• On Jan 15, 2017
    Summer from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have a party of 6 staying @ AOA at the end of march beginning of April 2017. We are trying to figure out our schedule. I am trying to avoid the busiest park each day. So, should I avoid the parks that have magic hours in order to keep crowds to minimum?

    Hi, Summer! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    How exciting! Your magical vacation is just a few short months away! I also like to schedule my days around crowd levels so I think this is a GREAT question! In my experience, I HAVE found that Theme Parks that offer Extra Magic Hours (especially morning) tend to be slightly busier than those with regular Park Hours, however that is just my personal observation.

    I have read that Magic Kingdom Park’s busiest day is often Saturday, so I tend to avoid it that day and enjoy a different Theme Park or Water Park instead. My Disney Theme Park game plan usually involves getting there as early as possible and visiting the most popular attractions before it gets too busy. I then have my FastPass+ set-up for once the Theme Park starts filling up and wait times get longer. Once we have used our FastPass+ selections, we usually head back to our Disney Resort hotel to swim and relax before heading out again around dinner time. Again, this is just the way that my family likes to plan our days, your plans might be completely different but equally enjoyable! That is what I love about Walt Disney World Resort, it is such a customizable experience! 

    Finally, there are a few websites that predict crowd levels that you can also look into during your planning. In March, remember to check out the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! There are many beautiful topiaries and lots of delicious food, too!

    Happy planning,

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Ontario

Hi! I’m Jen from Ottawa, Canada! I am a high school librarian and French teacher who also happens to be a Walt Disney World Resort enthusiast! My first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort was during my honeymoon. Now, a wife and mom of two girls, my family has since been on many memorable Disney vacations together! Learn More About Jennifer

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