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Disney World FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary

By Dave Shute

Note: for arrival dates during lower-crowd weeks after May 27, use this itinerary instead.

Below is my Disney World itinerary for lower crowd weeks.

It does not work all dates, and some dates that it mostly works it may need some little adjustments. Check your week here.
Disney World 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary v2

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

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1 Jennifer { 10.19.15 at 1:01 pm }

Dave, what are you hearing about the Soarin’ closure? I know they’ve got a new film and they’re also planning to add seats; are both happening simultaneously in the spring?

2 Jennifer { 10.19.15 at 1:02 pm }

Scratch that – just saw on the Disney website. Could NOT be more bummed… 🙁

3 Tammy { 10.21.15 at 5:16 pm }

Hi Dave!
We have a trip planned in early May for our family of four. Two questions: we are arriving on Friday evening and leaving on Saturday afternoon. How should we adjust the itinerary to fit our stay? Also, we are early risers – our children are often up by 7, and hitting the parks early would be best for us followed by some down time in the afternoon and then back again to the parks in the evening. What should we do? Thank you for your help!!

4 Dave { 10.23.15 at 8:04 am }

Tammy, how old are the kids, and where are you staying (affects your eligibility for some early morning programs)?

5 Tammy { 10.23.15 at 8:32 am }

Our kiddos are very tall 6 and 8 year olds. 🙂 We will be staying in a two bedroom condo at Bonnet Creek and plan on renting a car so we have the most flexibility. Thanks!

6 Dave { 10.24.15 at 7:36 am }

OK Tammy, Bonnet Creek is not eligible for morning EMH, so that answers that. In general, arriving early (at least 30 mins before opening) means you can get first thing on one to 4 rides (varies by park) that will later build long waits without using FastPass+. You can then put your FastPass+ into later in the day for when you return. The simplest itinerary adjustment is to do what it shows as first Sat on Friday, do Second Sat on First Sat, and combine the two AK half days into one day on First Sun.

7 Jason { 10.28.15 at 1:29 pm }

Are you going to be updating your seven night itineraries as well to reflect these new EMH patterns?

8 Dave { 10.29.15 at 10:44 am }

Jason, yup within a week or so.

9 Emily { 10.31.15 at 6:57 am }

Hi! We are arriving in Disney on Jan 26 (Tue) and staying at Pop Century thru Feb 2 (Tue) with our 6 kids ages -11,9,9,7,6&4. I’m using your itinerary as a base for our plans. Since we arrive on a different day then you lay out should I just make your 1st day our first day? Or since we arrive on a Tue should I skip to the Tue of your plan and start there.? If i do that then day one is MK which you suggest not seeing their night show on the first day. And with such an early plane trip that morning I don’t want to use up one of our MK days on very tired kids! Thanks for your help!

10 Dave { 11.01.15 at 9:18 am }

Emily, my itineraries tie to the operating patterns of actual days–“Tuesday” means “Tuesday,” not “Day 4” so they don’t adapt well to different days or lengths.

The best approach is 1. pick park days and 2. then adapt either my daily approaches to the parks or the one and two day park touring plans you can find in my book.
For picking park days,

Jan 26 avoid avoid Epcot
Jan 27 avoid MK
Jan 28 avoid Epcot
Jan 29 avoid MK and HS
Jan 30 avoid AK and MK
Feb 1 avoid AK and MK
Feb 2 avoid Epcot

11 BBC { 11.03.15 at 12:01 am }

We are arriving Jan 10 and leaving the 16th. We have tickets for 5 days. How can I make your itinerary work for my family? I have a 5 and 8 year old and we are staying on site.

12 Dave { 11.04.15 at 8:44 am }

BBC, my itineraries are integrated and tied to specific days–Monday means Monday, not Day 3–so they don’t adapt well. Moreover they are targeted at kids 8 and up.

You can find one and two day park touring plans, including ones aimed at younger kids, in Chapter 6 of my book.

