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  • On Oct 2, 2015
    Deanna from HI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family and I are going to Disney World 12/19-12/23. We have children 10 and under...littlest 1. Having a hard time planning the trip. Does anyone have any advice how to plan days and get on as many rides as possible? Thinking about skipping Epcot.

    Hi, Deanna!  Our plan of attack with the theme parks, especially during the holidays, is to get there early.  We are at the theme parks at "rope drop" - or by the time they open the turnstiles to let guests enter.

    We usually book our FastPass+ times for later in the morning or the early afternoon (like after lunch).  When we arrive, we go to the attractions we did not make FastPass+ reservations for - the ones that are must do things for us.  We can usually do at least two or three early morning attractions, plus maybe a stage show, by late morning or lunch.  

    After a quick break for lunch, we then go to our FastPass+ attractions.  Because there is an hour time window, we usually go to the first attraction towards the end of the window, so that by the time we are getting out of that one attraction, it's about time to head to the second one on the list.  When we're finished with those back to back attractions, we have an hour to grab a bathroom break, a quick snack, or even to pop into line on something that may not be terribly crowded.

    The day after Christmas last year, we were able to do eight attractions by lunch time, and spent our afternoon leisurely browsing shops, seeing shows we sometimes overlook, and really enjoying the holiday decorations.  With little ones, it's also great to pack the morning and early afternoon with just about everything, then break for the pool or a nap.  You can come back later for fireworks!

    Have a wonderful visit.
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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