Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Jan 20, 2011
    Kim from WI 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.

    so we'd like to hit each park (not getting the Hopper pass though) and what days are best to hit which park? We'll have 5 full days. Also, what to do about bringing a stroller or not? And any ideas of character meals/dining in general?

    Hi, Kim! You can cover some serious ground in five days. Here's how:

    By staying on property, one of your perks is Extra Magic Hours. If you hit the park with Extra Magic Morning hours, you can cover many of the park's most popular attractions before you even get hungry for lunch. A good touring plan helps you maximize your time taking in attractions. Check out

    By having such a productive morning, you can then have a more relaxed afternoon. This is one of the main reasons why I encourage you to add the park hopper option. It gives you the flexibility to return to a different park in the afternoon, such as a park that is open later than the others.

    Another time saver: character dining. Your girls are likely going to want to see the princesses up close and have their pictures taken with them. A character meal makes the characters come to you rather than you finding them throughout the parks and waiting in line for them. For princess meals, our boys (and me and my wife) love CInderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. If you're on the dining plan or a tighter budget, then think about Akershus at Epcot. Our favorite non-princess character meal is Donald's Safari Breakfast at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom.

    Strollers? If you and your girls are comfortable with an off-balanced, overpriced hunk of plastic, go with Disney's double stroller. I say bring your own. You're already familiar with it and it'll likely have more storage and cup holders. Another reason? You pick up and return Disney's strollers at each park's gates. If you bring your own, you can use it to cart your girls to and from your room and the bus and to and from the bus to the park. It makes life much easier to have your own stroller when kids are tired!
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Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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