Those dates,

1/10 avoid HS
1/11 avoid AK and MK
1/12 avoid Epcot
1/13 avoid MK
1/14 avoid AK and Epcot
1/15 avoid HS and MK
1/16 avoid MK and AK

13 Andrea { 11.29.15 at 4:23 pm }

We are going to Disney from Jan 11-Jan 16. We have 2 little ones that are almost 3 and 4 years old. Both are 40 inches tall. Can you please help me with how to plan? We are staying on site at the Art of Animation.

14 Dave { 11.30.15 at 6:57 am }

Andrea, most of my stuff on this site is for older kids on longer trips, but you can find great stuff for kids that age in my book.

15 Cindy { 12.01.15 at 8:35 pm }

Taking my daughter and 6 year old grandson. Arriving at at noon on Dec. 31, 2015. We are not going to parks on New Year’s Eve. We do have 3:30 pm reservations at T Rex. We have 3 day park hopper tickets for Friday January 1, 2016, Saturday Jan. 2 and Sunday, Jan. 3. We leave on Monday January 4. We are planning on doing Magic Kingdom on Sunday Jan. 3 hoping not so crowded that people heading home after holiday. What are your suggestions? Thank you!

16 Cindy { 12.01.15 at 8:36 pm }

Dave, and we are staying at the Animal Kingdom lodge.
Cindy Perry

17 Dave { 12.02.15 at 8:13 am }

Cindy, Sunday will be the best day at MK your visit. With a six year old, I’d do another MK day (the 1st) and either HS or AK the 2nd.

18 Hayley { 12.02.15 at 7:53 pm }

We are arriving on a Wednesday (13 april 2016) and departing on a Tuesday (19 April 2016) and have booked to stay in our RV at the Campsites. Can you tell me, do I use your fastpass+ lower crowd itinerary starting from the Wednesday, so starting at Hollywood Studios, – or should our first day, even though its a wednesday, be the Saturday you have planned, starting at Epcot?? We are a family with 4 kids aged 2-8 which I know is not your ideal, but it is what it is and I know we’ll still have heaps of fun!…and we’ll come back when they’re older for the bigger rides 😉
Thanks for your help…and all the work you’ve put into this site – its amazing!!!!

19 Hayley { 12.02.15 at 7:55 pm }

Sorry, I’ve just seen the answer to my questions, in your replies to the questions above – sorry about that.

20 Dave { 12.03.15 at 10:41 am }

No worries, Hayley!

21 Jessica { 12.18.15 at 12:36 am }

We are going to disney world for the first time with our 2 boys for their birthdays, they are going to be 5 and 8. We are staying at the wilderness lodge. We will check in at 10 am on April 2 and leaving April 8 at noon. Do you have recommendations on parks, restaurants, rides, etc. We purchased the dining plan and park hopper. My boys are early risers too 🙂

22 Dave { 12.19.15 at 7:14 am }

Hi Jessica, all my itineraries are for kids older than your youngest, and for longer trips. But Chapter 6 of my book has touring plans for each park, and Chapter 7 guides to dining.

4/2 avoid AK and MK
4/3 avoid HS
4/4 avoid AK and MK
4/5 avoid Epcot
4/6 avoid MK
4/7 avoid Epcot
4/8 avoid HS and MK

23 Sally { 01.02.16 at 9:42 am }

We are arriving on May 20th and leaving on the 27. We only have a 4 day military pass. Any suggestions on which days to visit the parks? My daughter is 8 and this is our first time. We are also undecided on flying or driving but I would also like to go to Universal Studios.

24 Dave { 01.03.16 at 5:27 pm }

Hi Sally, for WDW weekdays are best. 5/23 avoid AK, 5/24 avoid Epcot, 5/25 avoid MK, and 5/26 avoid Epcot.

25 tammy { 01.12.16 at 9:34 am }

We are arriving at Fort wilderness Sunday Feb 21st. Do you suggest that we stay at camp that afternoon and evening? My grandson is 4. I really need to schedule my week. I’m thinking a 4 day pass with hopper.

Thanks Tammy


26 Dave { 01.13.16 at 7:24 am }

Tammy, it kinda depends on how many total days you have. With a 4yo, you are looking at half days anyway, and with FastPass+, you can schedule low-wait rides even with a late arrival in the parks!

