Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On May 21, 2012
    Stacey from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be at WDW 12-15 to 12-21-12 with a 7 day park hopper. This is our first holiday trip. Plus this will be my parents and my sister and her families first trip. We want to make the most of our disney vacation. How do u suggest we use our park hopper?

    Hi, Stacey!  If you want to maximize your time in the theme parks, I would suggest starting your day off at the theme park that has the morning extra magic hours, and ending your evening with the park that has evening extra magic hours.  That will give you an extra hour of park time in the morning, plus up to three extra in the evening!  Especially with the holiday crowds, this will help you pack in everything you need to or want to see and do!

    Another great use of the park hoppers is to hop for meals.  My family loves to do a park like Disney's Animal Kingdom, which usually closes fairly early, then book a dining reservation for a restaurant in EPCOT.  We'll have dinner, maybe check out a few attractions, then enjoy Illuminations.  During the holiday season, this also gives you an opportunity to see the Candlelight Processional, so you may want to book a dinner package to enjoy this powerful and uplifting Christmas presentation.

    If we have a breakfast reservation at one of the hotels on the monorail system, we might head into the Magic Kingdom first thing in the morning, hit one of our favorite attractions, then take the monorail to breakfast.  Then with park hoppers, you have the option to finish the rest of your day somewhere else.

    I hope you all have a wonderful vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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