Disney World Cheat Sheets Updated

by josh on January 25, 2014

The website’s cheat sheets have been updated again. I removed all discussion of legacy paper FASTPASS. Magic Kingdom now has two different 2-day plans and a selective 1-day plan. One set focuses more on characters, while the other is geared towards those that are primarily interested in the major rides/shows. A 1-Day plan was also added, in addition to an update of the expected wait times for each crowd level. I added a 2-day late-arrival plan for Epcot. FastPass+ makes it easier to sleep in and visit Epcot over two days, while still hitting virtually every attraction with minimal to nonexistent waits. A formal 1-day late arrival Animal Kingdom plan was added with expected timing. Hollywood Studios’ plans were modified to include one that hits the thrill rides and another that focuses on signing up a child for Jedi Training Academy, in addition to meeting the priority characters like Buzz/Woody and Sofia. All cheat sheets were otherwise updated with the latest information on FastPass+, including some modifications to past plans to increase efficiency. You’re welcome to ask a question in the comments or request information to be included in a future update.

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Jody January 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Thanks Josh! Very nice to have with and without characters. My family will use the “without characters”.

Steve January 26, 2014 at 1:34 am

Superb work Josh and incredibly useful to have multiple plans per park, but in the next version of the maps, could you also mark out the locations of the FP+ kiosks with little dots or something? That would make them just perfect!

Ellie January 26, 2014 at 3:59 am

EP 1 day plan says to get FP+ for land but has using in Crush instead.

Boski January 26, 2014 at 4:19 am

Excellent as usual.

Emily January 26, 2014 at 7:03 am

The plans you give -will they work for high crowd times as well as low crowd times? We have been in October and February the last two visits and followed your advice on parks and had no trouble with lines. This is our first trip in a high crowd time-the first week of June-due to the ages of our children we can no longer take them out of school. I am concerned about the lines and want to make the most of our trip without waiting in hour long lines for each attraction. We will have two days for each park except AK (which is our least favorite). We do have a 5 year old so we will still do some character meet and greets also. Any advice will be appreciated.

Audrey January 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

Awesome thanks.

josh January 26, 2014 at 9:14 am

Yeah I can add the FP+ kiosks once their locations are a little more clear. They are still in the process of adding/subtracting them.

josh January 26, 2014 at 9:16 am

Morning crowds are similar regardless of overall crowd level. You can follow along on the Saturday of a very busy Martin Luther King Jr Weekend here: http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/magic-kingdom-cheat-sheet-day-1-with-fastpass/ and see how fast I’m able to move through rides in the morning even with heavy afternoon crowds.

Shannon January 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Thank you so much for the 1D MK plan! I’m excited to put it to use!

Jeanna Gripper January 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Thanks so much!! I just finished up making our plans for next week using the old cheat sheets. I’m going to update mine now, too. We are snowed in so it will give me something fun to do!! Thinking about the sunshine makes the cabin fever easier to handle!!

MandaM January 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Josh, can I find the last version of the MK cheat sheets on the site anywhere — the ones you posted a few weeks ago with both FP and FP+? Day One started with Fantasyland and Day Two went to Tink and then Frontierland/Adventureland, which is exactly how my family likes to tour. I didn’t print them out, though, so it would be great if I could find it somewhere — I told my daughter while I was reading them that it was like you wrote them especially for us!

Thanks especially for the character interaction plans. We’re heavy on MK on all of our trips, so we’ll probably get to try out all of the variations of the “Ideal Morning”!

josh January 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm
karin January 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Thanks for all of your hard work Josh, these are great!

Cassie January 27, 2014 at 4:59 am

Wow, that’s a ton of work! These look fantastic…thanks as always.

fairy8i8 January 27, 2014 at 6:16 am

Thanks so much! I will use several of the new plans, including AK late arrival and the MK without characters! Thanks for putting the time into all of this. I really appreciate it!

Rhys January 27, 2014 at 6:41 am

Hi Josh,
Great info here thanks. Visiting in April/May 2014 as offsite guests. Do you think that by then we’ll be able to reserve FP+ online 60 days in advance as site guests are now able to do?

Rhys

Christina January 27, 2014 at 6:48 am

Well be there in June & we will RD. Do you recommend going to Fantasyland first? Or Tomorrowland? Thanks! Love the cheat sheets!! :)

Steve January 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Your cheat sheets (and the site in general) seem to be based on turning up at a park at least 30mins before park opening.

What about those of us on vacation who do not want to rush out so early in the morning? Will you be doing slightly altered versions of the cheat sheets for those that arrive late morning?

Rob January 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I wonder how this plan would incorporate meeting the princesses at Frozen?

Meadow January 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

The day we are going to MK (2-7-14) there is a MSEP @ 7pm then Wishes @ 8pm then another MSEP @ 9pm. Your advice in the past has been if there are 2 parades go to the later one. Wondering how getting a spot for the parade and Wishes will work with the 3 of them being back to back. Thanks so much for the updated cheat sheets, they are fantastic!

Aaron January 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

@Steve the cheat sheets work for you. Start with the anytime attractions and work your way to the bigger ones as it gets later.

Dan January 28, 2014 at 5:25 am

Enchanted tales was only available 7:55pm – 10pm on 2/4/14 . I linked tickets and accessed fastpass+ nine days in advance. Still worth the fastpass that late?

Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 8:46 am

When will this updated information be available on WDW Prep?

