Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Mar 26, 2010
    Amy from PA Asked

    Planning our 2nd trip 6/5/10-6/12/10 - 8 day ticket w/ park hopper. Traveling with a 4 yr old who is not an early riser. Worried about the crowds. I'm looking for an honest opinion about EMH. Is it better to avoid the park with EMH?

    Hi, Amy! Although my third child and I are morning people, we just can't convince the rest of our family to get up in time for a rope drop at any of the parks during our vacation. Therefore, over the years, I've resigned myself to take advantage of late extra magic hours.  It is true that EMH's and special events tend to draw the crowds. However, if you're patient and not a sleepy head, you can cover most of a park in half of the time during the final few hours.

    For summer vacations, we usually spend the morning sleeping in and/or enjoying a late breakfast at a resort. Then, we spend the hottest part of the day at the pool or enjoying an activity such as boating, a water park, Disney Quest, seeing a movie or shopping. We time an advanced dining reservation for a park restaurant so that we're exiting our air-conditioned dining experience just as the crowds are thinning out and the sun is going down.  We usually see/do the less popular attractions during normal park hours and save the most sought-after ones for EMHs.  We find that if you are a night owl, it pays off to be patient with the crowds and stay until the very end.  Last week, during a very busy spring break, we were able to stay at the Magic Kingdom from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. and see/do most of the park's attractions.

    Another great strategy with a park hopper is to visit a park without EMH's or special events before noon; take a long break to enjoy lunch at a resort, a swim, maybe a nap and dinner; then, return to a park with late EMHs just before the conclusion of regular park hours.  If the heat or the crowds are getting to you, use the park hopper and Disney transportation to your advantage to try another park or go back to your resort. There are so many options that you don't have to 'tolerate' a situation...enjoy your vacation by getting the best use of the various opportunities offered. Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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