My husband and I are planning our first trip to Disney together since our honeymoon twenty-four years ago. I’ve been a few times since then by myself, but not since FP+ made an annoying system even worse. So I’ve got a couple questions for those of you with more recent experience.
We’ll be visiting the first weekend in August…. Not the ideal time, weather-wise, but we’re there for an event at a hotel in the village (yeah, I’m dating myself – I sort of eventually adapted to Downtown Disney, but the Disney Springs concept just isn’t happening for me….)
Day 1 – Animal Kingdom
Our main goal here is repeated rides on Everest, then enjoying the animal exhibits. Every other time I’ve gone to AK, including right after Everest opened, it was always possible to do several repeat rides if I went straight there after rope-drop. I’m assuming that this is still possible – especially considering the focus on Avatar these days. Does this sound like a safe approach?
Day 2 – Magic Kingdom
Must rides here are Mansion, Pirates and probably Big Thunder and Splash Mountain. Is there any chance at all of hitting Mansion right after rope-drop, then proceeding on to the mountains and Pirates without having to get a Fast Pass for any of them? Or am I completely delusional?
If the general consensus is that an FP will be required for at least some of those four rides, then can someone answer questions about the steps to get one:
1. I’d have to create an account on Disney’s website?
2. Can you get FPs for two people off one account, or does each person have to have their own account to get their own FP?
3. Can FPs be downloaded to phones vs having to get one of those magic bands? If so, can you download FPs for multiple people to one phone?
I have to say, just typing this reminds me why I almost never go to Disney anymore. The very idea that I’m having to think about my ride strategy two months before I even walk through the gates just drives me nuts. I’ve definitely been spoiled by Universal’s Express Pass!
Anyway, thanks in advance for any help from those of you more familiar with the modern Disney experience.Tweet
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