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  • [Question] First Disney World Trip April 2015

    Hi!

    By the title you guys can infer that I'm going on my first trip to Walt Disney World!!!!! I'm so excited and even though it's MONTHS away I'm already losing sleep planning and getting excited for the trip!

    Now I'm not familiar with WDW so I thought it'd be wise to ask for advice from people who are 😊

    My family and I are going to Orlando from April 6-15. Our days are:

    April 7 Tuesday: DHS
    April 9 Thursday: DAK
    April 13 Monday: EPCOT
    April 14 Tuesday: MK

    April 8, 10, 11, and 12 will be IOA, USF, and Rest Days

    Here are my questions:

    1) For a first timer who want to experience all the rides unique to WDW as well as those that have their best versions at WDW (ToT) what FP+ Reservations should I get (We're not staying on property so reservations are gonna be available only 30 days in advance).

    2) We have reservations already for the Fantasmic Dinner Package at Hollywood and Vine. How early to do we have to be at the venue for us to get the best seats in our reserved area?

    3) We're at a three-way tie for dinner at Epcot between Via Napoli, Monsieur Paul, and Le Cellier. Which one should we eat at?

    4) How heavy will the crowds be on the days we plan to go?

    5) I don't normally get sick on rides but I do have a weak spot for motion simulators. I've ridden Star Tours, The Simpsons, and Transformers before but it's always hard for me to enjoy it without feeling sick. So should I try for the Mild Version of Mission Space? How mild is it exactly?

    Thanks!!
    Disney Trips:
    Disneyland Resort: Dec 2013
    Walt Disney World: April 2015
    Tokyo Disney Resort: April 2013, April 2014
    Disneyland Paris: July 2017, September 2017, November 2017, January 2018 (SOON!!)
    Hong Kong Disneyland Resort: Oct-Nov 2006, March 2007, April 2008, April 2009, March 2010, Oct 2011, May 2012, Oct-Nov 2012, May 2013, June 2016...

    Favorite Rides:
    1) Mystic Manor(HKDL)
    2) Tower of Terror (TDS, DHS)
    3) Soarin Over California (DCA)
    4) Splash Mountain (TDL)
    5) Haunted Mansion (MK, DL, TDL)

    Twitter: @WaltDisneyWanderer

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    Re: First Disney World Trip April 2015

    Originally posted by MickeyHKP View Post
    Hi!

    By the title you guys can infer that I'm going on my first trip to Walt Disney World!!!!! I'm so excited and even though it's MONTHS away I'm already losing sleep planning and getting excited for the trip!

    Now I'm not familiar with WDW so I thought it'd be wise to ask for advice from people who are 

    My family and I are going to Orlando from April 6-15. Our days are:

    April 7 Tuesday: DHS
    April 9 Thursday: DAK
    April 13 Monday: EPCOT
    April 14 Tuesday: MK

    April 8, 10, 11, and 12 will be IOA, USF, and Rest Days

    Here are my questions:

    1) For a first timer who want to experience all the rides unique to WDW as well as those that have their best versions at WDW (ToT) what FP+ Reservations should I get (We're not staying on property so reservations are gonna be available only 30 days in advance).

    2) We have reservations already for the Fantasmic Dinner Package at Hollywood and Vine. How early to do we have to be at the venue for us to get the best seats in our reserved area?

    3) We're at a three-way tie for dinner at Epcot between Via Napoli, Monsieur Paul, and Le Cellier. Which one should we eat at?

    4) How heavy will the crowds be on the days we plan to go?

    5) I don't normally get sick on rides but I do have a weak spot for motion simulators. I've ridden Star Tours, The Simpsons, and Transformers before but it's always hard for me to enjoy it without feeling sick. So should I try for the Mild Version of Mission Space? How mild is it exactly?

    Thanks!!
    Hi, I will try to help you out as best as I can.
    1) My FP+ recommendations for all four parks. DAK: Everest, Kali River Rapids, and Kilimanjaro Safari. DHS: TZToT (The Florida version is easily the best), TSMM, RnRC or Star Tours. EPCOT: Soarin', TT, and Mission: Space. MK: SDMT, Peter Pan or IaSM, and BTMR or Splash or Space
    2) I would ask someone else, as I don't remember. Sorry.
    3) This is really a preference of what type of food you want. But, if you are truly unsure, the order IMO is either Le Cellier or Via Napoli and then Monsieur Paul. But, it really what type of food you want and personal opinion. They are all good.
    4) There will be very large crowds everywhere from when you get to Orlando to the 12th (as spring breaks interfere), but the 13th and 14th will be very moderate days. Because of these crowd levels, and the fact you have 2 free days if you spend 2 days at UOR, I would expect to use the free days at parks, not the whole day but doing things you weren't able to do.
    5) I would definitely try the milder one, but do it later in the day after TT and Soarin' just in case.

