For our Disney 2017 trip we planned for 1 day at Animal Kingdom (even though we were staying at the AK lodge!). We had been hearing such AMAZING things about Pandora and were so excited. Although I’m really not a fan of the Avatar movie and my partner is lukewarm about it, the immersion factor from all of the pictures and vlogs we were saying couldn’t be beat. I also love animals. Almost everywhere we go I try to go to the closest zoo. So it sounds like a perfect park!
Unfortunately the two rides in Pandora cannot be booked in advance via FastPass+ for the same day, so we did have to make a sacrifice. How do you handle touring Pandora? Read below to see our thoughts and plans!
My partner and I went to Disney World for a week in December 2017. I had my blog on hiatus then, but I did document my planning. So see below for my planning for 1 full day at the Magic Kingdom and utilizing some of our time on our flex day at this park as well.
MGM–I mean Hollywood Studios. This will be our first park! I doubt we’ll be rope dropping for HS. I want to start off on a more relaxing note. I won’t be able to book FastPass+ until October, but I am hoping to get mid-morning to afternoon time slots for Frozen Ever After, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Tower of Terror. Hopefully we can get additional FastPass+’s for Rock n Roller Coaster and/or Star Tours. If not I’d probably be willing to wait in line for these. Here’s a ranking of rides/attractions specifically for us (two young adults, no kids, likes thrill rides and my partner likes Star Wars) — I’ll be using this ranking basically to book FastPass+ in advance and on the fly at the park:
Hoping to book our 3 advanced FastPass+ selections for:
Toy Story Midway Mania
Tower of Terror
Fantasmic! <– we have priority seating for this with a dining package, kind of like a FastPass+
Hoping to book FastPass+ on the fly, or will wait in Standby / must dos
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Will likely wait in Standby for
Meet Buzz Lightyear and Woody (together!)
Meet BB-* Astromech on Duty
Celebrity Spotlight (depending on who’s there)
The Music of Pixar Live! <– as of this moment this is only scheduled through August; if it is ongoing when we are there in December I definitely want to see this.
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Probably skip unless the standby line is very short
The Great Movie Ride
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Meet other characters
Beauty and the Beast Live
For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration
Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams
Definitely going to skip
Disney Junior Live on Stage
Ah, the real reason why we go to WDW… I want to have a solid plan for meal options so I don’t end up eating overpriced chicken nuggets every day.
Breakfast: we’ll probably just eat granola bars that we bring with us in the hotel
Lunch: reservation at Mama Melrose’s
This is our Fantasmic! dining package meal so we’re going to overeat to get our moneys worth. I’m excited for steak!
Dinner: no real plans yet, might fill up on snacks instead?
Fried Herb and Cheese at the Tune In Lounge
PB&Jelly Milkshake at the Tune In Lounge OR a seasonal flavor at Min and Bills
Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells
Drinks: Margarita Flight or Flight of the Stars White Wine Flight at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
My partner and I are going on a week-long Walt Disney World trip this winter! I am so excited. Sept ’15 we went to the Magic Kingdom just for one day, and before that I hadn’t been to WDW since I was a child. Our upcoming trip is basically my first full-fledged Disney experience in over a decade so we are trying to be on top of planning to make it as magical as possible.
We are staying on site in a Disney Vacation Club villa at the Animal Kingdom lodges, which means we can book dining 180 days in advance of the first day of our trip for the length of our stay. This day recently happened, so read more below to find out our trials and tribulations!
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to advance dining reservations at Disney? How the heck are people snagging dinner at Be Our Guest?!