If time is a factor, what attractions would you choose to see at MK? I know, it depends, yada yada yada, so here’s the pertinent details to help:
Dec 24th, arrive somewhere around 5-6PM, stay until park close. Right now that’s 10PM. 5 people in the group, boys age 8 and 13, plus 2 parents and 1 grandma. I don’t think they’ve ever been before. I’m assuming all attraction are on the table but the boys probably don’t want to do things like Enchanted Tales with Belle. Here’s my list so far, in the order I’m thinking will work best:
Jungle Cruise (with FPP)
BTMRR (with FPP)
7DMT (with FPP)
Fireworks (9PM, I think) with Garden viewing)
Dessert Party (will they be able to comfortably do this then get in line for a ride before 10PM?)
Space? Something else? Not enough time?
I know it’s practically heresy, but is Peter Pan worth it in that short a time?
Should they skip the fireworks and dessert party and get another 2 rides in?
If I think they can pull off a 5PM arrival, I’m thinking about adding dinner at Skipper Canteen.
I’d drop 7DMT in favor of Space Mountain and PeopleMover for sure. I can’t say if it is a boy thing, but as a boy from childhood to today, Tomorrowland was/is my favorite part of MK (probably all of WDW). And after dark, in particular it is beautiful.
If just keeping in mind the boys, I’d also remove IaSW.
Also notably absent is Splash Mountain. It is my personal favorite, but it is also a time suck and in December at night, I’m thinking it might not be anyone’s priority to get wet. (I’m also leaving Kali River out of an AK plan)
I have 12 yo boy and Space Mountain is his favorite. I would replace PPF with Space M.
Would probably add Pirates.
Whether they watch fireworks or ride a few more rides - I would leave this until they are actually in the park to decide. Desert party is nice, but again, from 12 yo point of view, I know mine would prefer rides.
I would skip Peter Pan with kids that age. Without a FP it’s too long a wait and I wouldn’t waste a FP on it. I haven’t been to WDW over Christmas break since the 80’s so I really don’t know what wait time will be like on Christmas Eve, but I will give you what I would do if I were planning it.
Also I suspect without the dessert party, they will need to be at hub very early to see the fireworks so I would do the dessert party (if it’s in the budget) just for seating purposes and to be able to wait until closer to 9 pm to find a spot for the fireworks.
You’re basically looking at them having about 6 pm - 8:30ish pm for rides.
My plan would be as follows [Note: I have not put this into a TP. Whatever you decide on, I would then enter into a TP and look for potential tweaks based on TP projected wait times on that night.]
(1) BTMRR FP
(3) Haunted Mansion
(4) IaSW - depending on time … I would drop if timing is looking tight - which I think it will
(5) 7DMT FP
(6) go back to IaSW if there is time and it was skipped earlier - again, I think they will run out of time. If they have some time here, but not enough for a long ride like Small World, they could try for a short line and short ride in the area like Teacups or Dumbo (not exciting rides, but ok for time filler)
(7) Space Mountain FP - I would FP Space Mountain instead of Jungle Cruise with kids that age (assuming they like thrill rides).
(8) Fireworks followed by dessert party
(9) try to get another ride in by 10 pm – boys that age may like the Speedway which is close to the dessert party location; if they loved Space, they could go for another ride.
Edit: Upon re-reading, I would flip the order of PotC and BTMRR to make PotC first and BTMRR FP second.
I like your list, although I am reconsidering IaSW. I was thinking about leaving out Jungle Cruise as well. I’ve got FPP for JC at 5:40PM, then ride PotC standby at 6:30PM with a 30 minute wait. Then ride BTMRR at 7:13PM with FPP, followed by HM at 7:36PM Standby with a 23 minute wait. Exit HM at 8:09PM.
If I leave out Jungle Cruise and use that FPP for PotC instead, I would think I could replace it with 2 rides by 8:30PM