Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Oct 19, 2015
    Linda from PA 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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    my daughter and I are bringing my 10 year old grandson in May 2016, we have an account my disney experience but not sure what to do next. We are staying at Disney Port Orleans French Quarters. What park do you suggest we start at. We will be there seven da


    You've checked two of the most difficult decisions in planning a Disney trip off your list: your dates and your resort. Now it's time to plan which parks to visit while you're there and your dining!

    I like to decide which parks I'll visit on my vacation before booking my dining reservations. Avoiding parks with morning Magic hours helps avoid crowds as well as steering clear of the smaller parks like the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios on the weekends when nice May weather brings more local crowds. Visiting the larger parks (Epcot and Animal Kingdom) on the weekends allows more room for the crowds to disperse. Once you've picked which parks to visit on which days, it's time to think about your dining reservations.

    At 180 days out from your arrival, you'll be able to book dining reservations, so I recommend making some preliminary decisions of where you'd like to eat. I tend to book my dining choices in the parks I'm planning to visit or at the resorts near them so that I'm not spending a lot of time traveling to a restaurant. For example, if I know I'm going to visit Hollywood Studios on Monday of my vacation, I'm not going to book a restaurant at the Magic Kingdom and spend an hour going from one park to the next.

    I have a 10-year-old son and his favorite restaurants are Chef Mickey's for the waffles, Ohana for the all-you-can-eat skewers, California Grill for the sushi and view, T-Rex, Coral Reef's aquarium views and Teppan Edo. Book only one table service meal a day so you're not spending a lot of time out of the parks, and you'll create the right balance to your vacation.

    If you need more help planning, feel free to come back to ask.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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