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FastPass+ Lower Crowd Six Night Itinerary

By Dave Shute

Update: there’s a new–and much better–six night itinerary here.

This Walt Disney World itinerary is a shorter variant of the eight-night FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

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As with the other itineraries on this site, there is also a detailed page for each day of your vacation, with specific instructions for that day. Find them here:

Moreover, a detailed To-Do List covers all the steps you need to undertake–including reserving dining and booking FastPass+.

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1 Greg { 06.03.14 at 12:16 pm }

Would this itinerary work for Monday December 1st-Sunday December 7th?

2 Dave { 06.03.14 at 12:57 pm }

Greg, no. The three weeks after Thanksgiving have their own itineraries. There’s a six night version for then here: Note that it has a Sunday start. Do what it shows as Sunday on Monday, and do what it shows Monday on Saturday, moving Saturday to the day after…

3 Matt { 06.08.14 at 11:05 pm }

Hi Dave, Wow…this is an unbelievable site and thanks very much for all your work on it (just wished I had found before I booked last week!). We are from Winnipeg, Canada and are staying 6 nights from October 26-Nov 1, 2014 (Sun to Sat) at the Animal Kingdom Lodge with our two kids (8 and 6). We only did the 5 day park pass since our travel days are longer from Winnipeg. I have already booked some of my itinerary (meals) as we took advantage of the Magic Your Way + Free Dining (I notice most popular restaurants are already full!). I am happy to make changes if you think best and here’s the plan I had:
Sun 26th – Arrive Orlando 4pm, then late dinner at 8:30 (Hoop Dee Doo)
Mon 27th – Hollywood Studios – Booked dinner 4pm (Primetime Cafe)
Tue 28th – Magic Kingdom
Wed 29th – Animal Kingdon
Thurs 30th – Epcot
Fri 31st – Magic Kingdom – booked lunch 11:35 Crystal Palace
Sat 1st – Back to Winnipeg
Just wondering if there are any glaring mistakes above.
One other question I have is if I can leave some of the meals un-booked and just hope to stop into a Table Service restaurant while there (we’re not picky eaters)?
I would really appreciate any feedback you might have. Once again, thanks again for your input.

4 Dave { 06.10.14 at 8:29 am }

Hi Matt, and thanks! Your dates are great with one exception: your MK days are all 7p closes. This is great for crowds, but means you won’t be able to see the evening fireworks, parade, etc. If you swap Tuesday and Weds you’ll get to see MK fireworks on Weds.

There are a few restaurants where you can get walk ins, especially in Epcot. But don’t expect it to work anywhere remotely popular….

5 Ashley { 07.16.14 at 9:39 am }

Hi, just wondering, would this work well for a Sunday arrival? We’re going Sept 7-13. I recently found this site and being that it is our first trip with young children, it would make our trip so much smoother to have things a little more planned out

6 Ashley { 07.16.14 at 9:47 am }

Also, I have the trip partially planned. Mon- Thurs. Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios… in that order. Would that work well? We have dining reservation in those parks on those days with no park hopper. Sunday & Saturday we planned to eat in our room or on the road (we’re driving) and Friday I have reservations for Hoop-Dee-Doo.

7 Dave { 07.17.14 at 7:28 am }

Ashley, not precisely, as days are days–“Monday” is “Monday, not “Day 1,” but here’s how to revise it

–Do what’s written as Monday on Sunday, Tuesday on Mon, Weds on Tues.
–Do what’s written as Friday on Weds, and what’s written as Thursday on Thursday
–Do what’s written as Sat on Friday, and what’s written as Sunday on Saturday, but starting an hour early.

8 Dave { 07.17.14 at 7:31 am }

OK, now having seen this, yes, those days in those parks also works! But you won’t be able to use my daily plans. For daily plans you can use, see my book: The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit.

9 Brittney { 09.15.14 at 1:39 am }

Dave, you have no idea how much this site has helped me. Thank you so much! We are planning to take our 3 yr old daughter March 1-7. I want to use your itinerary as a guide but here’s my dilemma: she is most excited and obsessed w seeing Cinderellas castle and riding the rides in fantasyland at MK. I don’t want to get there Sunday and not go to MK until our 5th day there. Also I think we would like to do 3 days at MK, 1 at Epcot, 1 HS, and 1 at AK. Do you think this is a good plan? If so, which says would you recommend which parks :) thank you so much in advance!

