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  • On Nov 13, 2012
    Britta from MI Asked

    Plan Change. Arriving at ASMR 1/22-12/25 10:30 am , 4 days and 3 nights w/4 yr old Girl. In what order should we attend the parks and fireworks? I booked Chef Mickey 1/23 am and Akershus 1/24 pm. Also want to do BBB. Want to make most of our trip.Thanks!

    Wow, Britta! You've made the perfect reservations for your upcoming trip with your little princess! Well done, Mom!

    If you are looking purely at crowd levels to determine your itinerary, take a look at touringplans.com, a great unofficial website that predicts crowd levels in Walt Disney World. According to Touring Plans, crowds will be lowest in this order, with my suggestions in parenthesis, if they differ at all from Touring Plans:

    12/22: Disney's Hollywood Studios
    12/23: Disney's Animal Kingdom (MK after Chef Mickey's then AK)
    12/24: Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom (Epcot)
    12/25: Disney's Animal Kingdom (MK)

    The park to avoid, according to the site, is Magic Kingdom on your first three days. However, saving the magic of the Magic Kingdom until your very last day would be tragic, so you might want to face the crowds on Sunday, 12/23 when MK opens early for Extra Magic Hours. You'll at least have a couple of hours in the park with smaller crowds than later in the day, so you can hop onto several attractions first, then head over to AK a bit later.

    Keep in mind that there are two Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques, one at MK and one at Downtown Disney, so if you can't get a reservation in one, you might want to try the other. Just be sure not to run your little one ragged to the point that's too tired to have fun. You know her best, so if you feel that she's the type of kid who will just keep going (maybe after a snooze in a stroller) then consider a BBB reservation at DD on the night of 12/23. AK closes at 7, so if she's still going strong, a makeover that night would be fun. Her hair will most likely be in perfect condition the next morning, too (they use a lot of product!) for her Princess encounter at Akershus.

    Send more questions, Britta! I love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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