Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by Skallywag Steph, Oct 4, 2017.
Our second day. It's a party day too
See!! I KNEW it. I am totally expecting this when I book Saturday morning. Both of my MK days are party days. Ugh - between ADR's and this I am just in shock. I can't have BOG for LUNCH or ride 7DMT with a FP? Booking online at the earliest possible moment? REALLY?
I was under the impression that party days at the MK were actually less crowded (and thus more FP availability, etc.) during the morning and afternoon before the party than other days. Is this not the case?
I know it. I'm bummed too. There was availability every other day of the week (my mk day is on tues) but they were later times. Things seemed to be going well with availability until yesterday. I guess a lot of people are checking in on Sunday.
That was what i heard but this year the park is closing at 6 so that's one less hour. Plus party goers can book fast passes as well from 4-6 so that may have taken some too.
The explanation I keep getting from everyone is that there are just that many fewer fastpasses to go around, due to the shortened operating hours. Same with ADR's. I do think MK itself will be less crowded than the neighboring days with no parties. However I fully expect 4th FP's to be very limited to nonexistent.
Touring Plans has MK at a crowd level 2 for 12/7 (party day). I have high hopes for a fun morning/early afternoon before hopping somewhere else.
I think that is a good plan. We plan to be gone both days before party guests are let in at 4pm. I've been on party days before and there is a noticeable difference in crowds then.
I'm going the same dates as you and this was my experience. I even adjusted a bunch after to different times.
Booked my FPs today for our Dec 11-17 stay (Mon to Sun).
I was unable to get SDMT on 60+1 at all. Put a bit of a kink in our plans but we figured it out - booked it for 60+3 (Thurs) in the last hour before the park closes for MVMCP since we're going that night.
I was able to get FOP for 60+4 (Fri) in the evening after ROL. It was our second choice (would have preferred around 2 or 2:30) but it will work and also allows us to see Pandora at night.
I was also able to get FOP for 60+5 (Sat) just after noon. Again I would have preferred earlier but we'll deal with it as we were going end the AK portion of our day around then and wanted to eat lunch at Satuli before we left anyway. Tentative plan is to RD Navi during EMH that day then bail out of Pandora until our FP/lunch.
I was able to get FEA for 60+2 (Wed) in the early evening. Again I would have preferred earlier (would like to have done it prior to our ADR at 4:15) but it should work as it is. I'll likely continue to search for a change in that one.
Everything else was no problem at all. I did not look at other days for FOP so unsure if earlier days were available. We're doing 2 RD mornings at MK plus the party so should be good with less FPs there. Also doing RD at DHS one day and will be attending Galactic nights so aren't booking any FPs for that park. Makes me a bit nervous and am crossing my fingers RnR will be open for Galactic Nights (currently not advertised but I believe it wasn't for the one earlier this year either but was actually open).
**edited to correct days. I can't count after being up so early**
I was originally thinking the same, but I wonder if the type of people who DO go on a party day tend to be more FP and ADR savy then the general park-goer. That combined with fewer hours worth of FP and ADRs make for tricky scheduling. I think I am trying to find an explanation that makes it not super busy
That sounds like a likely scenario.
How many people were you booking for? FEA and 7DMT are kinking my plans more than FOP. I knew enough to schedule AK at the end of our trip. It never occurred to me I would have issues for FEA and 7DMT at 3 & 4 days into our trip.
How many in your party? That sounds a lot worse than I was expecting for 7DMT and FEA. Thankfully our arrival day isn't a park day so we get a 1 day jump on it.
Was FOP on your 60+5 AK day really limited? I think that's the same day I'm going (16th?). I make my FP tomorrow and suddenly getting nervous esp for FOP and FEA. I think we'll be at Epcot on the same day as you too!
I did mine today. My trip is the 11-16. I could only see until the 15th but there was one FOP at 655 on that day. There were no 7 dwarfs tues or weds but some afternoon the rest of the week.
I had trouble booking SDMT on the 11th of November. I did get to it kind of late, but yeah that is the first party night and I cant get anything.
Wow. No 7DMT on both of those days?! Guess I'll have to book whatever I can and keep checking for the next two months
@Gentry2004 @shanew21 - I was booking for 2 people. Sorry I mean to include that in my initial post!
@donaldduck123 Bah I think I was counting wrong - I put 60+5 but was actually the 65th day so 60+4 I guess. I'll edit my post to correct it and add the days of the week. Toooo early!
I'm sorry I can't recall what was there for FEA. We are only heading to the park in mid-afternoon so I wasn't looking any earlier than around 3.
Yikes, that doesn't bode well at all. However, that's good to hear that you were only looking for the afternoon. Were you checking mornings for the other parks?
There were definitely FEA times for Sunday the 17th in the morning and good availability for Test Track and Soarin. There was good availability on the 12th (Tues) for MK - it was just SDMT and possibly Enchanted Tales that were gone. The 14th (Thurs) had good availability for everything at DHS. Saturday AK also had good availability for everything except FOP.
SDMT not being available at all on the Tuesday definitely threw me for a bit of a loop.
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