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  • On Jan 6, 2015
    Lorelei from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How do you strike balance between "doing it all" and relaxing and discovering the parks as they come? I'm a recovering parks commando trying to do less next trip, but the urge to overplay runs deep. (Me, DS 8, DD6, first long trip) Help, pleas

    Hello Lorelei,

    I love your question because I completely understand. I would go to Walt Disney World and want my family to do it all and experience it all. But at the end of the day we were exhausted, grumpy and my family was not having the magical moment I was hoping for. Since then, I have made a couple of changes, and I am happy to report my family looks forward to our adventurous, yet relaxing, Walt Disney World vacations.

    My first change, was to visit one Walt Disney World theme park per day and depending on the length of our stay one of our days was a park free day, which we spent at the pool, visiting Downtown Disney and/or checking out some of the other Walt Disney World Resorts. I would make FastPass+ selections for late morning, so we were not rushed in the morning, and if we arrived early we were able to attend or ride some of our favorite attractions before our first FastPass+ time. Our FastPass+ selections consisted of our MUST-DO rides and as soon as we fulfilled our final selection I began rolling FastPass+ selections. We did this until we were ready to leave or I noticed anyone in my family getting grumpy. 

    My other change, was to make only a few Table-Service reservations at our favorite restaruants. Otherwise, we enjoyed the many delectable counter service dining options around Walt Disney World, this gave us a freer schedule.

    I had to remember, there is no way we could do it all.  But what we could do, I wanted to be sure we ENJOYED it all and our time together. It meant reassessing, talking to my family about there top three things to do or see at each park, including dining and shopping, my son loves the LEGO store, and making it happen. Walt Disney World is about making magical moments and memories with your family. Slow down, have fun and enjoy this special time with your family because these memories are worth making special.

    Amy M*o*
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

I am a Dreamer who has always believed dreams are meant to be the path to your future. Walt Disney, I believe, felt the same way, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Disney has always been proof that endless imagination and the passion to make them come to fruition is possible. I will never be to old for Disney, it is home to all of us Dreamers. 

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