Saturday, September 13, 2014

Disney World: Our Touring Plans

I'm not sure that anyone really cares about this, but I'm going to go ahead and post it anyway.  These are our (my) detailed plans for each day we are in the parks at Disney.  I have no idea if these plans will work.  It will be interesting to see how much we stick with the plan and whether or not we liked having a plan.  I needed to make a plan just to know that it is possible to fit in everything that we want to do.  I think this plan is doable, with  a few days being more packed than others.  If we don't follow through with the plan, that's okay with me.  I just needed to make it for my own peace of mind, and I know that we will have to be flexible (hello rain!).  Plus, you know I just love to plan!

We originally were only going to do four days in the parks with one free day at the resort, but then that shifted into five days at the parks, because...why not??  Mostly we are planning our days from about 9:00-4:00, which means we will get up early and go to bed early.  There is one day when the girls and I are planning to sleep in, though sleeping in with my girls means they will be probably up at 7:00 we may have lots of morning swim time that day.

I don't have any breakfasts planned.  Most mornings I am planning to just eat something in our rooms (or on the bus!), either something we bring from home or something that we buy at the food court.  We are trying to make rope drop most days, so that means there isn't much time for breakfast!

After much tweaking, here are our final plans (for the moment at least, I'm sure they will change again before we leave, and then again once we get there):

