• On May 15, 2017
    Freda from NS 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.

    Coming as a single mom with a 5 year old special needs child. Staying at All Star Music Resort. What parks would be the best for a little girl who is delayed in speech and development? Also, does the resort have a meal plan I can purchase?

    Hi Freda,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to plan a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort with your remarkable little girl!

    I suggest that you prioritize Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom parks. With Cinderella's Castle and a number of family friendly rides and attractions, Magic Kingdom is simply special. It has rides for thrill seekers and for those who enjoy a slower pace. At Magic Kingdom, my girls loved Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and Peter Pan's Flight when they were 5-years old. In Disney's Animal Kingdom park, the animals are amazing. Our girls adore Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Festival of the Lion King Show.

    Remember to review the Services for Guests With Disabilities Guide. It will be helpful in determining how to make your visit go smoothly. My husband has a mobility disability so we use the Disability Access Service. This service is designed for guests who have trouble standing in lines. I also suggest that you download the My Disney Experience Mobile App. We use the app to get directions and to check wait times for rides.

    Yes, the Walt Disney World resort offers several Dining Plan options for guests. We usually get either the Disney Dining Plan or the Deluxe Dining Plan and find them to be a great value.

    Freda, I trust that you will have a wonderful time with your precious little girl!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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