27 Tony { 01.18.16 at 4:50 am }

We are going to disney world for the first in February . We have been to WDW in the past in June, July and August. Wife and I are traveling with our two young children. (8and 4) .We are staying at out time share Saratoga Springs. We will arrive at 6am on February 3 check in and leaving on February 11 at 7pm. Any recommendations!

28 Dave { 01.18.16 at 10:36 am }

Tony, not sure what you are asking for!

29 Tony { 01.19.16 at 1:34 am }

recommendations for parks on the week that I will be there. Wondering what park to avoid.

30 Dave { 01.19.16 at 5:57 pm }

Tony, as soon as you have picked your park days, book FastPass+–they are running out!

2/3, avoid MK
2/4 avoid Epcot
2/5 avoid MK and HS
2/6 avoid AK and MK
2/7 avoid HS
2/8 avoid MK and AK
2/9 avoid Epcot
2/10 avoid MK
2/11 avoid Epcot

31 Summer { 02.09.16 at 4:12 pm }

I’m planning a trip from 3/27/16-4/2/16 and have looked at your schedules but to get in more time at mk and less at some of the others parks what would you recommend for parks to avoid on those days. We will have adults and 2 family’s of kids, no water parks, and we are staying off resort due to our groups size. Thanks

32 Dave { 02.10.16 at 4:32 pm }

Summer, that’s such a crowded time to go that it doe snot make a huge difference–especially if DIsney has morning extra magic hours for onsite guests every morning, as it commonly does the weeks before and after Easter.

The 27th, avoid HS
The 28th, aovid AK and MK
The 29th, avoid Epcot
The 30th, avoid MK
The 31st, avoid Epcot
April 1 avoid MK and HS
April 2 avoid MK and AK

You’ll note there’s not a lot of MK options…

33 denise { 03.04.16 at 4:51 pm }

Hi, I am planning a trip September 15-21, This will be a first visit for 4 and 5 year old grandchildren so trip is centered around them. I have arrival Thursday 15 with dinner at Bomas. The park days are Friday -Animal Kingdom, Saturday -Hollywood Studios, Sunday -Magic Kingdom, Monday-Epcot, Tuesday -Blizzard Beach for a few hours and MNSSHP that night. I am having trouble with my dining plans. I know ROL will be open but not sure on the times. My night plans are either dinner at Tusker House or Rain Forest Cafe prior to ROL on Friday or OHanas. Saturday will be fantasmic show, Sunday either Ohanas or Tusker house with ROL. Monday Askerhaus prior to illuminations. I am just wondering if trying to go to ROL would be expecting too much on a Magic Kingdom day. I am pretty sure we will not stay until close as we are planning RD. So we would go back to the hotel for rest, So was thinking a late dinner at OHanas would be easier than trying to rush to A K for ROL. I did not see any wishes for that time but based on suspected MNSSHP hoping Tuesday we will see Happy Hallowishes. Any thoughts?

34 Karen { 03.05.16 at 12:21 am }

Hi! Great post. I am planning our first family vacation of 3 :). Me, my husband and our 4 yr old boy. Can you guide me a bit with how to schedule our 5 day tickets. I would be beyond grateful! I have sketched something out but not sure how “good” it is. We are arriving Sunday May 8th in the afternoon and planning on visiting Disney Springs not much planning just winging it on the first day since we are getting situated. We plan on starting of Monday am. Which I made a reservation for breakfast in Ohana at 7:35am so we are definitely up early. I was thinking on going to Animal Kingdom until around 5 or closing and heading to Epcot around that time (Epcot shows to have Extra PM Hours, so we can get a preview). Tuesday MK we have reservations at Be Our Guest @8:20 am (thinking about cancelling) I didn’t realize they have Early Magic Hours that day so the early breakfast wouldn’t give us an advantage that day (the only reservation they had all week for our party size and breakfast). But might just keep it to see what is the buzz about this place. (Good reviews, hoping for the best) A bit pricey so I’m debating 🙁 (help). Wednesday, Part II of MK (I believe) and enjoy the extra PM Hours. Thursday I was set on doing Epcot all day. Ending Friday with Hollywood Studios which I hear I can be done with half a day (not sure how true this is but we will give it a try) and if we don’t get caught up. Head back to Magic Kingdom since its open till midnight and enjoy the last night. We will be leaving Saturday Morning, so I’m searching for a final breakfast place thats not too pricey. Looking forward to your input. A millions thanks from our lil family.

