Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Dec 10, 2012
    Rebecca from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Arrive FLA SUNDAY w/ our 3.5 year old! Completely overwhelmed! Staying Offsite & have 4 day MYW passes. Reservation for Princess dinner the 20th at 4:25 - thinking abt. Mickey's Xmas party on 18th. Prob. not interested in HS- PLEASE help us plan our vi

    Hi there, Rebecca!

    With four days and a 3.5 year old, I would definitely suggest a Magic-Kingdom-heavy itinerary.

    Because you are likely going to want to build in some down time during your days, I would recommend two days set aside to explore the wonders of Magic Kingdom, including, of course, New Fantasyland. With highlights like Enchanted Tales with Belle and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, your little one is sure to be delighted.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom is also a great choice. You'll have fun strolling around, enjoying the animals, meeting characters, and maybe even taking in a show. It's a wonderful Park to take in slowly; its sprawling grounds and lush landscaping make it a great walking environment. But if she wants to burn off some steam, there is definitely fun to be had in DinoLand U.S.A.!

    Your last day is a toss-up between Epcot and Disney;s Hollywood Studios. While you wrote that you might not be interested in visiting the Studios, there are merits to it: geographically, it's very do-able in a day. And it features some serious preschool fun: Play & Dine at Hollywood & Vine, for example, is a buffet geared just to Mickey's younger Guests, and there's also Disney Junior: Live On Stage.

    Epcot also has appeal for the younger set: Journey Into Imagination and Finding Nemo are two extremely popular attractions for the little ones. There is also lots of live entertainment, coloring stations throughout the Park, and more. However, unlike the Studios, Epcot is rather large, and you might feel more rushed.

    Pace yourselves accordingly, and build in time to relax. Those two tips, I think, will allow you to enjoy your time at Walt Disney World in whatever combination you ultimately choose.

    Have a wonderful time!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.

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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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