So you check in on a Friday in Feb at 12:30 PM, what park do you hit?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by nuge67, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. nuge67

    nuge67 Mouseketeer

    Jan 15, 2006
    And why?

    And what would your plan be if you get to the park say by 1:30 and it closes at 7.

    We are leaning towards Epcot only becuase it has 2 extra PM hours.

    Thoughts? Recommendations?
  2. CTDisneyfan816

    CTDisneyfan816 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2010
    I land on Monday December 10 at 11:20 and I'm going to Animal Kingdom. Reason being, the amount of attractions I'm interested in, I don't need an entire day there.
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  4. JennaDeeDooDah

    JennaDeeDooDah My oh my what a wonderful day!

    Mar 29, 2012
    DHS. Why? Because it is my favorite park and I always want to go here first. Plus, since it is a smaller park, I will feel like i accomplish more here during a short day than I would at the larger parks (Epcot or AK) or at Magic Kingdom which is filled with many things to do.

    I would grab a FP for RNRC and head to Tower of Terror. I don't like to FP tower because of how amazing the queue is. After Tower, depending on when the FP return time for Coaster is, I might check out Beauty and the Beast, or head to GMR. On my way, definitely stop at Sweet Spells for a specialty candy apple. Ride GMR. If it is busy and they are running both cars, I request the cowboy. Gangster is always running, so I like to do the cowboy side when available. After GMR, It's straight to One Man's Dream for a little Walt magic. By then, it is time to cash in RNRC, so I would do that. Then, FP for Star Tours. While waiting for that, I would check out Muppet Vision 3D. I love that show. If more time is needed, Indy or Voyage of the Little Mermaid is there for me. Then, off to Star Tours! For supper, I would likely eat at Sci Fi. If not there, Mama Melrose or 50's Prime Time would be calling my name. Once that is over, I would check out Animation Academy and/or the new Jack Sparrow attraction. Finish my night with Fantasmic.
  5. MrsDuck

    MrsDuck DIS Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    MK. It's how we always start out our trips.
  6. lsulindy

    lsulindy DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2011

    Start the trip with main street and castle. Couple rides then parade and fireworks. That's how we always do it, and that's usually my favorite day.

    EMAW_KSU DIS Veteran

    Oct 26, 2010
    Epcot because we have dining reservations there and our daughter thinks it is a tradition to ride spaceship earth first.
  8. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    Mar 8, 2011
    Depends on whether you're staying on site and if you have PH tickets.

    Since you are arriving late, I would go to the park most recommended by easywdw for that day, thus avoiding the heaviest crowds. If that park closes at 7pm and I had a PH ticket (and was staying on site), I would then hop to the park with evening EMH.

    If the park closed at 7 pm and I either didn't have a PH ticket or wasn't staying on site, I'd find something to do that was outside the parks. Maybe go to DTD for a late dinner, go to HDDR, visit the Boardwalk, visit POR to see Yee Haw Bob.
  9. letsgoreds

    letsgoreds DIS Veteran

    Nov 2, 2011
    We're in the same situation, end of January...

    MK followed by dinner at BOG! Excited to kick off our stay in our favorite park.
  10. PSUGuy

    PSUGuy Bill From PA

    Jan 21, 2009
    Whenever we can't make ropedrop at a WDW park on arrival, we hit WorldShowcase. First, we usually can get there before the 11 am opening time, a little later doesn't make much difference. Second, we almost always stay at BoardWalk, Swan or Dolphin, so we're right there. Third, by 11 am or later the other parks are crowded, standby lines longer than we like and FastPass return times are into the PM. Fourth, WS has my favorite ride, shown below.

    Bill From PA
  11. aaarcher86

    aaarcher86 Registered

    Feb 17, 2010
    DTD (yeah I know, not really a park).

    We shop around, relax, eat dinner and it saves us a park ticket for half a days use.

    We drive from Ohio though, so we welcome the slower pace that first day!
  12. carrie1626

    carrie1626 DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2001
    For me, it depends on how early I have to wake up to get to the airport. I usually fly into FL early so it's a 4:30 am wake-up. I can't do a late night that day, nor will I schedule an early day the next. So, I might forgo the park and relax at the resort, swim, go to DD or another resort for dinner.

    I travel in AUG/NOV so closing park times have a part in the decision, too. A few years ago I did MK/ Electric LIGHT Parade the first night because it was the only night that worked well and I was not going to miss it:wizard:
  13. karly05

    karly05 DIS Veteran - "I found the Snipe!"

    Mar 7, 2009
    I always like Epcot for afternoon/evening arrival. There's plenty to do, see and eat(!) in World Showcase without having to worry about lines, FP running out, etc. As far as early park closing - I'm with the pp who mentioned getting up at 4:30 am to catch a plane. That's my situation, too, and although I'm running on Disney Magic Adrenalin, I'm ready to crash early on my arrival night. (I'm not a Night Owl in general, however.)
  14. KellyNY

    KellyNY DIS Veteran

    Aug 8, 2009
    MK because it is first park we do no matter how late we arrive!
  15. rnin02

    rnin02 Earning My Ears

    May 23, 2007
    We always do Disney studios first because that's just what we do, lol:) I think because its smaller with fewer rides we can do everything there on a 1/2 day.
  16. DSLRuser

    DSLRuser Age is a state of mind

    Feb 28, 2009
    We never do any parks on the 1st day. We relax from traveling , by hitting the pool all afternoon, and maybe going to DTD at night to shop.
  17. gk90

    gk90 Mom to Sorcerer Mickey fan and Donald's #1 fan!

    Apr 24, 2007
    Epcot 1st for us!

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