• On Feb 24, 2013
    Melissa Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Family of 5, staying 4 nites, going to MK, AK, Epcot. Our kids r 8,8,9. We love Donald, mickey, goofy etc and want to get the most of those 5 days with shows, eating, entertainment etc can u tell me an itinery for 4 nites / 5 days. We r going Jan 2014

    HI Ronnie!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    That sound like a great vacation.  I would definitely plan on visiting each of the four major theme parks.  If you wan to plan your trip around the expected crowds in the parks, I would recommend visiting the independent website  That is the website for the research team behind the tour book "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World".  They are famous in the Disney fan community for producing a crowd calendar that predicts the crowds levels in the various parks on various days.  That can help you plan your itinerary.

    While on the site, look at their touring plans which are step by step instructions on how to tour a park to minimize your wait in lines.  I have tested many of their plans myself and am a big fan.  Their recommendations are based on years of data collection and a lot of math.

    Also be sure to make Advance Dining Reservations once you have your basic itinerary.  ADRs can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.  They are critical for any Table Service restaurants you want to dine in.  You might also consider going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  It is a fabulous event on select nights in October in the Magic Kingdom, but it requires another ticket.

    Our responses are limited in length, but I hope this helps!  Please write back with more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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