• On Aug 18, 2016
    Billie from NC Asked

    First visit to Disney for 5 days in spring 2017. Staying at the Art of Animation resort. I really need help!  Where do I start planning? What order to visit parks? Where to eat? Fast pass rides?

    Hi, Billie!
    You've come to the right place! The Disney Parks Moms Panel is here to help ease your concerns. 

    I think all of us have a different system on how we plan out our visit. But here's how I do it. First, you're staying at one of my favorite resorts! Disney's Art of Animation Resort is full of fun pools and so many cool themes. I'd recommend reserving time to explore the entire area from Little Mermaid to The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars. Each area is totally different. Also, the three pools are so much fun to experience.

    The way my family sets up our schedule is based on our priorities. For us, time in the parks is the most important. We take a look at the Disney Parks calendar and decide which schedule gives us the most time to enjoy each park. We love taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours, especially ones that are early in the morning. 

    Once we set up the parks, we decide on one table service meal a day. Often we pick a restaurant that is inside the park so we have as much time as possible to enjoy the attractions. We also set up our FastPass+ reservations early each day so we can try to snag additional FastPass options later in the day using the My Disney Experience app.

    I hope some of those tips help! Let me know if you have any extra questions as you prepare for your visit to Walt Disney World Resort! I'm happy to help.

    -Jen
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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Missouri

I’m a mom, wife and goldendoodle dog owner who is not afraid to ride a fast roller coaster again and again. I love to travel - which is good since I telework with a job in Washington, DC. I’ve visited Disneyland and Walt Disney World multiple times and it’s fed into my belief that you’re never too old to have fun. I run when I can and recently earned my runDisney Coast to Coast medal! I also love photography and founded an online special needs community. Learn More About Jen

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