I can’t believe it’s just 11 days until we leave for Disney to celebrate our son’s short life and heal as a family. I can’t wait to see that welcome sign.
I am a planner. I made these awesome spreadsheets for the trip last May and a really awesome planning notebook for the first trip until it was stolen! But I have done NOTHING for this trip. So I thought I would let y’all experience the planning with me.
As it stands, we are leaving Birmingham on January 1st and driving most of the way to Disney World (we usually drive straight there but the hotel rooms are $$$$ that night). We will arrive to Disney World on January 2nd.
January 2nd –
Jason will be doing his driving experience at Disney Speedway from 3 – 5 pm that day. My plan is to take the kids to Downtown Disney and hopefully meet up with some of my followers while we are there. Last time we met in front of Earl of Sandwich and the kids played in the fountain area. I think it’s going to be too cold for the fountains this time. Where would you meet up?
That night we are going to go to Hollywood Studios to see the Osborne Lights Spectacular. It is going to be busy but we are just going to go for the lights and maybe dinner.
They are having Fantasmic which we aren’t planning on seeing, so maybe we can see all the lights while others are seeing the show. What time do the lights turn on when Fantasmic is playing? Anyone know?
Where would you eat? We have only eaten at Pizza Planet and 50s Prime Time Cafe there.
Park planning –
We are not having park hoppers this trip. We also want to do 3 days at Magic Kingdom and 1 day at each of the other parks. I am a huge fan of Touringplans.com. They tell you which parks is the best parks to go to on which days. They know their stuff! My secret to not standing in line is by following their guidelines.
Even though we usually do the Magic Kingdom on our first full day in the parks, I really want to experience super low crowds on this trip. So I am trying to go where the crowds aren’t.
Monday – Epcot – Open 9 am to 9 pm
Tuesday -Magic Kingdom – Open 9 am to 8 pm
Wednesday – Magic Kingdom – Open 9 am to 8 pm
Thursday – Animal Kingdom – Open 9 am to 5 pm
Friday – Hollywood Studios – Open 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday – Magic Kingdom – Open 9 am to 9 pm plus Electrical Main Street Parade at 7 pm (we have not seen this yet!)
So what do you think? I’d love some input!