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  • On Jan 2, 2020
    Michael from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are going to be visiting disney and have 8 days at the parks. I want to do 3 days at MK and 2 at HS but how should I spread the other days? I figure 1 at Epcot and 1 at AK but that leaves me with an extra.

    Hi Michael!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Oooh, how exciting that you'll be visiting Mickey's house for a total of eight park days. I expect you to become the expert on this trip and apply to join us here on the panel next year!! I think you're on the right track in regards to planning your perfect Walt Disney World Resort vacation, and I do have a few ideas on how to use that remaining day:

    First: Something that I like to do is leave a day open later in our schedule, usually after we've already visited each Disney Theme Park, and I make zero advanced plans. No Dining Reservations, no FastPass+ selections.  This way we have a whole day to go back and revisit the attractions, shows, characters, restaurants and shops that we ended up really loving that we really, really want to do again. We figure it out the night before or that morning and go!

    Second: Have you considered adding the Park Hopper option to your theme park tickets? With the Park Hopper passes, you'll have unlimited entries to each of Disney's theme parks valid each day of your vacation. You could go ahead and plan to spend half of that extra day in one park and the other half in another. But this is also a great pass to have should after two-and-a-half days at Magic Kingdom you end up doing and seeing everything on your checklist, you can hop over to another park for even more fun. There's even an upgraded hopper pass called Park Hopper Plus that includes entry to Disney's two water parks and two miniature golf courses!

    Last: If you have yet to purchase your tickets, what I would do is buy only seven days of theme park admissions and use the eighth as a bonus mid-week down day. There is actually so much you can do with a day off from the theme parks: sleep late, swim at your Disney Resort Hotel pool, "Monorail Hop" by visiting the three Monorail Resort Hotels, stroll either (or both!) Disney Springs or Disney's BoardWalk, take a complimentary tour of Disney's Wilderness Lodge or Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, go on a carriage ride, take the new Disney Skyliner all the way around its entire path ... I think you might need to add an extra day or two just to do all of this!

    I hope these above suggestions have given you some good ideas, Michael, and We'll See You Real Soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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