Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Nov 9, 2015
    Laura from AR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! The week before Thanksgiving, with typical lighter crowds, can a family typically enjoy most/nearly all each park offers over 4 days? Thinking 1 full day at each of the 4 main parks. Trying to minimize school absences vs. fully enjoying visit!

    Hi Laura, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so let's fill up on all the fun to be had at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    While the first few weeks of November can see lighter crowds overall, the closer you get to Thanksgiving, the more those crowds will pick up as families decide to visit when the kids are out of school. But as any Disney Mom will tell you, you can enjoy Walt Disney World anytime with a bit of planning.

    First, I'd take a look at some crowd calendar sites you can find on the Internet. We like because it's generally pretty accurate and - bonus - it's free! You can plan which Theme Park to hit per day of your visit based on the predicted crowds at each. It's one way to make sure you can do all your "must-dos" in the Parks.

    Next, get to work on your FastPass+ selections. You can choose three attractions per day in a single Park to help plan your time and minimize waiting in line.

    Another key strategy is one the Disney Moms employ regularly: arrive at Park opening, or "rope-drop." Get there at least 15-30 minutes before opening and you can hop aboard many attractions with little to no wait. Combine that with late-morning to early-afternoon FastPass+ selections, and you'll be sure to get in just about everything you want to do.

    My fellow panelists have lots of ideas for planning your time in the Parks, Laura. I hope our advice will help you make the most of those Disney days. Please stop by and see us again if you have any more questions.

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.

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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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