Extra Info: We are SciFi lovers. I love trying new food. My husband not so much hes such a picky eater along with my son. My son loves all disney, cars, toys story he’s such a fan. He’s growing up to love spiderman, avengers and such so my time for Mickey is closing and had to plan this trip this year. But no one really outgrows Mickey! <3

35 Dave { 03.05.16 at 5:09 pm }

Hi Denise, your plans overall sound great. ROL shows are not clear right now–one informed source tells me there will be three per night, but dunno if that’s true, nor what the interval will be between them. My guess is that if there are three it’ll be something like (with the 7.30 sunset in mid-September) 7.45p, 8.30p and 9.15p. All this should become clearer by the end of April…

36 Dave { 03.05.16 at 5:25 pm }

Karen, my overall point is that EMH days are generally a mistake. While morning EMH can be great if you arrive at the park’s turnstiles by 30 minutes before they start, by 11am or noon the park is quite crowded. Evening EMH is crowded the whole time, except if they begin 11p or later.

So here’s my advice:
May 8 Avoid HS
May 9: Avoid AK and Epcot
May 10: Avoid MK
May 11 Avoid MK
May 12 Avoid AK and Epcot
May 13 Avoid HS.

HS is not a half day park, unless you skip half of what is there. AK will have a new evening show open by your visit, so I would not leave it early. And neither Epcot nor Disney Springs is of much interest to 4 year olds.
Breakfasts before park open are also usually a mistake unless you can get an 8.10a reservation on a non-EMH day. 8.20 is too late for BOG–you will be wolfing down your food and anxious about crowds getting inot line before you finish.

Ohana at 7.35 will get you to AK an hour or more after it opens on an EMH day, not a great approach.

What I’d do is skip Disney Springs and go to a park other than HS the evening of the 8th, focused on the evening entertainment.

Go to MK May 9
May 10 go to AK
May 11 take off
May 12 go to HS
May 13 go to MK

37 dan { 03.12.16 at 2:39 am }


My finance and I are planning our first WDW and Orlando Universal Studios trip in April 2016. We will be arriving Saturday April 16th and will staying until Saturday April 23rd. We plan to visit 4 days at WDW and 2 days at US beginning on Sunday April 17th. Would you recommend spending 4 days at WDW first and then hit up US or mix it up? Which parks should we avoid Sunday through Wednesday? We do not care much for waterparks.

Also, what’s your advice on fast pass? We are out of state so I heard we only have 30 days in advance to reserve.

Any advice you can give would be much appreciated!


38 Dave { 03.12.16 at 10:19 am }

Dan you absolutely must use FastPass+ or you will waste hours in lines. See this.

The general rule of thumb is to see Universal Friday-Monday and Disney the rest of the time, but this matter less than it used to.

Sunday the 17th, avoid HS
4/18 avoid MK and AK
4/19 avoid Epcot
4/20 avoid MK
4/21 avoid Epcot
4/22 avoid MK and HS

39 Joanne { 03.29.16 at 10:00 am }

Hi! We are planning our visit to Disneyworld 4-26- thru 5-2…we have the disney deluxe diining plan …can you tell us the best days and times to visit the parks? we are staying at the Polynesian l also the best places to eat?? Thank You

40 Dave { 03.30.16 at 3:39 pm }

Joanne on ding see this. You can find detailed reviews in Chapter 7 of our book. Most of the most popular will already be booked.

April 26 avoid Epcot
April 27 avoid MK
April 28 avoid Epcot
April 29 avoid MK and HS
April 30 avoid AK and MK
May 1 avoid HS
May 2 avoid MK and HS

41 GeorgeyBoy { 04.13.16 at 1:16 pm }

Hi Dave, this is the basic itinerary for a Oct 29-Nov6 stay correct? Do you expect EMH patterns to stay the same?

