Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jul 29, 2009
    Mark from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Doug, Way behind as far as planning, so any advice would be appreciated. Family of four with a 9 and 11 year old staying offsite with a rental car for 6 days. We have 4 day park hopper passes. Any recommendations on an itinerary?


    Never fear, I am glad to help!

    First pick what days you plan to hit parks, and what days you are doing something else.

    Next check the park schedules. Avoid whatever park has Extra Magic Hours (as you are staying off-site, and can't take advantage of them), to minimize the crowds you face. Make sure any special shows (like fireworks) are scheduled to occur on your days in the respective parks.

    Beyond that I would suggest that you try to make the Magic Kingdom your first park, and Epcot your last. That way you can start with the park that is the iconic symbol of Walt Disney World, and end your visit watching the best fireworks show.

    With kids aged 9 and 11 I would plan to visit each park. Use the hopper feature to jump from Animal Kingdom in the late afternoon to another park where you might want to spend more than one evening. You can also use that to jump from any park to Epcot for dinner time if you are interested in trying some of the international cuisine!

    Please send me your follow-up questions after considering all this!

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

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney 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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