Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Feb 27, 2012
    Shawna from FL 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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    We will be traveling to WDW in April with 12 adults, one 4 year old, two 2.5 year olds, and two 18 month olds. We are planning to getting the 3 day FL resident pass. To avoid all of the children getting over exhausted what is the best way to plan our days?

    Hi Shawna!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.  It sounds like you have a great trip ahead of you.  I don't know if this will keep the children of getting overly exhausted, but I do have some recommendations:
    1. You want to be at the park at park opening.  In fact, I recommend getting at the gate approximately 30 minutes before park opening.  That's because a lot of guests sleep in and thus the parks will be least crowded in the morning.
    2. I recommend taking a break around lunch time.  You can either have lunch in a theme park and then head back to your hotel, or have lunch at your hotel.  Anyways, you will want the children to take a long afternoon nap especially if it is hot when you visit in April.
    3. Return to the theme parks at night.  The theme parks are absolutely beautiful at night; also if it was hot during the day, it should be a little cooler at night.

    The other major tip I have is to consider staying in a Magic Kingdom monorail resort.  With a lot of young children, you might be spending a lot of time in that theme park.  Staying at the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, or the Contemporary provides you with easy access to the Magic Kingdom and, via a monorail transfer, to Epcot.  That will make going back for an afternoon break that much easier.

    I hope this helps!  Write back with more questions!

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I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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