Today was planned ahead as Animal kingdom. My parents joined us just for this day. Bought their tickets about day 59 or 60 (they originally thought they could decide later to join us, I explained it doesn’t work that way), connected their tickets to our reservation and got them same fast passes as us.
We took the bus over from Boardwalk. Plan was to rope drop Everest and dinosaur before my parents got there, meet at NRJ about 10:30, then use FOP 11:25-12:25. Well, we got there right at 9, and no line at all on Everest. We rode 3 times walking right on. Parents were ahead of schedule so we decided to then meet at dinosaur. Coming from DL, some of us preferred it over Indiana jones, some did not. We got to NRJ right about 10:30 so we were still on the plan. But the wait time quickly jumped from 60 to90 and I got concerned. It was a long wait, but we made it through the queue and over to FOP with maybe 10 minutes to spare. That was 90 minutes we won’t get back. It was a nice enough ride itself but I don’t get the long wait. We’d never wait more than a half hour again for it. My kids wished we’d have spent that same time to do FOP standby instead. (We do have another FP for tomorrow, our last day, though). (Another side note, don’t get the fascination/demand with 7DMT either. It’s a fun ride with a good theme, but BTMRR is so much better)
After FOP, we headed for safari FP. Originally planned to do gorilla falls around then, but we were slightly behind schedule, close to lunch, and no one wanted to do it.
We were a little early for our 2:20 tusker house adr. It was about 1:55 I think and she didn’t want to check us in, but she did. Think we got seated about 2:30, which is actually a good time. I heard them tell some people without ADR it could be an hour wait. It was a bit crowded when we went in, but I think it was the end of the big lunch rush. By the end of our meal an hour later, it was pretty empty and some of the characters circled back to us for extra pics and interaction. We loved the food there. Even picky DS10 and DD14.
After lunch we headed to KRR. I hadn’t checked my email or app, but apparently a few min before we got there, it went down (if you’ve read my other posts, you may recognize a trend here, one FPP ride down per day). Just when we were figuring out what to do, it restarted, thank goodness. But while in line, since we were issued the multipass, I realized I could start looking for 4th FP. Was able to get a test track for 6-7, as I knew we’d be done with AK by then and wanted to do it again. We loved KRR. I’d seen some prefer GRR at DCA, but we all prefer this one. The theming is much better, and felt the ride was comparable.
Then kids wanted to wait for EE even though wait time was 45-60. We did that, it was about 5:30, parents had a 2hr drive, so we called it a day at AK. Ran for an Epcot bus about to leave and headed there. We tapped in to TT and immediately grabbed RnR for 8-9. It had been a long day, and long week, we had no break today like the other days, but it’s our last night so we pushed through. Besides, it was 7, and HS closes at 9. It’s not like we were going hard to midnight LOL.
We headed for the boat at IG to take over to HS. Maybe we should have gone to the front to take a bus? Didn’t think of it at the time. But we have enjoyed the boat rides.
Got to HS just a bit earlier than last night. But it may have been more crowded or just the coaster. Last night we rode 3x from 8:30-9. Tonight, 2x, once fp and once standby. We exited at 8:55 and raced up to TofT before they closed the gate.
We took the boat back to Boardwalk and started packing. We leave tomorrow evening but still have late am FPP at AK (FOP and EE). and will prob finish with a big ride or 2 at EP or HS before catching DME at 3:30.
So, not only did we do 3 parks today, we did 3 in just 4 hours.
I hope to recap the whole trip later, but before I forget, some said as first timers, not to parkhop. So glad we did, a small extra investment, especially staying at an Epcot deluxe (walking/boating) property. A couple days we just did one park, but overall very glad to have it. We all make choices, ours was no fireworks or shows, just as many big rides with less lines as possible. This means 1 or 2 without FP, depending on the wait time and how much we want that ride. but mostly just doing what we can FP. Even if it’s just the first 3 plus a couple more.
I’ll also try to post some more specifics as a west coaster used to going to DL. This was a special trip and we’ll try to come back. But 2019 is already planned for DL.