Day 1:  Magic Kingdom
  • 8:15-8:30:  Arrive for Rope Drop
  • 9:00:  Park Opens!  Meet Merida, Ride Winnie the Pooh, Meet Ariel, Ride Little Mermaid, Ride Dumbo, Meet Minnie and Daisy 
  • 10:30:  Fastpass for Rapunzel and Cinderella Meet and Greet
  • 11:00:  Fastpass for lunch at Be Our Guest
  • 12:15:  Ride Carousel and look for Fairy Godmother by the castle
  • 12:45:  FastPass for Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • 1:50:  Fastpass for Peter Pan
  • 2:00:  Try to get a 4:00 FP for Jungle Cruise, get snack at Aloha Isle, stake out parade spot and rest for a bit
  • 3:00 Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • 3:30 Meet Aladdin and Jasmine
  • 4:00  Jungle Cruise (if we get FP or if the wait is short enough)
  • Leave MK, take monorail to Grand Floridian for 4:40 dinner reservation
  • After dinner, back to resort for EARLY bedtime!  I think we are going to be worn out after this jam packed day!!
Day 2:  Epcot
I don't think Audrey is going to be brave enough to ride either of the two big rides here:  Test Track and Soarin.  So my plan is to send Daniel on those rides so at least someone in our family gets to ride them!
  • 8:30: Arrive for Rope Drop
  • 9:00:  Park Opens! Send Daniel to Test Track while the girls and I go to Character Spot
  • Ride Journey into Imagination with Figment, look around Image Works
  • 10:00:  Fastpass for Daniel (and maybe Audrey if she is feeling brave???) for Soarin.  Isla and I (and maybe Audrey) will just hang out and walk around
  • 10:15:  Living with the Land, The Seas with Nemo, and Turtle Talk with Crush.  Then stop for a drink at Club Cool.
  • 11:30-2:30:  Explore World Pavilion.  Get snacks, look for some characters (Mulan is our only must meet here) do a few activities at Kidcot stations, maybe rest and watch one of the world movies.   Ride Donald Duck ride in Mexico.
  • 2:30:  Try to check in a little early for 2:55 lunch reservation at Akershus
  • 4:00:  Fastpass for Spaceship Earth, but if we are done with lunch we might try to ride earlier
  • Then back to resort to rest 
  • 7:30:  If we are rested and feeling up to it, head to Polynesian to watch Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach (and get Dole Whip and maybe late dinner at Cpt Cooks).  Otherwise, maybe a light swim and early bedtime!
Day 3:  Magic Kingdom
For Daniel's birthday, we got him a Keys to the Kingdom tour, which is a backstage tour of the Magic Kingdom.  So he will go to his tour first thing in the morning, while we sleep in and then we will all meet up at MK later in the afternoon.
  • 8:45:  Daniel checks in at Magic Kingdom for the Keys to Kingdom tour
  • The girls and I will spend the morning sleeping in a little, swimming and relaxing at the resort, with lunch at the resort food court
  • 12:00:  The girls and I will head to Magic Kingdom
  • 12:40:  Fastpass to meet Tinkerbell
  • 1:00:  Take a ride on the WDW Railroad at Main St station. (Look for Mary Poppins here!)  Ride to Fantasyland.
  • 1:15:  Ride Dumbo, then walk around and get a snack
  • 2:00:  Fastpass for  Little Mermaid ride
  • 2:15:  Meet up with Daniel in Tomorrowland
  • 2:30:  Ride People Mover and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
  • 3:00:  Mad Tea Party, Barnstormer then take Railroad in Fantasyland to Frontierland
  • 3:45:  Explore the Frontierland/Adventureland area depending on what we feel like:  Tom Sawyer Island, Country Bears, Swiss Family Treehouse, Hall of Presidents, Look for Tiana and Peter Pan
  • 5:30:  Meet Mickey at Town Square 
  • 6:00:  Monorail to Contemporary Resort, reservation at Chef Mickeys at 6:40 pm
Day 4:  Hollywood Studios
I had this day all planned out, and then Disney announced that they were extending their Frozen Summer Fun events through September.  So I had to rearrange everything, because I know the girls wouldn't want to miss the Frozen fun.  I'm still not sure I am settled on this plan, so we will see what actually happens!
  • If we are feeling ambitious, we will try to get to Hollywood Studios by 7:30 for the Extra Morning Hours that begin at 8:00 am
  • If we are still feeling ambitious, we will join the stampede of people rushing to ride Toy Story Midway Mania before the lines get too long (we have a FP to ride it later in the day, so if we do this, it would be with the intent of riding it twice!  It's a fun ride, worth riding two times, but possibly not worth getting run over in a stampede.  I haven't decided yet!)
  • If we survive the stampede, we will continue with our day as planned!
  • 8:30:  Muppet Vision 3D
  • 9:00:  Wandering Oaken's Frozen Funland and Trading Post
  • 9:40:  Fastpass for Voyage of the Little Mermaid (10:00 show)
  • 10:20:  Grab a snack and stake out a spot for the parade
  • 11:00:  Anna/Elsa Welcome parade
  • 11:20:  Visit Animation building, meet Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope
  • 12:00:  Check in for 12:15 reservation at Hollywood and Vine
  • 1:15:  If done with lunch, try to catch the 1:30 Disney Jr show
  • 2:00:  Fastpass for Toy Story Midway Mania
  • 2:20:  Visit Honey I Shrunk the Kids, then sit and rest for a few minutes
  • 3:25:  Fastpass for For the First Time in Forever Singalong
  • 4:40:  Characterpalooza in the Streets of America
  • 5:00:  Back to resort for the night
Day 5:  Magic Kingdom
  • 8:30-8:45:  Arrive at MK
  • 9:00:  At opening, ride It's a Small World, Mickey's Philharmagic, the carousel, and maybe Winnie the Pooh if time
  • 10:20:  Snack at Gaston's Tavern, look for Gaston
  • 10:45:  Fastpass for Seven Dwarves Mine Train
  • 11:15:  Look for Alice, see if anyone wants to ride Mad Tea Party again
  • 11:55:  Fastpass for Tomorrowland Speedway
  • 12:30:  Try to check in early for Liberty Tree Tavern lunch at 12:50
  • 1:50:  Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • 2:30:  Fastpass to meet Elsa and Anna
  • 3:00:  If girls want to watch the parade, we will watch it.  Otherwise, it's time to leave!
  • Go check in at Art of Animation for our last night at Disney!  Swimming, eating, and relaxing before we have to fly home the next morning
Next Up:  Fastpass+ Priorities and Strategies


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