Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Jan 30, 2014
    Shirley from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Will have a party of 5 adults,16yr old,10yr old and a 5 yr old.I've been to WD serveral times but first time with my grandchildren want it to be special and get to do what they want to do.Staying in vac home.Where do I start? TIickets,want fastpasses ?

    Hi Shirley,

    What a great question and a great vacation you have planned!

    First, pick a day to talk about your trip if it not a surprise. Order the planning video or review the website to see what your family wants to do. This is the best tip I can give you as it is your vacation. I can recommend what my family likes but your family might enjoy something else.

    After you pick a time and length of vacation, pick where you are going to stay. Since you do not have strollers, anything goes. However, maybe you want to go back early and let the 16 year old stay a little later. Does a monorail or Boardwalk resort works better so you can travel to and from parks easily?

    As for tickets, you may want skip the park hopper and spend the entire day at one park. This allows you to save money and concentrate on enjoying hidden gems as they unfold and you are not rushing to another park.

    Once you decide on where and when and park tickets, look at the hours for each park and plan your trip. I highly recommend starting with Epcot. It is big park and requires fresh legs for walking. Plus its magic is subtle and not like anywhere else. Your grandchildren may not enjoy it as much if they fall in love with Magic Kingdom first. Then balance your trip with long days and short days to rest. Disney's Hollywood Studios has a lot of shows and is small so you can rest and not walk as much.

    Once your itinerary is finished, make your FastPass+ options. Pick them later in the day when the lines are longer. Of course, you all want to connect under My Disney Experience to link not only your FastPass+ options but your Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) which are a must for a group of this size.

    Keep sending your questions and have a magical vacation!
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My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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