by Kathy Owens
(North Bend, OH)
We are planning a family (for our 40th anniversary) Disney vacation with 12 people – 6 adults and 6 kids. We are coming from the AAU volleyball tournament that ends for us on 6/22. We will be staying at Boardwalk as we are DVC members from 6/22-6/27 and were wondering what parks to hit when on the Wednesday thru Sunday days of our visit. Any suggestions or sites I can visit to get this information? Thank you so much!
When is the best day to go to Animal Kingdom? – Photo by Judd Helms
Dad’s Day by Day Answer
Kathy, that sounds like a great family trip! As I’m sure you know, with more people comes more planning, so it’s a good thing you’re starting early – and that you thought to Ask Dad for help!
June is a busy time at WDW (but not quite yet “peak” season, and as you can see on Dad’s June Crowd Calendar, the crowd level during your trip will be wall-to-wall. But there are differences in each park each day and with some of Dad’s tips we’ll have you breezing through the park and enjoying family time. As a bonus – the humidity also isn’t at it’s peak so the crowds will feel much more manageable than later in the summer!
Since you’re staying on property as DVC memebers, I’m sure you know the drill – get your FastPass+ reservations at the 60 day mark, and make those Advanced Dining Reservations ASAP, if you haven’t already! With a big group, reservations are all the more important.
Dad suggests two days at the Magic Kingdom – Photo by Mike Billick
Assuming you’re looking to visit one park per day, here’s the schedule Dad would follow:
Wednesday, head straight to Magic Kingdom and stay through their evening Extra Magic Hours.
On Thursday, start at Animal Kingdom, and consider the special event that night at Typhoon Lagoon – the DVC Beach Bash!
On Friday, go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and don’t forget their evening Extra Magic Hours.
On Saturday, spend the day at Epcot and experience what will probably be the least crowded day of your trip.
On Sunday, choose whichever park you like – Dad would probably pick Magic Kingdom, but it’s up to your family which they’d enjoy more time at.
Dad just loves Touringplans.com – you can get all the crowd projections you want there – and you can even use one of their expert plans to help you tour the parks with ease and shave off a lunch of time in line.
Just a few more tips… Get to the park for rope drop each day if you can, and head stright for the “big” rides which wil have short waits early in the day , then save your FastPass+ for the afternoon. With a big group, the parade and fireworks FastPass+ reservations might be a good idea so you can all stretch out together and enjoy the shows. Finally, don’t forget you can split FastPasses in your party – let’s say 8 people want to go on Space Mountain and 4 want to go on Buzz Lightyear, no problem!
Dad’s Bottom Line
Kathy, go in with a great PLAN and don’t forget to enjoy some spontaneity. Oh yeah – Happy Anniversary!