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  • On Apr 30, 2020
    Tony from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My wife and I are bringing our 2 grandchildren to WDW. Where can I find a reliable calendar for WDW crowds? Thank you, Tony

    Hakuna Matata Tony!

    How happy we are to see you dropping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel again! I will do my best to help you plan the most problem-free vacation for your grandchildren!

    To be honest, I do not use crowd calendars anymore. When I have used a crowd calendar in the past, I only used those that were freely available online. Although I cannot endorse a particular one, I will say that I have used the crowd calendars from Undercover Tourist. 

    Now that we have visited the Walt Disney World Resort at one of the busiest times of year (i.e. the week of Christmas) and at less crowded times (i.e. early May), I can honestly say that we manage the crowds by using a number of different pre-planning strategies and taking advantage of the benefits available to guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels and other select hotels:

    1. Making advanced dining reservations 180 days in advance.
    2. Making Fast Pass+ selections for attractions 60 days in advance. 
    3. Scheduling unique experiences from the Enchanting Extras Collection.
    4. Selecting a resort hotel with multiple transportation options - our favorites are Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort (with a walking path to Magic Kingdom) and Disney's BoardWalk Inn (with walking paths to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios).
    5. Using My Disney Experience and adding notes to our itinerary - on our last trip, I included break time at the resort and the fireworks shows we planned to attend (making note of the time we needed to search for a viewing spot).
    6. Checking the park hours and entertainment calendar to know when the parks will open and close each day and taking note of parades and other shows we might want to experience.

    Before booking my trips, I also check the runDisney events calendar and I check to see what other special ticketed or seasonal events might occur during the dates of my visit. Unless we are attending a special ticketed event, we avoid the parks on those days because they typically close early to those not attending the special event.

    Tony, I know you are a planner extraordinaire. Sending pixie dust trusting that your planning will allow you to leave your worries behind!

    Magic and memories,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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