• On Mar 21, 2018
    Deborah from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    What are the best theme parks, and attractions for a five year olds' first visit. Meaning should I spend money going to Animal Kingdom if she's not going to enjoy it?

    Hi Deborah,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Our girls were 5-years old on their first visit!

    On their first visit, we visited all four theme parks and they loved them all. I was a bit surprised because, at that time, Epcot was actually their favorite theme park. Children can be unpredictable so there really is no way to say which park will be your daughter's favorite. Having said that, Magic Kingdom is a must-do and Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park has several attractions that our girls loved at that age. Here are some of the attractions I suggest for little ones:

    • Magic Kingdom - Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan's Flight, "it's a small world," The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Astro Orbiter and The Barnstormer
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom - Na'vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safaris, The Festival of the Lion King, Kali River Rapids, and TriceraTop Spin
    • Epcot - Soarin', Frozen Ever After, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Mission: SPACE, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Spaceship Earth and Living with the Land
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios - Toy Story Mania! and Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

    Deborah, if your daughter has a rebel side, she must battle the Dark Side in Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple. Recruits must arrive to Disney's Hollywood Studios by park opening and head directly to the sign-up location. We usually do a pre-park opening dining reservation at Hollywood & Vine so that we can enter the park and sign-up before the crowds arrive.

    Although you know your little one best, our girls love all of the parks, including Disney's Animal Kingdom. Remember to check the height requirements

    May the Force be with you as you choose!

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