• On Feb 26, 2018
    Celina from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! I have a ROL dining reservation at Tuskers House. The reservation is for 8:10AM during which the park has EMH from 8am-9am where we can take advantage of shorter lines! Which should my family consider the biggest gem?

    Hi Celina,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Clearly, you are planning in advance and that makes me quite happy!

    We have done the Rivers of Light Dining Package at Tusker House restaurant and it was fantastic. We enjoyed the character dining experience and the food was good. Even with my family's food allergies, we were able to enjoy quite a bit on the buffet. Safari Donald and Daisy Duck were adorable!

    If there are early morning Extra Magic Hours on the day of your visit, my top attraction pick would be Avatar Flight of Passage on Pandora. Nothing compares to flying on the back of an ikran through the valley of Mo'ara! The wait for this expedition, however, has consistently been long - two hours or more on many days. If you plan to dine first, I doubt you would be able to get to it before the line gets long.

    Another strategy would be to do a Rivers of Light Dining Package for lunch or dinner. Then, you would have the entire hour for Extra Magic Hours to ride Avatar Flight of Passage and you would not have to rush through breakfast. 

    Celina, on our last visit, we had done all of our initial Fast Pass+ selections prior to our dinner reservation at Tusker House. At dinner, I made a fourth Fast Pass+ selection for DINOSAUR so that we could ride that after dinner but before the Rivers of Light show. We did not have much time but we made it! The show was beautiful and we had great seats in the reserved seating area. Remember to get to the reserved seating area early. I have seen this show from the back of the amphitheater and from the third row. I definitely prefer the show from the third row!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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