• On Apr 17, 2018
    Cynthia from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello, this is our 1st trip and 1st time going to Disney have 5 kids from ages 14 to 2 years i have no clue of what PARKS to go to, anything that will help me? i will love to hear some recomendations please, oh and is a surprise for all my babies!

    Hi Cynthia,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! WOW - happy dancing is about to begin. We have lots to plan for your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    First, I hope you are planning to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. With a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel stay, you will get access to Extra Magic Hours and will be able to make your Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. Fast Pass+ selections are crucial. So, be sure you make those. They will save you valuable time in line. Given the ages of your children, you may need to make different Fast Pass+ selections for them, so be sure to check the attractions list for each park.

    If you can, I suggest to visit all four theme parks. They are all uniquely amazing. When our girls were younger, their favorite park was Epcot. We have always loved Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom theme parks. Now, with the Star Wars attractions and opening of Toy Story Land on June 30th, Disney's Hollywood Studios is a must-do park as well. If you have to choose, I would prioritize in this order - Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom (to take an expedition on Pandora) and Epcot. 

    Cynthia, since Toy Story Land is scheduled to open on June 30th, I anticipate Disney's Hollywood Studios will be especially crowded. But, we are all super excited to experience Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers! If you have any young Jedi with you, be sure to sign up for Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple. Get your recruits to the park before park opening. The Rebel Forces need help to save the galaxy from the Dark Side!

    May the Force be with you,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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