Girl at Disneyworld
  • On Feb 10, 2024
    Stacey from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have a 3 day pass at the end of April. My husband and I will be visiting with our 3 1/2 year old daughter. Should we do 3 days at Magic Kingdom or 2 days Magic Kingdom, 1 Animal Kingdom? Would it be better to do Magic Kingdom back to back days?

    Hiya, Stacey!

    From one mom of little ones to another, welcome to planDisney. I've been taking my tiny Mouseketeers to my Happy Place, the Walt Disney World Resort, since they were barely crawling--and every second was worth it. Seeing the Disney Parks through the eyes of your dear daughter will warm your heart like nothing else. So, let's get into how to make the most of your upcoming adventure with her. 

    Whichever route that you decide to take will be practically perfect, but as a fellow super planner, I totally get that you want to know which is the better plan. I personally prefer split visits. So, I'm leaning toward spending two days at the quintessential Magic Kingdom Park and one day at another theme park (in this case, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, my favorite). 

    Many planDisney panelists will agree that starting your vacation with visiting and taking a photo at the iconic Cinderella Castle is a must. It is also the theme park with the fewest attractions with height requirements, so there's a limitless amount of experiences that your little one can enjoy. From play areas to parades to character meet-and-greets, it will definitely take two days to feel like you've accomplished most of your must-do attractions. 

    I would do two back-to-back days at Magic Kingdom Park so that if there's anything your daughter gravitates toward on Day One, she can have immediate gratification by enjoying it on Day Two. I strongly recommend taking midday breaks with her at your accommodations on each day of your trip, so that she feels rested and energized during your activities. 

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a fantastic choice for a family of animal and nature lovers. You all will love the slower pace of this theme park. Begin your day with an early morning ride through the savanna on Kilimanjaro Safaris (the animals are the most active before the sun is high) and even enjoy a fun character dining experience at Tusker House Restaurant. She may like the dinosaur-themed play area called The Boneyard. My boys could spend hours playing there. 

    AN EXTRA GEM: I 100% recommend taking advantage of the Rider Switch Service for those attractions with higher minimum height requirements that you and your husband want to experience but your little one can't ride. For example, the height requirement is 44 inches for Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Once you've arrived, let a Cast Member near the entrance know that someone needs to stay behind with your daughter. One person will wait in the standby queue and then the other automatically gets to use the faster Lightning Lane. Even better in this example? Expedition Everest sometimes utilizes a free-to-use Single Rider queue, which is usually even faster. 

    I am sending so much pixie dust your way, Stacey! What an exciting time for your whole family in April. As you continue planning your Most Magical vacation, revisit us here at planDisney if you have any additional questions. I'm all ears!

    Magic always, 
    LeAndra
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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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