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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby bert425 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:14 pm

at SFoG, the "kiddie coaster" Joker, seemed to have a long line, when it was operating (it was down one whole day when I was there, but had been up the prior day)

DDD has terrible capacity (and personally, I did not care for it). . but if you want to ride it, I'd suggest hitting it early, before the line gets formed. . otherwise you'll be standing there a long time instead of riding other, better, things.


Goliath rides in the evening were a ton of fun too.
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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby jlp94 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:25 am

Okay everyone, I have a full schedule.

Day 2 – Sunday, March 24, 2019
Included Meals: Breakfast, $30 Disney Dining Card Budget for: Souvenirs

6:45 am ET Hotel Check-In.
9:00 am ET Transfer to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You will be provided with a Disney Ticket Wallet & Dining
Card en route.
9:30 am ET Visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
At your leisure, transfer to Disney’s Hollywood Studios via Disney busses. Please allow yourself
up to 1 hour for transfer time.
Visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
8:00 pm ET Everyone should now be in Hollywood Studios.
9:30 pm ET Transfer to your hotel.
10:30 pm ET Student Curfew

Comfort Suites Maingate East
2775 Florida Plaza Blvd,
Kissimmee, FL 34746


Day 3 – Monday, March 25, 2019
Included Meals: Breakfast, $30.00 Disney Dining Card Budget for: Souvenirs

7:00 am – on Breakfast available at your hotel.
8:30 am ET Transfer to Disney’s Epcot Theme Park.
9:00 am ET Visit to Disney’s Epcot Theme Park.
12:45 pm ET Exit Epcot and transfer to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
2:00 pm ET Disney’s You’re Instrumental Workshop!
4:30 pm ET Load your instruments on the motorcoach and transfer back to the park.
5:00 pm ET Enjoy the rest of the evening in Epcot.
9:30 pm ET Transfer to your hotel.
10:30 pm ET Student Curfew. Chaperones will check rooms to make sure students have everything they need.
Private Group Security from 10:30 pm – 6:00 am


Day 4 – Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Included Meals: Breakfast, $30.00 Disney Dining Card Budget for: Souvenirs'

7:00 am – on Breakfast available at your hotel.
9:45 am ET Transfer to Team Disney.
10:00 am ET Meet your Disney Talent Coordinator at Team Disney & warm up for your performance.
11:00 am ET Concert Band performs at the Marketplace Stage in Disney Springs.
11:30 am ET Transfer back to Team Disney to load your instruments and change clothes.
12:15 pm ET Transfer to Disney’s Ticket & Transportation where you can take the monorail, ferry boat, or
Disney bus over to Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
1:00 pm ET Visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
10:00 pm ET Take the ferry boat back to Ticket & Transportation and transfer to your hotel.
11:30 pm ET Student Curfew.


Day 5 – Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Budget for: Lunch & Souvenirs

7:00 am – on Breakfast available at your hotel.
8:00 am ET Check out of your hotel and transfer to Universal Orlando Resort.
9:15 am ET Visit to Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure.
6:15 pm ET Meet as a group in front of Hard Rock Café, located between the main entrances of the two
Universal theme parks.
6:30 pm ET Hard Rock Café Orlando.

After the Hard Rock Cafe dinner, the rest of the group leaves for Illinois again and, as I said, my family is staying back for the rest of the parks.

We get three fast passes per day per park, so we need to be choosy with which three rides at each park I'm choosing.
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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby A.J. » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:56 am

Every ticketed guest gets three Fastpass Plus reservations per day, that's just how it works.

If your director(s) / trip planner(s) won't be distributing tickets until right as you're en route to Animal Kingdom, you're pretty much hosed with regard to being choosy about what you want to do. Your ability to book (and availability of) Fastpass experiences before your visit is dependent on linking your ticket and room to your MyDisneyExperience account.

Based on what you just laid out, you'll have to link your ticket to MyDisneyExperience immediately upon receiving it, or book it to a Fastpass Plus kiosk. Then you'll make reservations for whatever happens to be available that morning, as well as whatever is available for your EPCOT day and Magic Kingdom afternoon.

