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  • On Jan 12, 2024
    Emmalynn from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do I make a disney plan for my 4 day trip and get the out of it.

    Hiya Emmalynn! 

    Welcome to planDisney! I'm glad you are here as I truly believe that a great trip to Walt Disney World Resort involves good planning. If this is your first time visiting Walt Disney World Resort then I suggest keeping it simple and visiting each of the four main Theme Parks one day at a time.

    Magic Kingdom Park
    - I always purchase Genie+ for this park. Get it before 7 AM on your My Disney Experience App for each member of your family. At 7 AM you can book your first Lightning Lane. I suggest booking an attraction that has the latest return time as it is a sign that they are going to run out of time slots the first. My top picks are Peter Pan's Flight, Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 
    - For any park, if staying on-site use your Early Theme Park Entry benefits! I recommend waking up early and getting in line to enter about 30 minutes before that entry time. I promise I'm not crazy but you will thank me. During Early Theme Park entry you will find so many attractions with minimal waits so get as much as you can done! 
    - Monitor your My Disney Experience Mobile App as it will tell you when you can book your next Lightning Lane. Click on the "≡" on the bottom right and "My Disney Genie Day" to see the times and book your next one. Set an alarm on your phone for when you can book another. If you stay on top of it you will find yourself just going from one Lightning Lane to another with minimal wait. 
    - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and TRON Lightcycle / Run can be experienced with minimal wait if you purchase at 7 AM an Individual Lightning Lane. (Only if you are an onsite guest as the rest of the world waits till the the Park Opens to everyone else) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train does have a standby line but it can get very long. TRON Lightcycle / Run also has a free Virtual Queue which can be joined at 7 AM from anywhere and at 1 PM when inside the Park. (This is where I suggest you have another adult with their own My Disney Experience Account to help you do two things at once)

    - Use Early Theme Park entry and consider purchasing Genie+. There aren't as many attractions included with it in this Park but it may be helpful. 
    -Use Early Theme Park entry to enjoy Frozen Ever After if entering from the main entrance or Remy's Ratatouille Adventure if entering from the International Gateway entrance. Whichever you do first, get a Lightning Lane for the other. 
    -  Use your App to strategize your day based on the wait times you see. 
    - Grab a Virtual Queue or Individual Lightning Lane for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. 

    Disney's Hollywood Studios
    - Use Early Theme Park Entry and head to your must-do ride. My suggestions are Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, or Slinky Dog Dash. These attractions are all in opposite directions so pick wisely as that may be all you accomplish in the 30-minute Early Theme Park Entry window. 

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    - Use Early Theme Park Entry and head to Avatar Flight of Passage. Don't miss Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, and Dinosaur. 

    I have run out of space but I have more to say about snacks and shows. Come back again so we can keep helping!
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Hey, it's Nimmy from New York! Just like my guy Jiminy Cricket I am your wisecracking and helpful guide to making the best decisions for your Disney vacation! My husband and I work very hard to journey to our favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort, as much as we can. We have traveled as just adults, with babies, kids, teenagers, and senior citizens. We have seen so many characters, eaten at amazing places, and consumed a ton of Dole Whips. So "give a little whistle" and let me be your guide! Learn More About Nimmy

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