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  • Bring 7 yr old. Arriving at parks at noon & staying for FW's at night @ each of the 3 pks. we will be in the parks 8.5 to 10.5 a day. We will have a sit down meal each day for a break. Is this to much of her? 1st time visitors so will cramming a lot in
  • - Asked by RAMONA from Louisiana on 1/27/2014
  • Hi Ramona,

    We were never the family that headed back to the hotel for a mid-afternoon nap. When our girls were small and we were fairly new to Walt Disney World, we always wanted to cram as much as we could into every day.

    So our plan was to arrive at or near park opening time and get in as much as we could before the crowds picked up. Then we would have an light lunch to rest our feet and maybe take in an air-conditioned show such as the Hall of Presidents or Mickey's PhilharMagic.

    As you suggest, we found a daily sit-down dinner, sometimes as early as 4:30, was the perfect way to recharge our batteries so that we could keep going until the parks closed.

    I also suggest scheduling your FastPass+ reservations for the afternoon, when lines tend to be longer.

    Obviously, every child is different, but this kind of schedule worked well with my daughters, niece and nephew, even when they were younger than your child. My best advice is to know when to say when. If you or your child starts to get tired, find somewhere to sit down for a drink or a treat. Don't push yourselves too hard.

    There's no way to see everything at Walt Disney World has to offer in one visit, especially if it is your first. I suggest looking through the website or ordering the free vacation planning DVD. Use those tools to make a list of three to five "must-dos" at each park and plan to do those first (or get FastPasses for them).  Then any additional experiences will be bonuses.

    Now that I've told you to plan, I'm also going to advise against over-planning. Have a general itinerary in mind for each day, but please take time to look around, watch street shows, browse the shops and just enjoy each others' company.

    A Disney vacation is more pleasantly memorable when it's a stroll, not a sprint.

    I'm out of space, but please write back if I can do anything else to help. Enjoy!

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