    Since this is your first time at WDW, I will give you my list of must do's and other great rides at each park (including Universal).
    MK: Must Do-SDMT, BTMR, Space, Splash, Peter Pan, IaSM. Other greats- Buzz Lightyear Spin, Winnie the Pooh, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, PoTC
    EPCOT: Must Do-TT, Soarin', Spaceship Earth, Mission:Space, Living with the Land, a casual stroll around the WS. Other greats- Turtle Talk, Grand Fiesta Tour, The Seas w/Nemo dark ride
    DHS: Must Do-TZToT, RnRC, TSMM, Star Tours, GMR. Other greats-LMA Stunt Show, Indy Stunt Show.
    DAK: Must Do-Everest, Kali River Rapids, DINOSAUR, Kilimanjaro Safari. Other greats-Primeval World, Lion King show.
    IOA: Must Do-Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, walk through Hogsmeade, Dragon Challenge, Jurassic Park River Adventure, Hulk Coaster, Ripsaw Falls, Amazing Spider Man. Other greats- Dr. Doom Freefall, Flight of the Hippogriff, Seuss Trolley Train (if with young kids), Hogwarts Express
    USF- walk through Diagon Alley, Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rock-It, Revenge of the Mummy, MIB Alien Attack, Transformers, Minion Mayhem, Simpsons. Other greats- Shrek 4D, Disaster, Twister, Animal Actors
    *I also very highly recommend going to CityWalk on nights after Universal parks for dinner and dessert and also recommend watching Fantasmic, Illuminations, and the fireworks at MK.*

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    • #3
      Re: First Disney World Trip April 2015

      Thanks! We're actually fine eating in any of those 3 we're just trying to figure out which one is the "best".

      Do Peter Pan and Its a Small World really get lines so long that we'll need an FP+ reservation?
      Disney Trips:
      Disneyland Resort: Dec 2013
      Walt Disney World: April 2015
      Tokyo Disney Resort: April 2013, April 2014
      Disneyland Paris: July 2017, September 2017, November 2017, January 2018 (SOON!!)
      Hong Kong Disneyland Resort: Oct-Nov 2006, March 2007, April 2008, April 2009, March 2010, Oct 2011, May 2012, Oct-Nov 2012, May 2013, June 2016...

      Favorite Rides:
      1) Mystic Manor(HKDL)
      2) Tower of Terror (TDS, DHS)
      3) Soarin Over California (DCA)
      4) Splash Mountain (TDL)
      5) Haunted Mansion (MK, DL, TDL)

      Twitter: @WaltDisneyWanderer

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      • #4
        Re: First Disney World Trip April 2015

        Originally posted by MickeyHKP View Post
        Thanks! We're actually fine eating in any of those 3 we're just trying to figure out which one is the "best".

        Do Peter Pan and Its a Small World really get lines so long that we'll need an FP+ reservation?
        They get really long during peak season, but you said you are going to MK on a day when the crowds are moderate. On a moderate day, the lines for those two attractions can be short or long. But like all rides, it really depends on when you go. For example, I forgot to mention this before, but the line for BTMR and Splash go down a lot when it gets later in the day, so I would use the FP+ I put down for any one of the mountains on Space Mountain, unless you are going to ride Splash early in the day, when the wait is usually huge. But back to your question, yes, the lines for Peter Pan and IaSW can get that long on a moderate day, but it really depends on when you ride it. And out of these two, put the FP+ on whichever one you like more. But, if you are undecided on which one you like more, put it on IaSW because it sometimes has a longer wait than Peter Pan.

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        • #5
          Re: First Disney World Trip April 2015

          Originally posted by MickeyHKP View Post
          Hi!

          By the title you guys can infer that I'm going on my first trip to Walt Disney World!!!!! I'm so excited and even though it's MONTHS away I'm already losing sleep planning and getting excited for the trip!

          Now I'm not familiar with WDW so I thought it'd be wise to ask for advice from people who are 

          My family and I are going to Orlando from April 6-15. Our days are:

          April 7 Tuesday: DHS
          April 9 Thursday: DAK
          April 13 Monday: EPCOT
          April 14 Tuesday: MK

          April 8, 10, 11, and 12 will be IOA, USF, and Rest Days

          Here are my questions:

          1) For a first timer who want to experience all the rides unique to WDW as well as those that have their best versions at WDW (ToT) what FP+ Reservations should I get (We're not staying on property so reservations are gonna be available only 30 days in advance).

          Here are my suggestions for what you should get fastpasses for, you won't be able to get all of these but this is what you should consider.
          AK- Everest, Killimanjaro Safari, Dinosaur, Festival of the Lion King
          DHS- Tower of Terror. RocknRollercoaster, Toy Story Mania
          Epcot- Test Track and Soarin! These are always much longer than any other ride in the park.
          MK- This is when it gets tough. There are so many great one to chose from, but to save the most time, I would go for Space Mountain, 7 Dwarfs, and Big Thunder. Splash shouldn't be terrible because it's only April not July.

          3) We're at a three-way tie for dinner at Epcot between Via Napoli, Monsieur Paul, and Le Cellier. Which one should we eat at?

          I have not had dinner at Monsieur Paul but the other two I have, In my opinion Le Cellier was good but nothing special, but Via Napoli is great everyone in my family loves it.

          4) How heavy will the crowds be on the days we plan to go?

          In my opinion they should not be too bad at all. You can expect many to be under 30 minutes and only a few in all the parks to be over an hour.

          5) I don't normally get sick on rides but I do have a weak spot for motion simulators. I've ridden Star Tours, The Simpsons, and Transformers before but it's always hard for me to enjoy it without feeling sick. So should I try for the Mild Version of Mission Space? How mild is it exactly?

          It is indeed MILD. I have done both versions and the mild version is easier to accomplish without getting sick than Star Tours is. You should be fine.
          Thanks!!
          Hope I helped. Have a great trip!

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          • #6
            Re: First Disney World Trip April 2015

            Originally posted by MickeyHKP View Post
            My family and I are going to Orlando from April 6-15. Our days are:

            April 7 Tuesday: DHS
            April 9 Thursday: DAK
            April 13 Monday: EPCOT
            April 14 Tuesday: MK

            April 8, 10, 11, and 12 will be IOA, USF, and Rest Days

            4) How heavy will the crowds be on the days we plan to go?
            Below is some information on the crowds and attractions at WDW for the length of your trip, if you decide to move days in the parks around.


