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WHEN TO GO
- used to working around school schedules? Go during the school year. Want to attend an event? Go then.
WHERE TO STAY
- smaller rooms w/1 bed – Pop Century, All-Star Movies
- DVC studios w/1 bed and pullout couch – Beach Club and Bay Lake are faves
- Convention hotels – Coronado Springs, Swan/Dolphin
- practice dining alone at home if scared
- could do quick service for flexibility and to minimize awkwardness
- any table service will work but TS that have a bar or lounge can make it easier – 50s Prime Time Cafe, Jiko, California Grill,
- avoid family style restaurants like Ohana and Garden Grill
- Character dining – choose buffets
- much easier to get FastPasses including bonus FastPasses
- official and unofficial single rider lines available
- paying for 1 special ticket is so much easier than paying for several – tours, after hours parties, etc.
Quick tip of the day
Quick tip from Ingrid V.:
“Here’s my quick tip for people staying at BLT or the Contemporary. There is not a bus option home from Epcot to the Contemporary. At the end of the night after Illuminations the line for the monorail is nuts, and that will still require a transfer at the TTC (also nuts). To avoid that mess, you can take a bus to the Wilderness Lodge and then wait just a moment and get on one of the busses dropping off from Hollywood studios or Animal Kingdom. They are shared with the Contemporary, which is the next stop. If staying at Bay Lake Tower, the bus stop is much closer than the monorail stop, too!”
You might also consider exiting Epcot via the International Gateway, taking a bus from Beach Club to Magic Kingdom, and walking to Bay Lake Tower.
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