Let’s start by deciding what park you want to visit each day of your trip. You would want to consult touringplans.com ($12 subscription for a year but well worth it) again for each park’s crowd level for the given day; they even suggest a certain park for the day. Although one of the positives of staying at a Disney resort are the extra Magic Hours at a particular park each day, those parks tend to have larger numbers on their appointed day and may be best to avoid.
Now gather those dining reservations and the event schedule available at: EVENTS
Begin building an itinerary (samples to follow). RELAX!! You do not have to go by it step by step, but it will help you ensure you do all of the things you want (which you won’t but good try!).
Remember: Start off planning for two days at Magic Kingdom, and one day for each of the other parks. For each extra day you have add them in this order: Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney Studios. Example: Seven Night Stay – 2 at Magic Kingdom, 2 Epcot, 2 Disney Studios, 1 Animal Kingdom. Another option is to spend your last extra day park hopping to do your favorites once again.
Some of the best, most varied, and detailed itineraries are available at: Touring Plans Itineraries (subscription required)
Here are some free sample itineraries listed by your week of arrival: Free Plans
TIME TO DASH – When you and your family arrive at the park, in theme park fashion dash to the ride you most want to ride and get in line. When your first ride is over, no time to reminiscence, dash over to your next desired ride or show and grab a FASTPASS. Now breathe!
For the uninitiated, a FASTPASS allows you into a faster queue solely for FASTPASS holders. Each FASTPASS you obtain will have a time to return to the ride for your FASTPASS entrance. You can obtain another FASTPASS two hours after your first or when the first pass expires. WARNING: FASTPASSES run out. Don’t think you can wait until late in the evening for a FASTPASS to Space Mountain.
For More on FASTPASS and where they are available, visit: FastPass Tutorial
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