10 Dave { 09.15.14 at 8:50 am }

Brittney, my itineraries are really built for kids 8 and older, so you should feel free to change them!! Three days at MK is right, but at most half days at the other parks is what I’d advise for a kid that young. See this similar question for parks to avoid by day: –add on March 1 to avoid AK and MK

11 Lisa { 09.17.14 at 2:26 pm }

Hi Dave ,
We are going to arrive Oct. 11 (Sat) and leave in the afternoon on Friday the 17th. Right now I have us going to EPCOT Sat evening, Animal Kingdom Sun, EPCOT Mon, Hollywood Studios Tues, and Magic Kingdom Wed. I am not quite sure what to do with Thurs and with Fri morning. We may also take half a day (in the morning ) to see the beach and my cousin, and we’re not sure which day would be best for that. What do you think? If it helps, we have been before, and the kids are teens. Thanks for your input! Great site!

12 Dave { 09.18.14 at 6:36 am }

Hi Lisa! I’m not keen on your first two days, and would flip them–Sat at AK, Sun at Epcot, unless you are arriving late. (If you are arriving late, Epcot is fine–just expect it to be mobbed.) Overall you are thin on MK time, so that might be a target for the end of the visit…

13 Roxanne { 09.19.14 at 2:58 pm }

Hi Dave,
First off… your site is amazing!! One of my friends recommended it to me and it has helped me get a mini disney vacation planning education. :) We just booked and we are traveling April 12-18th, staying at the polynesian with club level service and a theme park view. My have two sons, 5 and 2 years old- the 5 year old has a wheat allergy and is extremely picky, but we plan to get the meal plan and I want to nail down the itneiary so we can book those resturant reservations. We are driving and plan to arrive by noon on Sun, then after food shopping, go to Epcot. Mon- AK, Tues- MK, Wed- Rest, Thurs- Hollywood Studios, Fri- MK. Sat we’ll get up and go home. I really would like to build in a rest day on Wed for the Pool and dinner at Downtown Disney but Im not sure if we”ll get in enough time at Epcot on Sun? Also please note, we arent too concerned with MK fireworks since we are hoping we can see them from our room. We dont want to overplan the itinerary since we’ll be back again when our boys are older. I appreciate any advice you have. Thanks!

14 Dave { 09.20.14 at 7:02 am }

Hi Roxanne and thanks!

First off, at those ages, and with a return planned, you could easily skip Epcot, and in fact could focus solely on the Magic Kingdom. With kids that young, HS and AK are half-day parks, and also skippable–while fun, you may need the breaks more. See this, especially the bottom row:

That said, the days you’ve picked for the parks look great!

The MK fireworks are profoundly better seen from Main Street in front of the Castle than from the Poly. I would skip the experience of seeing Wishes in the park only if you think it will be too much for the kids…

15 Jacqueline { 11.16.14 at 1:59 am }

I am taking my family to WDW the week of April 12th- 18th, 2015. We have reservations at AofA with 6 day park hopper tickets and the meal plan. I already have dinner reservation for Monday-Friday, staring with Cindy’s, Ohana, Be our Guest, Flying Fish, then breakfast @ 1900. Will this itinerary work for me at all? Any suggestions?

16 Dave { 11.16.14 at 8:57 am }

Well, Jaqueline, its a 7 day itin with slightly different day (and days matter–my itineraries are tuned to the ebb and flow of crowds among the parks different days of the week), and you’ve probably got your dining at different than this send you in the parks.

What’s probably gonna work better is the daily park itineraries that you’ll find in the 2015 edition of The easy Guide, which should be out very soon…

17 Diane { 11.16.14 at 6:07 pm }

We just booked our trip for 11/14/15 for 6 nights with our 8 and 6 year olds. Since we are getting there on a Saturday and leaving Friday, we want to have full days in MK, not on our travel days. What do you suggest? I know it’s a year away, but I want to be as prepared as possible. Last time I was there was 23 years ago and it’s going to take me a year to figure everything out!

18 Dave { 11.17.14 at 8:37 am }

Diane, on specific days I won’t have an opinion until Disney releases it November 2015 calendar, which it won’t do until April. My suggestion is that you get the 2015 edition of our book (which will be out soon) and use the daily plans there as a starting point, then slot them into actual dates when the calendar comes out in April.

19 Kristine { 12.30.14 at 3:31 pm }

I am just starting to plan for 2016. We are looking at a 6 or 7 night stay but would arrive on Saturday. How would I use the shorter itineraries that assume a different arrival day?

