Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Dec 7, 2012
    Robin from OH 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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    Thanks for your help. We are staying at the Polynesian. We also got the park hopper passes for 5 days. We plan to take a day off from the parks and hang out at the hotel pool. We don't plan for any late extra hours, just the early ones. Any tips???

    Making a connection with guests is one of my favorite things about serving on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Thanks for returning and allowing me to share some of my Disney passion with you.

    Taking advantage of morning Extra Magic Hours is one of the best ways to avoid lines and crowds. In fact, try to hit the parks at opening even when early EMH are not offered. You can knock out several attractions before most people are even on a bus headed to the park. After lunch head back to your resort for nap and then hit the parks again late afternoon refreshed and ready for more fun. My family still takes an afternoon break even though my children are years past a daytime rest.

    Check out the Baby Care Centers located in all the theme parks. These calm, quiet places away from the fast pace of the parks offer a spot to heat up a bottle or nurse your baby. Your four year old will also be welcome; Disney videos play for older siblings' entertainment.

    Park Hoppers are a great ticket choice and offer your family more flexibility. You might want to spend a morning at Epcot or Disney's Animal Kingdom, take an afternoon break, and then hop on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Your four year old prince will probably not be able to get enough of the flying elephants, pirate cruises, and blasting of Zorg alongside Buzz Lightyear that this park offers. Luckily Disney's Polynesian Resort is so close to this classic theme park that a quick visit is easy. 

    Enjoy the Nanea Volcano Pool at the Poly with a children's splash and play area, waterfall, and waterslide. The beach at this resort is a wonderful place to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks and the Electrical Water Pageant.

    Wishing you a wonderful first vacation at WDW with your family. Of course, I am happy to answer any more questions you have.

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