Hi, my name is Jane and Iím a lurker. Iíve been visiting easywdw daily since I booked our trip to Disney World last October. Iím a reader, not a commenter, until today. My family just returned from our second trip together to the World on Saturday and since I learned so much from Josh and everyone here about what to expect and how to plan this trip, I thought Iíd share our experience for anyone who wants to hear it.
So my family consists of me, Jane (no, not a Tarzan reference there, Iím the planner), my husband who rated our last trip to WDW 5 years ago as a ď2 out of 10,Ē and two sons, ages 10 and 14. My challenge is keeping the kids happy with plenty of rides and pool time AND keeping my husband happy by not running him ragged and making sure thereís enough down time so he can enjoy a nice nap in the hotel every afternoon (followed by a couple of adult beverages).
Here we go....
Friday, April 13th Ė Arrival and Epcot
Our flight lands at MCO at 2:30 pm, we are on the Magical Express bus headed to the Beach Club at 3 pm and are at the resort at 3:35 pm. There is no line at check-in and we are walking to Epcot by 4 pm. After reading other experiences, I know we got extremely lucky and made excellent time, so I am psyched.
The plan is to have a leisurely evening at Epcot, visiting attractions with short waits and try to last until Illuminations. We hit Journey Into Imagination first, with no wait of course. The family agrees that it was boring and they want to do something ďmore fun.Ē Sorry kids, no Test Track or Soariní tonight because FPs are gone and there is no way we are waiting in those lines.
I suggest we head over to Sum of Thrills to check out the wait and weíre pleasantly surprised that it is 10 Ė 15 minutes. Well worth the wait and everyone is happy to do something ďfun.Ē Next up, Mission Space green with a 10 minute posted wait. We walked right into the pre-show area. After Mission Space we walk onto Spaceship Earth and head to Sunshine Seasons in the Land for dinner. After dinner, itís time for Living with the Land, with you guessed it, no wait. This is my younger sonís favorite ride for some reason, and we visit again on two more days.
At 7 pm, we head to the Seas and ride Nemo with no wait, and wait for about 10 minutes for the next Turtle Talk with Crush show. The rest of the family is now losing steam and want to head back to the room. I try to keep everyone excited for Illuminations with promises of treats in the World Showcase, beer for my husband in England and chocolate croissants and chocolate mousse for the boys and myself in France, but that just delays the inevitable. We enjoy our snacks and exit by the International Gateway at 8:15 pm.
Iím glad we had the chance to experience so much on our first late afternoon/evening. It will make our big day at Epcot tomorrow much more relaxed. Weíre planning to ride Test Track as many times as possible tomorrow morning before it closes on Monday for refurbishment.