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  • On Nov 13, 2013
    Kim from MD 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.

    We are bringing our soon-to-be 2 year old for his third and fourth visits to WDW over the next few months. He LOVES character greetings. Can you all share your favorite preschool places/ activities/ hidden fun in each of the parks and at AKL and WL? Thanks

    Hi Kim,

    We loved bringing our daughter to Walt Disney World when she was a toddler! 

    At Magic Kingdom, so much is geared toward little ones. If you are looking for an interactive character greeting, try Merida. When we met her, the children were able to take part in activities such as coloring and shooting a bow and arrow before meeting her. At Epcot, have you tried Turtle Talk with Crush? Although this is not a traditional character greeting, children do get to "meet" Crush on a huge screen. Crush will even interact in real time with some children.

    At Disney's Hollywood Studios, try Disney Junior Play 'n Dine at Hollywood & Vine. At this fun character meal, your son will get to interact with the characters from Disney Junior, possibly including Jake the Neverland Pirate. The little ones love to get up and dance with these characters. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, our daughter loved to take a ride on the Wildlife Express Train out the Rafiki's Planet Watch. There, she loved to spend time at Affection Section, which includes a petting yard with rare domesticated breeds. Since your son loves characters, there are also often character greetings at Rafiki's Planet Watch, such as Rafiki.

    As to the resorts, you should receive a Recreation Guide at each upon check in, which will include activities such as pool parties that your son may enjoy. Also, look for activities at the Children's Activity Centers: Simba's Cubhouse at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Cub's Den at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Although your little one is too young to stay here without you (children must be 3 years old), there are sometimes activities that you can participate in with them during the afternoon.

    Kim, I am limited in the space that I have to answer. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!    
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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