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  • On Aug 21, 2013
    Sonya 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.

    We have a 4-day park hopper trip planned for Dec. 16-20. I know it is getting late for reservations. I have 5 children ranging in age from 18 months to 11 years old. Do you have any advice for must-dos at each park? Dining? Rides? Activities?

    Hi Sonya!

    Congratulations on your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World!

    You are going to have a magical time! You are visiting during a wonderful time of year! The Christmas decorations will be out and the holiday time is magical. 

    Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) are available beginning 180 days prior to your check-in day, therefore you will want to make your ADRs ASAP to get a chance at scoring some of the restaurants you desire.

    The best Disney Dining experiences that children love are character dining. Since you are getting close to the time of your trip, I recommending trying to make an ADR at some of the less crowded restaurants, such as Garden Grill at Epcot, in which your children can dine with Chip and Dale. Akershus Royal Banquet hall allows aspiring princesses to meet Belle, Aurora, Cinderella and other princess friends. It's a bit easier to score an ADR here than Cinderella's Royal Table. 

    Donald's Safari Breakfast at Animal Kingdom is another great option.

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will be going on during your visit so you may want to consider buying tickets for this event. Kids of all ages love this party. They can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, special character meet and greets and holiday fireworks.

    At Epcot, your kids will love the Storytellers Around the World and hearing about holiday celebrations in countries around the world.

    I hope you have a magical visit!

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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