I came on here a couple of wks. ago to ask advice about what/how many Disney parks to do in seven days' time. At that time, I thought we'd do just one - Magic Kingdom. A lot of you suggested we do more (one woman actually chided me for "ruining" my seven yr. old daughter's vacation!)
While I certainly don't think her vacation would have been "ruined", my husband and stepdaughter (she just went to Disney World two yrs. ago) have managed to talk me into the 4-day Disney hopper pass from AAA. (If you're a AAA member, it's a good deal, only $1.96 more than the three-day bought thru Disney.)
Anyway, here's my itinerary. I only plan on park-hopping on two days, and am leaving two full free days for unscheduled activities.
Saturday-arrive, nothing planned
Sunday - Chef Mickey's brunch, 10:45; Magic Kingdom, early afternoon through evening parade/fireworks.
Monday - nothing planned
Tuesday - Magic Kingdom again, in the morning,then, Epcot World Showcase from 5-9pm. (If my daughter's really tired, we may wait until 7 or 8pm and just have dinner and see the fireworks).
Wednesday - nothing planned, though we may drive to Cocoa Beach area to browse and see the ocean.
Thursday - MGM Studios, leaving right after 5:30 parade.
Saturday - last day. Check out. Our flight leaves Orlando around 3:30pm.
None of us, incl. seven yr.old are interested in Animal Kingdom. My stepdaughter went and said Brookfield Zoo (Chgo area, Illinois) was better.
Anyway, I'd like opinions from others who have "park-hopped", done half-days at the parks, etc. Did it work out better, make no difference, was it time-consuming to get from one park to another by monorail/ferry/car? Were your kids agreeable to leaving the park to go to another? I've never done this many theme parks in one vacation before. It seems a little crazy to me right now, but I'm fairly certain we'll have a good time, anyway. Thanks for your thoughts. Oh, btw, we're not at a Disney hotel, but we will be at a timeshare five to ten minutes away. I've seen the map, it's right next door to Disney World.