• On Mar 3, 2017
    Laura from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We just decided to do a last minute Disney trip with our kids, 2 and 12 years old. Only going for 1-2 days and I don't even know where to begin planning this trip. What is the best park and must do activity for a 2 and 12 year old?

    Hi Laura,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting that you are planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. Even though your trip might be last minute, you can still have a magical experience!

    All four parks offer incredible experiences. Since you are short on time, however, I would suggest Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom has great rides and attractions for children of all ages. When my girls were small, they loved riding the Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan's Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Now that they are 10-years old, they love riding Space Mountain, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 

    At Animal Kingdom, we love the Festival of the Lion King Show (which I think your 2-year old would adore) and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Your 12-year old might love Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Forest and Dinosaur. 

    Be sure to check the Magic Kingdom Attractions List and the Animal Kingdom Attractions List to review height requirements for the rides. Also, be sure to check the Characters and Entertainment for Animal Kingdom and the Characters and Entertainment for Magic Kingdom. Those will help you decide where to meet your favorite characters!

    Happy Planning!


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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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