Darth Vadar; multigenerational, grandson, grandfather; storm troopers; Hollywood Studios; light saber
  • On Nov 8, 2023
    Kara from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    First time to Disney with a family of 5 - kids ages 8, 6, 3: What are the MUST do add ons to make their experience magical? I know the bitty booping boutique is up there for my girls but what is a fun boy activity? I have heard you can make a light saber

    Hi Kara! 

    Welcome to planDisney! I just returned home from a visit to Walt Disney World Resort with my two boys who are very similar in age to your kids. I am so excited to share the activities that my boys enjoyed, and I think yours will too! 

    Your children can build lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop, and even build droids at the Droid Depot in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The lightsaber-building experience is recommended for ages five and older.  Droid building at Droid Depot is recommended for ages three and up so all your boys may enjoy this experience. These activities are limited to the builder and one guest, so if everyone would like to participate, you’ll have to make reservations for more than one builder. Reservations can be made online up to 60 days in advance of your visit.

    While Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot are incredible and must-do experiences, I know for my youngest I would choose an option that might be better suited for his age. At Tatooine Traders next to Star Tours- The Adventures Continue, you can build lightsabers that are a great starting point for a young Padawan-in-training before they are ready for Savi’s. 

    Here’s my top tip for these young ages, Kara. Buy each of your kids a MagicBand+. My boys had a great time selecting a design that featured their favorite characters. Then throughout the theme parks, they watched as the band lit up with attractions and nighttime spectaculars, and they were able to interact with the character statues throughout the parks. Our favorite activity was A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas in Magic Kingdom Park. My boys received their own treasure map and explored Adventureland, scanning their MagicBand+ at designated locations and watching surprises appear. This is a free activity and can be repeated several times. My sons are still talking about it after we've returned home!

    In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can join Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters, and use the MagicBand+ and Play Disney Parks mobile app to find targets throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. EPCOT also has scavenger hunts available throughout the year, you can purchase a map in select merchandise locations and even receive a prize at the end! 

    Since you have some young children who may not meet height requirements for all of the attractions yet, I want to share the planDisney Preschool Series on Disney Parks Blog. It includes videos about Rider Swap, Stroller Rental, Character Meet and Greets, and even fun Resort activities for days you might not make it to the theme parks

    I hope your kids enjoy these activities as much as mine did, Kara. Make sure you purchase Memory Maker so you can have Disney PhotoPass photographers take family photos that include everyone! If you have any future questions, please come back and see me at planDisney!

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Meet the Panelist: Kaitlin, Indiana

Hi friends! I'm Kaitlin, a wife and mom to two young boys. I can always be found with a list of the latest and greatest snacks and treats at Walt Disney World, and sometimes I'm even willing to share those snacks with my family. In the meantime, I'm here to help answer your questions about your vacation to Walt Disney World Resort!  Learn More About Kaitlin

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