Trip is booked! Very excited, but feeling overwhelmed. Any expert planners out there?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by NicPie, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. NicPie

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    Thank you to everyone for the tips, btw.

    What is RD? It's early right now.. maybe I'm missing something obvious.

    I'll check out that site. Thanks.

    Good to know about the EMH.. I asked someone when I booked if it less crowded then and she said it wasn't too bad. That's why I tried to hit those, especially the HS day so I can make sure my daughter can get signed up for the Jedi Training.

    If everyone uses the tour guide or whatever you guys called it, doesn't that cause the not-as-crowded to get crowded?
     
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  3. NicPie

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    Thanks, Kona. ;)

    MrRomance... I have an odd child, she would hold up just fine, but I do see what you're saying.

    Our flight lands between 1:45-2:00.

    Thanks for the ESPN location, that is helpful. :)
     
  4. goofy4tink

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    I have given my thoughts in red within the body of the quoted message. Here are some addtl thoughts......
    The ESPN Complex is over by Pop Century. I 'think' there may be a bus that runs from DHS to the complex. But, if you really want to go, I would just take a cab. Not sure how much there will be to see though. Be sure to check out their schedule before you head over there.

    Here's the thing to keep in mind. There is absolutely no way you are going to be able to do everything there is to do at WDW. Many people make the mistake of trying to see it all/do it all. And by doing that, they rush through WDW, missing a lot. Take your time, slow down. Get a guidebook (I like the PassPorter) and make a list of the things you really want to do in each park. That way you can plot out your days a bit better. If you do those things, that you really want to do, then if you have any free time, you can go back and do other stuff.
    But do not rush through the parks...running to and from each attraction, forgetting to see the myriad little details along the way. Disney is all about the details. And many people miss these in their haste to get to the next attraction.
    Disney isn't going anywhere. You can always go back in 5 years or so. That will also be a great age for your dd!!! We thought our trip of a lifetime was the first trip we took...dd was 5!! And now? I have about 35/40 trips under my belt since '99..and dd (now 19) has about 15!!!

    Welcome to the DIS boards...hang out and get some terrific info. And please, don't overplan. Yes, planning is important when going to WDW. But try not to overdo. You really need some slow time..time to stop and smell the roses.
     
  5. TXPyroMom

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    Hi! We took our first trip in January 2012 and have a follow up trip planned for December of this year. While I am not an expert, I do remember the things that worked and didn't work for our first trip, so some of these might be helpful.

    1) Park hopping on your first trip isn't worth it. You lose a lot of time in transportation time... not to mention trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B quickly takes some time.

    2) Easywdw... Josh runs this site and it was invaluable to me while planning. Check out his recommended days, he is great at predicting crowd levels and explains why he recommends certain parks on certain days.

    3) If you are going to plan a meal each day, eat in the park you are already in... it just saves time.

    4) You will need a rest/sleep in day around day 3 or 4. For our rest day, we slept in and then went to a park in the afternoon. If you really want to do Disney Quest, this might be a good option.

    5) I am going to go out on a limb here (even though we didn't go to Disney Quest) and recommend that you not do it on your last day. Trust me, as great as it might be, your daughter will surely want to get in more ride time at her favorite park from the week. Plan your last full day to be open and chose the park your DD liked best. You want to end the trip on a high note.

    Always remember that your trip won't be perfect, but it will be fun and memorable. Plan the basics, get to the parks early and know which rides to ride first and which can wait till the afternoon rush.
     
  6. Peter Fan

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    I agree! I think you are cutting AK day too short.
     
  7. erincon23

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    RD - Rope Drop -- park opening time.

    I think it's great that you've got the ADRs, but I agree, look at it from your DD's perspective and think about streamlining. Especially if you know she's going to want to go to the pool, etc.! There are lots of good counter service places, and I wouldn't fret about where you're going to eat, unless these are "must-do" places.

    For instance -- Via Napoli -- not a must-do. I'd consider a quicker counter-service thing that day so that you have more time in Epcot (one of your concerns).

    Chef Mickey's -- some people love it, I think it's just okay. Takes forever, costs an arm and a leg, food isn't spectacular, you can see those characters at many other places (and you know that's not in the MK? It's in the Contemporary Resort, which means more travel time). Since you're planning to go to MK that afternoon, I'd do counter service -- Columbia Harbor House has non-burger stuff but is really pretty good -- and save the time and cash.

    Day 6 -- I'd spend as much time as you feel like at Typhoon Lagoon (which my kids like better than Blizzard Beach -- look for the swim with sharks thing!), and then not be tied into heading to MK unless you all really feel like it. A day outside, swimming in the heat, could really knock you all out. You might want to consider making that a quiet,early evening, getting a good sleep, and rejuvenating for the final push of your trip.

