FastPass+ Itinerary for High Crowd Periods at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

Below is a Disney World itinerary that replaces my old “Summer Itinerary” for June,* July,  and the busier parts of August 2014.

FastPass+ Itinerary for High Crowd Weeks from yourfirstvisit.net v4

FastPass+ recommendations are all in To-Do List for this itinerary. Daily instructions are here:

It has several differences from the old Summer Itinerary–I’ll get more into the details another time, but here’s the key points:

  • It matches the actual operating patterns in Disney World’s June and July calendars, which are different in 2014 from what we’ve seen the past few years
  • It is built on FastPass+, not legacy Fastpass, assumes just one headliner per day, and takes advantage of multiple features of FastPass+
  • It’s simplified.  There’s just one table service meal in Epcot now, rather than two, and Cirque du Soleil is out.  As wonderful as Cirque is, during really busy times the cost and complexity it adds to an already rough visit just aren’t worth it. The net is a slightly easier trip, and a much less expensive one
  • It avoids Extra Magic Hours (EMH) entirely.  EMH are generally a bad idea, so my past itineraries have used them sparingly for specific purposes. FastPass+ lets me address the purposes for which I used EMH before, so now no parks are visited on EMH days.  This means, incidentally, that the itineraries work both for those staying on and off-site.

Thanks are especially due to Josh from easyWDW.

With his permission, I picked the targeted park days based on both my own practices and his daily park recommendations.

 

 

*There are some modifications required for the weeks beginning May 31, June 7, and June 14 2014, because it won’t work well for Star Wars weekends–for those weeks only, make the following changes to both the itinerary and its To-Do list:

  • Instead of what it has written for the first Sunday, do that day what it shows for Thursday
  • On Tuesday, do what it shows as the first Sunday
  • On Thursday, do it what it shows for Tuesday

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12 comments

1 Danny { 01.30.14 at 9:41 am }

Hi again Dave, Have you heard anything about FP+ limited to one headliner per day at MK and AK? If you didn’t I doubt this will happen because MK has many many headliners and AK most rides are about even.

Just to give you an idea, I would maybe make a bit of changes in some FP+ stuff,

First Saturday: I think FP+ for Soarin, Living with the Land, and Turtle Talk with Crush is a good idea, because you say FP+ headliner target on this itinerary is for illuminations, but on another page of your site I remember reading that you said illuminations isn’t very much worth an FP+. So I was thinking maybe the first day people could focus on the Seas, Land, and Imagination Pavilions, and then illuminations after dinner.

First Sunday: I am not too sure about this one, but I would suggest FP+ for Toy Story Mania as you put for headliner and the other 2 can be great movie ride and star tours.

Monday: I think this day FP+ would be good for Test Track as headliner and then Mission Space and Spaceship Earth, and the first ride at Rope Drop could be the Sum of All Thrills in Innoventions because as I recall most people don’t begin with innoventions.
And then they could do the east side of future world including Test Track, Mission Space, and Spaceship Earth, and then tour the world showcase, when they are ready for break they could ride Ellen’s Energy Adventure as its a good ride to take a break on because its 30-40 min.

Tuesday: hmm, you also wrote fantasmic is only worth an FP+ if its 2 full days, I would say do Rock Coaster as headliner, and then Tower of Terror, and then maybe any other ride, because I was thinking sunset blvd is good to do that day, so they could ride rock coaster and tower of terror with FP+ and then see fantasmic after dinner.

Wednesday: I would recommend Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Enchanted Tales with Belle on this day, and maybe either go to dumbo, under the sea-little mermaid, or winnie the pooh at park opening, and fantasyland could be the goal this day.

Thursday: for FP+ I think Everest, Kali, and Nemo show are good choices because they are long waits, like for example after lunch they could see the next flights of wonder show, and then have a ride on everest, then see the parade, then stroll through maharajah, after that 5pm nemo show with fp+ and then end with Kali River Rapids with FP+.

Friday: I’d suggest Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, and Tomorrowland Speedway for FP+, and begin the day with Astro Orbiter, and that day the goal can be for tomorrowland

Second Saturday: I’d suggest FP+ for Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Haunted Mansion, they could start with jungle cruise with adventure rides, and then go to frontierland and ride the rides there and liberty square, and then they could see the 3pm parade that will replace the dream come true parade that day, and then as you said dinner at CP, and then main street electrical parade, and wishes.

Second Sunday: I’d suggest the Lion King Show, DINOSAUR, and Primeval Whirl for FP+ and then start the day with Kilimanjaro Safaris, and then stroll through Pangani, then see the lion king show, and then lunch, then ride primeval whirl and dinosaur, and tricera top spin, then if there is time explore rafiki’s planet watch, but skip it if there is no time, and then head for home.

I hope I gave you some great ideas here. Because I planned that way so far for my trip in august.

2 Danny { 01.31.14 at 5:34 am }

Hi Dave, as you can tell from many post, my family and I have been going back and fourth on the disney trip we have in august, and we need to come to a conclusion soon so we can start making ADR’s. So I decided to skip HS as I have been before and I was kind of disappointed. So I was wondering could you maybe tell me a good itinerary with 6 nights and 7 nights skipping HS, or how many nights do you recommend? After I maybe see 6 and 7 nights I could decide which is better.