42 Joe { 04.13.16 at 2:54 pm }

Hi! We are planning our first family vacation of 4. Me, my wife and my 5 yr old twin girls. Can you guide me a bit with how to schedule our 8 day vacation? We are arriving the 17th of November (Thursday) in the morning and planning to depart the 25Th (Friday). We are going to stay at the Port Orleans Riverside. I would like to focus on activities that are proper for our 5yr old girls. I would also like to take enough breaks to maximize the kids’s energy levels and a pleasant time…lol. I really appreciate what you guys do.

43 Dave { 04.14.16 at 8:58 am }

GeorgeyBoy, I expect to have to revise this once the December calendar come out in 5 weeks or so

44 Dave { 04.14.16 at 9:00 am }

Joe, I cna, but only after Disney’s November calendar comes out, which it will soon. So check back in a week, OK?

45 Erika { 05.09.16 at 1:05 pm }

Okay, here is my Sept 2016 plan. 7 nights, 2 travel days, 1 MNSSHP, and 5 park days w/ hopper.
Arrive late 9/17
Sunday the 18th–MK
Monday 19–Epcot
Tues 20–MNSSHP 4-12
Wed 21–AK
Thur 22–HS
Fri 23–EMH @ MK, leave by noon/maybe park hop to EMH at HS that night
Sat 24–Disney Springs & travel

Our park days are pretty set due to ADRs, but would really like advice on FP+, what rides to hit at park opening, if we sleep in (as we are prone to do) what should our game plan be, etc? The daily itinerary is what is really scaring me and the primary reason I booked through a Disney travel agent, but from what I have seen her do for my friends going in 2 weeks, she does not put much if any thought into a daily plan for her clients. What is your advice? Or where can you send me?

46 Dave { 05.10.16 at 7:58 am }

Erika your park days look fine. Friday will be a long day if you continue to HS but a nap will help!

My itineraries don’t really help in such a short trip with MNSSHP. Your best bet is to use the itineraries in my book. What to do at the party varies a bit by your intentions. I advice focusing on the short lines at the rides, plus the second parade and fireworks. Before 7, go n what the book describes as “anytime” rides.

47 Jen M { 06.07.16 at 11:25 am }

Hello, can you please let me know which parks to avoid 11/5 – 11/12? Thanks!!

48 Dave { 06.09.16 at 11:30 am }

Hi Jen!!

11/5 avoid MK and Epcot
11/6 avoid HS and Epcot
11/7 avoid AK
11/8 avoid Epcot
11/9 avoid MK
11/10 avoid Epcot
11/11 avoid Epcot and HS
11/12 avoid all but HS

49 Tammy { 06.19.16 at 4:17 pm }

Good day, I am so relieved that there are others with a great deal of knowledge when it comes to planning a Disney Vacation. We are travelling to Disney Aug 28th-September 3rd. We have 5 adults and 3 kids aged 2, 6 and 9. One whom is insulin dependent. We want to maximize our time I have been myself before a few times, the rest of our group are first time visitors. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Not sure where to start…we have 5 park passes plus watermark and more. Thanks again in advance!!

50 Brad { 06.20.16 at 1:09 pm }

Hi Dave,
This will be our 2nd trip to Disney. We went at Christmas 2011. We followed your itinerary then and it worked perfectly. Thank you! So, we are now thinking of coming again. Dates=
April 1st/2017 through April 8th/2017. Depending on flight cost, we could be coming 1 day earlier or 1 day later. What itinerary should I be using for this time of the year? Thanks for your help!

51 Dave { 06.21.16 at 10:20 am }

Tammy, the key is to book your FastPass+ ASAP.

This means you have to pick your park days ASAP.

8/28 avoid MK and HS
8/29 avoid AK and MK
8/30 avoid Epcot
8/31 avoid MK
9/1 avoid Epcot
9/2 avoid HS
9/3 avoid AK and MK

Take a look at this for a sample itinerary–it doesn’t work for your days of the week, but gives you a sense of how to allocate your time.

