I will be traveling with my wife and her sister to DW form 8-22-19 thru 8-29-19. We have 6 day park hopper tickets and plan on using them on Friday thru Wednesday. We will be celebrating my wife’s 50th Birthday on the 25th.
Any suggestions for an itinerary?
Happy Birthday to Kevin’s Wife
You might want to get her this Minnie purse for the trip – Photo by Courtney Reynolds
Congratulations on the trip. I’ll get to your answer in a minute, but I would be remiss if I didn’t sing Happy Birthday to your wife.
“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Kevin’s wife. Happy Birthday to you.”
Now wasn’t that good?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
I’ve said this a few times, but it bears repeating. There are a few slow times in the year where it really doesn’t matter much which parks you go to on what day. It’s like Tom Hanks says in “You’ve Got Mail”, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday… (Yes, he’s quoting “The Godfather”, but I like “You’ve Got Mail” better)
Late August is one of those Monday, Tuesday, Thursday time periods. The crowds will be light and it won’t matter much which park you visit on what day.
Some Help with Your Itinerary
Yes, I know, that’s not particularly helpful. Sorry. Let me make it up to you. I use TouringPlans when I’m putting together my PLAN for the parks. It shows you the project crowd levels every day for each park. It’s a good tool to use when you are putting together an itinerary for your trip.
You will have to buy a subscription, but it’s worth it. There’s a ton of information about the daily activities at Walt Disney World on TouringPlans.
I usually start by roughing out a PLAN using TouringPans then move on to Stage 2 which is…
The Where Do I Want to Eat PLAN
Our Planning starts with ‘Ohana – Photo by Cliff Wang
The second phase of itinerary planning is based on where I’m want to eat and where I can get an ADR (dining reservation) for that restaurant.
Let’s take ‘Ohana for an example. We typically go to ‘Ohana on Animal Kingdom day. Sometimes my first choice for ‘Ohana is not available, so, I’ll find a reservation for ‘Ohana and that day will become Animal Kingdom day. Then I’ll move the other days around.
I’ll keep doing this until I have all my ADR’s matching up with my park days.
The Best Help
If you don’t already have it, I would highly suggest you check out my book. Yes, I wrote it, but it’s a good book and it’s all about how to PLAN a Walt Disney World vacation. It walks you through each step of the planning process. It makes planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Simple, Fun and Magic!
Dad’s Bottom Line
Kevin, you can’t really make a final itinerary until after you make Dining Reservations, but you can start working on it. Rough out which park you want to visit on each day using TouringPlans, then try to get your ADR’s to match. If your ADR’s line up with your rough PLAN, great. If not, you might have to adjust a little.
Hope that helps. Oh and get Dad’s book!
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