Holiday touring plan


#1

How effective is the Unofficial’s Holiday Touring Guide for Magic Kingdom the day after Christmas? This is our 1st visit and would love some pointers.


#2

I’ve never used Touring Plans, but the day after Christmas is pretty crazy. You’re going to want to get to the parks before they open, and I would avoid Magic Kingdom. Epcot is typically the best park to be at on crowded days because it is so large, but it also only has three main attractions, which will have outrageous queues, so keep that in mind.

Now, welcome to MB! I hope you have a great 1st visit! Btw, is there any chance that you will be there January 2 or 3 because I have a few ADRs that I’m about to cancel.


#3

Forget touring plans. You will be there at a very busy time. This is a vacation not a military assult operation.

My suggestion is use tips in the tour books and tips you’ll find here…like when you go into Magic Kingdom in the moring and you get past main street and the castle, go left instead of right which is the way most people go.

For EPCOT - be there in AM and go straight to Soaring and get a fast pass. Same thing at Hollwood Studios - be at the rope drop (early morning hour even better) head directly to Toy Story Mania, get a fast pass then get in ride line. Shortest line of the day and you’ll get to di it twice. Both of these fast passes run out VERY QUICKLY!


#4

[QUOTE=rlcarmichael;1007003]Forget touring plans. You will be there at a very busy time. This is a vacation not a military assult operation.

My suggestion is use tips in the tour books and tips you’ll find here…like when you go into Magic Kingdom in the moring and you get past main street and the castle, go left instead of right which is the way most people go.

For EPCOT - be there in AM and go straight to Soaring and get a fast pass. Same thing at Hollwood Studios - be at the rope drop (early morning hour even better) head directly to Toy Story Mania, get a fast pass then get in ride line. Shortest line of the day and you’ll get to di it twice. Both of these fast passes run out VERY QUICKLY![/QUOTE]
Thanks for the suggestions!:laugh:


#5

LENA,
We have been at WDW the day after Christmas and several other top-volume days. the bottom line is that while the guides offer some smart advice that can make any day better (use fast passes effectively, arrive early, stay late, be flexible, use the line on the left when possible, etc…) when you get into the crowd, you will just have to deal and be patient.
One trick we use at MK is that if we get pinned in by a crowd (usually in Frontierland), we hop on the train and take it around to the area we want to be in. May not always be much faster, but it’s a great crowd-free ride!
Ditch the touring plan and set you own priorities and then be assertive at rope drop! At EC, we head over to TT and MS because while we love Soarin’, it’s not a ride we absolutely have to be on. But we can’t get enough TT and even on a really busy day, with FPs and an early stand-by line, we can usually fit in a half dozen rides first thing in the morning.
I don’t know what th enew guide says about TSM, but let me tell you I have never seen such insanity at any attraction! If you hit HS at rope drop, make a beeline for TSM. The line for the FPs gets really long really fast, and if you get there later in the morning, the FPS will be gone for the day! So one of your party needs to stop at FP line and get tic for everyone while another of you gets in the standby line. If you are one for the first people to arrive, and you get straight on the ride, enjoy it because by the time you get out of the ride, the FP and standby lines will be seriously long!


#6

Agree, the week between Xmas and New Years is a horrible time to enjoy the parks. Just about everything you plan is dead in the water before you get to the parks. Book a Deluxe resort, sleep in, enjoy the resorts hot tubs and pool, eat at a great restaurant in the resort, then maybe hit the late extra Magic Hours when everyone else is dead tired and the crowds are manageable.