• On Dec 27, 2013
    Missy from MN 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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    We are looking at going the week of Thanksgiving 2014. In the past which days would be the best for us to visit? We would like to visit all 4 parks that week, but have no preference of which order.

    Hi, Missy!  You don't say how many days you'd like to spend, or which day you'll be arriving, but I will say that you will find crowds grow the closer you get to Thanksgiving.  I always find that the Magic Kingdom always feels like the most crowded park, so if you can avoid that park on Thanksgiving day, I would be tempted to tell you to spend the day itself at another theme park.

    For the most crowded day (Thanksgiving), I like EPCOT.  Even when the park is busy, the size of the park itself makes it feel less crowded.  

    Another thing you might want to consider is whether or not you'll be staying at a Walt Disney World resort, and whether you'll want to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours.  These bonus hours, extended only to guests staying at Disney World resorts, give you an extra hour in the morning and up to three extra hours in the evening at one of the parks.  I personally love the early morning extra magic hours, but the parks with evening extra magic hours tend to get busier as the day wears on.  Plus, I just can't hang with the late night party animals!

    So, there is a lot to consider when choosing which park on which day.  I'd definitely do EPCOT on Thanksgiving itself, and then the other parks, I'd fit in based on taking advantage of extra magic hours.  Oh - one more thing - you may want to base your park choice on your dining reservations!  For example, you may only be able to get a reservation at Be Our Guest on one of your vacation days.  That would automatically become the Magic Kingdom day!

    Happy planning, Missy!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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