Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Dec 19, 2008
    Kimberly from PA 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.

    DH, DD3, & I coming in Jan 09. My first trip and I've been waiting 27 yrs (my whole life!) for it! What is an absolute MUST SEE/MUST DO that may seem a little out of the ordinary/isn't so obvious? Love the panel, and have become OBSESSED! with planni


    Your story and mine have many parallels - I was an adult, married with a 2 year old daughter, the first time I visited Disney. In January. I became obsessed with planning. And now 4 years and 15 trips later, here I am! See what you're headed for? :)

    My personal picks for often-overlooked must-dos:

    -The Tomorrowland Transit Authority - sure, it's not a splashy ride, but there's very rarely a wait and for some reason my whole family LOVES this one.

    -Tom Sawyer Island - when the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom gets overwhelming, this is a great place to go and get away from it all. It's amazingly secluded, and quiet, and fun! Be sure to look for a paintbrush - if you find one take it to a cast member for a surprise.  :)

    - The monorail to Epcot - not just for transportation, this can actually be a lot of fun and the trip to Epcot is our favorite route.  Nice views, and a fun time to ask the cast member at the loading area if your daughter can be a honorary pilot!

    -The Kids Discovery Clubs in Animal Kingdom - sort of like the Epcot Kidcot stations you hear so much about, but these are far underbilled.  I love everything about Animal Kingdom, and these stations are fun and educational for children all at once.

    -The Innoventions Halls in Epcot - many people overlook these in favor of the rides - don't!  Again, fun and learning all at once - and the chance to ride a Segway!

    And while I really don't want to sound like a salesperson, my final piece of honest advice would be to visit a DVC info center.  If you're having a great vacation and think you'd like to come back again and again, just talk to them.  They are not pushy AT ALL, I promise.  We didn't talk to them until many trips later, and realized that had we purchased our DVC membership right away we would have saved a lot of money.  It's worth considering.

    Have a wonderful vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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