52 Dave { 06.21.16 at 10:23 am }

Brad, I won;t have an itinerary for then until Disney posts its schedule for April, which it will do in about 3 months.

53 Amy { 07.15.16 at 3:30 pm }

Hi Dave,
Great site! Your dedication is amazing so appreciated. We’re looking at the week after Thanksgiving, arriving on Sunday. We’re staying offsite, got a great deal through our timeshare. Any thoughts on what parks to avoid on specific days? Also, do you have any inside scoop on when the Christmas parade taping may be? We’d like to skip MK for that day.
Thanks again!

54 Dave { 07.16.16 at 9:59 am }

Amy, no on the parade. It was done in early November in 2015, throwing off all forecasts…

For what to do on your visit, take a look at this.


11/27 avoid HS
11/28 avoid MK and AK
11/29 avoid Epcot
11/30 avoid MK
12/1 avoid Epcot
12/2 avoid HS and MK
12/3 avoid AK and MK
12/4 avoid HS

55 Jo { 08.30.16 at 3:17 pm }

Amazing website and book. A life saver. I’ve just booked a 2 week holiday (from the UK) arriving on Saturday 25th Feb 2017 at Saratoga Springs for 4 adults and a 3 year old :o). I am using your itinerary sheets to decide which days to go to the parks. Are there changes to the early and late opening days? If so, for my fortnight, what days are best to go to which park, and which to avoid. Thanks so much.

56 Dave { 08.30.16 at 6:09 pm }

Jo, no, there’s no changes.

57 Jodie heath { 09.01.16 at 9:58 am }


I am planning our first family Disney trip in March for 11 nights -5th to 16th.
We don’t arrive until late on the 5th so planning an early park entry to magic kingdom on the 6th.
From there I’m planning in total 2mk, 2ak, 1HS, 2epcot and 3 pool / springs/ crazy golf days.
Diss this sound about right? I’m thinking getting to parks early and heading back to the hotel (beach club) and eating close to home in Epcot or broad walk most nights. I have 2 boys age 5&7 – any help much appreciated.

58 Dave { 09.02.16 at 8:23 am }

Hi Jodie, at those ages I’d do 3 MK days and plan one each of the other three parks. Save the final park day to return to your favorite.

Note that to go into Epcot to dine on a day you’ve been in another park you need ot have th e”Park Hopper” ticket add-on.

59 Desiree Fox { 10.19.16 at 12:42 pm }

Hi..I ordered your book and just finished reading it today and feeling very overwhelmed!! Lots of great info! This will be our families very first trip to disney(We have two sets of grandparents and an aunt and uncle plus myself, my husband and 5 year old son. We will arrive Sunday 5/21(flight lands) 10:21am and leave on 5/27. I know not enough time in disney but the only time we can get to go with my husbands work schedule. We will be staying in the contemporary and opted for disney dining plan and a 6 day ticket w/hopper. should we be following the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary and how can I tweak it to fit my time period. To note my son has special needs, how does Disney help with that? He is also not into princesses. Just need to know where excatly to start for this first timer..Thank You 🙂

60 Dave { 10.28.16 at 6:55 am }

Desiree, first sorry I missed this!

You can use this 6 night itineray as a starting point but it doesn’t quite fit your days, and is designed for a much older kid. You would probably be better off using the one and two day park plans in the book, taking out the rides inappropriate for a 5 year old and the princesses.

5/21 avoid HS
5/22 avoid AK
5/23 avoid Epcot
5/24 avoid MK
5/25 avoid Epcot
5/26 avoid HS and MK
5/27 avoid AK and MK

For his special needs, see this.

61 Dana Maggiore { 12.30.16 at 11:13 pm }

My mom,who is 70, and I will be coming for the first time. What would be a good place to stay. I was thinking the animal kingdom lodge. We are coming March 5th thru 10th.

62 Dave { 01.02.17 at 9:14 am }

Dana, without knowing your budget and group size that’s hard to answer. See this for recommendations in order by price class, with links to reviews.

