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  • On May 31, 2019
    Sarah from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am planning out before reserving fast passes, and was wondering if it would it be more beneficial to visit a park on the day that it has extra magic hours or would it be okay to park hop based on historical attendance/day of the week?

    Hi, Sarah!  Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am so glad to hEAR that you are planning ahead for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.  That is a great way to ensure that you get the most magic out of your visit.  Think about your family's must-do attractions and entertainment offerings, plan out which theme parks you wish to visit, book your dining reservations, and make your FastPass+ selections ahead of time.  Then when you arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort, you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy.

    When it comes to choosing which parks to visit on which days, that really comes down to personal preference.  Some guests swear by crowd calendars that can be found through an online search.  Other guests, myself included, prefer to just plan out their trip based on what works best for them without taking into account attendance predictions.  Purchasing theme park tickets that include the Park Hopper option is a great way to give your vacation itinerary a bit of flexibility.

    Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guests can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours in order to spend some extra time in the theme parks.  If your tickets have the Park Hopper option, you could attend Extra Magic Hours while having the option to either remain in that park or hop to another based on predicted crowd levels.  I personally do not feel one scenario is more beneficial than the other.  If you have planned ahead for your FastPass+ selections and must-do attractions, I think you will have a magical time regardless of the predicted crowd levels.

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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