Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jun 24, 2013
    Melodie 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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    My family of 4 is traveling from Washington state to WDW for the first time for 8 days. Boys ages 15 & 13. Any good advance for what to see? Should we purchase water park tickets - 1st week of March 2014? Bed Value Hotel to stay in with teen boys?

    Hi, Melodie!

    Great questions!

    Hit the most popular attractions early in the day, every day. Take a look at all of them on Walt Disney World's website so that you can prioritize your itinerary (I'm listing my pics in order of popularity). At Magic Kingdom, I'd visit the MK "Mountain Range" of Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (in that order). Don't miss these: Pirates of the Caribbean; it's a small world; Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin; Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor; Stitch's Great Escape!; Peter Pan's Flight and Mickey's PhilharMagic.

    At Epcot, head to these favorites: Soarin'; Test Track; Mission: Space. Allow yourselves some time to really enjoy World Showcase (set aside lots of dining time there, too! Yum!)

    At Disney's Hollywood Studios, don't miss Toy Story Mania, Rock-n-Roller Coaster and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom, head to Expedition Everest, then go on Kilimanjaro Safaris. If it's a warm day, follow up with Kali River Rapids and don't miss Dinosaur! Visit Finding Nemo-The Musical, too.

    At each of the first three parks listed above, be sure to see the nighttime entertainment that is that park's specialty. Each one is a must-see; some you might want to see twice, they are so wonderful!

    Water park-wise? I would wait to see what the forecast will be when it's closer. While it may be warm enough to enjoy a water park, you won't know the actual temperature for that week until you're closer to it. You can always purchase a water park ticket if it seems as if the weather will cooperate and you have the time to visit one, too.

    Value Resorts? All are just fine, but you might want the extra bathroom, living area and mini-kitchen at Disney's Art of Animation Resort.

    Send me another question, Melodie, and I'll give you more information, too! I love to help!
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I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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