• On Jun 1, 2012
    Shird from NC 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.

    Our 1st WDW trip is 06/10/12-06/16/12;We'll be staying on the resort, have PH& WP tickets.How should we plan our itinerary to maximize our experience with 4,5&11 YO kids; To include all 4 parks and both WP?We'll arrive early on 06/10 and leave late

    Hi Shird!

    This is a great question and a hard question!  I definitely suggest visiting all four theme parks and you should visit at least one of the water parks.  That said, I can tell you that my boys, ages 8 and 12, love the water parks just as much as the theme parks if not more.

    I suggest the following:

    Sunday:  Hollywood Studios
    Monday:  Animal Kingdom
    Tuesday:  Epcot in Morning / Typhoon Lagoon in Afternoon
    Wednesday::  Magic Kingdom
    Thursday:Epcot in Morning / Blizzard Beach in Afternoon
    Friday:  Hollywood Studios
    Saturday:  Magic Kingdom

    I suggest visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios on Sunday.  That park will be crowded that day but it is the last day of Star Wars Weekend.  Your children will probably love visiting the park that day, especially if they are Star Wars fans.  However, because of the crowds you probably won't be able to do everything and thus will need to go back later in the week.

    The Magic Kingdom typically requires two days so that's what I've included.  Animal Kingdom is generally less than one day.  Visiting Epcot in the morning and the water parks in the afternoon makes sense to me especially during the hot summer months; if you have energy after swimming you should return to Epcot one night to enjoy Illuminations, the nighttime spectacular there.

    I hope this helps!  Please 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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