Girl at Disneyworld
  • On Jun 5, 2022
    Cynthia from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    This will be my first time coming with my 4 year old daughter. I have no clue what is age appropriate for her to enjoy. Epcot? What's the difference in Walt Disney world and Disneyland? I'm just so confused. please HELP

    Hiya, Cynthia.

    Welcome to planDisney! Can you believe you’ll be at The Most Magical Place on Earth in only a matter of HOURS? As Lizzie McGuire would say, “Hey now! Hey now! This is what dreams are made of!”

    I’m so excited to hear you will be bringing your Disney Princess for her first visit! Make sure you stop by your Disney Resort hotel’s Front Desk or a merchandise location in the theme parks to pick up a first visit button for her to wear proudly during the entirety of your trip. I know the differences between Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort can seem daunting at first, but take a deep breath. You’ve got this! What your daughter will remember most about this trip years from now is the time you spent together.

    The biggest difference between Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort is size. Walt Disney World has four theme parks (Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios), while Disneyland Resort only has two. You’ll be happy to know that all four theme parks here offer a wide variety of attractions and experiences that are appropriate for younger Mouseketeers. In fact, there are more than 80 attractions for preschoolers at Walt Disney World Resort that were designed with younger children in mind! I suggest you start by perusing the Planning for Preschool Kids & Little Ones webpage to read through the overview of each park’s offerings. This will give you a baseline of knowledge heading into your trip and help you decide which theme parks would be best to take her to.

    While every park has something to offer for your little one, Magic Kingdom Park offers the most experiences that are appropriate for preschoolers (similar to Disneyland Park in California) and what I recommend you focus your attention on. Here, you can find attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, and “it’s a small world” that are great for a child her age. She can also meet Mickey Mouse and her favorite Disney Princesses, get her first pair of Minnie ears on Main street, U.S.A., and watch the spectacular Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. I know she will love it!

    Cynthia, I hope this information proves useful. If you think of anything else I can help you with, please let me know. Enjoy making magical memories with your sweet daughter!

    See ya real soon,

    Alyssa
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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