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  • On Feb 12, 2012
    Amy from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Doug. Have 4 boys, 2,3,4,7 in age. MK on 3/10 & 3/15 and HS 3/11 & 3/16. Have Mickey BBQ night of 15th so night parade on 3/10. How would you recommend splitting park time on these days? Should we try to do it all have double dose or split in 1/


    There are a few crucial steps you should include in your park planning.

    • Plan to get to the parks first thing in the morning. With the busier crowds you have to arrive at 'rope drop' to get in rides before the crowd size swells. But I am not all about you having to work too hard. This is vacation, after all.
    • After a fun morning make sure to return to your resort in the early afternoon for rest and pool time. I bet your younger boys either still nap, or have only recently stopped napping daily. With my kids the afternoon break was ESSENTIAL to family bliss. And my oldest was still taking 2 hour naps every afternoon at Walt Disney World, even though at home she had not napped for almost two years.
    • Return to the parks in the 4-6pm time frame. Either dine in the parks, or have an early dinner in your resort before returning to the parks.
    • In the parks try to focus your time in planned lands. Try to avoid jumping from one park area to another until you have seen all the things that you want to do in that first land. With small kids you don't want to be lugging them across the park, and this can help you get more done.
    • A final tip is to alternate late/early evenings. If you keep them up late on one night to see the fireworks, the next night return to your room for a more normal bedtime.
    I hope this answers your question? Please write me back and we can chat further.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the Moms Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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