3 weeks from now we’ll be on ME, heading toward CSR! Our packet arrived this week. Finally feeling close. Anxious to get back, and excited about our plans. Really looking forward to the nice weather.
Plans include all park parades and nighttime shows, including Osborne lights. If anyone wants to offer suggestions for Wednesday, feel free.
And in case it’s not clear what all the “Options” mean, I’ll explain. We need to decide – after flying in Friday afternoon – whether to do the A path of Options (A1, A2, A3) or the B path (B1, B2, B3).
As much as everyone has convinced me to do MVMCP (Friday is the only night it’s offered during our stay)… and despite never being to any party before… and not planning to return for 9 years… I’m still leaning away from the party, toward the B options. Here’s why:
MVMCP was sold out on this night last year. That means crowds until later that night. Not sold out yet this year, maybe because they’ve added an extra party this year on the 15th (the night before). Nonetheless, being Friday, it’ll still probably be crowded.
Even though it’s not the same, Option B still gives us at least a distant view of MVMCP fireworks from the Poly.
Option B puts us at ‘Ohana on a non-park day, whereas Option A requires us to leave MK (short trip though it is) to eat at ‘Ohana.
Our original flight got moved up almost 3 hours, allowing us to arrive at 1:30, to make this even possible in the first place (a sign?). Still, it probably doesn’t allow time for naps (children old enough not to need them (12 and 9), but parents almost old enough (40+) to require them!). Thinking we may be dragging at midnight, considering a 2 hour flight and being up 17 or 18 hours.
No advanced discounts are offered for the party this night. That means over $200 for the 4 of us.
This also means there is no harm in waiting until the last minute, in case the flight is delayed or the weather is bad. If it’s sold out when we arrive – or rainy – “that’s life”. And one less decision to make. At that point, it’s definitely the B path!
The later night Friday would mean we’d need to sleep in Saturday, and miss MK opening, and all the perks that go with no crowds that time of day (MK is a MUST-DO for us on Saturday, before the crowds hit)
It also means not eating breakfast at Crystal Palace before the park opens, and the feeling of having the whole park “to ourselves” our first morning. (Although we get a little of that on our last day under Option A, MK would open that last day while we’re eating, making us miss out on additional valuable “non-crowded MK” time).
So by putting this in writing, I’m seeing that it really mostly comes down to this: Is MVMCP really worth sacrificing a few more rides during the course of the week, a bit of less crowded park time, and $200? Opinions are welcome but not required (but they MIGHT get you “member of the month” points!).
At any rate, here are our plans:
…ME to CSR early afternoon
…Purchase tickets and attend MVMCP
…Dinner at LTT – 5:10
…MVMCP Fireworks – 9:30
…Leave at midnight
…Dinner at ‘OHANA – 7:15
…Water Parade – 9:00
…View MVMCP fireworks from Poly – 9:30
…Leave at 10:00
…Dinner at ‘OHANA – 5:15
…Breakfast at CP before 9:00 park opening – 8:05
…Dinner at LTT – 6:00
…Leave at midnight
…Snacks at SCI FI – 1:30
…Fantasmic – 8:00
…AK EMH 7 a.m.
…Hop to Epcot before lunch
…LeCELIER – 6:00
…Illuminations? (or defer to Friday if favorable forecast)
…Epcot EMH 8 a.m.
…Hop to AK after lunch for parade
…BOMA – 6:10
…Blizzard Beach or resort pool or D Quest or DTD or parks (we added an extra day to our tickets for just a handful of dollars extra, just in case)
…HDD – 7:15
…6:30 Seaworld Luau
…Breakfast at CP after 8:00 park opening – 8:05
…MK rope drop 8:00
…MK favorite attractions a.m.
…Hop to Epcot
…BIERGARTEN – 5:05
…Candlelight Processional – 8:15
…Holiday Illuminations – 9:30
…ME departure – 7 a.m.