Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 16, 2015
    Kathryn from PA 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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    Hi moms! Hubby and I are surprising our two kids this Sept. We booked MYW + dining, starting on a Sat. We are now thinking of flying in late Fri night, past midnight, so we can wake up to a full day. Can we just add on a room only for that night? Thanks!

    Hello Kathryn!

    Like you, I am always trying to figure out how to eke out the most amount of Disney Parks magic from every trip. While I'm a HUGE fan of coming in a "day early," I am not a huge fan of getting in late. In fact, the times when my family has arrived past 9:00 p.m., we tend to not go to a Park the next day for the whole day. Why? At least for my kids, the travel day can be tiring- so much excitement and anxiety. This coupled with a late night and waking up early to be at a Park before opening combines for a dangerous likelihood for meltdowns- and sometimes it is me melting down! If I could wave my magic wand for you and your family, I would have you arriving the day before your first park day by 7:00 p.m. Arriving early evening allows time for winding down, eating a quick bite, and exploring your resort before settling down for a good nights sleep. However, you know your family better than anyone else! If you think that they would do well with a late night and early morning combo, go for it!

    However, if you don't want the added night to include the dining plan, you will need to book a separate reservation. If you book a separate night at the same resort, It may be possible to stay in the same room, but you will be required to go back to the front desk and check-in again. It is also possible that you will need to change rooms.

    I noticed that you will be surprising your kids. Recently the Disney Parks Blog highlighted some great ways to surprise little ones with a trip. Even though it is entitled "Big Surprises for Little Kids," the ideas will work for big kids too. Have fun planning your Disney adventure. If you have more questions, come on back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. We love helping to make vacation dreams come true!

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.  One of my favorite things to do is to travel with multi-generational groups. I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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