Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 11, 2014
    Jennifer from LA 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.

    Staying off grounds. Have 8 a.m. reservation H & V for my youngest benefit, but want all of the fam to eat together. All boys want to ride Toy story mania without a long line and 2 want to do Jedi training. Park opens-9 How do I make all of this w/ou

    Hi Jennifer! 

    You are a Mom after my own heart!  As the official itinerary planner for my family of six I have planned similar magical mornings.  What great fun you are going to have!

    I want to compliment you on picking out major attractions that each one of your children would enjoy and focusing on those.  I agree with you that all the family will have a great time eating together and since you were clever enough to make an advanced dining reservation prior to park opening you should have no problems fitting in some amazing adventures for your entire family. 

    This is how I would personally tour with my family at Hollywood Studios given the time of the year you are visiting and the attractions you would like to experience:

    Check in at Hollywood & Vine at 7:40 AM
    Enjoy your breakfast, don't rush - it's vacation!
    Depart roughly 9:00 AM and go to Toy Story Midway Mania!
    Stroll over to the ABC sound studio for the Jedi Training Academy check in to reserve a time

    During non Star Wars weekends we have been able to reserve a spot in the Jedi Training Academy if we arrive within an hour of park opening.  It is a first come, first "sabered" show so if it is most important to you to participate in Jedi Training Academy you might want to reverse the order of Jedi Training Academy sign up and Toy Story Midway Mania!   We have found that even though sometimes the lines can grow quickly for Toy Story Midway Mania! the queue is sooooo amazing we don't mind a bit if there is a longer wait. 

    One thing to do just before your park visit is to check the Jedi Training Academy times guide.  Also remember that since it is an outdoor show it may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

    Wishing you a Magical Vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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