I have read three books, dozens of blogs, joined this Web site, and looked all over it, but I’m still having trouble deciding on the best plan of attack for our group. The major roadblock I’m facing is deciding which park to go to on which day.
We have a group of 18. (4 female chaperones, 14 teenage girls age 15-18 (High school basketball players). We’re coming to the Disney Basketball Tournament, at the Disney Sports Complex, so we’re not free to go to the parks at any time we want.
Arrive this coming Sunday, December 18, depart Thursday, December 22. We have a charter bus, and it is a 9-10 hour drive. We’re leaving home Saturday night and driving straight through to arrive at our resort on Sunday morning to check in with the basketball tournament and get our Magic Bands, check our luggage with the resort, etc.
Resort: Coronado Springs
Park passes: 4-day Magic Your Way Park Hopper, we do NOT have Mickey’s Christmas party passes.
Dining Plan: 2 quick service meals per day
This is our free time out of the basketball tournament for the week:
Sunday: 9 or 10 am until. (But, we have to be up early on the next day, Monday, to be on a bus at 6:30 am to the Sports Complex for a character breakfast, and then a game after, so staying out late Sunday night is not really a good idea.)
Monday-Wednesday: 12:30-1:30 pm until (we have games every morning that end around noon, and we will have to consider transport back to the Coronado to change and get ready for the afternoon/evening at the parks. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the games are closer to lunch time, so the girls will be able to sleep in, relax, and recharge at the resort in the morning for those two days. )
Thursday: All day with no commitment to any games, when we are done with the parks, we board our charter bus and drive back home. (9-10 hour drive)
The girls have all done a survey, and riding the rides, seeing fireworks, and watching the shows are their top three priorities. Magic Kingdom is their top park interest, for the most of them. However, many of them have never been to Disney, so they may not really even know what they want to do. With that, my goal is to spend time exposing the girls to each park, and perhaps even Disney Springs.
In my quest to do that, I have seen all the park times, extra magic hours, and read all the books. But, the information is very conflicting and many of the touring plans are designed for those who can be at rope drop. The only day we can be at rope drop is on Thursday.
Any tips or suggestions from this group would be very helpful. Once I get a framework for what parks to see on which day, I can make some sort of plan of what to see in each park. I understand that we will not be able to see everything, but I would like to avoid lines and wasting time waiting around as much we possibly can given the circumstances we have to work with.