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  • On May 9, 2011
    Jane from CO 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.

    Hi Moms, My husband & I will be making our first visit to WDW Thanksgiving week for 4 days. We have 3 kids (14 & 10 year old boys & a 7 year old daughter). What should we definitely see & what should we avoid? Thanks.

    Hi Jane!

    Have you ordered the free Walt Disney World planning DVD?  It's a good place to start. I also recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal. There are a lot of good tour books out there, but I especially like this for first timers as it is packed with photos and some good tips; the photos help to get everybody excited for the trip and give a glimpse of all of the wonderful things to do inside and outside of the theme parks. 

    Since you are coming during a relatively busy week at Walt Disney World, I recommend that you use a good touring plan.  A touring plan is basically a recommendation of the which attractions to experience in which order.  In my opinion, the best touring plans are produced by the team at  Their recommendations are based on a lot of math and years of research in the parks.  As an engineer, I'm a big fan of their work.  They are also the research team behind the "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World", co-authored by Len Testa.
    By the way, one of the biggest mistakes a first timer sometimes makes is not making dining reservations.  Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be critical if you want to dine in a Table Service (full service) restaurant.  That is especially true for the week you are going.  You may make on-line reservations here.  ADRs are allowed up to 180 days in advance.

    With regards to what to see, with 4 days in the parks, I recommend visiting all four theme parks!  There's plenty for everybody in all four!

    Write back if you have any 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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