Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 29, 2011
    Lynsey from MA Asked

    Hubby, 4-yr old girl and I r visiting (1st time) 9/27-10/6. Have dinner reservations 10/2 @ Akershus & 10/4 @ Royal Table.I don't know how many Hopper Pass days I should purchase. can u suggest itin? planning tips? any help would be great. Am overwhel

    Hi Lynsey!

    Since it is your first time, I don't know if I would recommend getting the Park Hopper option, especially since you are going for a relatively long trip.  You could probably just get by with out park hopping and that might help you feel not as rushed to try and do it all.  I suggest spending 2 days in the Magic Kingdom, 2 days at Epcot, 1 day in Disney's Hollywood Studios, and 1 day in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  As you can see, you'll have days left over to either relax at your hotel, visit a water park, or revisit one of your favorite parks!  By the way, the Park Hopper option, and the Water Park Fun & More option, can be added to your tickets within 14 days of first use.  So you can start off without the Park Hopper and then add them later if you feel you need them; just know that the price is the same whether you buy it on the first day of your trip or the last!  Also, you do not need the Park Hopper option if you want a mid-day break back at your hotel, as long as you return to the same theme park you visited in the morning.

    I recommend making several more Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs).  ADRs are critical for a lot of the better Table Service (full service) restaurants at Walt Disney World.  In general, you can cancel or change them without any penalties.  A lot of Table Service restaurants won't take any walk ups, except for at "weird" dining hours.

    I also recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal.  It's a great book for first time visitors as it has a lot of information but is not overwhelming!  It's also a very beautiful book, full of color photographs.  It will help you get a feel of everything there is to do at Walt Disney World.

    Enjoy planning and write back with more questions or details about your trip!
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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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