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jacko100

Striker
You're doing it wrong ;)

Seriously though, we tend to sack off anything with more than a 20 minute queue and get pretty much everything done. I plan everything within an inch of its life, like.
My point was more that with kids you kinda have to do it in peak time because of school so queues are going to be longer, apart from avatar queues were fine there at the end of september and in Universal we had the three day express pass. Always felt a tinge of guilt walking by everyone in the normal queue. Got over it pretty quickly though :lol:

Was really impressed with Disney Springs, it was downtown disney last time I was over but this is so much better. Tons of really nice places to eat and drink. The resort we were staying in was only a five minute walk from Disney Springs too so that was great.
 

Brexit

Winger
Yeh, there's only usually 1 day per week that counts as "quiet" at MK. Definitely have to be there that day - and hope its not a "party" day too.

The hardest one to plan was actually Hollywood Studios as the stage show times are fixed - so if you want to do all of them, it really fills the day and leaves small gaps dotted around to fill with Fastpasses.
Like I said, totally different when you have kids :lol:
Hollywood Studios is my favourite park.

My point was more that with kids you kinda have to do it in peak time because of school so queues are going to be longer, apart from avatar queues were fine there at the end of september and in Universal we had the three day express pass. Always felt a tinge of guilt walking by everyone in the normal queue. Got over it pretty quickly though :lol:
Ah, aye, we take the little buggers in school time so it's probably quieter plus we use the single rider lines to get on quick for anything they're too small to ride.
 

PTR

Striker
45 mins in a queue, the kids would not stand for that one like. :lol:
How long are the queues on a fast pass these days in Florida?
We simply couldn't get a FP for it. I was on the site 1 second after opening, and they were all gone. Tried again for a friend who was staying on premise, and 45days ahead, was still booked out!!!

45mins was a reasonable compromise tbh, for the most popular ride in Florida. That's 45mins including the ride by the way. We were out of the gift shop by 9.45am.

The FP queues feel a little longer than they used to be, about 5-15mins wait depending on the ride. The longest was the wait for the talking Mickey meeting, that was about 20 mins, and I was dead annoyed until it started, and was brilliant. I've got a class video of that.

Was really impressed with Disney Springs, it was downtown disney last time I was over but this is so much better. Tons of really nice places to eat and drink. The resort we were staying in was only a five minute walk from Disney Springs too so that was great.
Sounds like we were there at about the same time, and stayed near eachother. We were at the Wyndham on Hotel Boulevard, right next to the pedestrian overpass

Hollywood Studios is my favourite park.
Even though its a building site, you've still got big hitters:
Star Tours - much improved now
Tower of Terror
Rock N Rollercoaster
Muppet 3D

That's the basis of a cracking day. You can do Star Tours twice with zero wait at opening, then fast pass the rest. the night time show is really good too.

Its going to be outrageously good when the 2 new bits open up
 
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Brexit

Winger
Even though its a building site, you've still got big hitters:
Star Tours - much improved now
Tower of Terror
Rock N Rollercoaster
Muppet 3D

That's the basis of a cracking day. You can do Star Tours twice with zero wait at opening, then fast pass the rest. the night time show is really good too.

Its going to be outrageously good when the 2 new bits open up
They've closed a few of my favourite parts which is a shame whilst waiting for the new bits to open but I'm sure I'll survive.
 

jacko100

Striker
Sounds like we were there at about the same time, and stayed near eachother. We were at the Wyndham on Hotel Boulevard, right next to the pedestrian overpass
Oh yeah, remember passing by that, we were in saratoga springs. Can't wait to go back in 2019 for star wars land. A new street by star tours leading up to star wars land opened while were were there with a few new restaurants and bars.
 

AndrewP

Striker
We simply couldn't get a FP for it. I was on the site 1 second after opening, and they were all gone. Tried again for a friend who was staying on premise, and 45days ahead, was still booked out!!!
Was it because hotel guests booked them all?
 

Lester1979

Striker
We fly out in 9 days for a 3 weeks stay. Virgin flights from Manchester cost us £2400 for the 4 of us then 21 nights in a Disney hotel plus tickets and quick dining brought the total to £8200. Factor in a further £1000 for Universal tickets, a couple of excursions and a few grand spending money and you're close to £12k.

If you want to be in the Disney bubble then it's worth it but if International Drive is your thing then you can do it for atleast half the cost.

