• On Dec 25, 2016
    Jessica from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    This is our first family vacation to Disney World. Currently, I have the trip planned as 2 days in MK and 2 in Epcot. I've been debating about Animal Kingdom for 1 day instead of 2 at Epcot. My kids are 5 and 2. Thank you!

    Hello Jessica,

    I am delighted you have brought this question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. How exciting it must be to plan your first family vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Your family will have a wonderful experience with your current plan but my family loves Animal Kingdom. Our girls were absolutely amazed when we rode Kilimanjaro Safaris. The animals are stunning. We also always visit The Festival of the Lion King show. When my girls were five, a cast member invited them to participate at the end of the show and it was such an unforgettable experience after they gathered the courage to go! The last time we explored Animal Kingdom, my girls spent time at The Boneyard Fossil Fun play area. Since this is your first family trip, I also think you might find the Animal Kingdom Attractions list helpful. It gives information on height requirements and will give you a better sense of what attractions your children might enjoy.

    Finally, if you have not already done so, reserve a meal with Donald Duck and pals at Tusker House Restaurant in Animal Kingdom. We love the personal character experiences and doing breakfast allows us to get to the park early. With younger children, I have found it good to visit the parks in the morning and head back to the resort for an afternoon nap or pool time.

    Rest assured that whatever decision you make, your family will have a wonderful time. 

    Wishing you unbelievable magic!
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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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