Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Sep 17, 2013
    Jennifer from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Santa is surprising our 8 yr old twins with a trip to WDW @ Christmas time! Our question there a way to help control the chaos that goes along with crowds this time of year? We've planned each meal & special event hoping this may help? Suggesti

    Hi, Jennifer!  We go every year during the holidays, so I'll give you my best tip - the early bird catches the Mouse.  We like to hit the theme parks as soon as they open - even if that means an early morning extra magic hours arrival.  I try to snag the FastPass that is most important to my girls for the day, and then we go to the attraction that is number one on their list.  

    I find that I can usually do a pretty good bit of the theme park by lunch - hitting the must do attractions first.  We have a nice lunch, and then see what else there is that is on their list of "really would like to do" attractions.  If you want to see the evening fireworks or later parades, do not leave the theme park.  I will often leave late in the afternoon, and catch the fireworks from somewhere else around the resort.

    Night time extra magic hours always seem more crowded to me, so we tend not to do those.  Plus, if I'm waking kids early, it's not the best idea to keep them out late as well.

    The list of attraction priorities is pretty important.  I don't want the kids to be disappointed, so if they each choose at least one or two things that we have to see, I know if there's a really long line for something later, and we're too tired to wait, at least they've gotten to do the things they really wanted to.

    Planned meals definitely helps!  If you have character meals, that also saves wait time in line for autographs.

    Have an absolutely wonderful time!
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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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