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  • On Jun 28, 2014
    Lisa from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are visiting November the 18th through the 26th. Can you tell me how crowded the parks are & also about wait times on the rides? What parks should we start with. We are doing Mickeys very Merry Christmas on the 20th. Thank You

    Hi Lisa,

    You are visiting the Walt Disney World resorts at a beautiful time, when the parks and resorts will be in their full holiday finery and for the first part of you visit, the crowds should be light. Attendance will pick up significantly as Thanksgiving week begins.

    My family finds the crowds manageable during Thanksgiving week, especially since we select our FastPass+ options in advance for each day of our visit. I would highly recommend you do that, especially for the last days of your vacation. The same advice goes for dining reservations.

    Wait times are going to vary with the crowds. Again, that's where making FastPass+ choices can be a great advantage. Even when crowds are light, you will find those helpful for the most popular rides and attractions such as Soarin' and Test Track at Epcot, Toy Story Midway Mania! and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom, and Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom.

    I would plan to visit each of the parks during the first days of your vacation while the crowds are light, then return to your favorite spots in the last days. I always like to recommend that people start with Magic Kingdom, which is the iconic park and has many attractions for the whole family. If you have explored all the rides there before you go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, you can spend your party time taking in the special shows, fireworks and parades and revisiting your favorite rides.

    My family usually finds that we don't need a full day at Animal Kingdom to see it all. That might be a good option for the day you plan to attend the party. You can probably take it all in and have time for a little rest or an early dinner before the party that night.

    I'm out of space, but I hope that helps. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you. Enjoy!

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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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