So we have plans to visit WDW starting on Mother’s day through the following Friday. I’ve been a few times, as a child and as an adult. But this will be the first time for my wife. Our son is 5 and is on the spectrum. My daughter is 2. As we rapidly approach our 60 day FP+ window I wanted to run by my planning ideas, see what people thought.
We have 6 nights at AoA in a Lion King room and are very much looking forward to the trip. We got a family suite so that my son and daughter can be in separate sleeping spaces. What we are stressing here is making things easy. Budget is not an issue and we plan to spend money on Minnie-vans and the like to make things easier. We have park hoppers but don’t plan on doing a lot of hopping.
With the 2 year old we figure we will need to leave the parks mid-day for rest and naps. My son loves the pool and with Dinner reservations on most nights we are not sure if we are going to head back to the parks most nights or not.
We are going to drive down the Saturday before our first day at the parks. The plan is to find some reasonably priced hotel to spend the night.
Sunday- Magic Kingdom - So we will get up early and head to the parks. Option 1 is to just drive to TTC and take the monorail in. I like the idea of the monorail, but Option 2 is to park at AoA and just take a Minnie-van in to the park. Once at the park we will need to stop by City-Hall to pick up a DAS pass for my son. Our plan is to spend the day in Fantasy land until our room is ready. We have lunch reservations for Be Our Guest. I should be able to grab a FP for Peter Pan but I don’t think 7DMT will be obtainable. Other fast passes will go to Belle’s Enchanted tales and then, maybe Tomorrowland speedway. Once room is ready we will rest for the remainder of the day. 'Ohana reservations at 7 after dinner home and to bed.
Monday - Epcot - Epcot for day 2 as this seems ot be the easiest park to get fast passes for. The plan is to FP Test Track and try to hit Frozen for RD. (or the other way around?) Soarin, we will then likely use DAS and do some of the other shorter wait rides while we wait it out. Finding Nemo is a priority here and will likely earn a FP. Back to the hotel to Rest. Dinner is at Garden Grill.
Tuesday - Hollywood Studios - So this one is still up the air. Getting there early to gety a BG for ROTR is a must. We plan to us DAS pass to get access to MMRR. We can then hit some of the other attractions and shows (FP for Toy Story) For our tier 1 I am thinking slinky dog may not be too much for my 5 year old. MFSR while I’d like to ride but may just be a casualty to I may be the only one who wants to ride it. Maybe single rider. My hope is to get SDD fast pass in the morning. If we can’t then I will get it closer to 4 pm. We can come back to the park via skyliner and then head off to dinner.
Dinner on Tuesday is Whispering Canyon at 6. We plan to Minnie-van in. From there we will take the boat to MK and then set up for the fireworks. Minnie-van back to AoA after the show.
Wednesday - Rest Day - So part of the reason we are going to stay out late Tuesday is that we can sleep in Wednesday. No planned parks this day. Only thing on the books is a Breakfast at 9:30 at 'Ohana. I was thinking we could spend the day at the pool. My other thought was to get a few FP for Frontierland, Adventureland etc and got to MK for a just a little while to hit those attractions. Maybe try to be there at 3:00 for the parade. No dinner plans that night. Oh if we don’t get a BG for ROTR on Tuesday we could try again today and still make it to breakfast (bye bye sleeping in though)
Thursday - Animal Kingdom - So by placing AK this far into our trip I think I should be able to get a FP for FOP before noon. KJ Safaris is a must do as my son loves animals. While I like the idea of Everest, this trip is not about me, and once again I think I may be the only person interested. Our plan is to use DAS to get access to Navari river. For dinner we are back to HS for 50’s Primetime. After dinner we are planning on getting an in room babysitter and going to the Villains After Hours. This should allow us to do all the MK rides that the kids are not ready for (Haunted mansion, Space mountain etc). It’s an expensive night, but as I said, budget is not a huge concern.
NOTE: Tuesday and Thursday parks could be swapped if I could get an Early enough FP to FOP on Tuesday)
Friday - Magic Kingdom - There are EMH and well it may depend on how with it Mommy and Daddy are after the night event to see if we make it for those. This is the day we will get FP for 7DMT. The rest of the day will be hitting the kid friendly rides that we didn’t do on Monday (or Wednesday?) Dinner reservations are either Mamma Melrose or Hollywood and Vine (both reserved for Fantasmic.) We will enjoy dinner and hen watch the show. Another late night but tomorrow we head for home.
Saturday - So the plan is just to drive home. But if we didn’t hit the parks Wednesday we could in theory go to the parks before we leave. It could be a chance to use a FP for something like MF:SR or something like that. I don’t know if we would want to stay long enough to try for a second Boarding group to ROTR. But it’s a possibility.
So those are my preliminary plans. Yes, there are spreadsheets and yes they are color coded. Any thoughts or commentary are welcome. I want to make this a visit that makes us want to come back to Disney over and over.
Maximum Experience. Minimum Inconvenience.