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  • On Jan 3, 2020
    Monica from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our family is taking a last minute trip to Orlando at the end of this month. We have managed to squeeze a trip to the Magic Kingdom on Saturday. What are the must see/do things you suggest? We have a 15 year-old son and a 3 year-old daughter.

    Hello Monica! A "squeeze in" trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth! That is a great way to (temporarily) escape the cold of winter in New York! According to the Disney Parks Calendar, the Magic Kingdom Park is scheduled to be open from 9:00AM through 10:00PM on the date of your visit. Check this calendar as your arrival date draws closer, as park operating times are subject to change.

    I have two sons very close in age to your son. They highly-recommend (as do I) the "mountain range" of Magic Kingdom Park attractions - Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We also give an honorable mention to the Haunted Mansion! Your three-year old might want to close her eyes on this one, but her older brother (and you) will love it!

    For your three-year old Princess I have to recommend my favorite - Mickey's PhilharMagic! This 3D show features some of your favorite Disney pals such as Mickey Mouse, but Donald Duck steals the show as he finds himself trapped in the worlds of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Peter Pan. A great thing about this attraction - it's in a large auditorium and seats many people, so you won't waste a lot of time waiting. Your daughter might also enjoy the charming "it's a small world" and colorful Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid which can also be found in Fantasyland along with Mickey's PhilharMagic. Visiting three attractions within the same land will also save you time navigating the park during your one-day escape!

    Monica, try to save your family a little more time during your day by grabbing some FastPass+ reservations for these attractions. Book your FastPass+ attractions by using your My Disney Experience. Have a magical day at Magic Kingdom Park!

    Hakuna Matata!  Jonathan G.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonathan, Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone!  My name is Jonathan.  I am a Disney-adoring husband, dad of three sons, and elementary school principal from Pennsylvania.  If you're visiting planDisney with questions about the Most Magical Place on Earth, then Hakuna Matata because you've come to the right group of people!  I'm happy to use my past Disney-travel experiences and knowledge to help you enjoy every moment of your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Jonathan

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