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  • On Sep 13, 2011
    Angie from KY Asked

    First trip to WDW Sept. 24-Oct. 1. We have 3 boys (6,4,4mo). We are excited, but nervous. Do you have any last minute tips/tricks on parks/travel? Maybe which park on which day (6 day tickets), should we take days off from the park, etc. Thanks!

    Hi Angie! How exciting that your family's first Walt Disney World vacation is almost here! There's no need to be nervous -- you're going to have so much fun! You've picked a great time of year to visit Disney. The attendance levels in the parks are generally fairly low in the fall, so you'll be able to see and do lots with little waiting. Since the crowds will be fairly low, you won't necessarily have to stick to a tight schedule but here are a few tips:
    • Arrive at the parks each day before they open. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in those first few hours when the crowds are light.   
    • Plan to visit the Magic Kingdom on Thursday September 29. The park has a morning Extra Magic Hour at 8 a.m. that day. Try to arrive at the park by at least 7:45 a.m. so you can take full advantage of it. Your little ones will love the rides in Fantasyland and you'll be able to do lots of them during that first morning hour.
    • Avoid the Magic Kingdom on September 25. The park's hosting late night Extra Magic Hours that evening which might cause it to be more crowded that day. Since your little ones won't be able to stay up for the late hours, it's best to choose another park for that day, such as Epcot.
    • Fantasmic is a stunning show at Hollywood Studios and it's playing every night of your visit so you should try to see it one evening. Plan to arrive at the theater about an hour before the performance to make sure you get a seat.
    • Make advance dining reservations if you like to eat at table-service restaurants so you're not wandering around trying to find one with an open table.
    • You can add an extra day to your park tickets for a very small amount of money, so consider doing that if you want to visit the parks every day. Otherwise, it can be fun to relax at the resort and enjoy the pool for a day or two.
    Have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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