• On Jul 29, 2009
    Shannon Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be visiting WDW for the 1st time in Oct. We are staying off D w/ 5 day tickets. My kids R 10 & 3. I have tried researching and planing a route, but it gets so overwhelming and I am so scared we will miss out on something. Where do i start?

    Hi, Shannon!  It can really be overwhelming when you think about all there is to see and do at Walt Disney World!  If you've done your research, you already know that there are four main theme parks, plus water parks, restaurants, miniature golf, Downtown Disney, and lots more! 

    The first thing I suggest is consider where you want to eat.  Especially when Walt Disney World is offering free dining, restaurants can book very quickly, so if you want to work out an itinerary, the best place to start is with where you want to eat.  Book advanced dining reservations as soon as you can (you can begin booking 90 days before your trip).  Let's say you want a character meal at the Garden Grill in EPCOT, and you can only get a meal there on day two of your trip.  That's the day to go to EPCOT.

    Check the calendar at and find out what days are extra magic hours at which parks, and avoid those days.  Extra Magic Hours allow Walt Disney World guests extra time inside the parks, and those parks can be busier on the days they have extra magic hours.

    Also at you will find maps and attractions for each park.  Go down the list of attractions and see what your kids might enjoy.  Build a must see list.  See everything at each park that is on the must see list, then add in what you have time for.

    Use Fast Passes when you can.  They are free, and they help you avoid lines for some of the more popular rides and attractions.

    If all of that doesn't seem to help, there are services like that will help you with daily itinerary planning.

    Have a great vacation!

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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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