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Disney World FastPass+ Higher Crowd Itinerary

By Dave Shute

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

If your arrival is May 27 or later the summer of 2017, use this for the first and second Sunday–including the FastPass+ you need to book for then–instead of what’s written here!

It 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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1 onyeme emmanuel chukwumike { 01.25.16 at 8:20 am }

please kindly send itinery for 18august through 23aug 2016

2 Dave { 01.25.16 at 9:14 am }

Sorry, I don’t offer one. However, if you tell me the ages of any kids you are bringing, I will give you some suggestions.

3 Yeleny { 01.25.16 at 10:59 am }

Thank you for this amazing site!!!
This will be our 5th family trip to Disney. We are a family of 4. DH, DS age 5 DD age 3. I want to follow your plan for our next trip. July 11-July 19 2016. I want to try your 9 day schedule, but don’t know how to plan arriving early Monday morning and departing Tuesday night. We will be staying at the Wilderness Lodge. The itinerary below has 4 days for MK and 1 day for AK. Not sure if I should change to 3 MK and 2 AK. Also do not know if I should do EP instead on the first day. Can you please give me some feed back. Thank You so much!!!!

Here is what I am thinking so far.
Monday- Hs
Tuesday -MK
Wednesday- EP
Thursday- MK
Sunday- MK
Tuesday- MK go home 8 o’clock flight.

4 Dave { 01.26.16 at 8:07 am }

Hi Yeleny! My itineraries are meant for kids 8 and older, so with your group I’m not sure they are much help. You can find park plans aimed at younger kids in my book.

Since this is your fifth visit, you likely already know what you like. But if it were your first I’d not see the value of two Epcot days with kids that young, and would definitely have two days at AK so that you can see the new evening stuff there without making the day too long for the kids.

5 Yeleny { 01.26.16 at 8:22 am }

Best site Ever! Got your book! Its is terrific!
Dave, Thank you so much!

6 Dave { 01.27.16 at 8:20 am }

🙂 Yeleny

7 Karen { 01.28.16 at 2:21 am }

Hi, I’ve studied your book and website ( fabulous) but I’m still feeling a little overwhelmed. We arriving in Orlando from Australia on the 18th of Dec 2016. We’ll stay in a villa in Formosa Gdns for 5 nights then move into the Grand Floridian from Christmas Eve for a further three nights. We have two girls who’ll be 6 and 5 – so Princesses are disproportionately important :). Do you have any tips to maximize the advantage of being onsite and having the extra reservation windows versus the time we’re in a private villa and travelling to WDW as ‘non residents’. Thanks so much – I’m excited and daunted in equal measure!

8 Dave { 01.29.16 at 8:50 am }

Karen, the biggest difference is the longer 60 day FastPass+ window for your GF days. That will let you book on your GF days some attractions that you won’t be able to book at the 30 days, like Anna and Elsa at Epcot and the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train at MK.

In addition, the “+10” on dining will give you a better chance of locking in some princess meals.

9 karen { 01.30.16 at 7:07 am }

Thx so much Dave. Do you know of an agency that reviews park itineraries and will suggest changes/improvements? I’ve followed the info and templates above but I have a feeling that I’ve spent hours planning based on the templates, then the fastpass and ADP availability will change everything at the last minute. As a rookie, I’m guessing I’ll be making silly mistakes (like planning Cinderella’s Royal Table lunch on Christmas day) that I could avoid with an expert eye. I don’t want to lose precious minutes once the booking systems are open.

10 Dave { 01.31.16 at 11:55 am }

Karen, I’m sorry but I don’t…although you can always try Josh’s forums

11 Robyn { 03.04.16 at 4:28 am }

Hi Dave,
I’m so glad I found your book on Amazon! I recently got diagnosed with stage 4 mastetic cancer and some friends have booked a land to sea package for me, my husband and my two sons ages 7 and nine. We just booked last week because of the boys school calendar and my treatment schedule.
We’ve been to Disney once before when they were 2 and 4- it was a short businesses trip- so, this is essentially our first real trip.
We are going on the cruise March 14-18. Then staying at the AoA resort 18-20, flying out at 8:30 pm on the 21st.
We haven’t received our park tickets yet- they are being sent to us next week will then load our numbers onto bracelets.
So, I’m having a hard time planning in advance and would love suggestions for which parks which days- fast pass recommendations and mus see/do rides and attractions and fun dining experiences.
I was thinking- based on the information provided that we would go to Animal Kingdom on Friday- our boat arrives at port Canaveral at 7:45 am. I’m predicting we will get to the hotel by 10:30-11.
Saturday, we’d do Hollywood Studios. Sunday, Magic Kingdom and Monday is undecided.
Any suggestions for fast pass, fireworks, parades and dining would be awkward some. Also, must see attractions.
Thanks for your help. We are so excited for our trip!!!!

12 Robyn { 03.04.16 at 4:30 am }

Awesome- not awkward…lol

13 Dave { 03.05.16 at 4:51 pm }

Hi Robyn, and I’m so sorry about your diagnosis. I would make your fourth day MK. Follow the FastPass+ and plans in the cheat sheets of Chapter 6 of the book–the late arriva plan for AK, and the two day plan for MK.

