Must get Max Passes and early morning rides.

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  1. NicholeB630

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    What time would you recommend booking your first Fast pass? From this it looks like you didn't get on and get one right away? What would be the ideal first hour time window? To then have enough time to ride all those rides prior to using the first FP
     
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    Ok great. So if we wanted to see the fireworks after F! Would you say go ahead and get up and go to Main Street or IASW and watch from one of those locations, which ever is easiest to get to I guess? Is there good time in between?

    Also for parades, I haven't seen any option for VIP viewing for this with a meal? Is this something not offered? In DW you have to find a spot so early for parades and its so annoying. I hate sitting and wasting two hours to get a good spot but with little kids being on the curb and in front line is really important. What is a good strategy for seeing the Soundsational parade and a good location?
     
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  4. VandVsmama

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    Well, these days with Max Pass, I'd get the first FP when we're in line to go on our first ride. I just forgot to mention it. :-)
     
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    Ok so straight to whatever ride we want first and then while waiting book our first FP :)
     
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  6. VandVsmama

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    Re: seeing fireworks after Fantasmic! - If you're watching the first showing of Fantasmic, then you should stay put and watch fireworks from there. If you try to get up and make your way to Main Street or IASW, you won't make it in time !and there won't be anywhere to stand to see it anyway.

    For parades, there usually aren't VIP viewing options with a meal like you'd see at WDW. My favorite spot to watch the Soundsational parade is right near the Alice in Wonderland bathrooms. It's the bathrooms with the playing cards on the bathroom stall doors. Just to the left of those bathrooms is a stretch of concrete benches that wraps around. It's an ideal location because just across the "street" from that spot, there is no parade viewing so when the parade floats go by, all of the characters on the floats will pay attention to your side of the "street" instead of having to switch back and forth.

    So, for example, if the parade starts at 3:30, I'd probably plan on getting your parade spot between 2:45-3:00 pm...preferably closer to 2:45. The benefit of this particular location is that if your kids or anybody else in your group needs a bathroom, it's literally right there. And if you have another adult with you, then 1 of you can stay there to hold your spot while the other adult takes the kids on IASW, for example. Or gets the kids a snack to enjoy while you all then sit and rest and talk about all the fun you've had so far that day.

    In addition, that location is in the shade, which is handy when it's a warm day.
     
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  7. VandVsmama

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    Doing most of Fantasyland is totally achievable in about 90 minutes assuming you are at the turn stiles about 20-30 min before the start of EMH. You can do it if you don't go on Peter Pan. Just park your stroller in 1 spot and go from 1 ride to the next.

    We usually go on Dumbo first because it's a really slow loader. Then we go on Alice, Mad Tea Party, Mr Toad, Snow White, Pinocchio because they are slow loaders as well. Then probably the carousel. When the 1-hour EMH is over, then you can go on Casey Jr, Storybook Land Canal Boats, and IASW. Then probably head over toward the Toon Town entrance. There's a bathroom close by. So take your little one to the bathroom first. By the time you're done with that, it'll probably be time for Toon Town to open!
     
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    Whether (a) you purchase your tickets with MP already on them or whether (b) you purchase MP after you activate your tickets at the gates, you can book your first FP as soon as all of you go through the gates and all of you have MP. So if (a), grab your first FP as soon as you get through the gates. If (b), then grab your first FP after purchasing MP for your family. There's no reason to wait until you're in line for a ride unless you forgot to book your FPs earlier.
     
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    Ok makes sense I guess my question is to what time my first window should be? I guess if we get in at 7 we'll want to utilize that first hour in FL .. so would FP show up at first for 8ish something for that first window? Do I book that or wait until the fast passes are showing times after say 9? I think Im understanding more how to use this. Obviously we'll have some time in-between to get on rides that don't use MP. Hoping if we get in at 7am and its not crazy we can get majority of FL done before using our first FP .. I think we'd head to Matterhorn first and get on that standby as Im pretty sure that will be a ride my kids will wanna ride more than once, maybe we grab our first FP for that an hour or so later or SM? After MH we can hit all those others in FL that aren't at DW first then we'd do the others.
     