            5) I don't normally get sick on rides but I do have a weak spot for motion simulators. I've ridden Star Tours, The Simpsons, and Transformers before but it's always hard for me to enjoy it without feeling sick. So should I try for the Mild Version of Mission Space? How mild is it exactly?
            Forget Mission: Space

            You will get sick.

            Also stay away from Spiderman and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at IOA, as these are screen sims as well.


            As always, if you find this or any other post here in the WDW boards helpful, remember to mark the post as such!


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            Tuesday April 7

            Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

            Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Illuminations: 9pm

            Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

            Fantasmic: 8:30pm

            Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Highly Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3:30pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10:15pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm


            Animal Kingdom is recommended. We don’t have special events, Extra Magic Hours, or anything specific drawing people toward it. Sunday’s and tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hours will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s early enough in the week that many people on weeklong vacations will be saving Animal Kingdom for later in the week. To have the most success, arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. You’ll have no trouble riding both with very low waits before 10am. Once you get through these two attractions, you have little to worry about other than trying to get to the scheduled shows. Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King do get busy during the afternoon shows, so try to see the first or last show of the day. You’ll also want to get to DinoLand USA before 10:30am to ride Primeval Whirl and DINOSAUR because those two attractions are popular. Still, they aren’t necessarily your top morning priorities. You should have no trouble experiencing most everything Animal Kingdom has to offer in one day, provided you arrive early in the morning, tour efficiently, use FastPass+ intelligently, and keep an eye on the time in order to see the scheduled stage shows. Finally, crowds disperse around 3pm. Plan to stay through close because waits will only get shorter as it gets later in the evening. Visit DinoLand after 5pm and Asia after 6pm to find much lower waits than the afternoon.


            Epcot is not recommended. Disney is extremely successful at selling the Extra Magic Hours program in its marketing materials. Even people that have no idea what “Soaring” is and think they’ll be riding the monorail from Animal Kingdom to Epcot know about Extra Magic Hours. During a busy holiday week like this one, most of Disney’s 25,000+ rooms that all have access to Extra Magic Hours will be occupied. And guess where a lot of those 75,000+ people are going to be headed? Skip it unless you can’t get there any other day or are certain you’ll arrive prior to 8am for the morning Extra Magic Hour and plan to either Park Hop elsewhere or take a break in the afternoon.


            Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park. Yesterday’s evening Extra Magic Hours/Fantasmic combo will be a bigger draw and resort guests will be headed to Epcot. Arrive by 8:15am, head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then visit Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Great Movie Ride. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with a 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision and Star Tours. Popular characters may also be a morning priority. You may want to take a break in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm or so when crowds get heavier. Return for dinner, some evening rides, and Fantasmic. Finally, consider the Fantasmic Dining Package that guarantees everyone on the reservation a seat in the reserved section of the Hollywood Hills Theater if you’re planning to see the early show. It will still require you to arrive 20 minutes early (or you run the risk of Disney opening the reserved sections to the general population), but it’s better than the 60 minute wait that may be required to get decent seats without it. The Dining Package makes the most sense if you’re also on the Disney Dining Plan because it costs the same one-table-service credit at Hollywood and Vine or Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and two-table-service credits that you would use otherwise. It also includes the appetizer, which is a nice bonus. If you’d prefer not to spring for the show or it’s not available, plan to see the later show (which should be added in the future). It’s far less crowded because so many families have to leave early with young kids and there aren’t two large sections reserved for Dining Package users. The best seats are at least half way up in the middle sections. You’ll have a great view of the entire stage, what’s happening on the water, and won’t risk getting wet. Overall, it’s a recommended day because it would be better than yesterday or tomorrow, but what you do is more important than arriving on the “right” day.


            Magic Kingdom is recommended. Epcot will be attracting resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. Magic Kingdom is also hosting a morning Extra Magic Hour, like it is every other day this week, so it isn’t any more of a complication than it is any other day. With the above average overall crowd level, it’s still more important that you arrive no later than 7:25am if you’re a resort guest or 8:20am if you’re not and head straight to the priorities of your choice, whether it be Fantasyland for Mine Train/Peter Pan’s Flight, Tomorrowland for Space Mountain/Buzz Lightyear, or another priority character/attraction. Use FP+ in the late morning and afternoon when wait times increase substantially. Consider an afternoon break when crowds peak from 1pm to 6pm or so and return in the evening for dinner, some late night attractions, and the nighttime spectaculars.


            Wednesday April 8

            Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Not Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

            Illuminations: 9pm

            Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

            Fantasmic: 8:30pm

            Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Most Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3:30pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10:15pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm


            It’s the busiest day of the week at Animal Kingdom. The morning Extra Magic Hour will attract the bulk of the Disney resort crowd and there’s no evening Extra Magic Hours or special evening entertainment going on at the other Parks, which will cause a lot of off-site guests to visit as well. With both yesterday and tomorrow recommended, there’s no reason to visit today. However, if you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and able to arrive by 7:30am, you can have a tremendous amount of success from 8am – 10am. But the afternoon is going to be busier than any other day this week.


