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  • On Mar 28, 2012
    Elizabeth from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are arriving in Orlando at 11 am. Not purchasing park hopper but would like to get a 1/2 a day in somewhere for my 4 year old little girl to get a taste of disney. What should we do? The rest of the week we have 2 full MK days, 1 AK, 1 HS day.First time

    Hi Elizabeth,

    It sounds like you have a great vacation planned!  You'll be arriving in Orlando at 11 a.m.  I'm not sure where you're staying, but if you're taking Magical Express to a WDW Resort, you most likely won't arrive at your destination until almost 1:00 p.m. by the time you've debarked the plane, caught the bus, and stood in line at the check-in counter.  There are a couple of options for how to spend this first day.

    You might consider adding an extra day to your passes and spend the first day at Epcot.  There are a lot of fun things for your 4 year old to do.  The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a great place to spend time.  Journey Into Imagination is also a highlight for the pre-school set.  I have a 5 year old girl, and she love touring the countries - just about every one has a princess or other beloved character who greets guests.  If you haven't booked a character dinner for this vacation, consider Akershus where you can dine with Disney Royalty.  Also, Garden Grill is a great place to go to dine with Mickey. 

    If you want to play things a little more low key, skip the parks on the first day.  Most four year old are happy to take a swim in the resort pool.  You could also head to Downtown Disney for some shopping.  Trust me, it's not your run of the mill shopping area.  Once Upon a Toy and Goofy's Candy Company are enough to keep my kids occupied, and that's just the beginning.  End the evening with a character meal: 1900 Park Fare and Chef Mickey's are both excellent choices.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. 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.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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