Millennium Falcon VS. Slinky Dog

Which to Fastpass: Millennium Falcon OR Slinky Dog. AS you can ONLY pick ONE.

Dear Nina, Love your Page!! I am getting ready to make fastpasses and I am stuck. It won’t let me select Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run AND Slinky Dog. My family wants to ride BOTH. How do we chose, how can we ride both?

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me. Yes, that is quiet the pickle and sadly…super common. Most guests want to ride it all, especially the NEW, hit rides. And thanks to the Fastpass+ TIER system, some rides in a certain category (Tier 1) prevent you from selecting more than ONE. So you do have to chose between those rides…OR do you???

I get this question alot from my clients and sadly…this is just the way. This is Disney’s way of “thinning the heard” so to speak, if they didn’t have a tier level, everyone would be getting the same 3-4 rides, at every park, and then the fastpass (skip the stand-by line) system wouldn’t work properly. But here are my suggestions to by-pass this:

HOPPER PASS:

With so many NEW rides out and apon us, I have really been pushing Hopper Passes for people who want to try to see and do it all, but espcially RIDE it ALL. With a Hopper pass, you could pass each of those rides on 2 different days, then HOP to another park (as needed) later on. Its a Win-Win and exactly what my family does.

ROPE DROP:

Another option is rising early in the day and getting to the park BEFORE it opens. You can pass one of the rides, then RUN (walk at a brisk pace) to the other ASAP. You will be part of a huge crowd also doing this, but it might cut-down on some line waiting time later in the day.

KEEP CHECKING:

Another option feels like “leaving it up to fate” but you could pass one and when at the park, that day, keep your eye on the app and keep trying to pass the other one as you have used your first 3 passes. Think late evening or during show times. This is also a good time to keep checking the wait times, as you could just sneak into line when it has a moment of being shorter, usually during meal times or later in the day.

PRO- TIP:

Either way, there really isn’t a perfect answer or cheat on this one, thankfully we personally do longer trips, so for us…visiting the same park twice isn’t a huge stretch. So my tip, extend your trip. Plan on doing a week-long vacation knowing you want to see and do more than the system allows. Talk to your Travel Agent and get the low down BEFORE you make too many plans and decisions. Knowing this stuff BEFORE you get too far down the rabbit hole really makes a difference. And if it helps; I would pass Millennium Falcon, see the VIDEO below.

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How to have FUN at Disney

Wondering how to have FUN at Disney – READ and Learn these basic Planning Tips.

Hey guys, thought I would touch base on a topic that seems easy enough, but really takes some thought. Having FUN at Disney is something everyone can achieve, but oddly…some have a hard time. You’re probably thinking, HELLO, just enjoy yourself, ride the rides, eat the treats and meet Mickey…is there really is more to it than that. This is something I coach my clients on when they ask as who wants to ruin a fabulous trip with the wrong mind-set.

Being Silly outside of Dinosaur. Take time to explore and be a kid!

Planning:

It all starts in the planning. Choosing the RIGHT resort for you is HUGE. Its not just about the beds and where everyone is sleeping (although that is important)…it can be about types of pools, atmosphere, LOCATION and to me, most important…EASE of getting to the parks. Some people are raising human fish and really need that top end pool. Some people are bring 3 kids under the age of 8, thus location and types of transportation are KEY.

Stormalong Bay – Yacht & Beach Club Resort Hotel

Following the Steps:

Most Disney Vacations, Walt Disney World especially, have set dates to accomplish a task. It surprises me when I have clients still tell me, they want to wing it. That’s really opening your trip to disaster, unless you are a Disney Parks pro and go often and aren’t trying to cram weeks worth of entertainment into 3-5 park days…you might be ok. But for those that are saving and saving and have once chance at doing this right…you 100% want fastpasses and 100% want to book your dining on time. Which, of course, makes staying on property KEY as they get first dibs.

Fastpasses:

Now carefully choosing your fastpasses can 100% matter. Especially if you are going at a High Crowd time, have young kids or are trying to master the skill of doing all the coasters on the same day with little line waits. Deciding the times to do these passes and making sure you SCORE the best ones are KEY and can be a HUGE part of your trip success. Think about it, who wants to be a human ping pong ball and go from here to there and back and forth when they could carefully plan it all out.

Go with the Flow:

Ok – so now I lost you right…how can you plan and schedule yet, go with the flow. Well I am here to tell you, you can. You want to plan it ALL out as carefully as you can, but be open to change. What if your kids love a ride and want to ride it over and over again. Or you forget to plan to see the parade and find yourself wanting to watch it? And the most common, those angels you planned all of this for, decided to act like kids and get tired and cranky…thus you missed the fireworks.

Basically you want to learn as much as you can, be educated, seek out an expert for assistance and plan it the best you can. But also remember your kids, they love to throw in kinks to parents plans and be prepared for that. I pack snacks, extra batteries, download new games on my phone, etc to keep those little ones happy and content. I also don’t sweat the small stuff, missing 1 ride or a certain Character Meal isn’t going to ruin your trip. But having a “hard to please” attitude will. Be open for magic, but don’t expect it. Take time out for pictures and slow down to see the Disney details. Be excited for your kids, but don’t expect them to change. And please, oh please…enjoy yourself. Eat that treat, ride that ride you were looking forward too and remember at Disney…we are all kids at heart.

Beaches & Cream Allergy Cupcake

I am looking forward to helping you with your trip, I am the expert and can help you achieve having the most magical trip ever. Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING this Blog – Nina