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  • On Jul 22, 2013
    Janie from QC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, First Disney vacation with our kids (11 & 13 ). We have a 4 day park hopper . We are trying to plan our days to see and get as much as possible done per day. What would be a feasable amount of attractions per day per park? suggestions welco

    Hi Janie,

    Your first Walt Disney World vacation with your children, how wonderful! Your children are at an age where they can probably stay at a theme park for a long time, and can handle a lot of walking. Therefore, I bet that you will be able to see pretty much everything that you want to. Let me give you a few tips if you want to pack the most possible attractions into one day.

    First, check which theme park has Extra Magic Hours on the days that you are going. With Extra Magic Hours, one theme park is open early or late exclusively for Walt Disney World Resort guests. These hours have less crowds, so if possible, plan to attend Extra Magic Hours if you are a Walt Disney World Resort guest.

    Next, try to arrive at the theme park about 30 minutes before it opens. By being there first thing when a park opens, you can really get ahead of the crowds.  Start your day with a very popular attraction.  For instance, at Epcot you might ride Soarin' first, or at Disney's Hollywood Studios you might head toward Toy Story Midway Mania! Riding these attractions first thing in the morning typically means shorter lines. Also, take advantage of FASTPASS. If you get to an attraction with a long line, if it is a FASTPASS attraction, you can get a FASTPASS to come back and ride that ride at a later time, with little to no wait!

    My guess is that if you and your family arrive at the opening of a theme park and plan to stay all day, you could easily get in twenty-plus attractions in a day. If you really want to plan it out, check out the unofficial site touringplans.com. For a small fee, this website offers pre-made touring plans that will help you get the most out of your time in the parks, or you can customize your own touring plan with attractions that interest you.

    I hope that this information is helpful for you, Janie. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!  
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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