            Epcot is recommended. We’re coming off a popular morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday and most Disney resort guests will be waiting to either return or visit for their first time this Friday. Disney resort guests are more likely to head to Animal Kingdom. Plan to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and use FastPass+ at Soarin’. You may also want to take a more compartmentalized two-day approach, which gives you the benefit of enjoying the lowest possible crowds in both Future World and World Showcase each day. Plan to use FastPass+ at Soarin’ or Test Track later in the day when waits are longer. The single rider line at Test Track often has an actual wait shorter than standby or FastPass+, so consider that as an option. You may also want to get in line for Soarin’ or Test Track right before Epcot closes to find shorter waits than the afternoon, but only if you’re willing to give up seeing IllumiNations. Mission: SPACE should have nominal waits before 11am or after 7pm and is a lower priority. If you’re planning just one day in Epcot, try to move up through the World Showcase right at 11am, beginning with the boat ride in Mexico. Return to Future World after 5pm to visit any attractions that you skipped in the morning. Keep in mind that some Future World attractions close at 7pm. Expect Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Captain EO, Living with the Land, Circle of Life, and both Innoventions buildings to accept their last guests of the day at 7pm. Overall, it’s a good day to visit Epcot and a fine day to stay for dinner and IllumiNations, provided you tour efficiently in the morning.


            Hollywood Studios remains recommended, though it will still be very busy with the high overall crowd level. It’s essential to arrive no later than 45 minutes before regular opening with plans to hit Toy Story Mania or sign the kids up for Jedi Training first thing. You can rock a later arrival with FastPass+ in hand and plans to hit only the high capacity/low priority attractions from 10am-7pm, but standby lines for the rides will be long all day.


            Magic Kingdom is our best Park to visit today for the exact same reasons it was recommended yesterday. Take advantage by arriving prior to Park opening and head straight for Fantasyland (Mine Train, Journey of the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan’s Flight, Winnie the Pooh), the headlining Mountain rides (Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain), or other time sensitive attractions (Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway). Because Magic Kingdom opens at 8am to Disney resort guests, that means arriving by 7:25am if you are Extra Magic Hours eligible or 8:15am if you’re not. Since Disney has scheduled a morning Extra Magic Hour at Magic Kingdom every day this week to help deal with the heavy overall crowds, there’s no way around the early morning unless you want to arrive later and actually deal with those heavier crowds yourself. You’ll be able to accomplish a ton of attractions in a short amount of time if you make efficient use of the morning and use FastPass+ at the major attractions throughout the day. If you’re arriving for Extra Magic Hours, keep in mind that some attractions may not be operating until 8am. Plan to visit Fantasyland or Tomorrowland first, where most attractions will be operating, and then move on to the Mountain rides right at 9am. With the staggering overall crowd level, Magic Kingdom won’t be empty. But we’re looking at more of a “7” at the Magic Kingdom in particular, which is less crowded than other days this week. Still, the early morning is the best time to tour and you’ll run into trouble if you don’t arrive until 10:30am with everyone else. For Main Street Electrical Parade, I highly recommend staking out a spot along the Parade route in Frontierland or Liberty Square. Both locations are much less crowded than Main Street and offer a view that is just as good. Changes are Disney will add a second Electrical Parade in the future. Plan to see it because it is also significantly less crowded than the first, particularly when it’s this late at night. If you aren’t planning to arrive early, try to stay through close. Crowd levels will be low after 10pm because so many families leave after Wishes, if they even make it that far.


            Thursday April 9

            Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

            Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

            Illuminations: 9pm

            Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

            Fantasmic: 8:30pm

            Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Not Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3:30pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10:15pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm


            Animal Kingdom is recommended. We’re coming off a popular day yesterday, thanks to the morning Extra Magic Hour that will draw a lot of Disney resort guests. Today, we have the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting crowds toward the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World’s most popular theme park. As always, you’ll find the most success if you arrive prior to Park opening and head straight to Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. If you’re not riding the thrill rides (Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, Primeval Whirl), you’ll want to attend the first showing of Finding Nemo and/or Festival of the Lion King because they will be popular in the afternoon. Also consider arriving for the popular characters about five minutes before they’re scheduled to appear to cut down on wait times. Rely on FastPass+ for attractions you either want to ride again or couldn’t make it to in the morning and you should be able to do just about everything the Animal Kingdom has to offer. Stay through close if there’s more that you want to accomplish because wait times will only decrease from 4pm onward. After completing your itinerary, you may want to Park Hop to Magic Kingdom for Wishes, Epcot for dinner and IllumiNations, or Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic. Without Park Hopper, consider transferring to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner at one of its excellent restaurants. There’s also a public observatory where you can gaze out at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s private savannas and enjoy the same view many guests are paying a premium to have right outside their balconies. A trip to Downtown Disney or the BoardWalk for dinner and shopping also makes a lot of sense.


            Epcot is the most recommended Park. Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours will be more attractive to Disney resort guests. We also have morning Extra Magic Hour pulling people towards Magic Kingdom and Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios continuing to draw crowds. Plan to arrive prior to Park opening and head straight to Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and use FastPass+ at Soarin’ or follow a more compartmentalized two-day touring plan if you prefer. If you arrive later, plan to use FastPass+ at Soarin or Test Track because they will have 60+ minute waits for most of the day after 10:30am due to popularity and relatively low capacities. Getting in line right before Park close will also result in a short wait if you can’t ride any other time. Move on to the World Showcase beginning around 11am if crowds begin to build in Future World, beginning with Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico. Return to Future World after 5pm if you have more to accomplish and to ride/re-ride the headliners with FastPass+. It’s also a great day to stay for dinner and IllumiNations.


