I’m hoping for some advice. We will be visiting WDW Oct 5-10, staying at Beach Club and expecting to land around 8am and to get to the hotel before 11am. We are a family of six: me, wife, 14yo boys, 12yo girl, and 5yo boy. We visited WDW eight years ago (as a party of five) and had great success planning the entire trip with Touring Plans - naturally I’m using it to plan this trip as well.
We went without Park Hopper last time, and were quite happy with the way our trip went - with two days at MK and two at EC plus one each at DHS and AK, I felt like we were able to make sure there was ample “magic” every step of the way - used our arrival day at EC and our first full day at MK, for example.
I’m finding it very hard to plan a rational trip with our dates - the Halloween Party means MK is closing at 6pm three of our days - which really means we get Park Hopper, visit a different park those days altogether, or just have an early evening. Add the Galaxy’s Edge to the mix - where no one really knows what to expect but I’m guessing crowds at least at DHS are going to be insane (regardless of the low crowd levels projected here)… I guess I’m also not entirely sure what my teens are going to like to like, so creating a plan has proven daunting.
My original plan was EC on day one because we can walk there from the hotel; day two at DHS, three at MK, four at AK, five back at MK and six at DHS (six being a shorter day).
After WDW altered park hours a couple weeks ago and TP adjusted crowd levels, I changed my plan to EC, MK, DHS, AK, DHS, MK. My issue with that plan really has to do with evenings: I’ve no idea what the Epcot Forever night show will be; we will have to leave MK at 6pm; I worry that crowds at DHS will be crushing and we may not be able to do the night show (which we loved on our previous trip); and I’m not sure that AK’s light show is really worth the trouble.
I’m not that worried about the extra money for the park hopper, but I don’t want to buy it and not really use it - and since I like to plan, I’d like to map out a plan if we are going to buy it, rather than decide to buy it while on-site and then feel like we had a sub-optimal plan. And in truth, MK closing so early so many days kind of devalues Park Hopper because I think that is the place we’d most likely visit — though I was surprised how much fun my kids had at Epcot on our last trip.
My 5yo will take naps and I could see him doing so on the bus rides, for example, and he generally has no problem staying up late… but I also don’t want to plan a totally grueling trip. I’m already expecting to make a solo run to DHS for RD since I know my wife and kids will not do that.
So - any advice? Anything is on the table - even rescheduling the trip - and I did think about shortening the trip and buying tickets to the Halloween Party for example.
FP+ really adds another dimension to planning that I really don’t appreciate… it’s bad enough trying to schedule meals six months in advance - trying to schedule rides in advance too is grueling.