Sorry so long. My brain, and my browser tabs are exploding with INFO and ideas as I try to finalize a good touring plan for this weekend. : )
If anyone reads all this, I thank you immensely. And if you even answer just 1 or 2 of my questions, I will raise a glass of butterbeer in your honor!
UPDATE: to clarify, I did copy the 2 day adult plans from the touring plans a couple weeks ago- I added more little kid attractions.
LOOKING for suggestions/help! Love touring plans! Did the dumbo in a day back from a book in 2007. We’ve been to universal/IofA in 12/08, and just IofA in 11/10. (made my own touring plans) So we’ve seen the Hogsmeade/Hogwarts side of things.
Of course the kids are older now, this is all new to the 7 year old and 3 year old. We’re big HP fans, and want to to ALL of that, including browsing for little easter egg details. My oldest daughter, 14, is very excited to finally be tall enough for all the big coasters. The other kids are: 11, 7, 3, and a 7 m. baby. So we’ll need to mix in some Suess land and other kiddy stuff for the 7 and 3.
I’ve been working out a 2 day/park hopping plan. for this Saturday 12/13, and Mon 12/15. (both seem to open at 9AM to the general public, with 8am EE to Universal available both days. crowd levels say 2 or 3.
Loving this new online touring plan thing with wait times and everything-
- Would you go to the Superstar parade or the macy’s parade or the mannheim steamroller concert? I’m leaning YES to the 2 parades, and no to the concert. Also, I think the kids will enjoy the grinch show. We’ve seen that before.
- Any other SHOWS worth it? They say the Blue’s brothers has Christmas music. I’m sure the 3 year old would enjoy Barney, but I think we may want to skip…I haven’t been to the Poseidon or Sinbad. Would you go to those? Can we skip Shrek and that walk-through earthquake thing?
The Magic Kingdom Crowd level for Saturday RECENTLY rocketed from 2 to a 6 and from a 3 to a 6 for Monday. (with 1 week notice) : ( So I decided to switch MK to Tuesday, which is a Christmas Party day, as the level is still at 3, and we seem to get much more of our touring plan covered even with the shorter hours. I wonder if Universal parks will also be more crowded Saturday and Monday, than the 2/3 predicted. Pop Warner in town.
I’ve decided to follow the touring plan recommendation- and not rush to gringotts or hogwarts. (doing all the main HP stuff both days)
It seems so counterintuitive NOT to go to Gringotts at the rope drop. But I see that unless you are right at the rope drop, the lines are heaviest for the first few hours of the day. Has anyone done (non early entry) rope drop to Gringotts? It’s recommending 7pm Sat, and 12:30 Monday for Gringotts both with a 28 min. wait. When I manually select Gringotts for 9 am, it’s giving me a 29 minute wait.
WHAT would you do? Does it really taper off in the afternoon/evening? I’m just remembering how crazy the LINES to get into the Hogsmeade shops were in early Nov 2010… Seems like I should AVOID Gringotts from about 9:30 to Noon.
I ordered my tickets from undercover tourist- saved some money by ordering ahead- thank you!
Where can I find some souvenir recommendations?
I have a wifi only android tablet- and the LINES app looks awesome.
6) But I’m wondering is the WiFI in the park reliable or spotty?
7) Are there any other apps I should get?
8) Is buying the interactive wand worth it?
Really wondering how I’m going to juggle the baby, the camera, the touring plan, and a glass of butterbeer. But it’ll be awesome! Thanks again fellow planners.