• On May 2, 2020
    Megan from NC 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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    Traveling with 3 yr olds. Is it better to go to the parks from rope drop until they're exhausted - like 4 each afternoon? Or is it better to go from rope drop until midday, then return to the resort for a rest and come back in the early evening?

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Megan!

    My very first visit to Walt Disney World was with a 3-year-old and 5-month-old in tow, so I know from experience that this is a very good question!

    Because little ones are often early risers, it's great to use that early morning energy and get to the parks first thing in the morning. If they still nap, you may want to plan on having a nice early lunch at the parks, then head back to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel for a swim and a nap midday. Once everyone is rested, head to an early dinner at a resort or park restaurant and continue the fun into the evening. 

    That being said, when my kids were that age, we would also tuck a day or two into our visit when we'd stay a bit later than lunch in a park, then head back to our resort hotel for a leisurely swim, dinner, and either Movies Under the Stars or family movie night in our room. (A little playtime with new toys picked up at the parks is important, too.) Keeping a night more relaxed here and there makes heading out early the next day so much more magical.

    The key is to schedule in some downtime, which, for us, includes at least one Table Service Restaurant per day, if not two. Keeping tummies full, getting everyone off their feet for a bit--and enjoying air conditioning if traveling during the warmer months--can also help to recharge everyone's batteries. Even better? Dine with some dazzling Disney friends by making Character Dining reservations. Those are the highlights of our trips!

    As you plan your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth, Megan, be sure to send us more questions. We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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