After a 7:45 am flight during spring break, leaving my house at 5:30 am, it was fun but a long day . We only had a half day the day we arrived and then some of the next morning, so we really made the most of our limited time! We did not originally intend to do MK, but the hours were extended until 11 in the weeks leading up to our trip and we had never been to MK late before, so obviously we had to do it.
For my upcoming short May trip, I’m planning on arriving at the parks later in the morning and stacking. I also really love the parks at night. It’s nice to not have the sun beating down on you and some of my favorite memories are walking around a closer to empty Galaxy’s Edge, taking in the sights.
One idea for stacking and getting later return times, is to wait til just before park open to book. You can still book your next LL at park open + 2, and sleep in to boot, b/c you’re not booking at 7am.
I like afternoon breaks, so that’s where I take advantage of stacking….or in the case of DHS where you end up with later return times so you have no choice.
I think my best stacking day was a rainy one at MK. We managed to get 3 anytime LL’s during an afternoon thunderstorm + we had 3 or 4 LLs we had picked up over the course of the day after leaving the park before lunch. 4 were in the same 60 min time frame - we fully utilized the 15 min buffer for that. (Thankfully it stopped raining in the evening)
There were 3 things I found that could help you stack within a certain time window:
Since the LL return times are doled out in order from early to late, you could just wait a little bit until the return time you want starts showing up. (It happens faster than you may think for the popular ones. Like, if you click on PP right at 7 am, it may give you a time at like 11:30 am. You refresh it once, and it’s already giving times at 3:30-4:00 pm).
You can always try to refresh the app by toggling back and forth between the LL confirmation screen and the selection screen, and the return time will change sometimes. I found that it may give return times hours apart simply by refreshing.
Just choose whatever ride that is offering a LL return time in the window you want, if you’re not after any one particular ride.
With a little persistence, it actually wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to stack them within a defined window of time.
Just a heads up, I was not able to connect to MDE while on Boingo. I had to text my friend who had already landed to have her do one of the bookings.
We did the stacking for arrival day, all after 5 pm, was able to make choices ever 2 hours, just started with JC, PP and went from there. (one of the intervals, my plane was taxiing forever to get deiced, so I had not left the ground and I used my cell data )
That was the one nice thing about G+ over FPP, the ability to overlap infinite (at least in theory) LL! One day we had something roughly like JC 5:15, PotC 5:30, Btmrr 5:40, Pooh 6:00 all lined up from stacking beginning at 7.
If you’re (relatively) patient during 7-7:30, you should be able to get something with a return time either during the 8 am hour or the 9 am hour. As long as you tap in before 9:32, you’ll be right there ready to watch that first drop. Some things at 9:32 still have relatively close return times (TSM sometimes does). You might be able to get that one with a return time before noon. Then, at the 12:02 drop, with a little luck (sometimes this drop is quick), you could get SDD or TOT.