Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Aug 5, 2015
    Robert from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our first time to Disney is planned for end of September-early October with our 5 year old son, plan on visiting each park (a day at each park), was wondering which rides we should reserve with our fastpasses!


    The attractions that you'll choose will greatly depend on your son's height. At 5-years-old, our son was tall enough to ride Expedition Everest, but didn't meet the height requirement for Rock 'n ' Roller Coaster. With that in mind, it may be better to go with FastPass+ choices that don't have a height requirement and don't have an interactive queue to keep him occupied while waiting. With that in mind, here are my recommendations:

    • Animal Kingdom: FP+ for Nemo and The Lion King show will give you good seats without the long waits outside, especially desirable if warm weather greets you for your trip. If he's over 44", make your third one for Expedition Everest. If not, Kilimanjaro Safaris.
    • Epcot: Use your Tier 1 FP+ selection for IllumiNations, saving you from waiting on the sidewalk for the show and you'll have a good view to boot. A FP+ for Turtle Talk with Crush snags him a front-row seat, and saves your last one for the character spot meet-and-greet so that you don't have to use one to meet the characters in the Magic Kingdom.
    • Hollywood Studios: Your Tier 1 FP+ should be used for Toy Story Mania. Get one for Tower of Terror and Indiana Jones Stunt Show. 
    • Magic Kingdom: If you can get a FP+ for one of the parades, do it. The view and the ability to use valuable time for other attractions rather than the excruciating wait for the parade will save your sanity. Use your remaining two for Big Thunder Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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