Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 19, 2013
    Phyllis 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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    This is 1st DW trip for my 4 year old daughter. Both sets of grandparents are coming too! We are staying on property. I am overwhelmed with trying to narrow down what to do. We have character meals scheduled. Any suggestions?

    Howdy Phyllis!  Both sets of grandparents were on my daughter's first trip to Walt Disney World and it was magical! 

    Be sure to pack her stroller or plan to rent one when you arrive and take a towel with you to the Parks each day and use it to cover the stroller.  The stroller gets hot and will burn sensitive skin.

    My mother-in-law gave my daughter small toys when we sat down for each of our table service meals.  Each time it was something new and fun and helped pass the time as we waited for our meals.

    My parents also brought small surprises they presented each morning.  Once again, it gave her something to do while we were getting ready for the day.

    Prior to being parents, we enjoyed virtually every attraction in the Parks and were there from open to close.  You will go at a very different pace this trip.  We now spend most of our time standing in line waiting to meet characters and our days in the Parks are much shorter.  Our 4 year old suggests Dumbo and Small World at Magic Kingdom, Toy Story Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios,  Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom and the Kidcot Fun Stops at Epcot.

    I think the most important suggestion that I can give you is to plan but be prepared to be flexible.  Cherish each moment and be prepared for those experiences that will take your breath away.  Be sure you have your camera and take plenty of photos.  Everyone you are traveling with, from your tiny princess to both sets of grandparents will remember her first trip to Walt Disney World forever.  You are creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime and I am so excited for you!  Enjoy your magical vacation and let me know if you would like some other ideas to add some pixie dust to your daughter's first trip to Walt Disney World.
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"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

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