    Day 4 - I agree, skip the extra stop in the middle of the day, spend more time at AK, see the parade, eat there or head right to HS and eat there.

    Have a great time!
     
  8. NicPie

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    As for AK... how much time should I set aside for that? Also, if I start out there, I don't know hitch dinner day works best for going to AK. Which is the closest park?
     
  9. Peter Fan

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    Yes! How about T-rex in DD your first night and rain forest cafe in AK on your AK day?
     
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    I can't seem to find the day guide thing on the site. Can anyone help me find it? Our dates are 6/14-6/22.
     
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    I wanted to do T-Rex so bad the first day but it was already packed. That was the best time I could get all week.
     
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    Time spent at AK is dependent on each family's idea of 'fun'. I know people that think 4 hrs at AK is more than enough..others spend the entire day there, and go back later on in their trip!! I like to break my AK time up into two trips of about 4-5 hrs each. For the first timer, I would think that if you get there for rope drop you could plan on staying until mid-afternoon.
    Getting to another park is fairly easy. Buses will take you to the TTC, where you can then ferry or monorail to the MK. And buses will get you to Epcot and DHS as well. Plan on it taking about an hour total (ride time plus wait times).

    Have you considered going to DQ on your first day, since you're arriving in the afternoon??? That might work out a bit better. Then, you will have that last full day for some park fun if you want.

    Try not to park hop too much. It is time consuming, and can be confusing to those who aren't familiar with the system.

    I'm confused by what you mean by ESPN....at Boardwalk, there is a restuarant that is called the ESPN Club, with a gift shop and small arcade attached. Then, there is the ESPN Complex, across from the Pop Century area...that houses playing fields and such. Many competitions happen there as well as team practices for pro and semi-pro teams. Which is it that your dh is looking for??
     
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    Once you get hooked into a touring plans site (or something similar) you will wonder how the rest of population doesn't follow the advice etc. but truth is:

    Will the Plans Continue to Work Once the Secret Is Out?
    Yes! First, all the plans require that a patron be there when a park opens. Many Disney World patrons simply won't get up early while on vacation. Second, less than 1% of any day's attendance has been exposed to the plans—too few to affect results. Last, most groups tailor the plans, skipping rides or shows according to taste.

    http://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/touring-plans/how-to-use
     
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    Call them directly. They should have a reservation. They only release so many to Disney.
     
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    OP you have been given great advice here. Dont underestimate just how HOT and HUMID it will be when you are there ( most likely with brief thunderstorms each day ). There is no way I would plan a trip at this time of year without afternoon pool and/ or nap breaks. Also, Disney restaurants are a great experience, but not at the expense of the parks. I wouldn't park hop for any restaurant. DD and I went one January to run the WDW marathon, so obviously in pretty good physical condition :goodvibes and temps were cool with no rain and there is no way we could have accomplished what you are planning!
     
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    goofy.. He wants to go to the PlayStation Pavillion, whatever that is exactly. lol
     
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    I just called the dining reservations and they were able to get me in to T-Rex our first night. :D Yay!

    So now I can do the Rainforest Cafe at AK the day we go there, and now we'll be able to be there to see the 3:45 parade. :)

    One part down so far... still looking at how to rework the rest. Going to check out that site right now.
     
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    Okay.. I must be stupid. I'm just not getting this whole touring plan thing. From what I was gathering from you guys I thought it was something like 'June 16th MK will probably be packed due to ___, try to go to AK this day'.. or something like that. From what I can tell from where I am looking on the site, it's just routes to take around the park. ???
     
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    http://www.easywdw.com/calendar/june-2013-walt-disney-world-crowd-calendar/#more-9856

    Try this. You need to scroll all the way to the bottom to find your dates. He gives lots of detail about why he has selected each park on a given day.

    touringplans.com will be a more specific plan about routes in the park, and what attractions to hit first, etc.
     
  21. ChitownFamily

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    There are several sites that offer "plans to tour" then there is a website called, TouringPlans.
    Most of these sites provide 2 things (at least) a crowd calendar (which is what the poster above linked for you-parks in red avoid. etc. this is how I personally plan out which days at which parks.

    Then the 2nd aspect is the specific touring plans- the way you approach your day at the park. First dumbo, then tea cups, then carousal (etc)

    Touringplans has some free info otherwise most of the meat & bones is under the paid membership.

    hope that helps.You are still a long way out from your trip. I would take a look at the crowd calendar & then spend some time ( a month or two) reading the Trip Reports- to get an idea of what you want your day to look like.
     

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