First I would like to say how wonderful, informative, & useful your website is. You truly are a Disney super fan and your delivery of all Disney topics is right on. I love your passion for Disney and I’m glad you share it with the world. I think I’ve read your whole site.
My family and I booked our trip for November 8th to the 15th 2013 and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been to Disney a bunch of times growing up and I’m excited to share the magic with my husband and two sons, ages 4 & 6. We are staying at Wilderness Lodge & doing the Disney Dining Plan!
My question for you is, should I create a plan or schedule of attractions, or can we just wing it when we arrive at each park? Which days are best to attend each park? Do you think Mickeys Very Merry Christmas party will start in early November?
I do realize that we wont be able to see everything in one trip but are there any must sees you can recommend for my boys? Any shows that are your favorite? (I trust your judgement).
Thank you for any insight or help you can give.
And one last thing, are “touring plans” really worth it and helpful?
The Christmas Decorations will be in full bloom. Photo by Tom Bricker
Dad’s Plan On It Answer
Thanks for your very kind words – it warms Dad’s heart on these cold winter days to know this site can help families plan their Perfect vacation. And your trip sounds like it will be perfect indeed – low crowds, pleasant weather, the magic of Christmas at Walt Disney World – your trip has it all. In fact, the only thing that would make it better is, you guessed it, a PLAN.
Everyone needs a PLAN
November is a great time to experience Walt Disney World. The weather has cooled off, the Chrismas decorations are going up all around you, and the crowds are light until Thanksgiving. But does that mean you don’t need a PLAN? Nope! A family travelleing together for the first time, especially with small kids, always needs a PLAN! It’ll help keep you on track and make sure you see everything on your “must see” list – trust me.
It’s easy to get distracted or overwhelmed at Walt Disney World – there is so much to see and do! And losing track of time is easy – especially since you’ll be planning so many sit-down meals on the Disney Dining Plan. Another good reason to make a PLAN is to ensure you make your Advanced Dining Reservations for the right parks on the right days so you can use those Disney Dining Plan credits to their fullest potential!
It’s hard to say exactly which parks you should visit on which days this far out, but I always like to begin and end with the Magic Kingdom if possible. I’d skip EPCOT on the weekend at this time of year because of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festivals (crowds will be bigger). But the best way to determine which parks are the best to visit each day is to use Touringplans.com.
Yes, TouringPlans really is worth it, and they will make all the difference on your trip. If you follow their advice, you’ll see more attractions and shows, spend less time in line, and maybe even have time to take an afternoon nap and swim. Touringplans.com will help you project which park to go to every day, and provide you with suggested plans to tour the park – or help you make your own. Plus their Lines app will help you navigate crowds while you’re in the parks. A few bucks is a small price to pay for all that service, if you ask me!
Since you’re travelling with young boys, there is lots to do and see – Dad even has a whole list of suggestions for things that boys can do in Walt Disney World. But Dad’s top 5 things not to miss for your 4 and 6 year old sons are Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Tom Sawyer Island, and Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom, and Jedi Training Academy and Toy Story Mania at Disney Hollywood Studios.
As for Dad’s favourite show? Well that’s easy! It’s definitely Wishes. Although, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade is pretty special too, and you’ll be able to see it when you visit if you decide to attend a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which start in early November!
Dad’s Bottom Line
Tiffany, you’re going to have a Perfect vacation, but there’s so much to do and see, it really is best to make a PLAN before you go!