63 Pip { 01.07.17 at 6:46 pm }

Hiya there, me, my husband and 8yr old son are arriving in Orlando on 1st may for 2 weeks. Staying at lake buena vista with a hire car. Just a couple of questions. 1. Would it be better to use the free buses to the parks or the car? 2. Do you know when is best to visit the other parks ie universal, Busch gardens? 3. What’s the best intinary to use for WDW with a break in the middle for the other parks and shopping? Thankyou so much for this page and any help you can offer x

64 Dave { 01.08.17 at 7:45 am }

Pip, off-site buses typically run too infrequently so I;d use your car. I don’t track the other parks–sorry. And my itineraries are tied to specific days (so Monday means Monday, not Day 3) so they don;t chnage easily. Your bets bet is to use the material in Chapter 6 of my book to build your own itineraries.

65 Liz { 01.17.17 at 8:50 am }

Hi! I am going to Disney March 5-11 2017 with my sister, (we are 18 and 20). We are staying in Port Orleans Riverside, with 4 WDW park days w/ park hopper and one universal day. What are your recommendations on which parks to visit when? Thanks!

66 Dave { 01.17.17 at 3:26 pm }

Hi Liz, are you interested in Morning EMH? If you are able to get up early enough, with a hopper you can start at one park with morning EMH, then shift to another park later in the day.

Without EMH and hopping,

3/5 avoid HS
3/6 avoid AK
3/7 avoid Epcot
3/8 avoid MK
3/9 avoid Epcot
3/10 avoid MK and HS
3/11 avoid MK and AK

67 Ashley { 01.26.17 at 12:51 pm }

Planning a trip May 6-14, will this itinerary work well with these dates. Looked at few other crowd calendars that suggest to avoid some parks on certain days that we would be visiting following this itinerary.

68 Dave { 01.26.17 at 1:01 pm }

Hi Ashley, yes it does work. To your point, you can’t design a nine day itinerary that also sends people to the other three parks before they go to MK without running into some awkward days, of which Saturday at MK is the most awkward. However, with 9 FastPass+ and one rope drop, MK overall works just fine!

69 Eman { 01.29.17 at 12:38 am }

Hello! Going to Disney world next week, will be arriving Feb 4 at night so I am trying to plan an itinerary there from Feb 5 to Feb 9. Any advise? I know MK is recommended for Tuesday, but Feb 7 has early morning magic will that affect the crowds? Also, I see MK is not recommended for Monday Feb 6, any idea why? I want to plan my itinerary to visit the parks on 4 days, and have a free day for shopping , what would be the best thing to do? Thanks!

70 Dave { 01.29.17 at 8:37 pm }

Eman, early morning magic has no effect

2/5 avoid HS
2/6 avoid MK and HS
2/7 avoid Epcot
2/8 avoid MK
2/9 avoid Epcot.

2/5 will be the busiest day, so it’s the best free day.

MK is busiest weekends and Mondays, hence the “avoid it” on 2/6.

Note that you need to book your FastPass+ ASAP.

71 Brent { 02.12.17 at 11:45 am }

Hi we will be traveling to Disneyworld staying on site from May 22-29 with a 4 and 11 year old any advise? Thanks

72 Dave { 02.13.17 at 10:45 am }

Brent, I have thousands of pages of advice! Start here (scroll down to “INSTRUCTIONS FOR…”), or give me a more specific question!

73 Kevin { 02.14.17 at 12:35 am }

Dave, looks like youre through the September itineraries. If when you get to the October ones, if you could please do an 10/17 – 10/24 (8 day, 7 night) version it would be really appreciated!

74 Dave { 02.14.17 at 11:18 am }

Kevin, I don’t do detailed itineraries with different arrival dates, but certainly will be able to give you daily advice once the October comes out, in about a month!

75 Kel { 02.21.17 at 5:48 am }

Hi Dave! 🙂 I’m a lil early, but the excitement is too much. My partner and I (aged 22 when we go) are heading to Orlando, FL August 2018. We’re visiting from 22 August to 15 Sept (so 23 nights) – we are looking to do all the Disney Parks as well as Universal, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens (incl. all water parks). This might be a bit much to ask, but are you able to draw me up an itinerary? We’re not planning on doing anything on 22nd August as we land at 16:20 local time and will be exhausted from all the travelling from Northern Ireland!!