            Hollywood Studios is not recommended. While the morning Extra Magic Hour will help draw Disney resort guests toward Magic Kingdom, it won’t be as big of a draw as when Magic Kingdom offers Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes less often, not to mention that a morning Extra Magic Hour is scheduled every day this week to help with the high overall crowd level. With Main Street Electrical Parade, Wishes, and similarly long hours most days this week, Magic Kingdom will only be marginally more crowded today. We also don’t have the more popular evening Extra Magic Hours scheduled anywhere. I’m looking towards tomorrow as being less crowded, thanks to the popular evening Extra Magic Hours at Epcot and the fact that the morning Extra Magic Hour on Saturday will be more attractive to Disney resort guests. Like yesterday, there’s nothing specific drawing people towards Hollywood Studios, which means it won’t be far and away busier than non-recommended days during the week. However, you will find higher crowds and longer waits in the afternoon. Most people will want to take advantage of the lower crowds at Epcot and hold off on Hollywood Studios until tomorrow.


            While we aren’t too concerned about the morning Extra Magic Hour at Magic Kingdom this week because it offers one every day, we do need to be concerned about the lack of attractive forces elsewhere with no special entertainment or Extra Magic Hours scheduled elsewhere. You can still do well today if you arrive early and tour efficiently in the morning, but wait times from 10am-10pm will be longer than other recommended days during the week and is best avoided.


            Friday April 10

            Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

            Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

            Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

            Illuminations: 9pm

            Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

            Fantasmic: 8:30pm

            Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3:30pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10:15pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm


            Animal Kingdom is recommended with Epcot attracting most resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours. Hollywood Studios is a better choice in most scenarios, but Animal Kingdom works very well too. As always, arrive prior to Park opening and take care of Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest first thing and/or stay through close because waits only decrease as people leave in the afternoon.


            We’ll want to avoid Epcot. Its evening Extra Magic Hours will lure the majority of Disney resort guests, which will lengthen waits times at the attractions for the entire afternoon and evening. Epcot is almost always at its busiest and lines are the longest when it has evening Extra Magic Hours. This is due to the fact that many Disney resort guests head to whichever Park has Extra Magic Hours, even if they don’t plan to take advantage of them. Without Park Hopper, Disney resort guests must stay in the Park with Extra Magic Hours for the entire day. The increased crowds lead to longer lines, heavier congestion in common areas, and an overall less pleasant touring experience. I would urge you to visit a different Park. If you want to head to Epcot today, despite my strong objections, your best chance to ride the headlining rides is from 9am-11am. Most Disney resort guests will sleep in and arrive around lunch in anticipation of staying until 10-11pm. The morning will be a decent time to tour Epcot, but you’ll probably want to Park Hop elsewhere after lunch or you’ll be stuck in significantly larger-than-usual crowds. You might also consider an afternoon break from 2pm-6pm when crowds will be at their largest. You could then return in the early evening for dinner and Extra Magic Hours. Alternatively, you could also Park Hop over in the evening for Extra Magic Hours, provided you’re aware of how busy it will be. With Extra Magic Hours only being two hours now, wait times at Soarin’ and Test Track won’t ease much until after 10:30pm. However, other attractions will see nominal waits and it’s a great time to take in Epcot’s natural ambiance and hit a few of the less popular/high capacity attractions. Skip Illuminations if you’ll be here on another night because it will be more crowded than usual. Overall, there’s no reason to visit Epcot today because crowds will be higher than any other day during the week and waits at Soarin’ and Test Track will be just as long as they were during the day until at least 10:30pm.


            Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park with Epcot being attractive to resort guests. To have the most success, you’ll still want to arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Because Toy Story Mania has such a limited capacity, wait times are almost always 60+ minutes in the afternoon, even with some of the lowest crowds of the year. You’ll want to make it your top priority. Your second priority is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which also sees long afternoon waits and limited FastPass+ availability. Tower of Terror and Star Tours should be easier to ride, but also remain priorities. If you can get these attractions done in the early morning, you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. The only other problem most people run into is trying to schedule all of the stage shows that run on a set schedule. You may also want to prioritize characters that will have longer afternoon waits. The Toy Story characters across from Toy Story typically meet beginning at 9am and have the longest afternoon waits. Sofia the First usually has the second longest waits and meets in Animation Courtyard beginning at 9:30am. Phineas & Ferb also see long lines. They typically begin appearing at 9:30am, which means you’ll have time to ride Toy Story Mania before heading over to the Toy Story characters and then over to Sofia or Phineas & Ferb, which are located near Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and across from the exit to Muppet Vision 3D. Check the week’s Times Guide to verify appearance times. Two other popular characters appear in the Animation Building in the Animation Courtyard. Sorcerer Mickey in particular has long afternoon waits and The Incredibles characters also tend to have decent lines. Since both characters meet indoors and their lines aren’t usually over 20 minutes long, you should be able to find them with decent waits later in the day if you have other morning priorities. Finally, you’ll find some characters in the morning near Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat that won’t appear later in the afternoon. Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Chip, Dale, Stitch, Goofy, and Pluto are all common, but no specific character is guaranteed to appear. For Fantasmic, consider the Fantasmic Dining Package that guarantees everyone on the reservation a seat in the reserved section of the theater. You’ll still need to arrive at least 20 minutes early, but it’s better than the 60+ minutes early you’ll need to arrive without the package. The Dining Package makes the most sense on the Disney Dining Plan because it only costs one table service credit (except at Hollywood Brown Derby, which still costs two credits as it would otherwise) and includes the appetizer. As far as general seating is concerned, the best seats are about half way up in the center sections. Sit any closer and you run the risk of getting wet and it’s more difficult to see what’s happening on the water.


