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  • On May 15, 2011
    Lee from PA Asked

    We're bringing our two kids (3 & 6) for their first trip in July. We're considering the water park/Disney quest option for our tickets. We would only use the Disney Quest if it happened to rain one day. How crowded does it get on rainy days? Overwhelm

    Hi Lee!

    DisneyQuest is usually pretty crowded on rainy days.  Instead of going there, I suggest just going into the parks.  The parks will be less crowded assuming you don't mind getting a little wet.  You can either use a poncho or an umbrella to stay relatively dry.  The Magic Kingdom is very easy to visit when it is raining as most of the attractions there are inside and you don't have to walk too far to get from one to another.  Disney's Hollywood Studios is also a good choice.  Epcot is okay, because the pavilions are relatively far apart and thus there is a lot of walking to do.  It really depends on how long and hard it rains.  If it's just a little storm with a short duration then Epcot is great, because you might be in a pavilion for a long time.  If it's going to rain all day, then that's another story.  The only park that is difficult to visit in the rain is Disney's Animal Kingdom.  That's because most of the attractions there are outside and thus you will be out in the rain for most of the time; of course, that also means that park is really empty!

    You mentioned this is going to be your first trip.  I recommend picking up a copy of the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Mike and Julie Neel.  It's an awesome book for first time visitors.  It's also a beautiful book filled with lots of pictures.  It will give you some ideas on what you might want to experience during your trip.

    Also, be sure to make some Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs).  Not making ADRs is one of the biggest mistakes first time visitors make.  It's hard to just walk up to a Table Service restaurant in the parks, though it's relatively easy at the resorts, as long as it is not a really popular restaurant at the resorts.

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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