EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 16, 2012
    Dawn from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I am very worried about our visit. I have a 9 yeard old daughter and 12 and 18 year old boys. How can I keep them all entertained? I'm afraid we're going to have to split up, which makes me sad. It's so hard to plan anything with such age and gender gaps.

    Hello, Dawn!

    Not to worry!There are literally countless ways to choreograph a family trip to Walt Disney World; some involve splitting up, others revolve around togetherness. You are the designer, so let's look at some ways to keep everyone happy and together!

    First, take a look at the park calendars for each of the days you'll be in WDW. Take note of the special events, such as fireworks, parades and show times. Next, have each child pick one event per park that is his or her #1 wish on the "must do" list. Plan park days so that you can accomplish most, if not all of these wishes.

    Next, have them each pick a restaurant that is a favorite as well. When possible, book reservations at each kid's favorite, based on the park days you've planned above.

    Finally, ask each one for an additional two to three activities (attractions, shows, parades, etc.) per park that would really be nice to see. If you can ensure that each person gets a favorite something each day (i.e. Beauty and the Beast--Live on Stage for one child, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show for another, and dinner at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano for the third.) Mix in those attractions and events which everyone will love and you can surely keep the family together and everyone happy each day of your vacation.

    We like to give the kids a voice in choosing some of our daily activities, so that no one feels that an entire day was designed around someone else's wishes. This is the sort of "one for me, one for you, one for him..." way of planning your days.  It may take a little extra time, but if everyone finds a couple of highlights on each of your Disney days, it will be so well worth it!

    I'd be happy to help you choreograph a little more, so please send me any additional questions you may have regarding your upcoming trip!  It CAN be magical!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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