First time poster, fairly long-time lurker. My FastPass day is coming up next week, and I’m doing all sorts of second guessing. It’s our first ever (and likely one-and-done, don’t judge!) trip to Disney World. We have done a couple of trips of 2 or 3 days at Disneyland when our kids were younger, but that was back in paper FastPass days, and also we did zero planning on those trips (with very mixed results!). So for this trip, I’ve put in a lot of time trying to get up to speed on how things work at Disney World.
We are myself, DH, and twins DD13 and DS13. I was unable to come up with a sufficiently witty username, so my username is just our initials. I am the A in MAFK We are going mid-to-late August with predicted crowd levels around 4 ish most days.
My question is particularly about our first MK morning. I am planning to rope drop Frontierland/Adventureland. I think rope drop sounds like a super stressful and crowded experience, and plan to avoid needing to do that for the super headliners. But on our first day I’d love for us to get there in time to see the welcome show at the castle, and then go hit up Big Thunder and Splash Mountains, followed by Pirates and Jungle Cruise. From what I’ve read, and what I’ve modelled in my plan, getting a FP for JC seems to make the most sense - we should be able to get those first 3 rides with short waits, and then will appreciate having a FP for JC. But here’s where I’m overthinking: we’re not all that keen on JC. Just doing it for completeness, but our holiday won’t be ruined if we miss it. However, for Big Thunder and Splash, it would be a real disappointment if we couldn’t ride those. So, would it be better to have FP for those two, in case there are issues, like the rides being down at park open (on the assumption that our FP would be valid later in the day if the rides came back up)? Or should I just book my FP based on the optimistic plan that yes, I will be able to get Big Thunder and Splash as walk-ons, and book that JC FP because it makes the morning flow better?
None of this is life or death, of course, and we do have an evening of Disney After Hours at MK planned later in the week, but I’m trying to hedge my bets in terms of things going wrong, and trying to plan in at least one ride on our “must-do” rides before the After Hours, so we’re not devastated if crowd levels or ride closures scupper our plans on that night (e.g. I think I read some reviews of DAH at MK where Space was down for most of a night, and some people were absolutely irate). I’d love to be pleasantly surprised when things go well, rather than devastated when they don’t, if that makes any sense?
So I’m wondering what the general consensus is. Do you book your FP for the rides you really really want to ride, or for the rides where it makes the most sense in terms of reducing wait time? Thanks!