20 Dave { 01.01.15 at 9:39 am }

Kristine, my itineraries are tied to specific operating patterns, so in them “Monday” means “Monday,” not day 3, and I recommend them about 6 months ahead here as Disney releases it operating calendars.

Thus they are hard to adjust for different arrival dates. Easier is to use the modular per-park itineraries you’ll find in my book: The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit 

21 Ben { 03.18.15 at 3:08 pm }

Thank you for the great site. We’ve booked a 6 night stay the first week of October (Sunday arrival) with our 3 young kids (all under 5). How would you modify the recommended itinerary for a Sunday arrival? Thanks!

22 Dave { 03.20.15 at 9:41 am }

Ben, all of the itineraries on this site are designed for kids 8 or older. You can find itineraries aimed at younger folk in Cheater 6 of my book The easy Guide to Your First Walt DIsney World Visit.

23 Tim { 04.03.15 at 4:55 pm }

What are your recommendations on modifying this itinerary to adapt to a 5-night trip arriving on Thursday, October, 15, 2015 (early afternoon) and departing on Tuesday, October, 20, 2015 (early afternoon)? We are not interested in Hollywood Studios, so it seems like we could just drop that day. Also, we’re going to want to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We we’re thinking of Epcot on arrival day as suggested along with one other day. Then 2 days at MK and 1 at AK. We also want to take advantage of Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. It doesn’t look like they have the calendar published (not that I can see anyway) for our dates yet, but most important, we’re approaching our 180-day window, so want to be ready to make dining reservations.

24 Dave { 04.05.15 at 11:16 am }

Tim this itinerary does not adapt to those dates, as a. it is designed for a specific operating pattern (e.g. Monday means Monday, not “Day 1” and b. Disney is not following the operating patter it’s designed for those your dates!

Let me know the ages of your kids and I can give you an alternate plan. The October calendar is here.

25 Tim { 04.05.15 at 6:27 pm }


Kids are 9 (boy) and 6 (girl).

Btw, I’m enjoying reading the content in the book format!


26 Dave { 04.06.15 at 11:18 am }

Tim, your son is old enough to enjoy everything; Epcot might be dull to your daughter.

Purely on crowds, here’s how think about the days

10/15 avoid Epcot
10/16 avoid Epcot, AK
10/17 avoid Epcot, MK, HS
10/18 avoid Epcot, HS
10/19 avoid MK
10/20 avoid Epcot

In your shoes–if you really want to skip HS, I wouldn’t–here’s what I’d do, focusing especially around “avoid Epcot” days (a lot from weekend crowds at food and wine) and the 17th when AK is the only great choice.

10/15 MNSSHP–note you can arrive as early as 4p, even tho the tix will say 7p
10/16 MK
10/17 AK, then Hoop Dee Doo
10/18 MK
10/19 Epcot
10/20 return to fave first thing, or sleep in…

Glad the book is working for you–it’s so much easier to navigate than a website!!

27 Tim { 04.08.15 at 3:49 pm }

Dave, thanks for the input, very helpful. You threw me for a loop though with the MVMCP acronym! Took me a little bit to translate that to mean MNSSHP for this time of year 😉

If you were going to slot in HS, where would you put it? I’m just thinking we don’t have time and something had to get axed.

28 Dave { 04.08.15 at 5:29 pm }

Tim, sorry about that–it’s bad enough that I confuse myself, horrible when I confuse others!! I’ve edited it to the right party so others get it.

There’s two ways to play HS. One way is either/or vs Epcot. See this for the deeper set of stuff at HS that will appeal to both kids.

The other thing you can do is go to AK til after lunch, go back to your hotel for a rest, and then to HS later. Save your FP+ for HS–so long as you arrive well before open, you can do AK without FP+. On your last day you could then return to either… (or another park)

29 Anya Bridges { 04.13.15 at 11:39 am }

Loving your website and book!
I was wondering if you could help me with an itinerary. We (4 adults, 4 kids ages 10, 9, 8 and 4) are going Oct 24-31, 2015 – park from Sunday Oct 25 – Friday Oct 30. 6 days. I realize we are going at the height of the Halloween season but are not participating. We also do not have park hopper passes and therefore was thinking of forgoing animal kingdom because we wouldn’t want to spend an entire day there (10 and 9 yr old are huge star wars fans, 8 and 4yr olds not tall enough for the AK roller coaster and would be more excited about princesses and preschool characters).

