Mom And Son Safari
  • On Jan 6, 2014
    Gomathy from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Thank You Wilma for your reply. With a 4-day Discover Disney ticket, when would be the best time to visit each park? My son has a disorder that makes it difficult to stand in long queues and he is 5yrs old.

    Hi Gomathy,

    The week of your son's spring break in late March likely will be a busy one in all the parks as other families also enjoy a vacation from school. During those busier weeks, planning is even more important.

    Some tips for minimizing wait times:
    • Arrive at the gate before opening time. The lines are always shortest first thing in the morning.
    • Consider taking an afternoon rest break so that you can stay until the late-night closing time at Magic Kingdom. The crowds usually thin significantly after about 10 p.m. and the park is open until at least midnight all that week.
    • Use FastPass and, if you are eligible, FastPass+ to cut down on your time in line. FastPass+ is still in testing, but it allows guests to reserve times for up to three rides or attractions a day as much as 60 days in advance. The program is still in testing and is now available for resort guests and some annual passholders.
    • Work with your son to come up with a list of three to five "must do" attractions at each park, and do those first each day before the lines and crowds deepen. You can order the free vacation planning DVD to use as a tool to help him make his selections.
    • Finally, if you think your son's disorder could cause issues for him, consider whether the Disability Access Service card is appropriate for him. The details of the new program, which replaced the Guest Assistance Card last fall, are available at the link I provided.

    Thanks for coming back with your follow-up questions. Please don't hesitate to reach out again if there's anything else I can do to help. Enjoy!


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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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