My family is going to Disney for the first time in over 15 years next April. I’m thinking about making reservations at Le Cellier at Epcot for dinner one night, and then park-hopping over to Hollywood Studios to see Fantasmic (or possibly to go to Magic Kingdom to see Wishes, more on that below.) How long should it take to eat dinner and then commute to another park, while leaving enough time to get into Fantasmic/secure a good viewing spot for Wishes? Currently it looks like Le Cellier has 5:25 and 5:50 reservations open. (There’s also 7:15, but would the 7:15 reservation leave time to get to Wishes, if we decided to that show instead? How long is it going to take to eat dinner at Le Cellier (and in general, how long does it take to complete a full-service meal at the parks?)
(This is part of trying to figure out the whole itinerary, which is a bit more complicated because I’m trying to figure out how to best fit in all 3 night shows - Illuminations, Wishes, and Fantasmic. Going to the WDW parks on 4/16, 4/17, 4/20, and 4/21. 4/16 will be split between Animal Kingdom and Epcot (viewing Illuminations that night), 4/17 split between Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios (viewing either Wishes or Fantasmic that night), 4/20 all day at Epcot except for Wishes or Fantasmic, and 4/21 wherever we want to spend more time (with an ADR for 8:50 at Be Our Guest, so we’ll be at Magic Kingdom in the evening but not getting out in time to see Wishes. If anything earlier opens up, I’d take it, but at the moment that’s basically the only Be Our Guest dinner reservation there is that day.)
I’m rather uncertain about how to split the Magic Kingdom/Hollywood Studios day on April 17th, trying to figure out which park to visit earlier vs. later - Hollywood Studios has an Early Magic Hour that morning, but Fantasmic’s earlier timing vs. trying to park-hop makes things more difficult, as well as trying to figure out which park to get the FastPasses for that day. I’m thinking Hollywood Studios, for Toy Story Midway Mania, but again advice would be appreciated. (Note that I have some medical restrictions - I’m cleared for Splash Mountain and 3-D simulator type rides but not for roller coasters or the Tower of Terror, so I can’t do a lot of the rides that require FastPass; of the rides I can go on, it looks like Toy Story has the worst waits.) Also, side question in a post that already has about 40,000 questions: are we going to want to see Enchanted Tales with Belle? It’s got good reviews on this site, but everybody in our party’s over 30 and I’m not sure if it’s geared towards a younger audience.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer (especially regarding the timing of the Le Cellier reservation vs. making Fantasmic. I’m assuming either 5:25 pm Le Cellier or 5:50 Le Cellier would be fine for making Wishes, but would 5:50 Le Cellier still let us get to Fantasmic in time? What about doing 7:15 Le Cellier at Epcot and then going to Wishes? If we did Le Cellier and then Wishes on 4/20, we’d have to make sure to do Magic Kingdom in the morning/Hollywood Studios in the evening on 4/17, and we’d miss the Extra Magic Hour for Hollywood Studios, is it better to get that Extra Magic Hour in?)
All this five-months-in-advance-planning when I haven’t been to Disney since I was 13 is getting a little frustrating (and this is before I’ve even mentioned trying to figure out if the dining plan is worth it.)