• On Oct 13, 2018
    Stanton from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    “Help me”, says this dad with a 6 year old son. I am taking my son in Jan or Feb. Need advice on meal planning, tips and tricks to a great trip, the things to book ahead of time. Basically I want my agenda filled out before I go.

    Hi Stanton!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Super Dad, get your cape ready. It's time to plan!

    If you have not done so already, check the Special Offers and book a vacation package. I recommend staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel because of the benefits of staying on property. We love the ability to make Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. Doing so helps us to reserve ride times for popular rides - Slinky Dog Dash, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Avatar Flight of Passage.

    If you are staying for five or six nights, I suggest the following park schedule. I consider Day 1 as your first full day. On the day we arrive, we often do a non-park day with check-in at the resort and dinner at Disney Springs (try T-REX).

    • Day 1 - Magic Kingdom: 8:00 a.m. pre-park opening breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant, morning Fast Pass+ selections, lunch, additional rides after lunch, dinner at The Crystal Palace. Save a spot for the Happily Ever After Fireworks an hour before the show.
    • Day 2 - Epcot: quick-service breakfast, morning Fast Pass+ selections (Test Track or Soarin' Around the World in Tier 1 and then choose two more Fast Pass+ selections).
    • Day 3 - Disney's Animal Kingdom - 8:00 a.m. Tusker House Restaurant breakfast, standby line for Kilimanjaro Safaris, Fast Pass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest and DINOSAUR.
    • Day 4 - Disney's Hollywood Studios - arrive prior to park opening, sign-up for Jedi Training first, do Fast Pass+ for Slinky Dog Dash and Star Tours. Dining suggestions - Hollywood & Vine, 50's Prime Time Café.
    Although I make plans using My Disney Experience, I also create a chart with dining and Fast Pass+ plans. Plan like a Jedi!

    May the Force be with you,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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