My family will be going to WDW at a crowded time (New Year's Eve and early January). My kids are 15 and 13 and mostly like the bigger rides, though they do appreciate the shows. Same for my wife.
We can select fastpasses later this week, and I am looking for the best Fastpass Strategy for DHS.
First: DHS has all the new Star Wars stuff with no fastpasses available. We'll need to get there super-early to have any chance of minimizing wait times.
Second: Tier 1 for DHS now includes Rock n Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania, and Tower of Terror -- all family favorites. Plus Slinky Dog Dash which is new since we've last been there which gets good reviews and I'm sure they'll want to try. However Tier 2 for DHS has nothing that are "must do" attractions for our group.
One strategy I've seen online is to get 2 early-morning Tier 2s that you either do or skip, just in an effort to get past the time slots so you can select an additional fastpass -- which hopefully will result in another Tier 1 attraction. The downside to this is that with such large crowds as New Year's, it's unclear whether we can expect to get any ad-hoc Tier 1 fastpasses.
An alternate strategy would be to maximize the value of the 3 pre-planned fastpasses by just getting fastpasses for later in a day to a different park -- where at least the 3 rides we'd get would be things everyone really wants to do. Then just go as early as possible to DHS and do what we can before the lines get overwhelming, particularly if we skip or limit SW.
Board experts, what do you think we should do ?
All info appreciated, and thanks!!
(PS Any non-obvious tricks for avoiding bad wait times at Universal Orlando in heavy crowd situations are also appreciated!!)