I’ve previously introduced myself, but a quick recap- we are a couple in our late 30s taking our 2 boys ages 4 & 7 to WDW. It’s our first trip as a family, so we consider ourselves first timers.
We are going in May 2019 but I’m trying to familiarize myself with the parks and make a touring plan so I can start to figure out what fast passes I’ll want to try for when the time comes and how we will weave through each park. Day 1 is Epcot, so that’s where I’m starting. There are Magic Hours that day (8 am- 9 am) and we plan to be there before 8 am. My plan is to get to the popular rides 1st thing (Frozen, Test Track, Sorain) I have a 4 year old who may or may not love big rides, so I’d like to start with something easy and fun- Frozen Ever After seems safer than Test Track. So I moved Frozen to #1, then meet Anna & Elsa, then Test Track to #3. I am pretending I have a 10 am fast pass for Soarin. When I optimize, it does NOT use all of my Fast Passes that I’ve entered (obviously I’m pretending to have 3). It only uses 1 of the Fast Passes for character spot and has me going to Soarin’ (no fast pass) around 11 am. How is that a good plan? Why wouldn’t it use my Fast Passes??
If anyone has tips on the best way to use Optimizations, I’d love some help. Or should I just make my own plan and Evaluate? I was hoping to use this tool to help me get around the park and have a plan…
One other question about Epcot- we are planning to take a mid day break around noon, head to the hotel for lunch and a nap, then back to Epcot around 4 or 5:00. Would you break the day up like first half: Future world, second half: World Showcase. Or would you just go wherever makes sense throughout the day? (I do know World Showcase opens later) The Touring Plan had me hit up a couple of things in World Showcase around 11:30 before we leave on our break, then had The Seas with Nemo and Spaceship Earth later in the evening.
Tell me your favorite Epcot planning tips!