I was pretty nervous about planning this trip because it would be the first trip I planned with Magic Bands and FP+ completely rolled out. I had used the Magic Bands previously during testing but only for 2 people and on a trip where attractions were not our priority.
Because we had a split stay, we ended up with 2 Magic Bands for everyone. I am also an AP holder so I have the AP Magic Band they sent me. Plus my AP was linked to the Magic Band from a trip last fall so that is how we ended up with enough Magic Bands for a small army. It was slightly insane. I had most of the MBs sent to me so that I didn’t have to worry about anyone forgetting them and it was an endless stream of small boxes left on my doorstep.
Because we stayed at an Epcot resort, I planned most of our “together” activities earlier in the day and left a lot of the evenings open for exploring the Boardwalk area, the pool or heading over to Epcot. This worked out well for our group and I would do it again.
We did a good portion of our meals together with two character breakfasts, two TS dinners and two TS lunches. Because we were in the Villas we also ordered a fair amount of groceries for breakfasts and some small meals in the room (sandwiches, hot dogs, mac and cheese, etc). My mom also packed an entire suitcase of snacks and food. She is nuts. She did the same thing last time. One of the biggest jokes of our trip revolved around the EIGHT cans of tuna she brought from home. EIGHT! She originally planned to bring 6 which I said was too much and then she snuck in 2 more cans at the last minute. In case you are wondering, 2 cans were actually consumed. :whistling
I was most nervous about getting FPs for so many people but had great luck with that. I did stay up until midnight on my FP day to log on and get everything as soon as possible. I did get some FPs for things I wouldn’t normally use FP for but I knew they were things that everyone could do so I thought it was a good use of a FP for us on this specific trip. The FPs we ended up with were:
Muppets (this was the only waste of a FP)
Toy Story Mania
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Seas with Nemo
Kali River Rapids
and the 2 most coveted:
Seven Dwarves Mine Train and
Anna and Elsa
Because we added my dad’s godson after all the plans had been made, I worried about adding him to our FP plans. It was not an issue at all with the exception of Seven Dwarves. I was still able to add him but at a slightly different time. We ended up with a 10 minute window where his FP and everyone else’s FPs were valid at the same time. It worked out fine but I had to make sure that we were on track to be there for the 10 minute window.