We are going to be there Nov 25-30. Are there any tips for that week of Thanksgiving to maximize our trip?

Be prepared for large crowds! Thanksgiving is a busy time! That being said, you can still enjoy your day. First, keep your expectations realistic. You will NOT see everything, so take time before your trip to decide what your family’s priorities are regarding rides and attractions. Your three year old will be able to enjoy many of Walt Disney World’s rides and attractions. Ask your child what his or her top choices are to visit and really focus on that. Get Fastpasses if you can for the headliner attractions.

Also, if there are rides you and your husband want to ride, but your child can’t, ask a Cast Member about the Child Swap option. This is where one parent can ride while the other waits with the child, then, once the first parent returns from the ride the child is swapped and the second parent can enjoy the ride! And, NAPS!!! You’ll be tempted to go go go while there, but it highly recommended to take a mid-day break to relax and nap back at the hotel. This will help alleviate meltdowns from being overtired. Also make sure the child avoids getting overly hungry or thirsty; this is a common cause for meltdowns in the parks.


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About Marie Rossiter

My love for Walt Disney World goes way back--to October 1982 when I was 11 years old and took my first vacation there.. My first visit included a trip to EPCOT within the first few weeks its gates opened. I have been hooked ever since. I am a wife, mother of two girls (a teen and a tween) and a confessed Disney World junkie and tech geek. I am freelance writer who contributes to a variety of Disney sites and other non-WDW publications. I help businesses with social media management, website development and public relations. I have my own site, and you can find me at and on Twitter at @DisneyWriterMom. In my spare time, I research all things Walt Disney World, listen to music, work on my sites and books and love to plan trips to Walt Disney World for myself and my family, friends or anyone that asks! My favorite WDW attraction will always be Horizons.