We recently had the most magical week at Walt Disney World in Orlando FL. It was filled with fun memories, laughter and tender moments. My previous Disney experiences resemble long hot tiring lines, whinny kids and leaving many attractions unchecked. Because of that, I decided to get really organized and make this trip completely different.
The first thing that I did was read up on the Fast Pass +. Apparently you can make up to three early reservations for rides or experiences at midnight 30 days in advance or 60 if you are staying at a Disney resort property. You can do this online or with the mydisney experience app. Because we have three boys who could care less about princesses and more about rides; I chose to FP+ the most popular thrill rides.
I visited several Disney websites and blogs to figure out which rides were most popular, had the longest lines, where the parades started, ended and at which times. You can also check out my friends website. It’s completely 100% free of charge and takes a lot of work out of getting organized. http://www.101magicalplans.com/ She is an official Disney Vacation Planner for all Disney Destinations. Her services are reservations for rooms and dining, fastpass selections, magicbands and personalized itineraries.
I recommend talking to your kids about what’s important to them before you make your schedule. When making our schedule I reserved a lot of rides in the late morning and early afternoon with the FP+. This allowed time for us to make more FP+ reservations for later in the day. You can do this from your phone or at the kiosk after you use up your first three reservations. This cute pic below is of Andrew during his Jedi training at Hollywood Studio’s. Participating in this was at the very top of his list. We arrived well before the park opened and we still waited an hr to sign him up. It was totally worth it. While waiting we had a parent ride Tower of Terror roller coaster that we weren’t able to FP+ with a child. Then they got a parent swap for us. This worked out perfectly because no one had to wait in a long line for the coaster and we killed two birds with one stone.
We arrived before the park opened almost every morning. Upon arrival, the gates were already opened. In order to get the full experience. I recommend arriving 30-45 mins before park time. Ride the most popular rides first (if you can’t FP it) then prioritize what you want to ride after that. Our average wait time per ride was about 15 minutes during the first week of summer. We did a lot of walking back and forth across the park but it saved us hours of standing lines.
I scheduled a late lunch for us each day. We ate around 2:00. I know that this can be hard with the littles (mine are 10 months, 2 and 8) but I packed lots of snacks and water to hold us over. Having a late lunch allowed to avoid the lunch rush and ride more. It also allowed us to sit in an air conditioned restaurant and relax while we ate.
It was a nice break in the day and everyone was able to recharge their batteries. Another reason that I did this was because we were able to eat then watch the parades without any fuss. We chose a restaurant near the start of the parade. I put down a blanket and left the stroller to reserve our spot. As soon as the kids were done we walked outside and had a front row seat to the magic. All of the characters came up to us and the kids were in heaven.
Some of the kids favorites were Space Mountain, Buzz Light Year, Toy Story, Yeti, Soarin, and Test Track. We made so many fun memories, ate a lot of junk and laughed. It was defiantly a happy week at the happiest place on earth.