            Magic Kingdom is recommended. Epcot will be a bigger draw with the sizable on-site contingent with evening Extra Magic Hours and we’re coming off a busier day with the morning Extra Magic Hour at Magic Kingdom yesterday. While Magic Kingdom does offer a morning Extra Magic Hour, there isn’t much we can do about that with one scheduled every day over the busy Easter season. Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours will also prove more popular with resort guests. To have the most success, arrive prior to Park opening and head to Fantasyland or the headlining Mountain rides. Most people will want to start with the Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or in Tomorrowland for Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. You may have other time sensitive attractions on your itinerary like Astro Orbiter or Tomorrowland Indy Speedway as well. While these aren’t “the most popular” or “headlining” attractions, they are still morning priorities because they have guaranteed uncomfortable waits from 10am onward. Also consider prioritizing the most popular characters that don’t offer FastPass+. The relatively late night hours are also a great time to tour, particularly if you’re skipping the nighttime spectaculars. Visit Tomorrowland with two hours to close and Fantasyland in the final hour to find much shorter waits than the afternoon.


            Saturday April 11

            Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Most Recommended)

            Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

            Illuminations: 9pm

            Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Fantasmic: 8:30pm

            Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Not Recommended)

            Evening Extra Magic Hours: 11pm-1am

            Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3:30pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10:15pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm


            Animal Kingdom is the most recommended Park. Tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hour will be more popular with resort guests. Today, Hollywood Studios will be popular with the morning Extra Magic Hour and Magic Kingdom will be attracting people with evening Extra Magic Hours and both nighttime spectaculars. To take full advantage of an above average day, arrive prior to Park opening and head straight to Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. Get those two attractions out of the way early and the only real concern is getting to Finding Nemo the Musical and Festival of the Lion King. You would be in the best shape if you could get to the first or last show of the day as well as over to DinoLand USA before 10:30am when lines begin to build at DINOSAUR and Primeval Whirl. You may also want to prioritize the most popular characters by arriving five minutes before they’re scheduled to appear. Use FastPass+ in the late morning and afternoon day and you should have no trouble experiencing just about everything Animal Kingdom has to offer in just one day.


            Epcot is recommended as we come off of a much busier day yesterday with evening Extra Magic Hours attracting the bulk of the Disney resort crowd. Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios will be attracting the majority of off-site and on-site visitors with long hours and plentiful evening entertainment. Take full advantage by arriving prior to Park opening and head straight to Test Track, followed by Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+. If Character Spot is a priority, visit after 7pm when waits will be shorter than the afternoon and you won’t have to waste precious morning time. It’s also an excellent day to stay for IllumiNations and enjoy the World Showcase in the afternoon because a lot of people will have their eyes on the Electrical Parade and Fantasmic.


            Hollywood Studios is not recommended. The sizable Disney resort contingent numbers 100,000+ people during a busy holiday weekend. Because Disney sells the Extra Magic Hour program so well in its marketing materials, many of these Disney resort guests follow the Extra Magic Hours schedule because they think it’s Disney telling them where they belong each day. While you can have success if you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and arrive by 7:15am, most people will want to visit another day. Avoid it unless you can’t visit any other day or are certain you’ll arrive by 7:15am and plan to hit Toy Story Midway Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours first thing in the morning. Yesterday was a better day to visit with fewer complications touring in the morning.


            Saturdays are naturally the busiest day of the week at the Magic Kingdom. We have long hours of operation, visiting locals, and a lot of vacationers who will be visiting the Magic Kingdom for a second time before returning home tomorrow. On top of that, Disney added evening Extra Magic Hours, attracting even more resort guests. Yesterday was a better day to visit and a Tuesday or Wednesday would be significantly less busy. In addition, any day next week would be less crowded with the lower overall crowd level. The afternoon will be busier than any other day this week and you’ll either want to take a break and return for the Electrical Parade and Wishes or visit the less popular attractions from 2pm – 6pm. With that said, you can do very well during the first three hours of operation and any time after 10pm, even if the afternoon is slammed. If you’re planning to visit during evening Extra Magic Hours, begin in Adventureland or Frontierland because most people will head straight for Tomorrowland or Fantasyland. Visit Tomorrowland or Fantasyland in the final hour to find shorter waits. While it is possible to have a decent day here if you arrive early and tour efficiently, there are much less crowded days to visit during the week.


            Sunday April 12

            Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Not Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

            Illuminations: 9pm

            Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

            Fantasmic: 8:30pm

            Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Not Recommended)

            Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 9pm, Wishes Fireworks: 10pm


            Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Tomorrow is significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am.


            Epcot is recommended with Magic Kingdom proving more popular with the nighttime entertainment and Animal Kingdom attracting resort guests. To have the most success, arrive prior to opening and head straight to Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ or follow one of the touring plans. Single Rider at Test Track is also a good option and will often result in a shorter wait than the standby or FastPass+ lines. It’s more important to arrive early and take care of the headliners first thing than it is to pick the “right” day. You’ll run into lines at the headliners in Future World if you don’t arrive until 10:30am with everyone else. To stay ahead of the crowds for the longest amount of time, move up through the World Showcase beginning at 11am. Return to Future World after 5pm to see anything you missed, but make sure you check your Times Guide because some attractions close at 7pm, including Captain EO, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Circle of Life, both Innoventions buildings, and Ellen’s Energy Adventure. If you’re interested in re-riding Soarin’ or Test Track, plan to use FastPass+, single rider at Test Track, or get in line around 8:55pm.


            Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park. Magic Kingdom will be attractive with the long hours of operation and both nighttime spectaculars and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.


            Magic Kingdom is not recommended with the extended hours and both nighttime spectaculars. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney World’s least popular theme park will help pull away a few thousand people, but won’t do much to ease Magic Kingdom crowds. This coming Tuesday and Wednesday will be significantly less busy. You can still make today work by arriving no later than 8:20an and touring efficiently in the morning. Take advantage of FastPass+ in the late morning and early afternoon and you’re in great shape. Take a break from 1pm to 6pm or so and return in the evening for dinner, some late night attractions, the Electrical Parade and Wishes.


