I’d like to thank everyone here who helped me out by answering my questions - or providing answers to others - that I was able to use and learn from.
I spent a lot of time at Touring Plans - planning our days, learning the ropes. As a way of thanking you - I will describe some parts of our vacation - in hopes that maybe something I say will help someone else.
While I created many plans using Touring Plans - once there with the grandkids - I threw most of them out the window - and went with the flow of what the kids wanted to do. However, the knowledge gained during the planning phase - allowed me to make suggestions to maximize our experience. Also, I was able to get many difficult to get Fast Passes - and the family was amazed at how wonderful it was to skip many of the lines.
I will break this into several parts so that this doesn’t become a novel in one note.
The trip was April 15 - 23. It was my self and husband, son and daughter-in-law, grandson age 9 and granddaughter age 5. We did not stay on a Disney property - and saved a lot of money by staying in a condo at Windsor Hills. It was perfect - 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, living room, swimming pool.
My husband and I arrived first because of a good airline deal. We used that time to discover how to travel back and forth to Disney. On our first night we went over to Disney Springs for dinner - we had no reservations but our timing was perfect and we were able to walk right into Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar - and get a small table for 2 - and had hors d’oeuvres and drinks - which worked just fine for dinner.
The next day, Saturday, before picking the rest of the family up for dinner at the airport - we had lunch at Disney Springs at Bongo’s Cuban Cafe - Cuban Sandwiches - which were very good.
We picked the family up from the airport - and made dinner at the condo - while the kids enjoyed the condo pool.
Late Saturday night - while everyone else drifted off to sleep - I made one more attempt to get a FP for my granddaughter to meet Anna & Elsa (something I had tried to get for 30 straight days with no luck). To my surprise and delight - a FP for 6:00 pm for 2 showed up and I was able to grab it - and surprise everyone with the acquisition when they woke up the next morning.
The original plans and Fast Passes were as follows:
Sunday - Magic Kingdom (try to stay all day and leave after Electric Parade)
Monday - Typhoon Lagoon (morning and afternoon) - Magic Kingdom (evening)
Tuesday - Hollywood Studios (morning and early afternoon) - Epcot (evening)
Wednesday - Blizzard Beach (morning and afternoon) - Epcot (evening for character dinner at Akerhaus Banquet Hall)
Thursday - Animal Kingdom - Epcot evening
Friday - whatever park we wanted to revisit (morning - I had FP for MK - because I anticipated that would be the park in demand) - Disney Springs evening for a farewell dinner at The Boathouse
I’ll describe what the reality was in a future post - as plans are made to be broken - we deviated a bit from this ambitious plan. No sense in ruining a good time in order to keep to an arbitrary plan.