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  • On Feb 9, 2009
    Jessica from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Staying at the GF. Thinking brkfst at the GF, off to AK w/ DH, DS(10) & DD(6) for the day and meeting rest of family for Grnd Gthrng dinner/safari. Thought about going early & coming back for a break but concerned w/ time. What do you recommend? Th

    Hi Jessica --

    I love the Safari Celebration Dinner!  You and your family are in for a real treat.

    Do you have parkhopper tickets?  If so, I would recommend spending my morning in the Magic Kingdom or Epcot.  That way you'll be able be able to go back to your resort for a break without feeling rushed or like you've spent the majority of your day on a bus.

    If you don't have park hoppers, I have 2 suggestions:

    1. Consider an early breakfast at Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom.  It's a character dining with Donald Duck and friends and the buffet is delicious.  This way you'll be right at Animal Kingdom when the park opens and can enjoy a few hours before heading back to your resort around lunch time.  Even if buses are running a little late, it will still give you a nice block of time to relax.
    2. Consider a late start.  Have a nice, late breakfast at the Grand Floridian and maybe play at the pool for awhile.  Then head off to Animal Kingdom around lunch time and plan on staying for the duration.  This way you can enjoy the afternoon parade before heading off to your Grand Gathering.
    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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