Hello! First time posting here, hope I’m not missing any protocols or anything!
My fiance and I are doing a 10-day, 8-park trip to WDW Jan 27-Feb 7. We both haven’t been since we were kids, but we’re big theme park people and had a great trip to Disneyland last year. We don’t imagine we’ll come back to WDW for at least a good few years after this, so we wanted this trip to hopefully be a “fully satisfied for a while” kinda deal. We’re planning 2 days at each park (roughly), with 2 off-days scattered throughout.
The tricky thing is: we are very much not wanting to overly plan things, besides the dining reservations. We did Genie+ for 1 of the 3 days we had at Disneyland, and we really thought it put a damper on the day. I think it got us a few extra rides in, but we were looking at our phones so frequently that we just weren’t really in the moment as much, and the atmosphere was a bit tainted. We also prefer more of a ‘roam around and discover’ type mentality with theme parks, and not a ‘regimented, goal-oriented’ planning type day, so I’m also very hesitant to stick to a strict touring plan. Again, just puts a bit of a damper on our attitude and ability to relax.
We booked this time of year hoping the crowds would be low enough that we could do things in a more off-the-cuff and relaxed way, but still get on most of the attractions at least once, with hopefully a few repeats of our favorites. Based on what I’ve read, I feel decently confident in our ability to do this at all the parks except Magic Kingdom (although plz lemme know if I’m wrong here). Therefore, I was considering adding on the Feb 1 “After Hours” ticket at MK, to guarantee some extra low-crowd time. However, it is obviously super expensive, and we’d have to do a bit of schedule-shifting at this point, so I’m on the fence.
We are also thinking we may park hop 1 or 2 days, maybe end up doing more like 2.5 days at MK and 1.5 days at either DHS or AK. Just a thought.
Basically, I’m just curious if anyone has any opinions on our overall plan here, and if they’d recommend adding After Hours or not. Any general thoughts/recommendations about our whole trip are totally welcome!
Sorry if this is long, thanks y’all!