Do you have a suggestion or input on what our week should look like?

30 Dave { 04.13.15 at 5:19 pm }

Hi Anya, here’s parks to avoid by day (including AK)

10/25 Avoid Epcot, HS
10/26 avoid MK
10/27 avoid Epcot
10/28 avoid MK, AK
10/29 avoid Epcot
10/30 Avoid Epcot, MK, AK

31 Anya { 04.16.15 at 9:46 am }

Hi Dave, thanks so much for your reply! If you have the time, I would like to know the reasons you chose those parks to avoid – for instance, we are not going to MNSSHP, so if we visited MK on S,T,or R our day would have to end at 7pm. I see that you’re avoiding EMH, but wonder if it might be different with MNSSHP going on? And some of the parks to avoid in your reply are some of the parks you suggest on the basic itineraries – for instance you told me to avoid MK on Fri 10/30, but say to go to MK on the itineraries and suggest Epcot as a Thursday park, but tell me to avoid it on thurs, 10/29.

This was the week that worked best for our family with school schedules and may likely be the only time our kids get to go, so I would like to try to have the most typical visit even within MNSSHP week. Is this possible? thanks! :-)

32 Dave { 04.17.15 at 8:25 am }

Anaya, during the party season, people are repelled by the 7p closes, and attracted by the late closes and evening entertainment the other nights. As a result, party days are easy and uncrowded, and late close days are massively busy. You will see more by 7p on a party day in a more comfortable environment than you’ll see by midnight on a non-party night. More on this whole topic is here.

My itineraries are all to be modified if needed by the instructions you’ll find for the relevant weeks here, as Disney changes operating patterns over the year. Note all the changes your week!!

33 Chrissy { 04.22.15 at 7:55 pm }


My husband and I are taking our 8 year old daughter to Disney this October and I’m trying to design our itinerary. We are arriving on a Wednesday and leaving on a Tuesday. Can you give me some suggestions on how to plan the days? Thank you for all the helpful information on your site!

34 Dave { 04.23.15 at 8:17 am }

Chrissy, if you give me your exact dates I can suggest parks to avoid by day.

35 Cynthia { 04.28.15 at 3:30 pm }

Hi Dave just booked our November trip arriving 11/13 and departing on the 19th would you be able to offer assistance with an itinerary and or parks to avoid, traveling with 3 boys 10, 12, 14. thanks in advance. I have been staring at his blank one for 2 days :)

36 Dave { 04.28.15 at 7:45 pm }

Cynthia, see this repsonse to Kelly which covers all your dates except the 13th: The 13th, avoid AK and Epcot

37 Anya Bridges { 05.04.15 at 5:37 pm }

Thank so much Dave! Your website/blog, book and personal feedback have been a huge help to us!

38 Dave { 05.06.15 at 7:23 am }

So glad, Anya!!

39 Olivia { 05.12.15 at 10:34 am }

Hi Dave, Looking for parks to avoid for travel dates of October 27 – November 3. Your help is greatly appreciated!

40 Tammy { 05.13.15 at 8:14 am }

If we are going to Hollywood Studios one day (wed) how would you combine the two half days from this itinerary in regards to Fast passes? Thanks!

41 Dave { 05.14.15 at 8:00 am }
42 Tammy D. { 07.08.15 at 8:10 am }

Hi Dave!!

Wow! This is a great site! Here’s my issue! There’s so much and I’m trying to narrow down. Our biggest priority is having a vacation that doesn’t feel like we are running from one thing to another by being over scheduled. It’s almost a vacation just walking around–only almost. :)
We are arriving Friday, Nov. 13 2015 at around 1:00. We are leaving Thursday, the 2oth of November in the morning. We are staying at The Wilderness Cabins and we have a Dining Plan and Park Hopper Passes associated with our vacation.
I was thinking 2 days at Epcot and a 1.5 days at Magic Kingdom would be a good thing. We’d do the other parks in a day. Is this good?
If you can’t tell, we are very relaxed about this, but I also see the need to plan a bit. We are pretty relaxed with meals also, since we are staying in a cabin with fully-equipped kitchen and we plan to have some groceries delivered. Many of the table service options I’ve tried to reserve are already booked. So quick service will be or friend, and I will keep checking reservations are we get closer. I’m definitely looking for suggestions.
Thanks so much!!

