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  • On Aug 17, 2013
    Karen from RI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Andrea. Thanks for your help. We will be at WDW 4/12 to 4/18/14. No Dining Plan yet. Can I find out what days are typically best to visit each park? I'd like to use that info to make ADR. Do I have to purchase Dining Plan before making reservations?

    Hi, Karen!

    So happy you're back!

    April is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World, with mild temperatures that make park days lovely, yet warm enough to comfortably swim at your resort should you wish to do so. Great plan!

    Regarding crowds, I check out the unofficial crowd-predicting site According to the site, the best parks to visit during the dates of your stay are the following (I suggest those parks in bold):

    4/12/14: Epcot (However, this will be about the best crowd level for Magic Kingdom all week!)
    4/13/14: Magic Kingdom or Disney's Hollywood Studios
    4/14/14: Epcot
    4/15/14: Disney's Hollywood Studios (possible 2nd day at MK)
    4/16/14: Epcot
    4/17/14: Animal Kingdom
    4/18/14: Epcot (or return to any park for a second run on a new favorite!)

    As of Wednesday, 4/16/14, crowd levels pick up significantly due to the approach of Easter, with all parks ranking 9+ out of 10 for crowd levels after that. Because of this, see as much of each of the parks as  you can during your first four days / nights.

    Be sure to take advantage of Disney's complimentary FASTPASS Service as well as Extra Magic Hours; each of these will help you to cut down on time spent waiting in line for popular attractions.

    Regarding your ADRs, you may make these reservations at the 180 days-to-check in (up to 10 days' worth) regardless of whether or not you have a Dining Plan. The Dining Plan is simply something you use to pay for those ADRs, so you may book them well before you've decided to go with a particular Dining Plan or not.

    Send more questions as you think of them, Karen! I love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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