Trip Chronicles

Trip Chronicles: FastPass Plans

Tomorrow we are able to begin booking our Fastpasses for our vacation in January. We won’t be able to book for the full length of our trip because we are staying for so long. But we will book for as many days as we can. Our general vacation plan is, we arrive on Saturday, January 13th and stay until Wednesday, January 24th. With six park days, two at the Magic Kingdom, two at Hollywood Studios, one at Epcot and one at Animal Kingdom. We won’t be doing any park hopping so I only have to concentrate on making FastPass reservations at one park per day.

These are the reservations I’m hoping to make for each park we are visiting:

Animal Kingdom: Flights of Passage. Na’vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safari.

Magic Kingdom: Peter Pan’s Flight. Dwarve’s Mine Train. Tomorrowland Speedway.

Epcot: Meet Anna & Elsa. Frozen Ever After. Soarin’

Hollywood Studios: Toy Story Mania. Disney Jr. Live on Stage. Frozen: Sing-Along.

Magic Kingdom: Dwarve’s Mine Train. Cinderella Meet and Greet. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Hollywood Studios: Toy Story Mania. Star Tours. Tower of Terror.

This trip is majorly about the kids, for a few of reasons. Firstly, we were supposed to have gone down to Disney in September. The trip was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Our kids handled the cancellation so well. So we want this trip to make up for the disappointment of not going a couple of months ago. Secondly, our daughter’s birthday is January 22nd, making our second Magic Kingdom day her birthday celebration. Therefore, that day will be all about her. To balance that we’re going to make the following day all about Star Wars for our Storm Trooper lovin’ little guy. Side note, we really need to do a better job of telling this kid which characters are good and which are bad. Thirdly, height. Our littles are still too young to go on some of our favourite rides. Which means we can use the single rider line for Everest and Rockin’ Roller Coster. Leaving fastpass reservations open for attractions all of us can enjoy as a family.

Now with this in mind I narrowed down our fastpass choices. For Magic Kingdom, we’re choosing Peter Pan’s Flight and Speedway because of their popularity and non-entertaining wait lines. The mine train and big thunder are chosen because of their popularity. For Hollywood Studios, Toy Story is still so popular that the fastpass is the top choice. Then Star Tours and Tower of Terror don’t have interactive lines which is a bummer for our child of 4. The two shows are a way of mapping out our day. Epcot and Animal Kingdom we’re easy because of the popularity of Frozen attractions and the novelty of Pandora.

Friends, it is so important to check refurb lists in the final days leading up to booking your Fastpasses. Walt Disney World updated just a few days ago that Splash Mountain will be undergoing yet another refurb while we are down in January. Anyone else feel like this attraction is down more than it is open? Kali River Rapids is also down, which is extremely disappointing because our little guy is now tall enough to ride it. Oh well, more time to spend in Dinoland, U.S.A. and Pandora.

Traveling down in January should mean that we’ll have no problem getting any of these reservations but I’ll be up bright and early, and log into My Disney Experience just in case. Check back on Wednesday to get an update on our plans or follow along on my insta stories tomorrow as I make our bookings. Happy Planning Friends.