43 Dave { 07.09.15 at 8:07 am }

Tammy, are you renting a car? Getting to and from all parks but MK is much easier from the Cabins at Fort Wilderness if you can drive, and that will give you more of the relaxing feel. See this for more, especially the section near the end on convenience.

Let me know if kids are coming, and if so what ages. For kids 8+, your park day thoughts are fine, but if all are much younger, you’d do less or no Epcot.

44 Caroline { 11.03.15 at 9:24 pm }

Hi Dave,
Great site and very helpful. I am planning a trip to Walt Disney World with my husband and three kids (10, 7, and almost 5 year old) We will be arriving around noon Sunday, April 24 and leaving Saturday morning April 30. This is the first trip for all of us and I am trying to plan days and dinner reservations. Suggestions on which of your itineraries I should follow? Right now I have it planned for us to do AK Monday and eat at Chef Mickey that night, MK Tuesday and lunch at Royal Palace, HS Wednesday and lunch at Prime Time Cafe, EC Thursday, and MK Friday. I have two more table service meals to use and would appreciate any recommendations (was thinking Sci-fi cafe, but not sure how to fit in). I also want to fit in some relaxation time at the resort as we will be staying at the Polynesian. Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks in advance!

45 Dave { 11.04.15 at 8:58 am }

Caroline, based on projected crowd levels by park,

4/25 avoid AK and MK
4/26 avoid Epcot
4/27 avoid MK
4/28 Avoid Epcot and AK
4/29 avoid MK and HS

So I would revise your park plans, doing HS Monday, MK Tuesday (as you have it), AK weds, MK thurs and Epcot fri.

None of my itineraries on this site will work, but you can find one and two day touring plans for the parks in Chapter 6 of my book.

Recommended dining is in each of my itineraries, and also in Chapter 7 of the book…

46 Kristy { 11.11.15 at 1:04 am }

Dear Dave,

Thank you so much for your amazing website and the detailed itineraries that you provide!! I am traveling with my husband, sister, and 3 daughters (7, 5, 3) from Sat. Jan. 9 through Fri. Jan. 15, 2016, with 5 full days from Sun Jan. 10 – Thurs. Jan. 14 in the parks. If I had read your website before, I would have avoided those dates, but the flight reservations are now booked, so I’m stuck.

It sounds crazy, but I’ve planned our days around the dining reservations I could make. I realized too late that we can’t go to Cinderella’s palace. So far, the plan is:
Sunday, 1/10/16 – MK – to avoid the marathon at Epcot (crystal palace dinner reservation).
Monday, 1/11/16 – Epcot (akershus lunch reservation), will try to catch the fireworks (enough to do during the day for the little ones?)
Tuesday, 1/12/16 – Hollywood Studios (breakfast at Hollywood & Vine so that we can be one of the first in line for Jedi training), will probably miss Fantasmic because we’ll be starting early
Wednesday, 1/13/16 – Animal Kingdom (lunch at Tusker house) (maybe MK in the evening)
Thursday, 1/14/16- Magic Kingdom (brunch at Chef Mickey)- want to end the trip with the evening parade and fireworks (but definitely don’t want to miss the show, so we’ll go another night if necessary to catch them)

What do you think of this itinerary? Also, do you think it’s necessary to rent a car? I have 3 young kids, so I do worry about getting around and getting to places on time! I have been looking at your 6 day itinerary, but is there another itinerary that might better suit the interests of my younger daughters? (My oldest daughter, however, is adventurous and loves all things daring and not princessy!)

Thank you again so much!

47 Dave { 11.12.15 at 10:25 am }

Kristy, you have picked good days for each park! My itineraries, as you’ve noticed, are both longer and for older kids. You can find one and two day park touring plans in Chapter 6 of my book, some of them designed for little ones and some for everybody.

48 Kristy { 01.16.16 at 4:26 pm }

Dear Dave,
We just returned from our trip, and I can’t thank you enough for the detailed itineraries. They were indispensable. We started each day early and were able to tour very efficiently at each of the parks we visited. As a result, we were able to take a break in the afternoon and then head back to the parks in the evening. We were able to do ride/see all of the attractions that were on our to-do list at least once (sometimes 2-4 times!). We had an incredible trip. I’m so thankful we found your website. I will highly recommend it to anyone else who asks for advice. Thank you again!!!

49 Dave { 01.17.16 at 8:49 am }

Kristy, I’m so glad you had a great trip!!

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