Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 11, 2010
    Cathi from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, I really like this panel because you all give great advice! I will be staying in a condo off property for the entire month of July with my adult niece, S11 and D13. We want to go as much as possible to the parks without getting bored. Advice?

    Hi, Cathi!  When we lived in Orlando, we used to visit the theme parks often.  In order to keep my daughter from getting bored, we would plan to do just a few things, always leaving her wanting more!

    In the heat of July, I'd suggest visiting as soon as the parks open in the morning, with a plan to stay until 11 or 12.  You could go back to your condo and swim for a while, then go back to the theme parks in the evening for dinner, to see the fireworks or catch some of the entertainment at EPCOT.  I think if you don't try to pack everything in over the course of just a couple of days, you'll want to keep coming back to see more!

    Another thing you could do is plan to visit the parks so many days each week - maybe four days each week - then space them out with things you might want to do outside of the theme parks.  Don't forget, Walt Disney World has a whole other non-theme park side to it, including golf, shopping, water sports, and even the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.  You could map out a schedule that has you spending one day in a theme park, and the next at Downtown Disney, shopping and eating!

    My last tip is to use EPCOT as a great place to go if you want to eat out.  While living in Orlando, we would often make reservations at the restaurants at EPCOT and go after a long day to enjoy a delicious meal and Illuminations.  It really elevated EPCOT beyond the level of a theme park and made it a great place to go for a nice evening out!

    Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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