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  • On Dec 12, 2010
    Andrea from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We (2 adults & 1 almost 3 year old) are traveling to Disney World from Jan 30-Feb 4. We have a park hopper pass for 5 days. Trying to figure out our plan of which park each day. I'd like to start out with a Mickey character dining too. Any recommendat

    Hi Andrea,

    Your vacation is going to be so much fun!  The look of wonder in your child's eyes will be magical -- especially since children under 3 are FREE!!!

    I recommend holding off on the character dining until later in the week.  Sometimes small children are frightened to see their favorite characters in life size form.  I would hate for you to start of your vacation with a character dining experience only to find that your little one is terrified.  This way you'll be able to gage your little one's reaction before you dine; if you think he/she will be to frightened you can always cancel.

    I'm not sure when your arriving, but I like to spend my first day in the Magic Kingdom.  There is just something about seeing Cinderella Castle that really starts a Walt Disney World vacation off right.

    Also, be sure to take breaks at your resort in the afternoon.  Since you have park hoppers I've suggested an itinerary where you spend the morning in a park with extra magic hours.  I figure your child is probably an early riser.  You'll be able to ride a lot of attractions in the extra hour.  After nap, move to a less crowded park.

    Jan 30 - Magic Kingdom
    Jan 31 - Animal Kingdom (morning) - Epcot (afternoon)
    Feb 1 - Epcot (morning) - Epcot or shopping in Downtown Disney (afternoon)
    Feb 2 - Magic Kingdom (morning) - Animal Kingdom (afternoon)
    Feb 3 - Hollywood Studios (morning) - Magic Kingdom (afternoon)
    Feb 4 - If you have time, a character meal in a resort might be a nice ending to your vacation - either Chef Mickey's or Cape May Cafe.

    Besides the two character meals listed above, you may also want to dine at Crystal Palace on a day you visit the Magic Kingdom - especially if your child is a fan of Winnie the Pooh.  Garden Grill in Epcot is a fun place to meet Mickey.

    Hope this helps get you started.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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