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  • On Jun 16, 2015
    Cindy from PA Asked

    Our family of 7 adults and 3 children under 5 are going to DW 12/26 - 12/31. I am getting nervous with all I read about how crowded it is during this time. Any ideas of restaurants where we will be able to get reservations at decent hours?

    Hello Cindy and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!
    The holidays are one of the most magical times to visit the Walt Disney World Resort! The beautiful decorations and many holiday happenings are a major draw and when you combine that with most schools being closed you have a recipe for very large crowds. However, there are some things you can do to make the crowds more manageable.
  • ALWAYS arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled opening time of each park. I know what you are thinking- "We are on vacation, we want to sleep in!" Believe me, thousands of other Guests are saying the same thing so you can get a lot done in the first two hours of a park opening.
  • Have a plan. I recommend you pick up the book "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" or subscribe to the companion website  Both of these resources can help you plan an itinerary that suits your family's needs.
  • Make your FastPass+ selections as soon as you are able. Check with each person in your traveling party to identify their "must-dos" and obtain FastPasses for the main attractions.
  • Plan your dining preferences and be ready to make those reservations 180 days before your arrival. If you are staying at one of the fabulous Disney Resort Hotels you will be able to make reservations for your entire stay 180 days before your arrival date. If you are prepared to book the moment your reservation window opens you should be able to get nearly any reservation you want. The exceptions to this are the extremely high demand venues.
  • I hope this helps with your vacation planning. If you have more questions, come on back to the Panel- we love to help!

    See ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.  One of my favorite things to do is to travel with multi-generational groups. I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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