• On Oct 21, 2009
    Melissa from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Leaving for WDW in 30 days. Can't wait. Will arrive on afternoon of Nov 21 around 3:00 with huband and daughters, 4 and 10. Which park do you recommend for this first day? Have 4 day tickets with park hopper. Which park other days?

    Hi, Melissa!  On the first evening there, I would probably head to EPCOT.  Hit the rides and attractions at Future World first, including grabbing a Fast Pass for either Test Track or Soarin' as soon as you arrive.  You can make a reservation at one of the many wonderful table service restaurants, or enjoy a delicious meal at a counter service location in the World Showcase, then find a spot for the evening show, Illuminations.  It's a nice way to end your first day in Walt Disney World, but it won't be too overwhelming if you've had a morning of traveling and an afternoon of unpacking.

    As for the other days, with the Thanksgiving crowds rolling in, I would tend to rely on the recommendations of such sites as - where they look at different factors in determining which parks might be the best to visit on which days.  The only thing I might do differently than what they might recommend is that I would be tempted to hit the parks that had morning extra magic hours, then park hop somewhere else for the rest of the day.  It gives you an extra hour in the morning of theme park rides and attractions, and that can be helpful during a holiday week.

    Have a wonderful vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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