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    Ok awesome that sounds like a great spot and plan! So theres no need to line up hours early for a spot? We'll go ahead and stay in our F! viewing spot if we end up doing that which I'm pretty certain we will. Might as well do all the night shows at once :) We will try and be in that parade viewing area earlier and maybe grab snacks and use bathrooms like you said and if kids get bored we can go on a ride while one of us waits! I don't think we'll have a stroller this time. It will be the first time not using one. My son is 6 and I just think he'll wanna walk and I really don't wanna deal with one!! So we won't have a blanket or anything to put down to save a big enough spot so hopefully it can be done with one person and our bags :)
     
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    Your return window is an hour, so if the window opens at at 8:30 am, it will close at 9:30 am. You'll have an hour to get to that ride. You don't have to be finished with the ride by 9:30, just through the scanner. If you ever book a FP and realize later that you're not going to be able to make it to the ride by your return window, just cancel the FP so someone else can use it. Believe me (and the rest of us here!), after the first few hours of using MP (if that), you're going to get used to it and by the next day or so, you're going to be a pro!
     
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    If you get a chance on another night to view MMM from Main Street or from IASW, do! The show will be a little different from those viewing areas. On Main Street, it snows during the show!
     
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    You should bring a lightweight blanket to lay down. Just your bags likely won't cut it.
     
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    Oh cool!! Ok we'll plan on that :)
     
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    Something like this should work well: Matador Mini Pocket Blanket, Ultralight Hiking Picnic Blanket/Beach Blanket. Super small, very lightweight, easy to tuck into a backpack or bag. We don't fold ours up into the pocket, but fold it larger and put it in a zipper bag. (I'm not that great at folding!)
     
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    Ok good to know! We can probably put one in my husbands backpack he usually doesn't mind carrying one. Or even a towel just in case we end up needing one ;)
     
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    Oh awesome that looks good! I don't like carrying stuff big things it drives me nuts. I usually carry a small cross body bag but this trip I may look into getting a small back pack .. but something very small, def not a normal size ha.
     
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    Ok another question .. In March its showing that both parks have 7am days during the week and the park that doesn't have 8am. If that is still the case in April when we go ... Would you recommend us doing 7am every morning and alternate parks? ( I do worry that might wear us out) Or what if we try and do just a 7am at each park once and then the other days do 8am days at which ever park that is.

    Mainly for DL I am trying to max out our morning the most but get other things done mid morning as well. One day I'd like to do Plaza Inn character breakfast and if we do 7am I am thinking that we should try for a 10:30 and then continue books FP as were dining. That will give us 3.5 hours before our meal to ride rides.

    Then Id like to schedule a BBB appointment for my kids. Again I don't wanna do it first thing but not to late in the day where they can't enjoy their makeovers. If we arrived for an 8am day maybe book it at 11ish? Again that gives us 3 hours or morning time. Would that be a waste to do something like that at that hour? I know my daughter for sure wants to do BBB again she's 10 and it may be the last time she'll want to have the opportunity. My son is 6 and I do think he'd enjoy a knights makeover mainly to get a sword LOL
     
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    A later breakfast on a day you enter DL early is a great way to give yourself a nice break. You might want to try for something earlier than 10:30, though. Plaza Inn serves lunch, too, and they have to start cleaning things up and switching over to get ready for the lunch crowd. Some people have posted that they felt rushed dining late and that they didn't get as many characters. Also, they didn't get as much food because when they went back to the buffet, CMs were already cleaning up. How about 10? Or, if you want more time with characters and a slower pace with your food, 9:30 or 9:45? Are your kids fast or slow eaters? How do they do with jet lag and eating? My sister's kids get totally thrown off by the time difference. Slow eaters get slower! Just something to keep in mind when booking reservations.
     
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    If you're staying on site, then you could certainly do the 7 am EMH every morning, but it'll be harder to do that each subsequent day of your trip because everybody will be tired.

    My **favorite** sort of DL day is when we get to do EMH/MM from 7-8 am and then we go on rides all morning, ending the first half of the day with the character breakfast at the Plaza Inn at 10:30 am. They start serving lunch at 11:30 am. There will be characters milling about until that time (11:30). We've often had characters like Tigger and Rabbit come by our table a couple of times. As it gets closer to 11 am, the restaurant starts to clear out people-wise, so the characters can sometimes come back to your table again because they don't have anything else to do. One time, Tigger & Rabbit were playing games with each other and Tigger danced with each of my kids. My kids were in hysterics laughing over it all. It was a lot of fun.

    I think doing the BBB thing at 11 is a good idea unless they get hungry for lunch at 11...in which case, feed them a quick snack before the BBB appointment.
     
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    One thing to remember is that if you find that after 4 days you still have things left on your list that you want to do (or do again), you can still add one more day to your tickets as long as you do this before the end of your 4th day. Just go to the ticket booths to upgrade your tickets. It shouldn't cost that much. It just gives you some wiggle room with your planning.
     
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