We had an off-site visit in November. In all I think we had about four days in the Park.
What is new…hmmm…
At Hollywood Studios Toy Story Midway Mania is the big new attraction - and it has taken on a life of it’s own! If you want to experience it, you must hightail it to the ride as soon as the parks open. By the time you get there the line-up will have already begun. You’ll have to decide whether you want to wait (if it’s first thing in the morning and you really run, you might have a wait of about 30 minutes - don’t expect less. If you choose to get a fastpass you will have to get in line for that too - and those line-ups can be as long as the ride queue - but if you don’t get it first thing, chances are all the fastpasses will be gone by noon. Yes - it is that nuts. That being said, it’s a really fun, inter-active ride and you’ll love it.
Animal Kingdom - was Expedition Everest open when you were there? If not - terrific rollercoaster. We find that the line moves quickly. AK also has Nemo: The Musical. It depends on whether you enjoy musical theatre - if you do - this is an absolutely wonderful show, incorporating actors and puppets and fantastic props. I highly recommend it.
Epcot - Soarin’ Was it open? Another attraction where you have to get a fastpass first thing - not as crazy as ToyStory Mania - but still pretty nuts. You won’t want to miss it! The rest of Epcot is pretty much the same.
MK - they are in the process of the huge reno of Fantasyland - Toontown is no more. Other than that - no real changes.
Will you be driving to the parks? Now, this might not be on the up-and-up - but my dh just went into AAA (well CAA for us but I digress) and asked if he could get a “gold pass” parking pass. These are suppose to come with an AAA package but - they just gave him one! It’s good for a year and you get to park in the gold parking lot just outside the park entrances. It was extremely convenient. Heck, you can always try…
If you drive I’d suggest being in the parks early in the morning and doing as much as you can. If you are staying all day, then find somewhere quiet for a break in the afternoon. At the MK the Hall of Presidents is quiet and cool, or take a few spins on the People Mover. At Epcot visit The American Adventure. The seats in the theatre are comfortable and it’s a nice 45 minute break. Or you could walk over to the Boardwalk. The veranda at the Boardwalk Inn has nice rocking chairs to sit and watch the world go by. Or have ice cream at the Bakery - it’s always quiet on the Boardwalk during the day.
At AK - take in the Nemo Show - (see above).
A nice place for a break at the Studios was the Book Stop. Buy a carrot cake cookie and find a comfortable chair - they’ll let you stay as long as you want.
The evening is the best time for the Marketplace. For a quick and tasty dinner try Earl of Sandwich. The best deal in food at WDW.