Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle
  • On Dec 27, 2019
    Amanda 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 will be @ WDW Presidents Week. Just saw it’s one of the busiest times and am super bummed! Any tips beyond FP’s? Navigating crowds? Best days where? My son struggles with anxiety so any advice is appreciated.

    Hi Amanda! I'm glad you stopped by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your questions. My husband and I are both teachers, so we frequently travel to Walt Disney World when school is out and the energy is high at the parks. We always have an amazing time, and I would love to share some strategies we use to navigate the parks during these busy times.

    Most importantly, we always stay onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. During busy times of the year, we love to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. If you are early risers like my family, seek out those morning Extra Magic Hours. If you are more like Cinderella and can make it until midnight, make sure to add the late night hours to your plan. Be sure to review the Park Hoursfor the dates of your stay so you know when to arrive each day.

    Another benefit to staying onsite is the ability to make FastPass+ selections up to 60 days in advance. We like to schedule our allotted 3 FastPass+ experiences in advance, and then make another selection on the My Disney Experience app once we have used our initial three. Even during busy summer days we are able to use this strategy to experience many attractions without waiting in line.

    No matter what time of year we visit, we like to arrive at a theme park early in the morning, and then take a break at our resort after lunch. After a few hours of rest in our resort room or pool, we are ready to return to a park in the evening when the crowds are a bit lighter. Our favorite resorts for maximizing relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks are: Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's Old Key West Resort, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    I understand that your son might have trouble in crowded places. Frequent breaks in quiet areas of the parks can be helpful. If his anxiety persists and waiting in line becomes difficult, consider visiting Guest Services at the entrance of any theme park for information on Disability Access Services.

    Finally, an important part of any Disney day is eating! When dining at a quick-service restaurant, we use Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering to make our meal as convenient as possible. Our favorite quick-service restaurant for a relaxing and delicious dining experience Satu'li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    I know you will have a fantastic trip during Presidents' Day week. Every week at Walt Disney World is magical and provides a wonderful opportunity to make lifelong memories with your family.

    Thanks again for stopping by, Amanda. Come see us again if you have any more planning questions before your trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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