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  1. Lisa
    September 10, 2019

    Hello ,
    I have a trip to Walt Disney coming up from 9/18-9/22 we are actually going to Disney world the day of the 19th and plan on purchasing the hopper. Since our budget only allows us for 1 day at Disney and it’s our first time , do you have any tips on how we can do a little bit of everything in one day ?

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    • Dave
      September 10, 2019

      So, umm, Lisa, I could not advise doing that. Seeing all the best at Disney World takes about six days, and because of how FastPass+ work, and the way lines develop, compressing that into one day doesn’t really work that well.

      First, a one day ticket with a hopper is wildly expensive–adding about $65 per ticket to your costs to the ~$115 a base ticket will already cost you. Second, it takes a lot of time to get between the parks–figure about three hours of your day for that for planning purposes. Third, even with trying to book fourth and further FastPass+ you will be facing long lines at most parks after your first park. Finally, you are setting yourself up for a really long day…

      If you are staying at a hotel with Extra Magic Hours privileges (all those on this page do, and only those), then doing what you are thinking becomes a little easier, as you can start your day early–but that of course makes the day even longer…

      Let me know where you are staying, and what your goals for visiting all four parks would be (that is, why this thought is attractive to you)…

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  2. Anonymous
    August 29, 2019

    Hey Dave,

    I just came across your website and it has honestly helped me a lot with planning my first Disney world trip. I had to change my trip from September to November. If you could help me kind of plan out what days I should visit each park I would really appreciate it! I will be there from November 17th to the 23rd. I am planning to get tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party and in that week there are 4, which we wouldn’t go to the one on the 17th because we plan to arrive that day. We would either go to the one on the 19th, 21st, or 22nd. I would appreciate any advice and tips please 🙂

    Thank you,

    Maria Hernandez

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    • Dave
      August 30, 2019

      HI maria–any kids? What ages?

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  3. Todd
    August 28, 2019

    Going November 1st-19th-right after the extra extra magic hours end- planning all the theme parks in the area- concerned the hours at Magic Kingom are so short–closing 9 pm, even on a holiday weekend with Jersey week, and only one extra magic hours evening–which is Wednesdays. 6 pm closings lots of days because of Christmas parties. We wanted to see the park at night. Do you think they will lengthen the hours at Magic Kingdom?

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    • Dave
      August 30, 2019

      Todd, the early close days–which are routine this time of year–will not vary. One evening EMH is also routine. Late close nights may be extended to 10p. See this for the final hours in one of your periods last year. Since Disney introduced FastPass+ in 2014, MK hours have progressively narrowed, as FP+ enables people to see more in less time.

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  4. Ethan
    August 28, 2019

    Awesome, thanks Dave!

    I think the reason we chose Monday for HS is the book suggests holding off on MK until a little later in the week. Also since the Sunday would be a non park day we could get to bed early and be at HS for 6 to try to experience Galaxy’s Edge.
    Even if GE is crazy, if it draws the crowds from the other attractions I’ll be happy with that.

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  5. Ethan
    August 27, 2019

    Hey Dave!
    First off, I wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed and appreciated the work you and Josh put into your book. It’s been my main reference as I continue to plan for my 10 yr old granddaughter and my first visit the last week of September this year.
    So far my plans are:
    Sun 9/22 – arrive at Pop Century 9am (Pool, explore resort, would love suggestions)
    Mon 9/23 – HS
    Tues 9/24 – AK
    Wed 9/25 – MK
    Thu 9/26 – EP
    Fri 9/27 – MK
    Sat 9/28 – checkout at 11am (flight departs around 2:15)

    Granddaughter and I plan to take full advantage of EMH and slow down/take breaks in the parks when lines are long.
    I haven’t scheduled any fastpasses or dining yet as I wanted to get advice on the days we chose for the parks first.

    Appreciate any and all advice!

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    • Dave
      August 28, 2019

      Hi Ethan, and thanks!!

      I would do things a little differently. 9/25 will be mobbed at MK, as will 9/26 at Epcot. If you picked 9/25 at MK to see the fireworks, then I would do 9/23 instead, as 9/25 will be better at HS than 9/23 will be, and 9/23 better at MK than 9/25. 9/24 will be better at Epcot than 9/26, so flipping your AK and Epcot days would take care of that.

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