We’re calling it the “Epic Mother/Daughter Disney Summer Road Trip” and in just a few weeks, we’ll be on our way! Packing lists are made. FastPasses are booked. Like all great Disney vacations, new things are in store and include quite a few Disney firsts for us. Megan and I are more excited than I can describe and are constantly texting each other about our plans. Speaking of plans…
Almost Time – Disney Summer Road Trip Plans
Let’s start with the firsts: First time at Saratoga Springs, first time on the Quick Service Dining Plan, first time driving to Orlando, and (the most exciting!) first time to see Pandora! We’ve also booked the “Caring for Giants” tour at Animal Kingdom and are looking forward to seeing the new Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular in Magic Kingdom.
Here are the plans we’ve made day-by-day…
Magic Kingdom: We’ll get there for lunch and grab what sounds good at the time. We have FastPasses starting right after lunch for Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Splash Mountain. Between FastPasses, we’ll fill in with the usual favorites depending on wait times. Those attractions are usually PeopleMover, Haunted Mansion, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Carousel of Progress, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Country Bear Jamboree. For dinner we’ll catch the boat to Wilderness Lodge to try Geyser Point before returning to Magic Kingdom and staying for Happily Ever After.
Animal Kingdom as early as possible. It would stress me out to shoot for an exact arrival time, but it will need to be early. FastPasses start at 9:00 am with Na’vi River Journey in Pandora. We’ll grab breakfast there at Satu’li Canteen either before or after the ride. Then we’ll have plenty of time to explore all of Pandora at our leisure. Our next FastPass (Expedition Everest) isn’t until early afternoon. We’ll do the Caring For Giants tour mid-afternoon then be able to roam around Animal Kingdom at a lazy pace, eat dinner, and use our final FastPass for Rivers of Light at 9:15.
Animal Kingdom again first thing. Our FastPasses are all in the morning: Flight of Passage, Primeval Whirl, and Kali River Rapids. We’ll be hopping to Epcot for the afternoon – so many great quick service options for lunch in World Showcase! Dinner that night will be at Paddlefish in Disney Springs after which we’ll call it a day.
Day Four:We’ll start by rope-dropping the Studios to ride Rock’n’ Roller Coaster before using our three FastPasses for Tower of Terror, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Star Tours. The unplanned afternoon will be spent at either Magic Kingdom or Epcot before we start the first part of the long drive home that evening.
Yes, we have solid plans for much of the time, but I think we’ve allowed for plenty of free-styling along the way. Primarily we’ll be focused on exploring Pandora since it’s new, but we’ll also be able to enjoy many of our must-dos in every park while trying a few new restaurants too. Mother/Daughter time should include a nice mix of new experiences and old favorites while making lots of happy memories.
While we’re away, Joseph has decided he should stay at the house and keep Raymond (and Junior) company. So while they won’t be going to Disney World, they’ll be guys home alone doing guys stuff. I think they’re pretty excited about it.
Are you headed to Walt Disney World this summer? What are you the most excited to see and do?