Hey all, I am trying to plan a trip to WDW for my family (myself, husband, kids 6, 4, 2 + my parents). None of us have ever been to Disney World before (and most have never been to any Disney parks at all). An opportunity with my husband’s job plus cheap airfare combined to make this trip an unexpected reality for us, and we are super excited! I am the planner for all of this, and I am determined to learn all the ins and outs so we will be ready. We will be doing the parks Feb. 5-8, and staying at All Star Movies. I have several questions already as I am trying to plan and learn Genie+ etc. I was wondering if you all could help weigh in on some of these for me?
1.) Obviously the weather is hard to predict months out, but should we plan on doing Splash Mountain in February? How wet should we expect to get? We are coming from Houston, which I believe has a relatively similar climate to Orlando. We don’t like being cold and wet haha. In a similar vein, what about the Kali River Rapids?
2.) Regarding rope drop. My kids are early risers (they are up at 6 daily, much to my chagrin), so I am really hoping to rope drop all 4 parks. However, getting to specific places sometimes feels like herding cats. Is it worth it to try and rope drop the headliners with littles? And what about Rider Switch? It seems like an inefficient use of the early entry, plus it is unclear if rider switch is available during early entry? I am thinking for our MK day of rope dropping Space Mountain (unless TRON happens to be open, then maybe we could get on 7DMT if its popularity decreases). My 6 (almost 7) will most likely ride with me. She rode a coaster with inversions and a pretty intense wooden coaster this summer, and hopefully she will like Space Mountain. We will be doing either Epcot or HS the first day, so she will have some ability to gauge if she wants to ride it. Would it be crazy to do that and let the waiting parent do other tomorrowland rides like peoplemover and speedway, etc?
3.) Regarding shows in MK - I have country bears in my plan right now, but the monster’s inc laugh floor is tempting me. We have no one in our party that will be nostalgic over country bears, but I’ve heard its a good show that is pretty underrated. Is it worth it? Or should we go for the laugh floor, which our kids might appreciate because they have seen and enjoy the movie monster’s inc?
4.) Is 7DMT really worth an hour standing in line? My 4 (almost 5) is a total thrill seeker. He went on his first real coaster this summer, and he promptly got back in line and rode it again. I think it would be really fun for him. But an hour waiting sounds really…not so magical. And I really don’t want to fork over $60 to ride one ride…
5.) I am planning to bring my double BOB stroller, but I am also slightly terrified about it getting damaged on the flight. I love my stroller and use it daily. Has anyone had experience with this? Also, how does it work taking strollers on the buses? Obviously we will fold the stroller down, but where do we put it once we are on the bus?
I’m sure I will have more questions once these are answered, but I appreciate any and all help you can offer!