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  • On Jun 10, 2011
    Amy from TX 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 am trying to plan a trip for my family for June 2012. This will my kids 1st trip and at the time my son will be 7 and my daughter will turn 4 while we are there. Trying to figure how many days needed for parks and how the value movie resort is? Thanks

    Hi Amy!

    First, I recommend ordering the free Walt Disney World planning DVD. Then I recommend buying the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal. It is a great book for first timers as it has a lot of information without being overwhelming.  It is also full of color photos and is a beautiful book; it will help you to determine what interests you and your family.

    Each of the four theme parks are large and most 7 and 4 year old guests, and their parents, enjoy them all!  I recommend spending at least one full day in each park.  Epcot could easily require two if you really want to see everything in that park; of course, most guests love spending more than one day in the Magic Kingdom.  Most young guests also love Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach but at those ages, they'll probably be ready to leave after only half a day at either one.

    To help you plan each day, I recommend visiting the independent website  That's the website for the "Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World", another good tour book.  There you can look at their crowd calendar for the days you are visiting to get a feel for the expected crowds and to see their recommendations on which park to visit on which day.  I also recommend looking at a couple of their touring plans which are step by step guides to minimize the time you wait in lines.  Their recommendations are based on a lot of math and years of data collection.  As an engineer, I'm a big fan of their work.

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

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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