Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 27, 2008
    William from WA 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 Villas at Wilderness from July 1-9 and need help with planning days due to crowds. Have meal plan but unsure about reservations. Which parks to visit on which days with our Park Hopper passes? We are rookies!Ages 7,40,48 &


    For 'rookies' you definitely made an expert reservation at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge!  We stayed there on our last family vacation and had a fabulous time.  The Wilderness Lodge is one of my favorite Disney Resorts and I'm sure you will love staying there.

    Have you checked out the parks calendar pages yet?  This is where I start when I plan our trips.  You can view park open/close times, parade and show times, and Extra Magic Hours (EMH) for each of the parks.  We like to take advantage of EMH so I plan out our days according to that schedule.  If I know that we will be in the Magic Kingdom for an early open, I might plan a later breakfast so we're eating after the EMH have ended.  Or knowing that Animal Kingdom is open 3 hours later one night might tell me we need to make a reservation for Yak & Yeti rather than in our resort. 

    Because you are visiting in a busy time, I would also suggest you consider purchasing the planning services of something like TourGuideMiKE.  This could really help you plan your days and schedules to avoid as many waits as possible, and really maximize your time in the Happiest Place on Earth.  If you're anything like me, you're bound to be happier if you're nt stuck in a line!  You can find more information about this at  This is not an official Disney company, but it is a very good service that I feel could be of great assistance to you.

    My last piece of advice would be to act soon.  Your dining reservations should be made ASAP so that you can book the meals you really want to enjoy, and not just whatever is still available.

    Thank you for your question, and enjoy your vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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