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  • On May 17, 2013
    Jennifer 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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    I am taking my daughters this year the week of Thanksgiving. I was wondering if you could tell me what you believe the busiest park is for Thanksgiving day? Thanks

    HI Jennifer,

    A trip with your daughters to Walt Disney World for Thanksgiving sound like so much fun!

    Thanksgiving week will be a crowded week at Walt Disney World.  Anytime that children are out of school, Walt Disney World gets busier.  For crowd level predictions, I like to visit the unofficial site  All four theme parks are likely to be very crowded on Thanksgiving Day.  If I was going to pick one to visit, I would choose Epcot.  It may be slightly less crowded than the others.  More than that, Epcot holds crowds really well.  There can be many people there and it still seems less crowded due to the wide open walkways and massive amounts of space.

    Let me offer a couple of recommendations for you to make your Thanksgiving Day, and all of your vacation, more enjoyable as you navigate the crowds.  First, make Advance Dining Reservations for any dining that you would like to do.  This way you won't be disappointed if a restaurant that you want to eat at is full.  You can make dining reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or online at the Disney Dining site.  Also, try to arrive at the theme parks early.  I like to be there about 30 minutes before the park officially opens.  It is amazing how much you can do and see in the first few hours of the day when the parks are less crowded.  My family and I will do arrive early and spend the morning touring the theme park, have a late lunch, and then head back to our resort to relax.

    I hope that you and your daughters have a wonderful holiday vacation, Jennifer.  Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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