            Monday April 13

            Animal Kingdom: 9am – 6pm (Highly Recommended)

            Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

            Illuminations: 9pm

            Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

            Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

            Fantasmic: 8:30pm

            Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Not Recommended)

            Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 9pm, Wishes Fireworks: 10pm


            Animal Kingdom is highly recommended as we come off a busier day with the morning Extra Magic Hour. Hollywood Studios will be attracting the resort guest crowd with evening Extra Magic Hours and Magic Kingdom will be attracting many of the people that arrived over the weekend for a traditional weeklong vacation and naturally want to visit the most magical place on earth and the world’s most popular theme park on their first full day. Most guests will be saving Animal Kingdom, Disney’s least popular theme park, for later in the week with Wednesday being busiest.


            Epcot is the most recommended Park. We don’t have Extra Magic Hours, special evening entertainment, or anything else that will draw people toward Epcot specifically. Disney resort guests will be more likely to visit tomorrow or Friday for Extra Magic Hours and off-site visitors on a weeklong vacation will be headed to the Magic Kingdom for their first full day at the world’s most popular theme park. Disney resort guests are more likely to head to Hollywood Studios for the Extra Magic Hours. To have the most success, arrive prior to Park opening and head to Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and use FastPass+ at Soarin’ or follow one of the two-day compartmentalized touring plans. You’ll also be in the best shape if you’ve moved on to World Showcase by 12pm. Should you have more to accomplish in Future World, return after 5pm when most of the crowd has moved on to World Showcase. Just keep in mind that a lot of the Future World attractions close at 7pm. Usually, just Soarin, Test Track, Mission: Space, Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, and Character Spot continue to operate after 7pm. If Character Spot is on your itinerary, try to visit after 7pm when waits times are much lower than the afternoon. Overall, it’s a great day for Epcot and an excellent opportunity to spend time in both Future World and World Showcase.


            Hollywood Studios will be busy due to the evening Extra Magic Hours that are popular with Disney resort guests. Disney sells the Extra Magic Hours program extremely well in its marketing materials and 75,000+ people are staying on property and have access every day. Guess where most of those are headed? The morning will be an okay time to tour, but crowds will increase by 11am as more and more Disney resort guests arrive. Unfortunately, I’m not too fond of evening Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. There are only a few attractions open and the waits for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours will likely be just as long as they were during the day, at least until 9:30pm when people begin to give up and exit. In addition, 9,000+ people will exit Fantasmic at 9pm, right as evening Extra Magic Hours gets underway. The Fantasmic Theater is located right on Sunset Boulevard, across from the entrances to Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. While not everyone seeing Fantasmic will be a Disney resort guest, many of them will be, and a ton will be headed to Tower of Tower and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster because they truly believe it’s the best time to get in line. Unfortunately, they’ll find themselves lined up with a few thousand of their new best friends. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, your best bet is always to save these headlining attractions for the very end of the night and visit Toy Story Mania last. While you could theoretically have success if you arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for the headliners, the same will be true later in the week and you won’t have to deal with the significantly heavier afternoon and evening crowds.


            It’s going to be a busy day at Magic Kingdom even without Extra Magic Hours to lure Disney resort guests. First, a lot of people are arriving for a weeklong vacation. They travel over the weekend and naturally head to the Magic Kingdom on Monday for their first full day. Tomorrow would be less crowded and Wednesday is the best day of the week to visit. If you are headed to Magic Kingdom despite the warning, you can still have a successful and fun day if you arrive prior to Park opening and head straight to Fantasyland, the headlining Mountain rides, or whatever you feel is most important on your itinerary. You may want to take an afternoon break from 1pm to 6pm or so to rest up for the nighttime spectaculars. Still, you’re much better off waiting until Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday to visit because Magic Kingdom will be less crowded.


            Tuesday April 14

            Animal Kingdom: 9am – 6pm (Most Recommended)

            Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

            Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

            Illuminations: 9pm

            Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

            Fantasmic: 8:30pm

            Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Highly Recommended)

            Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 9pm, Wishes Fireworks: 10pm


            Animal Kingdom is the most recommended Park. We don’t have special events, Extra Magic Hours, or anything specific drawing people toward it. Sunday’s and tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hours will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s early enough in the week that many people on weeklong vacations will be saving Animal Kingdom for later in the week. To have the most success, arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. You’ll have no trouble riding both with very low waits before 10am. Once you get through these two attractions, you have little to worry about other than trying to get to the scheduled shows. Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King do get busy during the afternoon shows, so try to see the first or last show of the day. You’ll also want to get to DinoLand USA before 10:30am to ride Primeval Whirl and DINOSAUR because those two attractions are popular. Still, they aren’t necessarily your top morning priorities. You should have no trouble experiencing most everything Animal Kingdom has to offer in one day, provided you arrive early in the morning, tour efficiently, use FastPass+ intelligently, and keep an eye on the time in order to see the scheduled stage shows. Finally, crowds disperse around 3pm. Plan to stay through close because waits will only get shorter as it gets later in the evening. Visit DinoLand after 4pm and Asia after 5pm to find much lower waits than the afternoon.


