Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jun 21, 2009
    Elizabeth from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Doug, reading the moms panel you have certainly deserved the title of "master planner"! I'm trying to organize my own itin. for mid-Sept. My question is how decide what prks a family should see in what order? What's your tech./philosophy?

    Elizabeth,

    Here are my major planning factors;
    1. Decide the right mix of time at the four parks and other attractions. Every group can find fun things to do in the Magic Kingdom. The amount of time that you spend at that park, vs. at the other four, grows with the younger your children are. When I travel just with my wife we visit the Magic Kingdom one day out of four. With our two little girls we spend two of every three days there.
    2. Next look at Extra Magic Hours. During the busier times of the year, I avoid morning Extra Magic Hours, as that park will be disproportionately busier than the others. Evening ones are a different matter. If a group has small kids, I skip them, otherwise I use them. Of course in the slower times of the year, I hit them all. Picking which park to hit (morning or evening EMH) for a group without Park Hoppers again depends upon the age makeup of the group. 
    3. As for park order, the rule is simple. If you can do it, start and end at the Magic Kingdom!
    I hope this helps?

    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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