So........the kid’s hockey schedule appears to be throwing a wrench into the above plan!!!Long time lurker....................first time poster..............
I am an OCD Dad of 2 kids, daughter now 11 and son now 13.
Last trip to WD was Nov 2014 - I did all the planning so have experience with FPs, ADRs etc. Did a previous trip when the kids where even smaller in April.
Have always stayed offsite and never done Hopper tickets as kids where young.
First time planning with "set" days for tickets, and the shorter expiry windows. Have also never used Park Hopper tickets.
Looking at one more trip early January 2020 and also want to do Universal.
10 days (may add one to make it 11) with Hopper tickets, may add water park option (only Blizzard beach open) if I extend to 11 days, but not sure on the weather that time of year.
SGE will obviously be all new to us, as is Pandora. Kids are big Star Wars fans so will certainly want to spend lots of time there.
We are a rope drop family and schedule is designed to avoid EMH as we stay off site.
Here is the skeleton of the plan and appreciate feedback:
Arrive Jan 4th - land 9:30 am.
Stay at Universal Royal Pacific 2 nights Jan 4 and 5th - gets us Unlimted Express passes for the 4th, 5th and 6th. Likely buy 4 day park to park ticket
Campsite reservation Jan 6th at Fort Wilderness - gets us Magic Band and 60 day rolling FP access. (I know it is frowned upon but technically "legal")
Jan 7th - AK
Jan 8th - HS
Jan 9th - MK/EP - monorail
Jan 10th - Use last day at Universal before tickets expire
Jan 11th - HS/AK at night
Jan 12th - EP /MK - monorail
Jan 13th - HS + kid's choice
Jan 14th - early flight
In the past I needed difficult to get "character" ADRs. Have previously done CRT - dinner, Akershus - lunch etc.
Given the kids' ages now, I don't see this as a huge priority - unless I am missing something??? (already inside 180 day window).
ADRs that I do have "just in case":
BOG lunches on our MK days.
Yak and Yeti Lunch
Yak and Yeti Dinner (one will be cancelled)
ADRs seem pretty easy to get at this point - unless there ones I am not aware of and may regret not having?
Appreciate any feedback.
Looks like I have to consider moving the trip earlier in the month of Jan.
Now looking at Jan 1st as a outbound flight. Early arrival and then do/stay at Universal Jan 1-3rd.
Jan 4th would be first Disney day or visit Typhoon Lagoon on its last open day.
Worried how crazy things will be until the end of that week?
We are a rope drop family and we COULD make use of the early EMH hour at HS on Jan 5th - but not sure if it will just cause the park to be that much busier? Perhaps better to rope drop it a couple other mornings?