Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jul 30, 2011
    Jennifer Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    could you please tell me when they finalize park hours, EMH and Fantasmic shows for March 2012? Trying to determine our ADR and want to make sure we know which parks are opened when. THanks@

    Hi, Jennifer! You've identified one of the kinks in the planning process, but it's kind of fun to roll with this one.

    Park hours usually come out no later than 180 days in advance. Until they come out, here's what I do:

    I start by looking at how many days we have in Disney World and how often we'd like to visit each park. I then look at Crowd Calendar to figure out the best days to go to each park. Their recommendations are based on years of analyzing trends of park data, which often includes typical park hours and traffic year over year.

    I then get the tentative plan in place and start syncing up our dining schedule.

    Then, when Disney releases park hours, I look at my list to see if we're still in sync and I check the Crowd Calendar to see if the official information altered the site's recommendations at all. Lastly, check your dining plans to make sure they're in alignment with your park strategy and you'll be good to go in making your advance dining reservations 180 days in advance.
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Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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