My family’s upcoming trip is from May 6th-May 14th. I chose this week partly because it historically has moderate crowd levels and it should be hot enough to swim in the pool but not too crazy hot for park touring. It will be my kids first trips to Disney (girls ages 6 and 9). My husband and I have both not been to the WDW in 20 years.
To save money (and because I want our family to spend more time enjoying the POLY resort) I had decided to get an 8 day ticket without park hoppers. My plan was to have our late afternoon/evening at MK on Thursday, May 11th to see Wishes. I have booked an ADR for CRT at 6:45 on May 11th as well.
Here is the complete current plan:
Sat, May 6th MK pretty set on starting our vacation here, but would like to be back to hotel early. No ADR
Sun, May 7th MK (BOG ADR at 8:05 in order to get a slight advantage on 7DMT after breakfast). Plan to stay until about 2 p.m. and then hang out at the Poly for the evening.
Mon, May 8th HS Full Day ( Fantasmic Dining Package ADR)
Tues, May 9th AK morning only. (Ohana ADR at 7:10 p.m.)
Wed, May 10th EP. Plan was to get A.M. FP+ for Soarin’ (Rose and Crown ADR for illuminations for me and hubby while kids go to Lilo’s Playhouse)
Thurs, May 11th MK (CRT ADR 6:45)
Fri, May 12th AK late afternoon/evening (ROL dining package)
Sat, May 13th. EP Plan to get FP+ for Frozen, explore world showcase, and see Illuminations with kids.
As you can see, a lot of our ADRS are ones that can’t easily be switched to other dates (Ohana, CRT, BOG, and Rose and Crown specifically).
But now May 11th is the final day for Wishes. I am worried that it will be really crowded and that (1) we will need to find a place to see Wishes really early, which we were trying to avoid (and might not be able to make due to our ADR) and (2) that the rides will all be a lot busier because of the final night of Wishes. Also, I am wondering if we should take up the opportunity to see the new show Happily Ever After while we have the chance.
So, my questions for the forum are 1) Should we keep my original plan and add on park hoppers to our tickets so we can see the new show Happily Ever After on Sat, May 13th? My husband and I would see Illuminations, but kids would not. We would park hop from Epcot to MK in the evening. Do you think the $300 add on is worth that?
2) If we don’t get park hoppers, should we try to see to Wishes on Sunday, May 7th instead? Do you think that Sunday evening will now be a really crowded as well? With this scenario we would still be at MK on the last day of Wishes. Would it be smart to go on rides during Wishes instead?
I make my fast passes in 10 days, which will further lock me in. What do you think?
Thanks in advance!