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  • On Mar 7, 2022
    Ivy from MN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What's the best park order for 1st time visit to WDW? It's a 4 night, 5 day stay- Base ticket plus water. family of 4, kids 10 and 13. Need to make reservations and need a good recommendation for order of theme parks.

    Hello Ivy!

    Congratulations on your first trip to Walt Disney World! How exciting! And it sounds like you have a great package with five days to explore the four theme parks and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

    I want your first trip to be absolutely magical, so I'm going to share my best itinerary planning tips! With kids ages 10 and 13, there is so much to do and experience!

    Given that you are coming from Minnesota, I am assuming you are flying. On your first day of arrival, I recommend visiting EPCOT since you will most likely be exploring the park in the later afternoon/evening hours. EPCOT is an excellent park to visit at night because you can eat dinner around the World Showcase, ride Spaceship Earth, and enjoy Harmonious and Beacons of Magic. You will be here during the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival so make sure to check out the gorgeous topiaries and outdoor kitchens.

    I recommend visiting Disney's Magic Kingdom on your second day because you will be fresh and have a lot of energy! Magic Kingdom has many attractions and dining experiences that your kids will enjoy. Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, and Jungle Cruise are "must-do" attractions. I also encourage you to make an advanced dining reservation at Crystal Palace. This all-you-care-to-eat restaurant has something for everyone and your kids will love it.

    Typhoon Lagoon would be great to visit on your third day, followed by Disney's Hollywood Studios on the fourth day. Your kids will love Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, Toy Story Land, and dining at Mama Melrose's Ristorante

    When I have a morning in the parks, I like to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom. The animals are more active in the morning, so it's a great place to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris and see the animals. I recommend that park on your last day before you leave. 

    I hope you have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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