat and rest and come back around 4 pm and stay until close. I’ve observed from our Six Flags and Universal trips that 5 hours of go-go-go is about our max at one stretch. We can extend that with dining, but Disney dining now is mostly unappealing to us.
We also drive to Disney. We love my comfortable car, and it is a home-away-from-home. So, we’ll rarely use Disney transportation.
Me - wanted to go since watching the Disney show on Sundays as a kid. I want to do everything, particularly the classic stuff.
DH - wasn’t willing to go until Star Wars opened. He had never taken a non-camping vacation until we were married. He is happy to go along with whatever I plan.
DD - 11-year-old girl. Her best friend has been to DW a few times. Huge Star Wars fan, dislikes Toy Story. She even left the room while DH and I watched the sequels. She HATES the feeling from rides with long drops, but LOVES spinning.
Because of those likes, I’m not going to worry about getting a SDD G+. We’ll do an evening standby or get lucky with a drop since we’ll be at the parks for 10 days. The RocknRoll coaster is also a low priority. We’ll probably get a G+ for all three of us at one point. DH and I will go, and then whoever liked it best will use her G+. EE is down for our trip and Splash Mountain opens out last park day (maybe). I foresee them rides Space: Orange several times while I go Green.
The parks in bold, are the ones that can’t be changed because of a reservation.
Both Tuesdays, we don’t have EA, but all other days we do. I’m happy with the 2/8 park open plans. Not so sure about 2/1. One disadvantage to trying to get a 8am CRT is that the family won’t be hungry or really awake then. So, now leaning toward just keeping the 2/3 CRT.
Also, I’d like to get our AK time in before we go on the WAT, since the Safari will lose its appeal.
I predict our favorite rides at EP will be Frozen and Remi, by far. We will be coming in from the Main Entrance, so even for Early Entry I think we’ll be at enough of a disadvantage for those, that I don’t plan on EP being a morning park. Plus, it opens an hour later. Also, I suspect that the Broadway shows will be a hit with daughter so we might be trying to see all four that are there when we are.
We do plan on staying until park close and getting in a line right at the end. I had accidentally left up on the computer a day’s wait-time chart for FOP. DH saw it and studied it and said, “5 minutes? We need to get in line right before close” With a smug smile I said, “Yes, Yes we will.” He has no clue what FOP is, but he saw the peak wait times.
Our park plans for the first day are fairly firm even though we don’t have an ADR we are keeping. We are starting with MK from the parking lot so that we can get the entrance experience that Walt intended. Then, I think I’ll need the promise of an evening in HS in order to drag the family away before lunch.
Plans for the first day.
Work hard using the boarding group strategy to get an early Peter Pan G+. I picked Peter Pan over Jungle Cruise because it is in the early entry area where we will be there anyway. Early Entry Mine Train, then standby nearby lines, with Pooh being essential. I expect I’ll be Hero Mommy when she sees Pooh.
When we check into Peter Pan, I’ll start stacking HS with Millennium Falcon, Toy Story, Twilight Zone, Alien Swirling Saucers. If Millennium Falcon is too early when I am getting my second G+ and Pooh is very soon, I’ll get a Pooh first. Daughter will be wearing a Jedi Robe and a shoulder Porg at HS. I predict lots of meandering with mouth agape that evening. Ride Rise at park close.
Morning AK and evening MK look like a good combination too. EA Rope Drop FOP, G+ Navi and Safari, meander AK, stack what we can at MK during the break, and then gobble up the near future G+ reservations while in MK.
I haven’t mentioned ILL$$$. I’m not happy about it (as you can tell from the $$$), but I’ve decided to not be churlish and I’ll be OK with us getting some. Particularly for Rise. But, I’m not building that into our plans. Plans are to do those early entry or park close. But we like re-rides.
One advantage of G+ over FPP that I haven’t seen anywhere, but which hit me just now. With FPP, we’d have been locked tight into our morning park long ago. As it is, we can still change them.
One thing that threw me recently is the later close for MK. It had been 8 pm for our trip and is now 9 or 10 most days. Not complaining just not sure what to do with that. I wonder if it is feasible to park close AK, drive to MK and park close that too when it closes two hours later.
Here are some rest day activity ideas. Are there any I should add? Note, we aren’t big shoppers.
- Hoop-Dee-Doo if it opens
- Watch a movie at the theater. Enchanto?
- Off-site Sushi.
- Spend day at the pool
- Resort skyliner loop. Parking at DS and ending at Poly. For Electric Pageant.
- Do a resort loop for scavenger hunts.
- Museum of Illusions https://moiorlando.com/
- Disney Springs photoplace