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Old 09-22-2020, 08:23 PM   #1
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DH and I are headed down in a few weeks for an adults-only late anniversary trip. I made park reservations as soon as I was able. The primary reason for the trip is Food & Wine, but having missed our summer trip this year, we would like to hit all of the parks. I'm second guessing my park reservations now and I'm curious about the thoughts of those of you who have visited recently.

Wednesday - Animal Kingdom (just grabbed this reservation recently since our plane comes in fairly early and..why not?)
Thursday - Epcot
Friday - Epcot
Saturday - Hollywood Studios
Sunday - MK before catching an evening flight home. (We're staying at BLT)

We are huge park hoppers, and we especially love hopping to Epcot in the evenings for dinners, so we will be missing this a lot this trip. When I originally made the reservations, my thoughts were "I don't want to be at Epcot F&W on the weekend". Now, I'm not so sure if that's even an issue anymore. We would love to be able to get a ROTR boarding group on our HS day. We had terrible luck with boarding groups on our Feb trip and it took 3 attempts before we actually got to ride.

Edited to add: I'm not sure if this is pertinent, since it's the weekend after Columbus Day. Our dates are 10/14-18.

So my questions are:
Would we have a better shot at a ROTR bg on a Friday or Saturday?
Will Epcot (specifically F&W) be too 'crowded' on a Saturday for us to enjoy? I use word crowded loosely, but I have read that it's easier to visit several booths before sitting down to eat and I don't want to wait in too long of lines and risk food getting cold.

I would appreciate any feedback!

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Old 09-22-2020, 08:30 PM   #2
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Ordinarily 2 days at Epcot would make sense. But since you're staying at BLT anyway, 2 days (or a day and a half) in MK might make more sense. Reminder: Epcot monorail AFAIK still not operating.
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:34 PM   #3
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Ordinarily 2 days at Epcot would make sense. But since you're staying at BLT anyway, 2 days (or a day and a half) in MK might make more sense. Reminder: Epcot monorail AFAIK still not operating.
Thanks. I did forget to mention that we got a ridiculous deal on a rental car, so we will have a vehicle. We love MK, and love walking to MK from BLT, but like I said, our original, primary reason for the trip was some adult time at Epcot
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:05 PM   #4
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As far as ROTR - no day is a good day. LOL. Friday and Saturday are both gonna be tough. still need to be there and try at 10am.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:57 PM   #5
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Monday was tough at Studios for a boarding group too.

We were at Epcot on Friday night and it was not busy.

Epcot opens at 10:30.

Walking from BLT to MK, they let us through the temperature screening tent and security at 8:00. The big rides start at 8:30 am. Dwarfs, Big Thunder, Pirates, HM, Pan, Space. All except Splash.

Studios rides start at 9:30. I'd suggest MMRR at opening. Just my opinion from two days there. The line tends to be longer most of the day. Some reported earlier that after 2:00 the line was shorter. That wasn't the case for us.

AK let they us into the parking lot at 8:00 and we were off FoP before 9:00. We didn't rush there...took our time and it was still walk on. We went on a Saturday.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:13 PM   #6
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I heard that weekends are competitive to capacity at HS and some of the F&W booths are only open on weekends so you might want to swap out HS for EPCOT to increase you ROTR chance and expand your dining options
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I heard that weekends are competitive to capacity at HS and some of the F&W booths are only open on weekends so you might want to swap out HS for EPCOT to increase you ROTR chance and expand your dining options
Excellent point about the booths. Two were closed while we were there during the week.

I wouldn't think on it too long. Studios days fill fast.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:18 PM   #8
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If you change, maybe do Studios on Thursday and Epcot on Saturday.

Last year we did F&W on a Saturday because that's the only day DD could do it and it was doable and of course last year it was packed. We were also at the Art Festival on opening day and it was packed and still doable. I think even on the weekends this year, it will probably be okay.

I believe the indoor area can get pretty full so you might want to try that one earlier in the day on a weekend especially if rain is coming. The mac and cheese and cake pops are really good too.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:29 PM   #9
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Have lunch at Epcot F&W instead of dinner. Much less crowded.

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Old 09-23-2020, 07:37 AM   #10
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We have a similar schedule for our upcoming trip in Dec. We get in before 10:00 am and actually picked HS as our park for that day to try and get a ROTR at 2:00 pm. Even though crowds are not what they were, I would swap your HS day so that you are not there on a Fri.
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