Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 29, 2012
    Genia from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Attending WDW 11/17-11/24/12 and will be in parks 18th-23rd, which park do you recommend for each day and what are the potential crowd levels during this time? Also, which quick service/table service restaurants do you recommend? Getting excited - thanks.

    Hello, Genia!

    I always head over to, a great (unofficial) website which uses data such as past crowd levels, holidays, local school schedules, etc., in order to predict the crowds at each park on any given day. According to, here are the current estimates of crowd levels for the days you'll be in the parks (the parks in bold are the "Best Park" choices on

    11/18: MK=8.3, EP=2.2, HS=7.4, AK=9.0 (HS is "neutral")
    11/19: MK=9.1, EP=3.9, HS=8.2, AK=8.8 (HS is "neutral"; AK is "Best Park")
    11/20: MK=9.1, EP=9.2, HS=9.7, AK=9.7 (AK is "neutral")
    11/21: MK=9.4, EP=9.5, HS=9.7, AK=9.5 (AK is "neutral")
    11/22: MK=9.5, EP=9.3, HS=9.8, AK=9.6 (AK is "neutral")
    11/23: MK=9.4, EP=9.8, HS=9.8, AK=9.5 (HS is "neutral"; AK is "neutral")

    Stick with the "Best Park" on each day, with the exception of finding at least one day for both Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.

    For dining, let me know if you are on a Dining Plan and, if so, which one. Your best choices may partly depend on if you'll be paying out of pocket for your meals or if they are included in a dining plan.

    In general, though, park favorites include the following: MK: Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (QS) The Crystal Palace (TS) and Tony's Town Square (TS); EP: Sunshine Seasons (QS), Le Cellier (TS), Tutto Italia (TS), Coral Reef (TS), Les Chefs de France (TS), Teppan Edo (TS); HS: Sunshine Ranch Market (QS), Mama Melrose's (TS), The Hollywood Brown Derby (TS); AK: Flame Tree Barbeque (QS), Tusker House (TS). There are fantastic options in the resorts and at Downtown Disney, too, so let me know if you'll be venturing out a little further.

    ...and now I'm getting hungry! Hope you are, too! :-)

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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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