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Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

Below is my FastPass+ based Disney World itinerary for higher crowd weeks.

Updated in May 2017, it includes guidance for the new Avatar: World of Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  On its first Animal Kingdom day, it uses a Rivers of Light Dining Package to save a FastPass+. If your visit is so soon that you aren’t able to book one, use this for the first and second Sunday! Note that this package is available sometimes only 3-4 months ahead, rather than the 180 days ahead that most dining is available.

This itinerary does not work all dates, and some dates that it mostly works it may need some little adjustments. Check your week here.


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The recommended dining reservations and FastPass+ that make it work are in the To-Do List.

Daily agendas are in the links:

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Epcot Day 1 Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

(Note: this is from the Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary.)

EPCOT DAY 1: FIRST SATURDAY AGENDA

Check in, get settled if your room is ready, and be at Epcot as soon as you can.

FIRST THINGS

  • Arrive at your hotel, following the instructions in your Disney’s Magical Express packet if you are using it to get from Orlando International to your Disney Resort. Check in
  • Unless you are arriving late, your room will likely not be ready, but you can leave your bags. First change into clothes more appropriate for the weather–which your To-Do List reminded you to pack in your carry-ons. You can ask to be called or texted later to find out your exact room
  • If your room is ready, and if you have time–you want to be at Epcot as soon as you can–get food and supplies (bowls, napkins, scotch) for your breakfast in the morning, which you will be eating out of your room. Also get (from the counter service restaurant)  “Refillable Mugs,” which you will be able to re-use at your resort for free drinks over your entire stay
  • Head to Epcot as soon as you can

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AT THE PARK

  • Your plan today is to see as many of Epcot’s lengthier attractions as you can to free time on your second visit, see parts of World Showcase that are most fun in the evening, see the Frozen Ever After in Norway, and see Epcot’s park-closing spectacular IllumiNations.
  • You should have FastPass+ for Spaceship Earth and Frozen Ever After, and dinner reservations for either Akershus or San Angel Inn at around 6p. Those arriving late may have to thin the below to just dinner, Frozen Ever After, World Showcase, and Illuminations
  • Go through the turnstiles and pick up a park map and “Times Guide”–a schedule. Use your Spaceship Earth FastPass+ and then see Ellen’s Energy Adventure.
  • Head to World Showcase, and while keeping an eye out for your dinner reservation at around 7p, see the pavilions starting with Mexico and going clockwise.
    • Each pavilion will have some or all of shopping, special exhibits, a ride, a movie, and other special events—such as acrobats in China.
    • Check your map, times guide, and the pavilion itself, to see what each pavilion has.
    • For scheduled events like the acrobats, etc., sequence what you do when among items that are not scheduled (shops, exhibits, and rides), and bounce back and forth between nearby pavilions, so that you don’t have to wait long for the scheduled item
  • Have dinner at whichever you chose to reserve between San Angel Inn inside the Mexico pyramid or the Akershus Royal Banquet  Meal in Norway at 7p
  • Continue touring World Showcase clockwise until about 8:30p, using your FastPass+ for Frozen Ever After
  • Pick a spot for Illuminations as near its FastPass+ area on the Spacehsip Earth side of the lagoon as you can find
  • Watch Illuminations, and if you are parked, taking the monorail, or taking a bus back to your hotel, immediately at its end start walking briskly to the park exit (on the far side of Spaceship Earth) to beat the crowds.
  • Return to your hotel

BACK AT THE HOTEL

Buy food, supplies (bowls, spoons, etc.) and refillable mugs for breakfast in your room at your hotel counter service or gift shop, if you did not have time, or a room assignment, earlier.

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

You will spend the first of two days at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You have an early morning–you want to arrive by 45 minutes before open. Check with your concierge on transport (likely buses) and what time you should be at the bus stop.

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Animal Kingdom Day 1 Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

ANIMAL KINGDOM DAY 1: FIRST SUNDAY AGENDA

Today you begin and end your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which you will return to next Sunday morning. You should have dinner booked at Tusker House as the Rivers of Light Dining Package.

You should have FastPass+ for Na’vi River Journey, Finding Nemo, and Kali River Rapids. Bring spare socks and shoes to change into after Kali River Rapids.

