Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 23, 2010
    Julia from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Doug, I love reading your answers! Our family is going Dec 17-23 staying at CR. What advice can you give for maximizing our park time during this busy season. We have 6 day tickets with PH and DS7 DD6. Hope to avoid the crowds as much as possible.

    Julia,

    You flatter me! (Please don't stop!)

    Plan A: Do as much of your park-related activities at the start of your vacation. You have a few light/moderate crowd days before the really large Christmas crowd arrives.

    B: Avoid Extra Magic Hours as the week progresses. These otherwise great perks end up driving up the crowd levels at the given parks. So navigate away from them to lessen the load. (*one exception listed here)

    C: Book your meals as soon as possible. Reservations book up quickly at all table service restaurants, and you don't want to be left out in the cold.

    D: Relax. Don't let the crowds bother you, and don't try to "do it all", because you won't. Think of your vacation as being successful less based on the number of attractions you ride, and more on your enjoyment and relaxation levels.

    Finally, here is where I would go;

    • December 17 - Magic Kingdom (AM) / Epcot (PM)
    • December 18 - Epcot (AM) / Magic Kingdom (PM)
    • December 19 - Animal Kingdom (AM & afternoon) / *Hollywood Studios (PM)
    • December 20 - Hollywood Studios (all day)
    • December 21 - Magic Kingdom (all day)
    • December 22 - Epcot (all day)
    • December 23 - Hollywood Studios (all day)

    So write me back if you have other questions!

    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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