Thank you so much in advance.

FYI: We will be purchasing the 14 day Disney ticket, and a combo of the others which all activate on the day we use them.

Kind regards,

76 Dave { 02.21.17 at 7:18 am }

Kel, I will be able to give you advice, but not until Disney’s calendar for then comes out, which will be around mid-January 2018…

77 Kel { 02.21.17 at 7:43 am }

Hi Dave,
I guess I’ll just have to wait for the accurate info 🙂

Would you be able to give me a rough idea of an itinerary for those months? (end August to mid Sep). If not, that’s OK 🙂


78 Dave { 02.23.17 at 6:45 am }

Kel, no… which park to go which day won’t be predictable until the calendar for then is out…

79 Felisa { 02.28.17 at 10:43 am }

Hi! Just found your great site. I’m going to WDW for the first time with my husband and 5 yr old son from Sat Sep 9th-Sat Sep 16th 2017. Trying to avoid EMH and F&W crowds at EP. Would these days be ok for each park? We have 5 park tickets/No hopper. Thanks in advance!

Sat- Arrive mid-day/hang at resort
Sun- HS (problem day but cant figure out another way)
Mon- EP
Tue- MK
Wed- Resort/DS
Thur- MK
Fri- AK
Sat- Super early departure

80 Dave { 02.28.17 at 11:41 am }

Hi Felisa, these days (other than the HS issue you have already noted) look great! You could swap Sunday and Friday–it looks like as of this week HS is no longer doing EMH on Fridays, though that is subject to change…

81 Felisa { 02.28.17 at 5:49 pm }

I think I will do exactly that. Thanks so much 🙂

82 Terri { 03.12.17 at 3:39 pm }

Hi Dave,
I will be travelling to Disney Aug. 26 – Sept.9, 2017 (Three adults, one teen, staying on site) Your Itineraries fit our schedule perfectly! I am, however, wondering where to combine the two Itineraries to suit our longer stay? That said, i’d rather not be in MK on Saturday of the Labor Day weekend! Any Thoughts?

83 JKD { 03.12.17 at 6:05 pm }

We will be taking in the parks Sunday,
Oct 1-Thursday Oct 5 (2017). Any advice on which parks to choose for each day to avoid highest crowds? We want to repeat MK, but each of the other 3 parks, we will go to only once.

We want to see the nightly shows at each of the theme parks, but I am assuming that they are available every single night?

Is the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot daily during this time?


84 Dave { 03.13.17 at 11:33 am }

Terri, the itineraries work by day–so Monday is Monday, not “Day 3.” So you can do either Tuesday what I’ve written as Tuesday. You can certainly skip Saturday at MK–but, depending on the Halloween party schedule (not out yet, my forecast is here) so aim to do it on your extra “Tuesday”

85 Dave { 03.13.17 at 11:35 am }

JKD, I can help, but only after the October calendar at the Halloween party calendars are out–which should be within a week for the first, but unlcear on the second. Food and Wine is on then, and the fireworks are NOT every night then

86 Bryan { 03.15.17 at 6:42 pm }

Dave, my family and I will be visiting from Saturday September 23 to Sunday October 1st. We\’ve selected these dates in the hopes of lower crowds. I see that you recommend Animal Kingdom on Sunday the 24th and Sunday the 1st. Have you taken into account the new Pandora world which opens this may? Won\’t local Floridians make this park more crowded on weekends? Thanks for your thoughts.

87 Dave { 03.19.17 at 10:01 am }

Bryan, the locals will have largely completed there visits by then.

88 Jenn Levi { 04.05.17 at 1:05 pm }

Hi Dave, traveling to MK on 5/9 & 5/11 and Epcot on 5/10. First experience for a 5 yr old boy. Suggestions for fast passes?-he is not a fan of rollercoaster or heavy-motion rides nor too crazy about character greetings. Would greatly appreciate your thoughts!

89 Dave { 04.07.17 at 10:34 am }

Hi Jenn! See the section of this towards the end , with FastPass+ priorities at each park.

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