That all being said, availability might not be as bad for EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, considering you're visiting on weekdays.
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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby jlp94 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:01 am

A.J. wrote:Every ticketed guest gets three Fastpass Plus reservations per day, that's just how it works.

If your director(s) / trip planner(s) won't be distributing tickets until right as you're en route to Animal Kingdom, you're pretty much hosed with regard to being choosy about what you want to do. Your ability to book (and availability of) Fastpass experiences before your visit is dependent on linking your ticket and room to your MyDisneyExperience account.

Based on what you just laid out, you'll have to link your ticket to MyDisneyExperience immediately upon receiving it, or book it to a Fastpass Plus kiosk. Then you'll make reservations for whatever happens to be available that morning, as well as whatever is available for your EPCOT day and Magic Kingdom afternoon.

That all being said, availability might not be as bad for EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, considering you're visiting on weekdays.

We are allowed to pick our rides 30 days prior to the visit, so 1 week from today I will be able to choose those three rides for Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, the day after Epcot, and another day later the Magic Kingdom rides.

Sorry, I should've included that in the initial post.
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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:22 am

Comfort Suites Maingate East is basically in the Fun Spot parking lot. I'm not telling you to break curfew but you may not even have to to ride Mine Blower and the best of the three spinning wild mouse clones you'll ride that day and get out. :lol:

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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby A.J. » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:37 am

jlp94 wrote:We are allowed to pick our rides 30 days prior to the visit, so 1 week from today I will be able to choose those three rides for Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, the day after Epcot, and another day later the Magic Kingdom rides.

Got it. Some things to keep in mind:

Fastpass reservations for Avatar Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are just gone, they're typically booked 60 days out by resort guests. I don't know how long you're willing to wait to get the credits but expect to wait at least an hour and a half each.

Frozen Ever After, the EPCOT Character Spot, Soarin' Around the World and Test Track are "upper tier" experiences and you can only reserve one Fastpass between them. The same is true for both Pandora attractions at Animal Kingdom and all three Toy Story Land attractions at Hollywood Studios.
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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby jlp94 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:03 am

^ I'm personally okay with skipping out on Seven Dwarfs, I rode it twice in 2015 so I don't really need to ride it again.

Frozen Ever After I'm okay with skipping out on as well.
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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:19 am

You don't need to skip Frozen Ever After since you can do single rider on Test Track and rope drop Soarin'. Unless you want to ride Soarin' twice or ride Test Track with someone just Fastpass Frozen.

Welcome to destination f*cked on Flight of Passage. You won't be able to hit it in the morning, fastpass it (most likely, though try every day) or ride it at night so you're going to have to wait. My only advice is that it's worth the 180 minute line.

PS: I guess after dinner at Hard Rock you can go back in to the parks right? It looks like a 9:00 close.

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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby jlp94 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:30 am

coasterbill wrote:You don't need to skip Frozen Ever After since you can do single rider on Test Track and rope drop Soarin'. Unless you want to ride Soarin' twice or ride Test Track with someone just Fastpass Frozen.

Welcome to destination f*cked on Flight of Passage. You won't be able to hit it in the morning, fastpass it (most likely, though try every day) or ride it at night so you're going to have to wait. My only advice is that it's worth the 180 minute line.

PS: I guess after dinner at Hard Rock you can go back in to the parks right? It looks like a 9:00 close.

Now I'm even more upset the full day park is Epcot, if it's that easy to navigate... I'm not sure if I'm allowed to park hop that day, but I might have to just wait 180 minutes on the first day for it.
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Re: My Spring Break 2019 Trip Planning Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:36 am

Cheer up. Maybe you'll get lucky and it'll only be 120 minutes. :lol:

In all seriousness if you reserve Navi River Journey for one person and try to modify it constantly in the days leading up to your trip you might get it but not only do you need to get it but you need to get it for very specific times so the odds aren't in your favor.

I agree that making Epcot the full day park for a bunch of broke high school kids who don't have the money for fine dining and are too young to drink is an odd choice. Maybe the adults who are running this operation threw themselves a bone and did it selfishly. I mean... I would have if I were them. :lol:

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