We, 4 adults and 3 kids (all girls, 11, 9, and 2 turning 3 during our trip), are heading to Orlando on 12/29/2014 till 1/9/2015. We’re planning on countdown at WDW and then off to DCL, back to WDW and USF/IOA and possibly Kennedy or Sea World. Here’s the plan I have so far and am wondering if you guys can give me any changes or suggestions. We’re staying at HVC Sea World and renting a car for our entire stay.
12/29/14 Arrive at MCO around 3 pm. Check in and off to Downtown Disney. ADR at Irish Pub @ 6:45 pm.
12/30/14 MK. ADR at The Plaza @ 5:10 pm. What do people do between Electrical parade, Wishes, and Pre-Countdown? Just stay there to keep your spots?
12/31/14 EP. ADR at Coral Reef @ 1:10 pm and at Marrakesh @ 7:20 pm. How’s food at Marrakesh? IllumiNations before the dinner. Where’s your favorite spot to see it? Is around Morocco pavilion good place?
1/1/15 AK/HS. ADR at 50’s Prime Time @ 7pm. Probably won’t be able to get up so early so stay at AK till close and head to HS after that?
1/5/15 Off the ship and head back to hotel and to AK/HS. I might go to EP instead of AK and then to HS. OR should I just stick to one park? ADR at Mama Melrose’s with Fantasmic show @ 3:30 pm.
1/6/15 USF/IOA. Mainly Harry Potter but hoping the crowd is small so that we can ride many without express pass.
1/7/15 MK. No ADR yet.
1/8/15 Kennedy or Sea World. My oldest DD is into space engineering so she and DH will have a great time there at Kennedy. Me and others maybe not so much? Is it better to split the group and have them take a car and I use hotel shuttle to Sea World? Or Kennedy is worth to go?
1/9/15 Leaving MCO in the morning.
What do you think about this schedule? Did I put too much together??
I didn’t reserve any character dinning yet. I’ve never been on DCL, but I’ve heard there are more opportunities to meet characters than at WDW, so I wasn’t sure if it’s worth the money or not.
Also, my youngest DD won’t be able to ride big stuffs, so we’ll use a rider switch. I’ve read some WDW fan page that if you want to use FastPass+ and do the rider switch, only the first group requires to have FastPass+ but not the other half. Is that true? When they had the original FastPass system, I always get it for all members and did the ride switch. If this is true, can I use my FastPass+ to book smaller rides for my youngest DD and still able to ride big ones with the rider switch card?