Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Feb 1, 2013
    Stefanie 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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    1st family trip to WDW is Aug '13 (girls ages 3 & 5). I want it to be an amazing trip. But starting to panic a little looking at the website as there is just SO MUCH to see/do! Where do I start with planning? What is a must-see/do for our kids? Thanks

    Hi Stefanie,

    Don't panic! The Moms Panel is here to help.

    My best advice is to accept that you won't be able to do everything -- and that's okay. I've been to Walt Disney World dozens of times, and there are still things we haven't experienced.

    I suggest you order the free Disney Vacation Planning DVD. Watch it with the girls, and let them come up with a list of the top five things they want to do in each park.

    You also can order free customized maps highlighting your favorite attractions in the parks and have them sent to you before your trip.

    I like to sketch out a tentative itinerary for each day to be sure we don't forget something. But don't schedule your day too tightly. You never know when you might run into a favorite character, a fun street performance, a must-have snack or a parade. Take advantage of those moments.

    My personal must-sees for that age:

    Magic Kingdom: Dumbo, Under the Sea -- Journey of the Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Mickey's PhilharMagic and it's a small world

    Disney's Hollywood Studios: Disney Junior -- Live on Stage!,Toy Story Mania!,Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area,Voyage of the Little Mermaid,Muppet*Vision 3D

    Animal Kingdom: Finding Nemo -- The Musical,TriceraTop Spin, Festival of the Lion King,Kilimanjaro Safari and Rafiki's Planet Watch

    Epcot: The Seas with Nemo & Friends,Turtle Talk with Crush,Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure, Innoventions and tastes and sights of other cultures in the world pavilions

    Your girls will remember all the wonderful things you did on your vacation, not the things you save for next time. Relax and enjoy. This age passes quickly!

    I hope that helps. Please feel free to ask me or other members of the Moms Panel any other questions you have.

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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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