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  • On Apr 24, 2019
    Suzann 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 Ok just rsvp’d my hotel and bought regular park tickets. What’s my next step? How do I know I’m not missing something? How do I go about planning my park days?

    Bonjour Suzann, 

    I often tell my friends and family to see planning their first visit to Walt Disney World Resort as putting together a layer cake: you start with the base, and then work your way up the layers until you start putting the icing on top. From my perspective, the “base layer” should absolutely be to decide where you plan to stay and buy Theme Park Tickets, so the good news is that you’re off to a great start.

    Next, I would plan to visit each of the four Theme Parks and, if you have the time, a day for a visit to Disney Springs. If you’re planning a week long visit, I’d break my seven days of visits down as follows: first day at Magic Kingdom Park, second day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, spending your third day at Disney Springs/lounging by the pool (especially if you’re visiting during the summer), fourth day at Epcot, fifth day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and then the final two days to spend at the Theme Parks of your choice.

    As for how to schedule your days themselves (the cake’s next layer!), in order to avoid tiring yourselves out, try to plan to visit the Theme Parks early in the morning when they’re typically less busy and the weather is a little bit cooler. I’d also make your FastPass+ selections as of 10:00 or 11:00 am in order to use them when the standby queues typically start to build up. 

    Then, then take a break in the middle of the day. Never forget that this is supposed to be a vacation! Afterwards, head back to the Theme Park of your choice for dinner or for some nighttime fun, including fireworks and other nighttime spectaculars. Don’t forget to make any Disney dining reservations up to 180 days before your arrival to guarantee availability, especially during peak meal times. 

    The final tip I’d give you: please don’t worry about “missing” anything. Focus on the things that you’re seeing, not on what you may not get to do. I’m lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World Resort several times each year and there are STILL some things I’ve never seen or done. Focus on the Magic and I guarantee you’ll have a wonderful time!

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. Et n’oubliez pas que vous pouvez également me poser des questions en français!

    Have a Magical Day, 
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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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