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  • On Feb 7, 2023
    April from CT 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 is the best park to visit with an three and eight year old. Thank you

    Hi there, April! Welcome to planDisney! 

    Thank you for stopping by with your question. I love all-things-Disney, but I REALLY love all-things-Disney related to little ones. As a mom of two young children, I can tell you that there's really no wrong theme park choice for this age group. While my 3-year-old son has no preference as long as meeting Mickey Mouse is involved, my older son is a bit more opinionated. So, let's break it down from both his and my points of view! 

    -Magic Kingdom Theme Park: This is the best choice if you only have one day to spend at Walt Disney World Resort with your two children. There are only a handful of attractions that have height requirements, and of those, there are some that even your toddler can ride. My 3-year-old loves racing on Tomorrowland Speedway (32-inch height requirement)--I put the pedal to the metal, while he steers us left and right! You'll find so many classic rides and snacks here, and nothing beats watching fireworks over Cinderella Castle. 

    -Disney's Hollywood Studios: My older son's favorite land, Toy Story Land, is found at this theme park, so for him, he'd 10/10 recommend that your family visit here. From exploring Andy's backyard to visiting a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, there's never a dull moment. And if you're traveling with another adult, I strongly recommend that you utilize Rider Switch to maximize your 8-year-old's day. If there's an attraction your 3-year-old can't ride, set up Rider Switch with a Cast Member. Your party will be able to enjoy the ride without worrying about leaving the little one behind or denying your older child's search for thrills. 

    -EPCOT: This theme park may be at the bottom of most young families' lists; however, it's my personal go-to for days that I visit the parks without another adult to help. Your kids can enjoy learning about sea creatures at World Nature (your toddler will LOVE Turtle Talk with Crush). Also, explore the different cultures around the World Showcase, and visit Anna and Elsa in Norway and Remy from "Ratatouille" in France. 

    -Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: If your kiddos love animals and nature, this is my top pick for you! There are some very unique attractions and shows here that can't be missed like Kilimanjaro Safaris and The Festival of the Lion King. It is also home to some of the best restaurants on property, so if you're a family of foodies, you'll love it here. 

    AN EXTRA GEM: I recommend exploring each theme park's website to see which has the characters they love most or the shows they're most interested in watching during midday breaks. 

    Oh boy! April, I either made your decision very easy or more difficult than ever. So, please don't hesitate to revisit me here at planDisney if you'd like to dig deeper into one of the parks or special things to do around the resort.

    Magic always, 

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Meet the Panelist: LeAndra, Florida

Hey, Mouseketeer! I'm LeAndra, a wife, mom of two, and content creator from beautiful Central Florida. I've lived near The Most Magical Place on Earth for my entire life; so, I like to say that I'm a Guardian of this galaxy! My love of all-things-Disney has also taken me on multiple cross-country road trips to Disneyland Resort and on a few flights over to Disneyland Paris. I am oh-so-grateful to be a part of your world by helping you plan your magical vacations.  Learn More About LeAndra

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