Getting the Maximum Mickey From Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket

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Getting the Maximum Mickey From Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket
By ATD’s Florida Experts, Susan and Simon Veness
With four major theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and dining district, and nearly a dozen other recreational venues, Walt Disney World can easily fill a two-week holiday. Here’s our guide to getting the most out of your 14-Day Ultimate Ticket – without a major meltdown or an outright mutiny!

A Disney holiday is a massive prospect, and you’ll need two days for each park—realistically, three for Epcot and Magic Kingdom if you’re taking them at a comfortable pace. Be sure to book your FastPass+ selections and any dining you’d like well in advance (60 days ahead if you’re staying in a Disney resort or select non-Disney onsite resorts; 30 days if you’re staying offsite). 

 

Disney's FastPass+

 

So here’s what we recommend as an outline way to get the max out of your stay:

Day One: You’re finally here! With a late afternoon arrival, today is a good day to get your bearings, settle into your accommodation, and enjoy some time in the pool. Most families avoid visiting a theme park on arrival day, preferring to get a good night’s sleep and start the morning fresh—and early! You’ll be awake around 5 a.m. tomorrow due to jet lag, but if you can’t wait to get right into the Disney fun, visit Disney Springs or Disney’s Boardwalk Resort area for dinner and the festive atmosphere.

Day Two: With two full weeks in the Disney parks, you have the luxury of time without having to worry too much about which park is busiest today. That means you can start your holiday in the most magical park, Magic Kingdom. There is simply nothing like seeing Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street (we won’t judge you if a little tear of happiness trickles down your cheek) and your arrival just before park opening allows you to hit the park’s “biggies” before the crowds arrive. Make Splash MountainSpace MountainBig Thunder Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train your primary focus, using FP+ for three of them, and catching other attractions as time allows. You’ll likely wear out before closing time today, but don’t worry; you’ll be back!

 

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

 

Day Three: Today you’re off to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, arriving before park opening so you’re in prime position to visit Pandora: World of Avatar as your first order of business. With an early FastPass+ in hand for Flight of Passage, you can enjoy Na’Vi River Journey first, then use FP+ for Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris, catching other attractions as you find them. If you have the stamina, hop over to Epcot for the fabulous IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth finale and some time in World Showcase.

Day Four: Today you’ll return to Epcot for a full day of rides and shows. Soarin’, Frozen Ever After, Test Track, and Mission: Space are the big draws in this park, plus plenty of attractions that have lower wait times. After dinner, hop over to Magic Kingdom for tonight’s showing of the Happily Ever After fireworks if you made an early night of it on Day Two.

 

Epcot

 

Day Five: It’s time for a break from the hectic pace, but you’ll still be immersed in the fun as you visit Blizzard Beach water park. When you’ve had enough sun, play a round of mini-golf at Winter Summerland (also included with your 14-Day Ultimate ticket) just outside Blizzard Beach, then freshen up at your accommodation and head to Disney Springs for dinner and some shopping.

Day Six: It’s a Hollywood Studios day! Have your Toy Story Mania,Tower of Terror, and Star Tours FP+ at the ready, slotting in Rock ‘n Roller Coaster later this evening and enjoying other attractions with wait times less than 15 minutes (off season) or 25 minutes (peak season) throughout the day. Don’t miss tonight’s showing of Fantasmic!

 

Fantasmic at Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

Day Seven: Have a lie-in today, with an eye toward enjoying Animal Kingdom until closing time. You’ll want to visit Pandora once the sun sets, for the bioluminescence that completely transforms this pretty area of the park. Keep an eye out for showings of The Tree of Life Awakens, and arrive early (or get a FP+) for Rivers of Light. Be sure to include a night-time ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris, too!

 

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom

 

Day Eight: It’s time for another full day at Magic Kingdom, this time for the minor attractions. Start in Fantasyland, then visit the classics of Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. You might even take the boat from Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness as a mid-day break, visiting Tri-Circle-D Ranch, hiring bikes or water craft, or having a horse ride.

Day Nine: Ready for another “quiet” day? Head to Typhoon Lagoon and the watery fun of its giant wave pool and body slides! This evening you can enjoy Disney’s Boardwalk area of shops and dining, especially if you didn’t visit on your arrival night.

 

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

 

Day Ten: You’ll have another day in Epcot today, after a leisurely morning at your accommodation’s pool. Focus on any World Showcase shows or attractions you haven’t seen yet, and be sure to stay for the spectacular IllumiNations night-time show. 

Day Eleven: Pay a second visit toHollywood Studios, catching the shows and attractions you missed during your first visit. With much of the park closed to make way for two new areas, today is a good day to soak up all the Star Wars shows and exhibits going on in the park, including the night-time pyrotechnics of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

 

Star Wars at Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

Day Twelve: And now for something completely different! Your 14-Day Ultimate Ticket allows you to play a round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail nine-hole golf course or Fantasia Gardens andWinter Summerland mini-golf, or check out any sport activities going on at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Return to Disney Springs for dinner, or book a reservation at any of Disney’s excellent resort restaurants. Remember, you don’t have to stay onsite to enjoy them.

 

Disney's Wide World of Sports

 

Day Thirteen: Head to Epcot this morning for a final visit to the Future World attractions, taking a long mid-day break to enjoy any 14-Day Ultimate “extras” you didn’t try yesterday.You can then return to Epcot tonight, visit Disney Springs again, or just relax at your accommodation, with no real agenda.

Day Fourteen: We know you’re sad to be leaving, but with an overnight flight home you have most of today to play with, so end as you began, at Magic Kingdom. Visit any of the attractions you missed, or make it a ‘greatest hits’ day, returning to each of your favourites. When it’s time to head to the airport, stop for a final photo on Main Street, with Cinderella Castle in the background. Then it’s farewell—for now!

 

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

 

Best way to beat those post-holiday blues once you’re home again? Start planning your next Orlando holiday! Click here, to view our great value Walt Disney World tickets. 

OK, now tell us YOUR idea of a magical 14-Day Disney holiday over on the Attraction Tickets Direct forums.

 

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