Spending some time thinking about booking a Disney vacation? Not only can a trip to Disney be expensive, but planning that trip can also be overwhelming. There’s just so much to do, see, and experience when you pay a visit to the Mouse House.
Here are eight questions people most commonly asked their Disney Travel Agent. The answers can help you plan your next WDW trip.
1. When are the parks least crowded?
As a general rule, the parks are least crowded when kids are in school. Example: Mid-Late January, early February, September, October, early to mid-Novemeber, and early to mid- December. There are a couple of weeks that are more crowded than others during that period, but for the most part, these weeks are much better than the summer.
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2. When are the parks the most crowded?
The parks are most crowded around holidays and when the kids are out of school. Holidays, summer break, and spring break are the most crowded times at Disney. Around Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas, parks tend to stop allowing guests to go in around lunch time once the parks reach capacity. The Magic Kingdom is usually the first to park to close. Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort can take advantage of the extra magic hours, and that will be a great benefit for any guest. Need more info.? Click here: Planning a Disney Christmas Vacation? Here’s the “Crowded” Facts You Need to Know.
3. When does Disney have special offers?
Specials are usually released between 2-6 months prior to arrival. It’s one great advantage to making your reservation early.
4. How will I know about the specials?
Contact a offical Disney Vacation Planner to help with your trip. Mouze Kateerz has three official Disney vacation Planners that write for this blog. That’s how we’re so knowledgable. They all know the inside and outs of Disney. If you book prior to a special being announced, they can change your reservation for you, and then let you know about the savings in a magical e-mail or phone call.
5. Can I do all of the parks in a 4 day vacation?
You can do all the parks in a 4 day vacation; however, it won’t be much of a vacation. You will be constantly running around and feel completely exhausted by the end. Ideally you will need two days for the Magic Kingdom, 2 days for Epcot, 1 day for Animal Kingdom, 1 day for Hollywood Studios, 1 day to go back and do something that you want to do again. This will give you enough time to go back to your Walt Disney Resort hotel and take a nap or go swimming. The Park Hopper Option will also give you more flexibility to hop from park to park.
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6. What is a great age to take my child to Disney?
I have taken my children starting at 9 months old. They won’t remember riding “It’s a Small World” at that age but the Disney Magic will become ingrained in them. When your children are young, you see the parks through their eyes and it’s truly priceless. My youngest son is four, and I’m sure that he won’t remember the details of the day that he met Buzz Light Year for the first time. However, I do have an amazing photo to bring back the memory for him, and we talk about the magic.
One thing that can make taking a really small child to Disney is the Baby Care Centers.
There are Baby Care Centers located in each park to that will give you a break to rest with your little ones. They have anything that you may have forgotten (diapers, wipes, food, bottles, some formulas,etc.), TV, nursing rooms and are always set at a comfortable temperature. I used these stations when the baby needed some downtime, but the older kids wanted to keep going. I would stay with the baby, and my husband would take the older kids for another whirl around Test Track!
- Magic Kingdom theme park features a Baby Care Center next to The Crystal Palace restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.
- Epcot theme park features a Baby Care Center inside the Future World Odyssey Center. It’s located between Test Track & the Mexico Pavillion.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park features a Baby Care Center in the Guest Services Building inside the Main Entrance.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park features a Baby Care Center located behind the Creature Comforts store in the Discovery Island area near the entrance to Africa.
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7. What is a Kid Swap pass?
A kid swap pass is a special pass given at the exit of most rides for a child that is either too short and afraid to ride but others in their party would like to ride. The entire party needs to show up at the exit of the ride and say that they need a kid swap pass. The cast member will give you a pass that looks like a fast pass but it says “Kid Swap” on it. One person stays with the child and the others go through the regular line. When their done with the ride, they find the child and they “Kid Swap” with the one that stays with the child so they can enjoy the ride by going through the fast pass line. They will be able to take up 3 additional people with them to ride the ride again.
8. What is a Fastpass?
A Fastpass is a special pass that gets you into the more popular rides or character meet & greets at a certain time. Located near the ride that you wish to Fastpass, you will see a pavilion with several machines located underneath it. It will say FASTPASS DISTRIBUTION FOR (Name of the Ride or Meet & Greet) return between 12:05-1:05. It’s imperative that you are able to return to ride during that time. Beginning in February, Disney Cast Members began strictly enforcing the return times, and they have turned away guests that came after the set time. You will need to use your park ticket to receive the fast pass. It’s best to give all of your party’s tickets to one person to get your fast passes.
You place the park tickets individually into the machine and out will come a pass with the time you are able to come back and ride. During your one hour window, you will return to the ride and each person needs to show their FAST PASS to the Cast Member at the front of the entrance. KEEP THE PASSES OUT! A Cast Member on the inside of the line will collect the pass prior to boarding. These passes can not be replaced if lost or stolen. My family usually keeps them in the front zipper compartment in the back pack.
And there you have it – eight questions commonly asked to a Disney Travel Agent.
Thanks for coming along for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you in the theme parks after you’ve scheduled your next vacation!
Have a magical day!
Frances Hedrick is a Disney Vacation Planner for Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys. She has stayed more than 150 days at the Walt Disney World Resort and at 14 of the resorts with her own family and friends. She loves sharing Disney magic 365 days a year.