We simply couldn't get a FP for it. I was on the site 1 second after opening, and they were all gone. Tried again for a friend who was staying on premise, and 45days ahead, was still booked out!!!
I've managed to get rope drop FPs for the two days we're planning at AK. Apparently I was very lucky to get them.
 
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Bollotti

Winger
If you have kids aged 10+ get tickets for Fun Spot. Two locations at bottom of I Drive and the 192. My boys played for hours on the go-carts with virtually no queues. The one at 192 has classic car shows every Friday and Saturday night, with live music.
 

geordiedean

Striker
looking to go to Florida next year, bout September. Didn’t realise how expensive it is to get there. Do people just use virgin or Thomson or is there other options, cheaper preferably.

Was hoping to pay no more that £1500 for the hotels and flights.

Is international drive still the place to stay or is Disney/universal a better option? Been 20yr since I was there.
International drive is terrible. Stay elsewhere rent a villa in Kissimmee or surrounding areas
 

WASTID

Striker
Just gan on the app at 10:37 Florida time on the day you want to ride and they release a load more.
Bit of a random time that one mind. This is the key though. Get FPs booked as soon as you can do so online and make sure you have them planned to fit a route. Then just be sensible and be at the park for rope drop and head straight to rides that you don't have FP for.

We went last yr when Seven Dwarves ride hadn't long opened. Couldn't get FP so just headed straight there at open and pretty much walked on it. Same in Epcot as well just FP soaring and head taraight to the car ride on opening
 

DiscoPants86

Midfield
Loved the water parks in Disney and would've loved volcano bay but their tapu tapu system is a complete joke, I was there two weeks ago for about four hours and only managed to get on two things. The system is just stupid, you get a time to join the queue instead of being able to just queue. I was sitting outside the main slide for about 10 minutes before I was allowed to then go join the queue and wait for a further 45 minutes. This was all in the off season too.

That said the slides are class, scary as fuck waiting for that trap door to open!



Soarin was class, hadnt done that before, actually thought it was better than avatar.

Had two really nice days in epcot doing the food and wine expo, really nice just eating and drinking your way around the park
You were there when we were there. Found the tapu tapu system great, got on all the rides, mind you it helped getting in the park an hour before general opening hours.
 

jacko100

Striker
You were there when we were there. Found the tapu tapu system great, got on all the rides, mind you it helped getting in the park an hour before general opening hours.
yeah I was never gonna be up that early to do that! :lol:

I just didnt see the benefit or point of the tapu tapu. You're only allowed one time and its literally giving you a time when you're allowed join the queue, its not like you could go off and go on anything else while waiting as everything had a tapu tapu wait time.

Should just let people join the queue when they want. I guess at peak periods it stops EVERYONE queuing at the drop slides cause they're the big ones, no pooint apart from that.
 

DiscoPants86

Midfield
yeah I was never gonna be up that early to do that! :lol:

I just didnt see the benefit or point of the tapu tapu. You're only allowed one time and its literally giving you a time when you're allowed join the queue, its not like you could go off and go on anything else while waiting as everything had a tapu tapu wait time.

Should just let people join the queue when they want. I guess at peak periods it stops EVERYONE queuing at the drop slides cause they're the big ones, no pooint apart from that.
Days we went we just a lot of the rides didn't have wait times, did you go on a weekend? We tried to stay out of the parks on Sat / Sun and went during the weekdays, seemed a lot quieter. Islands of Adventure we pretty much did everything in 5 hours. Longest we waited for a ride was 15 minutes.
 

PTR

Striker
Has to be done through the app.
There's a code you can get too that gives $10 off your first trip. You can each sign up - so that's 2 freebies, basically.

We used them a few times. They were good. We had to pay more though, as the cars with child seats cost more.
 

jacko100

Striker
Days we went we just a lot of the rides didn't have wait times, did you go on a weekend? We tried to stay out of the parks on Sat / Sun and went during the weekdays, seemed a lot quieter. Islands of Adventure we pretty much did everything in 5 hours. Longest we waited for a ride was 15 minutes.
Was there wednesday two weeks ago, was one of the rainy days. queues for everything were crazy. More annoyingly the express passes that we paid for for the universal parks didnt work there. The other two parks were fine, no wait times at all, all the harry potter stuff is very impressive though the new gringotts ride isnt a patch on the other on in the Studios.

Hulk still my favourite ride there!
 

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