Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 1, 2009
    Marilyn 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 Kimberly! Your suggested plans are so helpful! My kids, 9 & 11, & I will be arriving midday 6/16 and staying through late day on 6/24. Although I've already scheduled various ADR's, I would love to know your thoughts on where to go each day

    Thanks. Although there are so many different strategies to tour Walt Disney World, I find that during extremely busy seasons (such as summer) that avoiding Extra Magic Hours and other crowd-gathering events such as parades helps for efficient touring.

    Last June, my family was at the parks at opening time and toured until early afternoon. Then we took our mid-day break back at our resort to enjoy the pool and relax in our room. Inevitably the afternoon t-storm would occur either while we were in our room resting or during our early dinner meal. We then returned to a park at night when the heat of the day was cooling off. Do not underestimate how hot it will be during a June visit to WDW. We found hand-held misting fans to be a fantastic investment.

    6/16 Arrival day. Relax at your resort or enjoy the parade at Animal Kingdom and an afternoon safari.
    6/17 Magic Kingdom
    6/18 Hollywood Studios, then Animal Kingdom
    6/19 Epcot
    6/20 Magic Kingdom
    6/21 Hollywood Studios
    6/22 Epcot
    6/23 Animal Kingdom
    6/24 Relax at resort or head over to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot or Hollywood Studios.

    On arrival day, I like to keep our plans low-key. Last June we had planned to dine at Chef Mickey’s on our first evening, however we missed our reservation due to an unexpected flight delay. Also, I’ve learned from experience that travel days tends to exhaust my entire family. Arrival day is a good time to enjoy your resort and/or take in a meal outside of the parks. Departure day should be another stress-free day. A nice breakfast at a hotel restaurant such as Cape May Café is a great way to start saying good-bye to WDW. My family also likes to relax by the resort pool or shop at Downtown Disney then enjoy the resort until it’s time to travel to the airport.
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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