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Disney World is located near Orlando, Florida. It covers over 30,000 acres and includes four theme parks, two water parks, 23 hotels, five golf courses, and a campground. It is one of the most popular family destinations in the world! With so much in one destination, it is easy to feel like there is not enough time in one trip to do everything. But that is one of the unique and amazing things about Disney World, in that you can customize your vacation to what interests you and your family. From miniature golf to water parks to fine dining, Disney World offers something for everyone, young and old.

With Disney World, being so large and full of so many fun attractions and events, it can be a bit overwhelming for young kids and preschoolers. If you have little ones in your family, try to plan some down time for them to rest. While there are a lot of choices of attractions and entertainment, you will have to shorten your must-see list a bit to accommodate them.

Ears Tip Popular question: How many days should we spend at Disney World? With small children, you may need extra time so that you aren't rushed and exhausted. A full week is a minimum at Disney World to allow enough time to see everything on your list and still have some relax time!

If you are interested in visiting Disney World when crowds are low, consider visiting during off-season times. Some of the best times for low crowds are November to mid-December (excluding Thanksgiving week), September into October, mid-January to February, and May (up until Memorial Weekend). Some of the busiest times are the last two weeks in December into the New Year, summer months (June, July and August), and Spring Breaks and Easter (March to April). Keep in mind that the summer months not only bring the heaviest crowds but also the hottest temperatures. Also, heavier crowds are usually at parks with Extra Magic Hours, so it is best to try to skip those parks those specific days. To see our blog post on how to plan a Disney trip and when to visit the parks, click here.

If you can only visit the resort when your children have summer break, remember that the weekdays typically have lighter crowds but it can vary park to park. Come prepared for long lines and hot weather, and consider staying a few days longer so you have time to experience everything you want to see. And have a strategy for keeping your little ones hydrated in the heat (water bottles, fans...)

A great resource for crowd levels is touringplans.com. A one-year subscription will give you access to endless information on crowds during your vacation as well as their great apps for line times. Our tips and resources pages have more links and sites to check out before you make your Disney vacation plans!

For specific information on where to stay, what to see and do, and where to eat, visit our Accommodations page, Attractions page and Dining Page. And for lots of fun Disney World information as well as Disney news. follow the preschoolears blog on Facebook, Twitter or by email.