I expect all the fun dining is booked up…

14 Kim { 03.26.16 at 6:18 am }

Dave- this is an awesome setup. I trying to adjust for our trip. We are flying in Before noon in Wednesday June 1. And flying out late on Tuesday June 7. Is it recommended we start with the afternoon Epcot plan you have of Wednesday and progress through the week by day or something different?

15 Kelly B - Destinations In Florida { 03.26.16 at 9:39 am }

Kim- If you are planning on taking the Magical Express, it will bring you to your resort first. Plan on at least 2-3 hours from when you land until you are at the parks. The same goes for your departure day. The ME will pick you up about 3 hours before your departure time.

16 Dave { 03.26.16 at 10:13 am }

Kim it is tied to operating and crowd patterns on specific days of the week–so Sunday means Sunday, not Day 2. Your best bet is to design your itinerary for your dates using the material in Chapter 6 of my book.

17 Shelly Floy { 05.20.16 at 9:21 pm }

Hi Dave- I actually found your itinerary for Nov 19th so it looks like you suggest Magic Kingdom Sunday the 20th and Thursday which is Thanksgiving to spend at Animal Kingdom. Is this correct? Is Animal Kingdom the best place for Thanksgiving day?

18 Dave { 05.25.16 at 9:05 am }

Yes, Shelly.

19 Karen Albarella { 07.24.16 at 9:05 pm }

We are a family of 6 adults. Our kids were young when we went to Disney and now we would like to go with them and their spouses for a Christmas time adventure. Price is a consideration. 4 of us coming from Buffalo and the other 2 from Virginia. We would like to maximize the value and our time is fairly flexible. Any advice is appreciated.

20 Dave { 07.25.16 at 11:31 am }

Karen, see this.

21 Melissa { 11.03.16 at 9:56 am }

This is great. Question, though. What do you base the recommended days to visit parks on? We are going during the busiest time in April. There’s another site that says MK will be jammed at that time, and the best days to go that particular week are Saturday and Sunday.

22 Dave { 11.07.16 at 12:23 pm }

Hi Melissa, I am guessing that the Sat and Sun you are talking about is Easter sat and Sun. It is true that Easter typically is an OK MK day, but it’s an even better AK day.

The days I send folk to the park in this itin (and all my 8 night itins) are based on 1. getting them to the other parks before MK, and 2. avoiding the days that each park will see the highest crowds.

The weeks before and after Easter don’t see a huge difference among days–arriving well before open and having good FP+ and plans for each day are much more important.

23 Lara { 01.23.17 at 12:32 pm }

Hi! These are SO amazing, thank you so much! We have a 6-day park hopper pass and will be there July 16-22 with a 3 and 6 year old. Right now my plan is –

Sun 7/16 – AK (Tusker for lunch)
Mon 7/17 – HS (Hollywood and Vine for breakfast – two huge Disney Jr lovers at our house)
Tues 7/18 – MK (Cinderella’s Table for lunch)
Wed 7/19 – ???
Thurs 7/20 – Epcot (having an event there, so have to do Epcot on Thurs)
Fri 7/21 – MK (Be Our Guest for dinner)

The plan each day is generally to go hard in the morning, rest in the afternoon back at the hotel, then head back to the park (so we have built-in rest times). We are having a hard time deciding on where we should go on Wednesday. We have 2 days at MK and one day at each of the others. Our girls are huge princess AND Star Wars lovers, so I’m trying to figure out what park will be worth the most time. Any thoughts? Thanks!

24 Dave { 01.24.17 at 6:32 am }

Hi Lara! I think that with the star wars issue you’d want to do HS as a partial day again on Weds. This will let you sign up for the Jedi Academy first thing if your breakfast gets in the way of signing up for it on Monday, and also to see (after a long afternoon break) both evening shows–Fantasmic and Star Wars–which (so far) have mostly been scheduled so that in one night you can see one but not the other.

25 Mya { 03.26.17 at 11:57 pm }

This seems like a great site I just don’t get it. I’ll be traveling 4/2-4/8 not really being able to do things on arrival and departure date. Would love to email off line and decode the best trip for my family 2 adults 2 teens and a toddle.

26 Dave { 03.27.17 at 7:53 am }

Sorry, Mya, there’s not much I can do at such a late date. This page should help.

27 Alex Pucci { 04.27.17 at 12:43 am }

We are traveling to WDW in April of 2018. We will fly in on a red eye on Thursday the 19th and fly out in the late evening on Friday the 27th. We have 3 children who will be 11,13 and 15. I was planning on getting a 6 day pass and having some off days to maybe fit in water parks. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for which parks to go to on which days. We are staying off property and will be avoiding EMH.

28 Dave { 04.27.17 at 8:42 am }

Alex, I’ll be able to help, but only after Disney releases its calendars for then, which will be in about 5 months. Meanwhile, start here!

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