We're heading to DisneyWorld for spring break 2017; we've never been there before and trying to get our planning right. We're arriving Sunday 3/19 (flight arrives just before 11 am) and leaving Saturday 3/25 (flight leaves at 4:20 pm). That'll give us five full days at the parks; right now, the thought is to spend two days at Magic Kingdom and one day each at the other parks.
After doing our research, we're wondering if we can squeeze Animal Kingdom into our arrival day. That would, in turn, free up another day to spend at either MK or Epcot. We don't have to make those decisions today, but our 180 day window opens Tuesday morning, so we need to start making a few plans.
We've only identified four character meals that require us to make reservations; we're staying at Bay Lake Tower and planning to take advantage of restaurants that deliver along with leftovers and sandwiches that we can have in the room, especially since we're staying so close to MK. But setting these meals will probably set our days for which parks, so I want to get a rough schedule set to guide me for making reservations. Here are our four:
Minnie's Seasonal Dine with the Fantasmic Package at Hollywood & Vine (See the main Disney characters plus prime seating for Fantasmic)
Cinderella's Royal Table (10 yr od daughter & one parent; 7 yr old son would probably be happier on rides)
Chef Mickey's Brunch (Lowest priority, but since it's at our resort, we'll probably give it a shot.)
We had an idea of doing brunch at Chef Mickeys on our last day after a quick run through MK before heading to the airport, but I'm not sure we have enough time. I was originally thinking noon, but I've since realized that we'll probably have to leave for the airport at 1 pm.
I think the first two are the most difficult to get, and based on the Touring Plans crowd size estimators, I think we want to go to Epcot on Wednesday and visit Hollywood Studios on Monday-Wednesday. My tentative thought is work from this:
Sunday: Animal Kingdom in afternoon
Monday: Magic Kingdom (alternate day for AK)
Tuesday: Hollywood Studios (Hollywood & Vine/Minnie's Seasonal Dine/Fantasmic Package)
Thursday: Magic Kingdom
Friday: Magic Kingdom (perhaps EPCOT again, if we already spent 2 days at MK)
Saturday: Magic Kingdom in morning
Magic Kingdom days will be split with morning touring and spending the afternoon at BLT, and returning to the park in the late afternoon or evening after supper. Maybe even going back and forth.
I figure that I'll have a better chance at getting Cinderella booked for Friday than any other day. But I'm thinking that Chef Mickey's might be better for Friday if we can't do Saturday. But with Crystal Palace being a big request from the kids, do I set that for Thursday and skip Mickey's, or lock myself into Monday and doing Animal Kingdom on Sunday?