Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Disney Update

This probably not going to interest the majority of you, but since I love reading Disney Blogs, I'm going to post about our upcoming trip.  Today was our day to book FastPasses.  Our window opened up at midnight (last night), so I stayed up to make sure we got what we wanted.  We ended up getting everything on our wish list except for the Frozen Sing-A-Long in Hollywood Studios.  It will actually be closed for refurbishment during our visit, so there is no way around it.

(June 2010)

Here's the thing about me and Eric, when it comes to traveling, we are NOT big planners.  So much of our life is routine that we feel like we're living on the edge when we "wing it."  The problem is, Disney is NOT a place where you can do that.  I have spent two and half years researching for this trip.  We even did two trial runs with one-day visits to Magic Kingdom so that we could test the waters. In case you are wondering, both days were a success!

(June 2011)


All of that to say that going into the trip, I want to have a good game plan that is still flexible.  I know through my research that we will want to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, and that the lines tend to be low for the first two hours the park is open.  I also know from our last visit that the floating FastPass is a must, but it can’t be used until all three scheduled FastPasses are redeemed or expired.  This meant that I couldn’t plan on using them too late or else I wouldn’t be able to utilize the floating FastPass to the extent we did last summer.


(June 2013)


My plan general plan of action is to arrive at the park right at opening and do as many rides as possible while the lines are manageable.  From there I booked our FastPasses back to back, which is basically one hour apart.  This ensures no waiting for the first half of every day. Depending on the times I was able to get a ride, I did space a few out longer to give time for lunch.



Day
Park
Open
Time
Fast Pass One
Fast Pass Two
Fast Pass
Three
Reservation
Sunday
Downtown Disney
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
T-Rex Café (11:00)
Monday
Magic Kingdom
9:00
10:30

The Many Adventure of Winnie The Pooh
11:30

Peter Pan’s Flight

1:30

Buzz Lightyear
Crystal Palace (5:00)
Tuesday
Epcot
8:00
10:00

Spaceship Earth
11:00

Soarin’
1:00

Turtle Talk with Crush
Princess Dinner
(5:20)
Wednesday
Hollywood  Studios
8:00
10:45

Toy Story Mania
11:45

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

12:45

Lights, Camera, Action
Stunt Show


Thursday
Animal Kingdom
9:00
10:30

Kilimanjaro
Safari
11:30

Festival of Lion King

4:30

Kali River Rapids
Tusker House (12:55)
Friday
Magic Kingdom
9:00
1:30

Under The Sea
2:30

Enchanted Tales With Belle
3:45

Elsa/Anna
& Buzz Lightyear
Chef Mickey
(9:45)



As you can see from our itinerary, we have a plan of action that should also be flexible in the afternoons when it’s hot and our kids are cranky. We will likely leave Epcot and Hollywood Studios for the afternoon and return for the evening shows.  I have a feeling that Animal Kingdom will be a shorter day for us, so we will probably do everything all at once and leave the park sometime in the late afternoon.  Magic Kingdom will for sure be an all-day visit on Friday because we are getting a late start, and I’m not 100% sure about our Monday at Magic Kingdom.  We will certainly play it by ear.  I love knowing I get to do the big things on my list, but that I still have wiggle room to help me relax!



In other news, our first shirts came in.  Yes, I am doing matching apparel for the kids.  I’m certain that Eli won’t cooperate on our next visit (whenever that may be) so I’m going all out this time!

I’ll post more on the ever-important wardrobe later. Ha!  I just wanted to share this picture from Instagram.  Ya’ll, this is getting real!!


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