3 Dave { 01.31.14 at 6:54 am }

Hi Danny! There’s lots of ways to do FastPass+, and I must have read dozens. Your sis as strong as many! I’m OK with mine. My suggestions about Fantasmic and Illuminations were both for if you’d be at the parks two days, not two “full” days. I’d do neither with just one day in the respective parks.

Honestly I have no idea whether or not MK and AK will move to tiers, and thus my itineraries assume that they might.

It has nothing to do with “balancing” or number of headliners–it’s just a question of 1. supply and demand, and 2. correlation (the more correlation among tier 1 choices, the n more effective tiering will be).

My guess–and it can only be that–is that the issue at HS is pure demand for TSM. Tiering limits the number of advance FP+ it would otherwise get, leaving more for day of FP+ and standby. At Epcot, I suspect the issue is both demand and correlation.

–AK has two rides with much more demand than anything else in the park, but, so far, ride supply has been adequate enough to not need tiering, and I suspect there’s less correlation–that is enough people who will only ride one of Kilimanjaro or Everest, but not the other, that it’s not an issue so far.

–MK has a ton of very attractive high capacity rides, but it also has twice as many people in it per day, and twice the length of stay, as the other parks…I believe that 7 Dwarfs opening will be interesting…if it’s a hit, we might see tiering…

4 Dave { 01.31.14 at 7:27 am }

Danny, without HS, and without a hopper, 2 ticket days at MK, two ticket days at Epcot, one at AK, one reserved at the end of your visit for returning to a favorite park, and a day completely off mid-visit could work great…

5 Danny { 01.31.14 at 7:39 am }

Is 2 days at MK enough? because you have 3 on here so I was wondering.

6 Dave { 02.01.14 at 10:23 am }

Danny that’s partly why I added one ticket day at the end to “return to a favorite…”–this also manages the risk that you don’t have enough time at one of the parks–most likely, as you note, MK!

7 Rachel { 03.24.14 at 12:58 pm }

Hi Dave (again ;))!
So now that we have our reservation confirmed (Wilderness Lodge), arriving on Sunday 8/10, departing for Royal Pacific on Sunday 8/17 I’m trying to firm up our ADRS. I am happy with everything but a little confused on when/what day we should see Fantasmic!…

I currently have us booked for the dinner show @ Mamma Melrose for Thursday (8/21). We are going to be spending the day @ Animal Kingdom (our only day @ this park). I figured we would come back to our hotel around 3ish to relax/freshen up then head out to HS for dinner/Fantasmic!.
Now, I’m starting to question this….

Our first day there (Sunday 8/10) we will arrive fairly early. We will be traveling from Savannah so shouldn’t be too tired and plan to hit HS as soon as we get there. Initially I thought taking the night off/not having a set ADR would be nice. Now I’m thinking of scheduling our Fantasmic! Dinner Package for this night and giving us Thursday night off…

What do you think? Will Fantsmic! our first night be too much? Should I just leave it for Thursday after Animal Kingdom?

Below is our current itinerary (with scheduled ADRs) to give you an idea of what else we are doing:
Sun 8/10 – Arrival/Hollywood Studios
Mon 8/11 – Epcot/630 San Angel Inn/9pm Illuminations
Tues 8/12 – Magic Kingdom/1125 Chef Mickeys/Celebrate the Magic/Wishes
Wed 8/13 – Magic Kingdom/8am Bibbidy Bobbidy/10am CRT/615 HDDR
Thur 8/14 – Animal Kindgom/6pm Mamma Melorse, Fantasmic!
Fri 8/15 – Magic Kingdom/645 BOG
Sat 8/16 – Epcot/7pm Ohana
Sun8/17 – Check out/Check in @ Royal Pacific

8 Dave { 03.25.14 at 6:50 am }

Rachel, the overall itinerary looks great.

There’s two schools of thought on what to do Sunday night.

One is that you’ll have energy and adrenaline to burn, so take advantage of it–you’ll need the break much more on Thursday.

The other is that traveling saps you, so it’s good to spend your arrival day just getting your nest built, watching a movie at the pool, etc. I’m pretty firmly in the first camp, but it does vary by family and how cranky e.g. Dad gets…

9 Rachel { 03.25.14 at 8:00 am }

Thanks, Dave.
I was leaning towards taking advantage of our adrenaline/excitement and going for it on our first night. My husband is a go getter and will of course play along ;) That way it will give us a much needed mid week break to recharge our batteries.

Again, thank you SO much. Your site has been amazing and has made this planning process all the more fun!

10 Dave { 03.26.14 at 9:06 am }

Thanks Rachel! Have a great visit and let me know how it goes!

11 Jennifer { 06.08.14 at 8:33 am }

Dave
I’m hoping you can shed some advise. My able to book our fastpass in a few days and I’m questioning how I should plan them.
Our first stop is Epcot and here is we’re I’m not sure. The girls and I have breakfast with the princess and the boys are going to soarin as soon as the park opens. I’m going to use the fast pass on test track. Do I book it for after the breakfast or do I do it in the afternoon and have the boys meet us in the world show case and do the rides in the afternoon? We are going in July one of the busiest times to go.
What fast pass must for MK we will be there for 2 days.

This site has helped us so much with planning our trip!!

12 Dave { 06.10.14 at 8:16 am }

Hi Jennifer! For general guidance see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/08/20/what-you-need-to-know-now-about-fastpass/ Your FP+ are best for 10.30a or later, as lines except Soarin and Test Track aren’t bad til then.

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