For Blue Bayou Fantasmic dining the section is front & center, but it’s actually a seated (on the ground) section. The River Belle non-premium dining package is also seated on the ground while the on the go Hungry Bear package is a standing section. The rest of the fastpass sections are also standing. The only way to reserve a seat is to do the 8pm River Belle Premium Dining package where you eat dinner on the patio at River Belle that faces to the Rivers of America & you get to stay in your seat for the show as you wrap up dinner. We’ve done it once & while it was a lovely experience, not all the tables are against the rail & those that aren’t against the rail have a very poor view of the show, in my opinion. Also, you can’t request a rail table or show up early to guarantee a rail table, you get what you get & you’re grateful for it. Now while I employ that attitude in many aspects of my life, when I’m paying for premium dining experience such as this, I don’t like to gamble with the possibility of having a poor view so we would not do it again. Also, the show is best seen close-up to appreciate the scale of the effects.
I have found that mostly my kids are up & ready to go out of excitement but yes, they do get tuckered out which is why we almost always midday break so we can get some rest & come back with energy to get us to closing. It really gives us the best of both worlds to do it that way. The way I look at it, is it’s only a few days & usually the adrenaline of being so excited carries them through. That being said, if they are getting too tired to enjoy it really does make things so hard, so completely get allowing them to get their rest. You’ll just have to rely on FastPasses for attractions that have it to help minimize waiting.
And then as for Monday, they are often some of the most crowded as you get a lot of carryover from people extending their weekends plus people beginning their 5 days after arriving on Sunday. The lines into the DL gates on a Monday always seem to be incredibly long. Your plan to do DCA on a Monday is good one though, because the people who are starting & ending their trips are more likely to be in DL, especially at the beginning of the day.