Cinderella Castle 50th Day
  • On Jan 19, 2023
    Kathryn from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Ana! My friend suggested I reach out to you regarding our upcoming trip to Disney with our kids ages 6 & 9. We are planning to Magic Kingdom on 2/22 and 2/24 and Epcot on 2/23. Would love any advice on what not to miss!

    Hiya, Kathryn! Welcome to my very own corner of planDisney! Thank you so, so much for bringing me your question. As Dug would say, "I have just met you, and I love you!"

    I'm so excited about your upcoming trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, especially since you're going to catch the very last weeks of the World's Most Magical Celebration! I really don't think there's a better time for you to pack your bags and head on your merry way to say hello to the one and only Mickey Mouse!

    Kathryn, I also think that you planned your trip PERFECTLY. Spending two days at Magic Kingdom Park and one at EPCOT sounds like a great itinerary, particularly since you'll be traveling with your kids. At Magic Kingdom Park, my two best tips are to purchase the Disney Genie+ Service and tour the park clockwise. Once you purchase the service starting at midnight on the day of your visit, you'll be able to make your first Lightning Lane selection at 7 a.m. sharp. I suggest booking any attraction in Adventureland as your first selection, and then keep on booking your next selections in this order: Adventureland > Frontierland > Liberty Square > Fantasyland > Tomorrowland. At the end of the day, I suggest that you watch Disney Enchantment, a gorgeous nighttime spectacular, from anywhere on Main Street, U.S.A. You can't go wrong with any spot!

    On your second day at Magic Kingdom Park, my tip would be to now tour the park counterclockwise, since you'll likely be done with the first half by now. This would mean that your Lightning Lane selections would be booked as follows: Tomorrowland > Fantasyland > Liberty Square > Frontierland > Adventureland. Since you'll have seen Disney Enchantment already, I encourage you to skip it this time in order to ride the most popular attractions while everyone else watches the show! Trust me, the wait times tend to drop drastically during this time. Some of Magic Kingdom Park's must-dos include meeting Mickey Mouse at the Town Square Theater, riding the classics like Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, "it's a small world", and Jungle Cruise, and conquering both available mountains: Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

    As far as EPCOT goes, I think you're in for a real treat! Once you're in the park, I suggest riding Spaceship Earth immediately, and then heading straight to World Discovery, where you'll find three of my all-time favorite attractions! When you're done here, cross over to World Nature, and enjoy some of the most peaceful and beautiful attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort. Finally, let the fun begin by heading straight to the World Showcase! I would OBVIOUSLY start with Mexico, but my friend Ariane (my favorite Canadian) would probably disagree. One CRUCIAL tip for Epcot: make sure to wake up at 7 a.m. for a chance to get into the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Virtual Queue. If you don't make it for any reason, you'll also be able to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for the attraction. Trust me, this one's THE attraction at the moment. As far as food goes, I don't think you could go wrong with anything over at Connections Café and Eatery.

    As my friend Patrick over at Soarin' would say: "Okay, let’s review: that is seat, seatbelt, carry-on items, safety strap, fear of heights, keep your hands and arms inside at all times—anything else? Oh yeah, have a nice flight!" Please don't hesitate to reach back out to me with any other questions you might have. I'm always available and more than happy to help!

    Warm hugs,

    Ana Paula
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Meet the Panelist: Ana Paula, Mexico

¡Hola from Mexico City! I love to sing, hang out with my dogs, listen to Disney music, read, and watch Frozen on repeat. I am also an English teacher, and I love surprising my students with pixie dusted lessons and warm hugs whenever I can! I am thrilled and excited to share my knowledge about EPCOT and the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort–in English and Spanish–with you. ChEARS! Learn More About Ana Paula

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