Amy January 28, 2014 at 11:25 am

After months of agonizing over the DISboards for my upcoming summer vacation, I am beyond thankful that a friend clued me into your website! I cannot thank you enough for providing this valuable, insightful, witty insight – for no charge!?!?! What are your predictions on how the Seven Dwarves Mine Train might stack up as a FP+ priorityand/or fit into touring plans? Trying to start formulating a rough plan for summer and feel like it could(?) be a game changer? Or notsomuch?

Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 4:41 am

Dan, you may be able to change your fastpass time to earlier. I would recommend going back in and accessing the change time feature. We are at the park now and i had to change times for each attaction from what the system originally gave me but we always got the time we wanted.

Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 5:15 am

Dan, just checked for 2/4/14 witj my fastpass+ account and was able to make enchanted tales fastpass+ reservations for 5:40-6:40. Was not easy as i had to get 7:55 reservations first. Then i had to change one of my earlier reservations for a different attraction to 9-10. Then moved enchanted to 6:40-7:40. Then moved second earlier attraction to 8-9. Finally it would let me change enchanted to 5:40-6:40 but no earlier.

jodi January 29, 2014 at 5:27 am

Dan, last update. Just wanted you to know i could then change the two other reservations back to earlier in the day but ymmv depending on the attractions u choose.

Dan January 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

Thanks Jodi for taking the time to answer, and I probably should have started my earlier post with a thanks to Josh to for providing such a great site. I enjoy both the content and delivery. I was surprised to see only the night availability at 9 days out but i’m guessing that had to do with having other fastpass+ selections and dining reservations as well as it’s popularity. I tried to change Belle as a standalone but was still only given the 7:55-10pm choices, tried moving another selection to the late spot and was given no availability at all (replaced w/ grotto), only after I deleted all selections did a earlier window of 6:30pm show up. That actually does help as I didn’t want to be inside during the fireworks. It would be so much easier if the 6:30 window or better yet your 5:40 window would be available from the beginning sans finagling… but that’s where easyWDW comes in! Thanks again Jodi and Josh!

RebeccaMcK January 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

I have a question – I’m sorry if this is already explained elsewhere (in other comments on other posts or in the cheat sheets I haven’t read yet)….say, if you’ve got a big group who’ve all got the same return times scheduled for FP+ (like, one person coordinated everything for two families vacationing together and got the times for each person’s Magic Band attractions), and then if one of the two families decides to sleep in and not do the rope drop morning activities and just arrive at the park later in the day….that doesn’t affect the Magic Bands for the family members who DID get to the park on time and stick to their schedule, does it? Rides could be ridden even if not all of the Magic Band users showed up, I would think? The people who arrive later could go to kiosks and reschedule their ride times and not affect the rest of the group? I’m sorry if that’s a silly question. I just wondered. Normally my group is just three people (2 adults and a child), but if lazier members of our extended family go with us to WDW some time in the future (they’re more of the “wander around and don’t plan anything” type) I’d like to know everyone has the chance to be happy no matter what they do or don’t do together.

Corrie January 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Josh – I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your wonderfully designed cheat sheet. I laminated ours and attached them to the stroller. We went to Magic Kingdom on a non-recommended day (we were only there for a few days – so it had to be a saturday). Our trip was wonderful. We hit all of your rides on the morning itinerary, with several being hit twice – all before our 12:15 FP for Be Our Guest. My husband was so thankful that we breezed through so many rides early on and then FP+’d our way through the rough afternoon crowds (while also sneaking in some “anytime” attractions). I can’t imagine what a nightmare our trip would have otherwise been.

Corrie January 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Rebecca – just to answer your question – if one user does not show up, it does not negate your fastpass for the rest of the group. We had a situation where my youngest changed his mind and did not want to ride, so just my DH and older son rode.

The one warning I will offer is that the APP is still very glitchy, particularly in the park and particularly right in the first hour. I would really try to arrive at the park with plans that I was happy with or else go to a FP+ kiosk to get a CM to make changes. I would not trust my phone to make changes on the fly. I was told over the weekend that a new version of the app is launching in Feb.

RebeccaMcK January 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

@Corrie, thanks for your answer. I don’t think we’ll be there before October (fall break for my kiddo, around Columbus Day), so maybe by then the app’s glitches will be worked out. I can’t trust my phone to last all day anyway (even with my portable charger), so I’ll become familiar with the FP+ kiosks, too.
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By the way, I saw my first commercials for Disney Parks specifically pertaining to FP+ and the Magic Bands…the same ad twice on hulu during a show I was streaming online. They made it all look so easy, lol. It even said something like, “Come visit Walt Disney World during our….testing” (elipses to show forgotten words left out, and I may have paraphrased).

Valerie February 1, 2014 at 6:33 am

Why is main street electrical parade#3 on fp+ priority list? I am clearing missing something. Can you use a fast pass for the parade? If so, would you?

RebeccaMcK February 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm

@Valerie
A FP for the parade is most likely necessary for getting a good, pre-assigned spot, I would imagine? Kind of like having a special seating area with a dinner package for Fantasmic or something. Maybe having the FP+ for it helps you to not have to stake out a spot early and just show up at a pre-determined time to claim your spot to watch the parade. At least it’s just a #3 priority and not a #1 – maybe it depends more on the time of year and how many parades are scheduled on that night.

Leah February 2, 2014 at 5:45 am

Just returned from 8 days at WDW. I found your site to be extremely helpful for planning purposes. I especially appreciated your maps (easier to read than the ones provided by WDW), fastpass+ priority listings and your in-depth descriptions of the resorts and attractions. My timid 7-year-old was asking what the “scary factor” was for each ride by the end of the trip. I will recommend your site to anyone I know planning a trip to WDW. Thank you!

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