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  • On Feb 4, 2013
    Kayla 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 I'm going to Disney World for the first time as an adult plus bringing our 4 1/2 year old. We are doing the 3 day pass. What is the best time to go with her without the chaotic mess and when should we just relax at our resort? When to know to quit :)

    Kayla, thanks for stopping by the Moms Panel with your question. This is a question that is a very common one as most guest are curious about how to avoid the chaos of the crowds and timing of such. How exciting for you to be going as adult and better yet as a mom! The first time I experienced Walt Disney World as a mother was more magical than I ever expected. Watching the magic and wonder through the child's eyes will make your trip worth every penny!

    I am unsure whether you mean the best time to go during the day or if you are referring to the time of year, so I will try to address both. If you are speaking about the time of day, I would say get an early start at the parks. Since younger children start to get tired mid-afternoon, that would be the perfect time to head back to the resort and unwind and rest before meltdowns ensue. There is nothing worse to ruin the joy of a fun day than a meltdown or cranky child that is overstimulated and tired! You could always head back to the park for some evening fun and possible fireworks if you would like. We definitely try to take advantage of some downtime either at the pool or taking a long ride on the monorail as our youngest naps. It will definitely break up your day. You know your child best, so definitely take your cues from him or her!

    If you are referring to the best time of year to travel with a 4 1/2 year old to avoid the crowds, I would say late spring (late April to early May) while most schools are in session and after the busy time of Spring Break or in the early fall (mid to late September) before most schools have their fall breaks. Another great time to go is just after the holiday season like mid to late January to early February. There is no guarantee that crowds won't occur at any given time in the parks, but I hope this information can help you better plan.

    Be sure to savor those small moments of wonder in your little ones eyes. Those treasured memories will last a lifetime!
    ~Allison L 
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Texas

I am a mother of three that loves all things Disney...the never grow up mentality, the fairy tale endings and the ever changing Disney Parks. With so much to explore, I would love to help you discover all the magic and wonder your heart desires. Learn More About Allison

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