• On Feb 22, 2012
    Patricia from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My husband and I will be bringing our granddaughter on her first trip to WDW. We will be there on 4TH of July. What will be a good time to arrive. I know the park may close early due to the amount of people. We can't wait to see the fireworks.

    Hi Patricia!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.  My family and I spent July 4th at Walt Disney World a couple of years ago.  If you are going to Disney's Animal Kingdom and Epcot, then I don't think there's a particular time you have to arrive by based on past years.  That's because it is very unlikely that either of those parks will close due to capacity.

    However, there's a good chance the Magic Kingdom will close and a fairly good chance that Disney's Hollywood Studios will close due to capacity.  I recommend arriving at both of those parks early in the morning if you are planning to go to one of them.  In fact, I recommend showing up at least 30 minutes before the posted official opening time.  The parks will be packed on July 4th.  It's one of the most crowded weekends at Walt Disney World. 

    Since the parks are going to be packed, you should consider using a good touring plan.  A good touring plan will maximize the number of attractions you can experience while minimizing your wait in lines.  I think the best plans that do that come from the independent website  That's the website for the research team behind the tour book "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World".  Their touring plans are based on a lot of math and years of data collection.  As an engineer, I'm a huge fan of their work.  Check out their site!

    I hope this helps!  Write back with more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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