Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 3, 2011
    Teri from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be first time visitors to WDW July 24-28th. My husband and I are taking our 4 year old. We only have 3 days at the parks and I'm wondering how we should divide our time. We have to include a nap mid-day for the little one. Thanks.

    Hi Teri,

    When our children were younger, we took advantage of the parks when they opened or even Extra Magic Hours (are you a Disney resort guest?).  We particularly liked (and still do this!) the Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom because we could do nearly all of Fantasyland within the first couple of hours.  Being at the parks when they open is a terrific time to enjoy many attractions without the large crowds and lines.  Make sure and utilize fast passes, too!  However, if you don't have the park hopper option on your tickets, I'd avoid the Extra Magic Hours in the am since you can't switch parks. 

    By lunch as the parks became more crowded, we either ate at the park or returned to our resort to eat followed by naps & often a swim.  By late afternoon or early evening, we would return to the parks (at this point I'd avoid any park with Extra Magic Hours -- morning or evening -- because of the crowds). 

    Overall, while we had this plan, we let our children's temperament determine the day.  Sometimes simply have a one hour break was all they needed.  Othertimes, it was much more.  Traveling with a grumpy child can be pretty miserable, so our goal was to stay rested and hydrated knowing we would just try to enjoy our time rather than experience every single attraction.  If you click here, you will find a map & information on traveling with children under 5 that should be helpful (however, Toontown is now closed at the Magic Kingdom. 

    Have a magical trip!
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I’m a high school teacher with a family of 3 sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.

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