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  • On Feb 19, 2013
    Paulette Asked

    March13-18 will be in WDW with hubby & 6 year old boy What is the best strategy to visit the parks? Will be doing Extra hours as staying at AOA have all dining reservations made. Just need park plans as it has been 20 years since hubby n my visit? th

    Hi Paulette,

    Congrats on your visit with your special six year old! Six is such a great age to explore the Walt Disney World Resorts.

    Without knowing which restaurants you booked, I will tell you how my family tours. In general, we book our dining in coordination with the park we are visiting that day. For example, if we are going to Magic Kingdom we would eat at Crystal Palace or at a resort restaurant like Whispering Canyon Cafe or The Wave. This keeps travel at a minimum and provides maximum play time.

    We also avoid Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios as this park is small and gets crowded in the areas which are open during this time. Other parks are fine especially at night when guests with infants and toddlers head home.

    Here are a few last tips. If you are going to all four parks, go to Epcot before Magic Kingdom. Epcot has its own magic and it may not be appreciated after a visit to the capitol of magic. Balance long days with short. Whether this means Epcot (large) one day and the next day at Hollywood Studios (small and shows to sit and rest) or early morning for a breakfast or late night for fireworks, this keeps everyone rested.

    Finally, go slow. Skip the park hopper and slow down. Enjoy the magic now so you return sooner than 20 years.

    Have a magical vacation!
    Beth
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Meet the Panelist: Beth, New York

My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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