            Epcot is not recommended. Disney is extremely successful at selling the Extra Magic Hours program in its marketing materials. Even people that have no idea what “Soaring” is and think they’ll be riding the monorail from Animal Kingdom to Epcot know about Extra Magic Hours. Even when overall crowds are low, Disney still enjoys 85% occupancy over 25,000 rooms resort-wide. And guess where a lot of those 75,000+ people are going to be headed? Skip it unless you can’t get there any other day or are certain you’ll arrive prior to 8am for the morning Extra Magic Hour and plan to either Park Hop elsewhere or take a break in the afternoon.


            Hollywood Studios is recommended. Yesterday’s evening Extra Magic Hours/Fantasmic combo will be a bigger draw and the addition of Fantasmic to every day this week spreads crowds out more evenly. Because of that, your touring plan is more important than which day you decide to visit the Studios. Arrive by 8:15am, head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then visit Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Great Movie Ride. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with a 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision and Star Tours. Popular characters may also be a morning priority. You may want to take a break in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm or so when crowds get heavier. Return for dinner, some evening rides, and Fantasmic. Finally, consider the Fantasmic Dining Package that guarantees everyone on the reservation a seat in the reserved section of the Hollywood Hills Theater if you’re planning to see the early show. It will still require you to arrive 20 minutes early (or you run the risk of Disney opening the reserved sections to the general population), but it’s better than the 60 minute wait that may be required to get decent seats without it. The Dining Package makes the most sense if you’re also on the Disney Dining Plan because it costs the same one-table-service credit at Hollywood and Vine or Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and two-table-service credits that you would use otherwise. It also includes the appetizer, which is a nice bonus. If you’d prefer not to spring for the show or it’s not available, plan to see the later show (which should be added in the future). It’s far less crowded because so many families have to leave early with young kids and there aren’t two large sections reserved for Dining Package users. The best seats are at least half way up in the middle sections. You’ll have a great view of the entire stage, what’s happening on the water, and won’t risk getting wet. Overall, it’s a recommended day because it would be better than yesterday or tomorrow, but what you do is more important than arriving on the “right” day.


            Magic Kingdom is recommended. Epcot will be attracting resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. With the average overall crowd level, it’s still more important that you arrive no later than 8:20am and head straight to the priorities of your choice, whether it be Fantasyland for Mine Train/Peter Pan’s Flight, Tomorrowland for Space Mountain/Buzz Lightyear, or another priority character/attraction. Use FP+ in the late morning and afternoon when wait times increase substantially. Consider an afternoon break when crowds peak from 1pm to 6pm or so and return in the evening for dinner, some late night attractions, and the nighttime spectaculars

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            • #7
              Re: First Disney World Trip April 2015

              ^I would recommend keeping the park dates, because the MickeyHKP is going to WDW the 7th, 9th, 13th, and 14th, and although MK may be recommended on a different date, all the parks will be much more crowded the 7th and 9th due to spring break.

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              • #8
                Re: First Disney World Trip April 2015

                Thanks for all the responses!

                So even Mission Space:Green is kind of intense? If that's the case I'd rather not risk it.

                As a Disey Fan, I'm super happy that my first experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios won't have the ginormous Sorcerer's Hat blocking the Great Movie Ride!

                I was able to book reservations at the Be Our Guest restaurant for 6:20 and I'm so excited and anxious to see it already

                I have a couple more questions I'd like to ask:

                Do DHS and Epcot still have the tiered Fastpass+ system? How will this affect my Fastpass+ choices?

                What are the must-do's for a Disney Fan's first trip to WDW?

                What hotel do you guys recommend? We were thinking of staying off-property because some places are cheaper and offer bigger rooms but we were also considering some of the Value hotels.

                Thanks!
                Disney Trips:
                Disneyland Resort: Dec 2013
                Walt Disney World: April 2015
                Tokyo Disney Resort: April 2013, April 2014
                Disneyland Paris: July 2017, September 2017, November 2017, January 2018 (SOON!!)
                Hong Kong Disneyland Resort: Oct-Nov 2006, March 2007, April 2008, April 2009, March 2010, Oct 2011, May 2012, Oct-Nov 2012, May 2013, June 2016...

                Favorite Rides:
                1) Mystic Manor(HKDL)
                2) Tower of Terror (TDS, DHS)
                3) Soarin Over California (DCA)
                4) Splash Mountain (TDL)
                5) Haunted Mansion (MK, DL, TDL)

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                • #9
                  Re: First Disney World Trip April 2015

                  Originally posted by MickeyHKP View Post
                  Thanks for all the responses!

                  So even Mission Space:Green is kind of intense? If that's the case I'd rather not risk it.

                  As a Disey Fan, I'm super happy that my first experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios won't have the ginormous Sorcerer's Hat blocking the Great Movie Ride!

                  I was able to book reservations at the Be Our Guest restaurant for 6:20 and I'm so excited and anxious to see it already

                  I have a couple more questions I'd like to ask:

                  Do DHS and Epcot still have the tiered Fastpass+ system? How will this affect my Fastpass+ choices?

                  What are the must-do's for a Disney Fan's first trip to WDW?

                  What hotel do you guys recommend? We were thinking of staying off-property because some places are cheaper and offer bigger rooms but we were also considering some of the Value hotels.

                  Thanks!
                  Again, I personally would try Mission Space: Green right before you leave so if it does make you feel sick, you are leaving anyway. Everything is currently on Fastpass+ and that will probably continue for a while. I can't judge where you should stay because I don't know how many people you are going with and the ages, but look on disneyworld.disney.go.com and also look at the prices of other hotels with excellent shuttle service to both WDW and UOR. The one thing is, I would stay on site if you are planning to go to WDW the vast majority of the time. I would also look at Cabana Bay at UOR as an option as a hotel because you are going to UOR and it is a great hotel.

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