I agree with mjsmomma on the afternoon wait times. I have been to MK on all various crowd level days and the afternoon wait times are always high. Here’s how it worked for us…
On Tuesday, March 15th, we got to through the entrance at 9:10 a.m. because the park was quite busy that day, and the ferry took longer than expected. As soon as we got through the entrance we walked very quickly but not running because I have a bad foot and went directly to the 7DMT. We got there at 9:20, and the line was out past the queue line. We asked a cast member how long the wait would be and he said it would be 45 minutes. I just asked my son who times the lines with a stop watch how long the wait was and he said it was 38 minutes.
You can pretty much bank on that as being a constant for a crowd six level day.
We have been to MK five times since December and have noticed the trend that the afternoon wait times are unbearable and we have only been able to take advantage of the less popular rides, People Mover, Laugh Floor, Country Bear, Tiki Room, Philharmagic and any FP we have for the that 10:30 to 4:30 window.
We have also struck out everytime on getting FP for the 7DMT, they go fast and weeks in advance, so we just made a plan this last time to be okay with waiting for 45 minutes and plan around it since it was our first time riding.
Seriously, for me, I got so sick on the ride, it was not worth the wait, but I do want to try it one more time, now that I know what to expect with the swaying cars.
Next time, we are planning two months out and trying to get fast passes. If I get sick again, that will be it for me.
I don’t know about the character experiences or the meals. We never do character experiences and we eat at Sweet Tomatoes in Kissimee to save money to be able to fill up my teenage boys’ stomachs to capacity, so I can’t comment on that.
Our normal plan is to get to the parks at 8:30, hit either Space or Thunder first, and then ride whatever is around those rides in proximity until 10:30 a.m., usually Buzz or Splash, etc.
We usually get fast passes for Space or Thunder, and dart to the one we didn’t get the fp for first off.
At 10:30 a.m. we head off for a big meal either buying a lot of stuff at Liberty Square or going off site to Sweet Tomatoes (we have a car), and then we slug around in our food coma , doing large crowd moving things in cool temperatured places like Country Bear, Philharmagic, Hall of Presidents, Laugh Floor, and/or hit our Fast Passes.
Evening we go back and forth depending on our mood on watching parades or taking advantage of the lower wait times during the parades, and here’s a secret… which no longer is… if you go over and ride Dumbo right before Wishes, you not only get a good wait time on Dumbo, but you get a great view of the fireworks!!!
I will tell you that I have never, never, never gotten on anything with a low wait time at Winnie the Pooh, or Peter Pan anytime after 9:30 a.m., and by the time 9:30 rolls around I can almost guarantee a 30 minute or more wait time for either of those two rides, on any crowd level day.
One time we got on Winnie the Pooh during the Mainstreet Electric Parade, with a 15 minute wait time and then it shot back up to 30 minutes at 9:00 p.m, but that was on a Friday night.
The only time we have ridden either Winnie the Pooh, or Peter Pan is with a FP or light night wait times. We’ve never done Peter Pan without a FP due to the wait times.
So to summarize, if you want to really ride 7DMT, you may have to give up Winnie the Pooh, and ride it first thing and expect at least 20 minutes and probably 40 minutes ride time, or plan way in advance and get a FP.
Being able to ride it (7DMT) twice in one day would be a successful day.