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  • On Sep 16, 2019
    Natasha from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are staying at Disney Yacht Club during Thanksgiving Break. Monday-Friday. We bought 3-day park hopper tickets. What is the best itinerary for our hopper tickets? We have 2 daughters 8 and 6. We will have Fast Pass and the Disability Access Pass

    chEARs Natasha!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. You are visiting at my favorite time of yEAR. The transition from Fall to the Christmas holidays is delightful at Walt Disney World Resort. I know this is going to be a holiday to remember for your family!

    You made an excellent decision with Park Hopper+. You can visit all four parks easily in three days. Since you are a Guest of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, take advantage of the FastPass+ option. You get to pre-pick three rides per day (at one park) 60 days ahead of your trip. (I just realized your FastPass+ window is opening soon!). Once you’ve finished your selections, you can pick additional FastPass+ one by one for the rest of the day.

    You can also use the Disability Access Service (DAS) to pick your attraction choices preemptively. Once you’ve received the card, head to an attraction, and a Cast Member will give you a return time. You can then enjoy another attraction, a parade, or a meal while you wait.

    Your princesses are the same age as my girl, so I’m going to give you her suggestions for a magical time! Plan on starting each day in a different park. I would pick Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Toy Story Mania! and Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run are my daughter’s top picks), Magic Kingdom Park, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. You will want Fastpasses (or use your DAS return time) for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park per my girl. We love Kilimanjaro Safaris, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’ vi River Journey, and Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

    When you are done at the Parks, head back to your hotel and indulge in the fabulous Stormalong Bay! It is my kiddos’ favorite pool of all the Resorts. After a rest, head to Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays, where you can enjoy the Holiday Kitchens. Our family are light-eaters, so we find the offerings at the stalls very satisfying. Don’t miss visiting Elsa and Anna in the Norway Pavilion, and we love Soarin Ever After and The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Bonus that the attraction ends in a fantastic aquarium!

    Natasha, if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Have a magical vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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