Today concludes another great family Disney vacation. Writing this from the airport. A few thoughts on our park experience.
We visited Magic Kingdom almost everyday and for the kids in our group, ages 7-1, this was a huge hit. We stayed on the monorail, so this was super convenient. Security seems to have all its kinks worked out and was pretty seamless. We had park hoppers and this worked well for our family.
All parks seemed extra crowded this January. Apparently Brazil has school break during this time frame, flags and school groups everywhere! Wait times in general were fairly long for the headliners, 7DMT had average of 80-120min and Flight of Passage was 180-220min. Some rides had occasionally short waits; Haunted Mansion, Pirates and BTMRR were often below 30min Adults of the group did a lot of single rider a lot.
We tried rope dropping Flight of Passage and failed, 2 hour wait despite getting to rope drop 1/2hr ahead of time. We had fast passes for River Journey (should have listened to my cousin, who recommended Flight of Passage instead).
Saturdays at Epcot seemed to be filled with many bar crawlers. Went back Monday for a few hours and it was a completely different experience, much less crowded. Festival of the Arts was really enjoyable/lots of unique food options.
Magic Band system was down yesterday resort wide for purchases for awhile and we lost some pictures as well unfortunately. Space Mountain was also down during our FastPass window, road the people mover and got to see a pretty unique view of the tracks.
Lastly, Astro Orbiter is our new favorite during fireworks, kids loved it! A magical end to a great trip.