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  • On Feb 17, 2022
    Jeffrey from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am bringing my 6-year old for his first visit 4/18-4/21, can you advise on the best days to visit each park? We need to leave early Thursday so I planned for Animal Kingdom that day. Monday is the day after Easter so I thought Hollywood Studios then.

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    How exciting, with this being your son’s first time, I’m sure that you all will make memories that will last a lifetime! Let me first suggest that once you get to the Walt Disney World Resort, make sure to get your son a first time visitor’s button. Just ask any Cast Member at Guest Services or a merchandise store. This will be a great keepsake and a conversation starter as you’re going around the Theme Parks.

    As for the Theme Park days, it truly depends on what you and your family are interested in. If you think your son would be more interested in riding as much as possible, I’d suggest spending more time in Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. If your son is an animal lover and is excited about exploring the wilderness, I’d suggest doing a full day in Animal Kingdom. Keep in mind, if you purchased a Park Hopper ticket, you’ll be able to change Theme Parks at 2:00 p.m. each day so you can enjoy a little of everything!

    Now, I will note that if you’re staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, on April 18th and April 20th, EPCOT and Magic Kingdom have Extended Evening Hours. If you decide to relax a little more during the day and stay out later from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., both Theme Parks may be a little less crowded so you can do a few more rides. 

    However, I can understand that your family may not want to stay out late, so you can also take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry. This allows Disney Resorts Collection hotel guests access into the Theme Parks 30 minutes early, so you can get a head start on riding attractions. For my family, some days if we wake up for Early Entry, we’d go back to the hotel to take a break during the day, then come back out for dinner and fireworks. Other days we’d stay in the Theme Parks all day. It truly depends on how the family is feeling by midday.

    As you continue to plan, I suggest checking out this Ticket Guide. You’ll be able to see all that the Theme Parks and Water Parks have to offer and can even see what’s popular for specific age groups. Once you decided on your Theme Parks, remember to book your Disney Park Pass reservations as soon as possible. 

    I hope this “Bit By Bryanna” is helpful as you begin preparing for your son’s first visit during the World’s Most Magical Celebration. If you have any other planning or vacation questions, please feel free to reach out, I’m always happy to help!

    The Magic Is Calling, 

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Meet the Panelist: Bryanna, North Carolina

Welcome to planDisney! My name is Bryanna and I am a "Disney-lifer". I have traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort since my toddler years and I have not been able to get enough of the magic. Whether we are at the one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks or a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel, it is a way to escape every day life. I have planned many family vacations and now it is my turn to help you. Through my experienced lens, I take joy in being a part of your magical journey! Learn More About Bryanna

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