Our flight arrives at 10:38 on Sunday 3/19, staying at Bay Lake Tower and trying to figure out the best plan for our first day. We don't leave until Saturday afternoon, so we're planning a day each at Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The Magic Kingdom will be the other days, though with it so close, those can also be partial days with afternoon breaks.
We were originally thinking about starting with Animal Kingdom on Sunday to get that out of the way, but I'm having second thoughts that it's too much to squeeze into an afternoon. I put a touring plan in, and everything seems to fit with a 1:30 arrival at Animal Kingdom. But am I allowing the correct amount of time to take the Magical Express to BLT and then the bus to AK?
After reading the Unofficial Guide, I'm now thinking that Hollywood Studios has the lesser quantity of attractions, though my kids would rank the top attractions at HS above the top attractions at AK. So I don't want to cut our HS trip short. Furthermore, I already booked a Fantasmic dining package for Tuesday evening at Hollywood & Vine.
The Fantasmic package is still available for 4:45 pm (supposedly the last day of Minnie's Silver Screen Dine) on Sunday 3/19, so that would work and would ensure that we get our character meal with the Mice in right away. I put together an HS touring plan (again starting at 1:30 pm) and everything seems to fit.
But I'm a little concerned about overdoing it day 1 at HS; we're going to be up early to catch a plane, so I'm not sure I want to be out that late for Fantasmic. Plus, if anything goes haywire with our flights, I'd rather lose AK time than HS.
I could also just slide one of our Magic Kingdom days into the opening position... but my MK list looks to be close to triple the size of the other lists. So I don't want to (a) cut it short and (b) endure the wrath of kids that want to go back to the MK. (Though I figure if I open a day at Animal KIngdom, we'll finish up the day at the Magic Kingdom because I already bought the Park Hopper.)