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  • On Dec 11, 2012
    Kelly from NY 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 will be travelling to Walt Disney World for Christmas and my son's birthday. What is the best method for getting to enjoy all that the parks have to offer with such large crowds? We have a 7 day hopper


    Planning ahead is essential if you are visiting at Christmas. The crowd levels will be high, so knowing where you are going and when can save you a lot of headaches.There are so many tips to provide, but here are a few starters. If after you read these you want more specific ones, don't hesitate to ask!

    • Plan your Parks Know what park you are going to on what day. If you need suggestions on where to go when, write me back with what days you will be in the parks and I can help.
    • Arrive Early If you enter the parks at the posted opening times, you will be able to stay ahead of the biggest crowd surges for most of your day. You will still find it crowded and busy, but trust me, you are missing the far worse surges that occur later in the day.
    • Pick your Attractions Even at a slow time of year you won't see it all. With busy crowds you will probably see a bit less still. So pick what is important to you, visit those, and that way you don't go home disappointed.
    • Make your meal reservations If you want a table service meal, make a reservation now. Otherwise know that all meals will be counter service. Period.
    • Relax Just because it is crowded, doesn't mean it isn't fun. As long as you go at your own pace you will have a GREAT time! So don't feel you have to 'accomplish' a long list of goals. Enjoy the spirit of the place, see what you can, do what you want, and capture the memories!
    Write me back if I can help more!

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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