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  • On Jul 2, 2014
    Debbie from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi - we are coming to WDW Thanksgiving week this year and I am nervous about the crowds. What can I plan to expect at the parks? Do the characters, especially the princesses, still do meet and greets during this week? How is MK on Thanksgiving Day?

    Hi Debbie,

    My family spent Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World for the first time last year, and I was a little nervous about the crowds, too. But we had such a great time that we've booked the same week again this year. With a little planning, we found it very manageable.

    All the rides and attractions should be in full operation all the week, including the meet and greets. In fact, operating hours at the parks are likely to be extended for more time to enjoy the fun. I wasn't in Magic Kingdom on Thanksgiving Day. (We spent most of the day at Epcot). But from what I heard and saw, attendance at Magic Kingdom was about the same then as the rest of the week.

    To make your visit go more smoothly, I recommend taking advantage of your FastPass+ options, which you will be able to book 60 days in advance if you are staying on property, 30 days in advance if you are not. My strategy was to use the FastPass+ choices in the afternoons. We're not early risers, so it was awesome to know that we would have a spot waiting on the popular rides when we arrived at the parks after lunch.

    We also enjoyed the late-night hours at Magic Kingdom. We popped in almost every night after 10 p.m. as many guests were heading out after the parade and fireworks. The park was open until at least midnight every night, and we walked right on some of the major rides.

    If you haven't already, I also recommend that you make your dining reservations as soon as possible. There should still be some great restaurants available, but they book up quickly. I like to arrange one table service meal a day -- alternating among breakfast, lunch and dinner -- and fill the rest of the meals with quick service choices.

    An added bonus for that week: All the beautiful Christmas decorations will be in place!

    I hope that helps. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you. Enjoy your Walt Disney World holiday!

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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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