Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 27, 2012
    Sumangala from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    This will be our first trip to Disney (with 4yr &1yr old). But all the sites/options out there is overwhelming. Wea re travelling for one week in May (5/12- 5/19) and are staying in Kissimee. Can you pls suggest a plan so that both boys dont get over

    Hi, Sumangala!  The best way to tackle this so it's not too overwhelming for the family is to lay out your days one day at a time.  Do you want to visit all four theme parks?  Do you plan to visit Disney Quest or any of the water parks?

    I would probably start with the Magic Kingdom.  With kids this age, I think you'll find the most there that they will want to see and do.  It's going to be a long day, so the next day, I'd either plan to do a park that you can get through in a shorter day (like Disney's Animal Kingdom), or use it as a day to rest. 

    EPCOT is another full day, usually closing with Illuminations around 9:00 PM.  I'd plan the day after EPCOT to be a more leisurely day, either doing only a half day in a theme park, or maybe doing a water park or hitting the pool at your hotel.

    You can, in theory, do a visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom in one full day, starting at about 9 and going until 7.  Just plan to take breaks during the day where it's cool and you can relax a little.  You'll find plenty of restaurants or shops to wander to help give you a nice rest.

    This should get you started, but don't worry!  We'll be here with you the whole time, and whatever you need, just come on back and let us know!

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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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