• On Jun 5, 2013
    Angele Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi! Arriving early December 27 and leaving late January 6 with a 5y/o and 1y/o and 4 adults. Want to make most of the trip. Could you please advise on an itinerary? Not sure how many days to spend at which parks. We have a 10 day park hopper & water pa

    Hi Angele!

    Sounds like you're planning a wonderful vacation! I'm going to suggest my favorite touring strategy - be sure to write me back if you need more information or have other questions!

    Personally for us, every Disney vacation must start with the Magic Kingdom! Even if its only for a few hours! Regardless of my age, or my kids ages, the walk down Main St and our first view of Cinderella's Castle still makes us smile!

    After our first day, at the Magic Kingdom, I like to alternate long park days with shorter ones. For us, we do the most walking at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. A sample itinerary for us might be something like: Day 1, Magic Kingdom, Day 2, Hollywood Studios, Day 3, resort & shopping at Downtown Disney, Day 4, Epcot, Day 5, Animal Kingdom. Remaining days: repeat our favorite parks!

    Be sure to schedule time to enjoy your Disney Resort. Every resort offers special activities and fun things to do. You'll want to make sure you have time to enjoy them! Just one example: the Animal Kingdom Lodge offers African Storytelling by a fire pit and viewing the savannas with Night Vision Goggles.

    Another tip is to check out the Extra Magic Hours: our family loves to experience the parks after Dark. The ambiance is so different and magical! You can use the evening extra magic hours to have a more restful day - sleep in, relax in the morning, and then head to the parks.

    Also - be sure to plan ahead for New Year's Eve. It will be a busy night at the parks, so you'll want to be sure to have a good plan for that day.

    Hope this helps, and please let me know if there are any specifics I can help with!
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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