Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Jul 19, 2009
    Elissa from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! We have two boys (7 and 4) who we think are ready for their first trip to WDW. Problem is, we are teachers, so the only week we can go is Dec 26 - Jan 1 (we don't have spring breaks). I know it's busy - how bad is it?? Details would be helpful :)

    Hi, Elissa!  I won't sugar coat it or sprinkle it with pixie dust.  It's going to be crowded during that week.  There are, however, ways around the crowds. 

    Plan to make your advanced dining reservations as soon as your 90 day window opens up to make sure you get the dining experiences you want.  Walk up reservations are going to be tough to come by that week, so unless you plan on counter service meals only, make your reservations.

    If you have park hopper passes, and you are a Walt Disney World resort guest, you can add hours to your schedule by taking advantage of the morning and evening extra magic hours.  The park with evening extra magic hours can get very busy, but it is a way to extend the hours available to you over the course of a day.

    Dine during off peak hours, so that while other guests are dining during typical hours, you can take advantage of shorter lines.  Definitely use Fast Passes whenever you can!  You are going to need them to help you save time.  Something we have always done is to make sure we always have a Fast Pass in hand.  For example, if you have a Fast Pass for Soarin' with a ride time between 10 and 11, at 10:00, before you go ride Soarin', go get a Fast Pass for something else. 

    If the parades aren't important, you may find shorter lines during the parades as well.

    The best advice I can give you is to be prepared for long lines and crowded theme parks, but knowing is half the battle!  As my grandfather always said, if you hope for the best and expect the worst, you have a better chance to be pleasantly surprised!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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