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Seven Night FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary, Saturday Arrival

By Dave Shute

Update: there’s a new–and much better–version of this itinerary here.

Below is a seven night, Saturday arrival FastPass+ based Disney World itinerary that is a shorter variant of my recommended eight-night itinerary.

(There’s a Sunday arrival version too–if you could do either, the Sunday arrival version is better!)

This itinerary reliably works only during weeks that the normal eight night variant works without changes. To see if that’s true for your week, look your week up here. If your week is listed with changes–e.g. “swap Sunday and Tuesday” then use the comment form below to ask for help!

FastPass+ Lower Crowd 7 Night Itinerary Saturday Arrival v2 from

Getting it from the recommended eight-night itinerary to seven nights required losing much of the built-in free time…

The FastPass+ that make it work are in the To-Do List, so you can book FastPass+ at the 60 day window for FastPass+ sign-ups.

The To-Do List for this itinerary is here.

And here’s the daily links:

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.

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1 Mark { 01.16.14 at 4:16 pm }

Hi Dave,

I was wondering if you could clarify the Park Hopper vs. extra day ticket. I have read contradictory information about this. If I buy a 5-day/4-night package, can I use the 5th day going to 2 parks in one day? I have read both that you can and you can’t.

2 Dave { 01.16.14 at 6:39 pm }

Mark, the other site is wrong. You need a hopper to go to more than one park in a day…

3 Mark { 01.16.14 at 9:38 pm }

Thanks, Dave. That clears it up for me. Your third arrow above made me wonder. Does that statement mean that the new itinerary adds a park day compared to the old itinerary?

4 Dave { 01.17.14 at 6:47 am }

Mark–correct. This revision adds a ticket day at about $13/person, but kills the Hopper which is about $63/person, for a net savings of $50/person

5 Tony { 01.17.14 at 8:53 am }

Hello Dave, Is this the itinerary to use for May 3-may 10?

6 Dave { 01.18.14 at 9:59 am }

Hi Tony, I designed it for the second half of August (and, I hope, the rest of eternity, as its such a PIA to have to re-do these.

However, it does work your dates as well. The thing is that I haven’t yet written the full set of FastPass+ (just the priority one) nor the daily details (like this: ) but plan to have those done by the end of Feb–which will be well befroe your 60 day mark for booking FP+.

7 Troy { 01.18.14 at 11:41 am }

Wow, Dave. You and Josh will make a killer team. When we went in Nov ’12, I was blending together the recommendations from both of you (eschewing entirely, by the way), and had spectacular success. So rock on. Now if we can just find a way to go back and use your advice… :-)

8 Dave { 01.19.14 at 8:02 am }

Thanks, Troy! I really appreciate Josh letting me use his thoughts to help shape these itineraries…

9 Michelle { 01.24.14 at 11:58 am }

This is the itinerary to use for the week of 2/1 right? what you are saying is you haven’t written out the detailed part of it? I feel like i am little lost because these changes are all happening RIGHT before i leave……

10 Dave { 01.24.14 at 2:12 pm }

No, Michelle–see the words right below the image “It replaces my old equivalent variant of the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary for the second half of August 2014.” It will work for your dates, I just don;t have the details done–since it was meant for August.

For what I have designed for your dates, including FP+, see this:

11 Jason { 03.23.14 at 2:26 pm }

Hi Dave – this site is fantastic. I was wondering if you have excel versions of the itineraries that we can download? I wanted to use the FastPass+Lower Crowd version as a starting point for our trip but we want to make a few modifications. It would be great to work off your sheet to start.

Thanks again!

12 Dave { 03.24.14 at 7:45 am }

Hey Jason, thanks! The main such I don’t have–like an idiot, I did a revision for different dates but saved it under the old name. But I do have an excel version of the itinerary on this page, hoping maybe that’s what you were looking for anyway… FastPass+ Itinerary 7 Night Saturday Arrival

13 Susanne { 08.08.14 at 10:04 pm }

I forgot to mention that I did purchase the park hopper. Does this change things?

14 Jason { 09.15.14 at 9:56 am }

Any recommened changes to this seven-night, Saturday arrrival itinerary for a trip starting on April 25, 2015? Noticed Disney has added evening EMH on that arrival Saturday night. Thinking it may not be a big deal since itnerary calls for only Crystal Palace, a few rides (that can be FP+) and the parade/wishes.

15 Dave { 09.17.14 at 8:16 am }

Jason, this itinerary will work fine, even with the evening EMH…

16 James { 01.07.15 at 9:44 am }

Looking to use this itinerary for a seven night trip April 25th to May 2nd, 2015. Noticed for that week, Disney has flopped EMH so Epcot has EMH on Monday and HS has EMH on Tuesday. What would you recommend to change this itinerary to avoid Epcot on Monday? Just swap Monday and Tuesday between Epcot and AK?

17 Dave { 01.08.15 at 8:07 am }

James–yup, just swap those two days!

18 jill { 04.28.15 at 9:11 pm }

Hi Dave, I changed our reservation to Friday 10/2-10/9 to get the free dining staying at Caribbean resort. Will your plan work for my dates? I am so confused. Thanks, Jill

19 Dave { 04.29.15 at 9:04 am }

Jill, no, but I se eyou have more detail in another comment here so I’ll put my thoughts there.

20 Dara { 08.27.16 at 1:06 am }

Hi Dave,

Your site is incredible! I feel so prepared, and we’re not even going to WDW until March 4-11, 2017. I’m interested in your thoughts on combining some of the Wednesday and final Saturday items since we will not go into the parks on our last day there. On Wednesday, do you suggest going to Magic Kingdom earlier and making Big Thunder Mountain our target? And should we have both Space Mountain and Splash Mountain on our FastPasses that day?
Thanks for your help!

21 Kelly B - Destinations In Florida { 08.28.16 at 10:01 pm }

Hi Dara,

Dave may have a different take on this, but I wouldn’t do SM and SM on the same day. They are in different areas of the park. So your FP would be spread out. You could do Splash Mountain and BTM on the same day. Do back to back FP. They are right next to each other. I would hit Adventureland first thing in the morning. Then Frontierland. Schedule SM first than BTM. If you get them back to back, go toward the end of the FP window for SP. Walk right off and right onto BTM.

22 Dave { 08.30.16 at 5:50 pm }

Hi Dara and thanks!!

My itineraries don’t combine well. You’d be better off picking one of the two-day MK itineraries from my book and using it for both your MK days.

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