(Note: this is from the Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary.)

MORNING PLAN

  • Arrive at the turnstiles 45 minutes before open
  • At open, head to and ride Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • See Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • See Na’vi River Journey (FastPass+)
  • Explore Pandora
  • Have an early lunch
  • See the noon Finding Nemo: The Musical (FastPass+)
  • See the Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • See Kali River Rapids (FastPass+)
  • See the 1.30p Flights of Wonder
  • See it’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Head back to your hotel for a nap and dinner

EVENING PLAN

  • Be back in the park in time for your Tusker House Rivers of Light Dining Package dinner.
  • See Rivers of Light (FastPass+)—be in the FastPass+ line 30 minutes before show start
  • Explore Tree of Life Awakenings and Pandora: World of Avatar after dark
  • Ride, if you wish, Expedition Everest and/or Kilimanjaro Safaris after dark
  • Head back to your hotel

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

Tomorrow you begin your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, arriving 45 minutes before opening.

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Hollywood Studios Day 1 Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

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HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS DAY 1: MONDAY AGENDA

You begin and end today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with an afternoon break between. You should have FastPass+ for Tower of Terror, the Great Movie Ride, and Indiana Jones.

AT THE PARK

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  • Arrive by 45 minutes before open, and at open head to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Ride it, and re-ride if you wish
  • Ride Tower of Terror (FastPass+), and re-ride if you wish
  • See Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Ride the Great Movie Ride (FP+)
  • See the 11a Beauty and the Beast
  • See the noon Indiana Jones Stunt Show (FP+)
  • Check for Fantasmic FastPass+ (keep checking)
  • Head back to your hotel and take a break
  • Return to the park by 5.45p
  • Have dinner at a counter service
  • Depending on the timing of Fantasmic (you want to be in line 45 minutes before it is scheduled) see MuppetVision 4D, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, and Disney Jr. Live on Stage (any you miss you can see on Wednesday)
  • See Fantasmic

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

Tomorrow you begin your visit to the Magic Kingdom.

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Magic Kingdom Day 1 Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

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MAGIC KINGDOM DAY 1: TUESDAY AGENDA

Today you start your visit to the Magic Kingdom, seeing Tomorrowland and then touring some lower-wait attractions in Adventureland and Frontierland. You have brunch at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort near the Magic Kingdom, and end your day at Fort Wilderness’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.

You should have FastPass+ for Space Mountain, the Tomorrowland Speedway, and the Jungle Cruise. The other fixed points in your schedule are Chef Mickey’s and Hoop-Dee-Doo.

FIRST THINGS

Be at the park by 45 minutes before open.

AT THE PARK

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  • At open, head to Tomorrowland and see Buzz Lightyear
  • See Space Mountain (FP+)
  • Ride Astro-Orbiter
  • Ride the Tomorrowland PeopleMover
  • Ride the Tomorrowland Speedway (FP+)
  • Exit the park about 10.30 and either walk or take the resort monorail to the Contemporary Resort. Eat at Chef Mickey’s
  • Return to the park, head into Tomorrowland, and see the Carousel of Progress and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Go to Adventureland and fit the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Enchanted Tiki Room around your FastPass+ for the Jungle Cruise
  • Find the passage into Frontierland and see the Country Bears
  • If you have time, find the rafts near Big Thunder Mountain and see Tom Sawyer Island
  • Around 5p head for the main entrance and look for the boat docks right in front
  • Take the boat to Fort Wilderness (not the Wilderness Lodge), and follow the crowds to the Hoop Dee Doo area, and check in for the 6.15p show.
  • See Hoop-Dee-Doo
  • Ask cast members outside for the best way to get back to your hotel.  Most likely you will return by boat to the Magic Kingdom, and catch a bus or monorail there.

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

Tomorrow you have the morning off, then complete your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Hollywood Studios Day 2 Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

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HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS DAY 2: WEDNESDAY AGENDA

Today you complete your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You should have FastPass+ for Toy Story Midway Mania, Star Tours, and the Frozen Sing-Along.

Sleep in, have a leisurely lunch, and be in Disney’s Hollywood Studios by 2p

AT THE PARK

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

Tomorrow you will continue your visit to the Magic Kingdom.

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