Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Feb 12, 2012
    Jason from MI 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 WDW in mid-may and my wife was wondering what are the best time to go to the magic kingdom and animal kingdom

    Hi Jason!

    I recommend that guests arrive at the theme parks at least 30  minutes before the official park opening.  That will ensure you are there and near the front of the pack when the park opens.  You can get more done in a couple of hours in the morning than you can later in the day in several hours; that's because a lot of guests want to sleep in at their resort hotel before hitting the parks.

    With regards to which park you should visit on which day, I recommend visiting the independent website TouringPlans.com.  That's the website for the research team behind "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World".  They are famous in the Disney fan community for producing a crowd calendar that predicts the crowd levels in the various parks on specific days; they make recommendations on which parks to visit and which parks to avoid on a specific day.  Their recommendations are based on a lot of math and years of data collection.  As an engineer, I'm a huge fan of their work.

    I hope this helps!  Write back with more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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