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Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

By Dave Shute

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

Updated in September 2019, it includes guidance for the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, although there are still many ambiguities about opening hours, etc., so I likely will need to refine it more as information comes out. (The update does not change any of the dining in the former version.)

On its first Animal Kingdom day, it uses a Rivers of Light Dining Package to save a FastPass+. 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.

As in all images and tables on this site, click it to enlarge it.

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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1 Rob Moritz { 11.18.19 at 4:17 pm }

My thanks to you & Josh for your input into the books & websites. We will be in WDW 3/21/20-3/28/20, mostly following your high crowd itinerary. Do you anticipate revising the itinerary, and/or the daily FastPass+ strategies, between now and 1/20/20 when I have to put in our initial FastPass+ reservations? I didn’t know if the new Galaxy’s Edge or other recent openings would impact your current thoughts.

Thanks in advance for any additional insight.

2 Dave { 11.19.19 at 2:06 pm }

Hey Rob, and glad to help!!

Frankly anything is possible, but I suspect we will know enough to be pretty clear by mid January–that is, before your dates

3 Wes Fuller { 01.14.20 at 6:32 pm }

I used your Christmas itinerary 5 years ago, and it was fantastic. We are returning soon 3/22/20-3/28/20. Our work and school schedules will only allow us to arrive on Sunday. I was wondering what changes you would suggest to the high crowd itinerary starting on a Sunday. We have also decided not to do any character meals, as our teen boys are “too old” for that now. Thanks for you expert advice and this great resource of Disney wisdom.

4 Dave { 01.15.20 at 8:54 am }

Great to have helped, Wes!! I have found over the years that my itineraires don’t work well with shifts in arrival dates. You are better off using a mix of the one and two day park touring plans you’ll find in my book.

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