We are going to DW for the 2nd time Jan 18-24th. Last time was 8 years ago with me, my husband, and two kids who were 12 and 7.5. I used the book and though the crowds were bigger than we expected, we crushed it–even if I was a bit overzealous and gave everyone blisters.
This time, we have three kiddos: 20, 15, and 6.5. The other change is that, due to an accident, our 20 year old just had a hip replacement in August. He walks okay, but with a limp and starts hurting when pushing it too much.
Because of the 20 year old’s hip and the 6.5 year old, as well as my promise not to be so type-A about it all, I made our touring plans to involve as little back-tracking as seems reasonable. Our park schedule is as follows:
Jan 18: MK: Tomorrowland and Fantasyland
Jan 19: Epcot
Jan 20: day off
Jan 21: MK: Adventureland & Frontierland; Animal Kingdom 1:30-close
Jan 22: HS in the morning, finish AK in the evening
Jan 23: HS all day
Jan 24: TBD depending on what everyone wants to do
because I fiddled with the plans to reduce walking after the optimization, how much should I trust the plans’ wait times? According to my plans, even after the sharp increase in crowd levels predicted, it looks pretty doable to see essentially everything. Should I be more skeptical?
on the two days we plan to park hop, I think we’re going to drive between the parks and spring for the upgraded parking. We’re driving down and staying off-site, so we’ll have our car. Is that what you would do? I want to be there at open each day, but also would like to be near our car at the end of the day.
I wasn’t able to book our FPP selection until just a few days ago. I subsequently read about getting the earlier FPPs and modifying, but many of the FPPs I got aren’t until later in the day. Should I drop those and try to get earlier ones so I can modify in the parks? As it stands, it looks like about one time per day we’re going to have a long wait for something. It’s not ideal, but I’d hate to turn that into 2 or 3 times a day.
Thank you for your help! We’re getting excited!!