Every Disney expert will tell you a good touring plan is essential for making the most of your Disney World vacation. But what exactly is a touring plan? And do I have to follow an exact plan in order to enjoy my vacation? Can I be spontaneous?
What is a touring plan?
A touring plan is your itinerary for the parks. I like to have a general idea of my day hour by hour. Keeping it by the hour, instead of, say, 15 minute intervals, gives you room to stop and enjoy things, park your stroller, grab a snack, hit the bathrooms, or whatever!
Do I NEED a touring plan?
While it certainly isn’t necessary to have a touring plan before you hit the parks, it definitely helps. If you are worried about the lines and the waits at Disney World, having a great touring plan can make all the difference.
What does a touring plan look like?
I have put together a basic touring plan for Epcot to help you navigate the park and get the most of your time. These are some of my favorite suggestions that have worked for me and my family. Grab fastpass+ rides based on what you and your family like. It is best to arrive at rope drop to make the most of your day!
If you are traveling with older kids as well as a toddler (I feel you.. I have 3 kids and the age gap is 8 years from the oldest to the youngest) you might want to check out the post onrider switch,and then look at ourgeneral touring plans so that everyone can enjoy the rides they want.
The Fastpass+ suggestions:
*These rides are Tier 1 rides. You can only book ONE of these for a fastpass+ ahead of time on any one day. If you plan on doing more than 1 Tier 1 ride plan on doing one or two at or around rope drop, and then fastpass+ the other for later in the day.
1st Hour (Rope Drop)
Break for lunch
Repeat any rides your kids love
In my experience (especially with toddlers) this is a great time to take a break for a nap. My kids like to head back to the hotel to rest and swim. Especially in the extra hot summer months. Everyone can get rested and cool off before heading back to the park for a few more rides and dinner.
This is a plan that I like to use, but you can easily swap out rides for ones that your kids love. And if you can’t get one of the fastpass+ rides that I suggested, don’t sweat. You can always swap a fastpass+ ride with a rope drop ride.
If you don’t think you can get your little ones up and out the door at rope drop, I feel you. I have suggestions for sleep in days as well. And I also suggest planning out your mornings but leaving afternoons open so you can be spontaneous. Kids never cease to change their minds at the very last minute about rides, characters, or anything else they feel like. So having room for spontaneity, or even just to repeat rides the kids love is a must!
If you are feeling overwhelmed, don't worry! When you book with a travel agent they can help you plan your FastPass and itinerary. Or if you have already booked you can check out my planning service here.
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See you at the parks,
Check out more sample touring plans here!