• On Jan 19, 2013
    Shelly Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi! doing last minute trip -arriving Wed.Jan 30th and staying for 5 days. I know nothing about Disney World, other than visiting as a kid/teenager. Staying at the Dolphin. My kids are 3 & 5. Any park/other suggestions that could be useful?

    Hi Shelly,

    Last minute trips are fun! I truly love just deciding to go to Disney and then go! The Dolphin location allows you to walk or take a boat to two theme parks which means no moving sleepy children from strollers at the end of a long day of touring.

    First, I would say think tickets. I recommend a Magic Your Way base ticket without the Hopper options because your children are little. Dedicate each day to a single park and then go from there. I would look at each park's hours and plan which day you want to go where. 

    Once you decided on a park, make your Advance Dining Reservations. My family always has dinner planned because it helps us recover, take a breath and decide how we want to finish the day out. Character meals are fun and they also provide a way to see characters and eat at the same time. Also, some of the best dining is outside of the parks at the Walt Disney Resorts.

    After this, think about what you want to see in each park. Pick a few highlights and fill in from there.

    Finally, stick to your little ones schedule. If a midday break is a must, do it. If they do not get up and out easily until 10 am, no early breakfasts. If they are night owls, then stay late. Keeping them on track will be the best you can do for a magical experience.

    Last look at My Disney Experience and this site for other tips and tricks! We moms have seen a lot and will answer any additional questions!

    Have a magical vacation!
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My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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