Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Oct 3, 2013
    Bobbie from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    This is our first visit to disney in Oct. Can you help with planning? Not sure which park to visit. We have a 2 1/2 yr old. We will be staying for 5 days. We will be arriving about 3pm and departing on the 5th day about 2pm. Can we do AK in 3 hrs?

    Hi Bobbie,

    Your first visit to Walt Disney World is coming up so soon - how exciting!  

    I do think that there is enough to do at Disney's Animal Kingdom to spend the better part of a day there; however, if your time constraint is such that you need to choose one theme park to spend a little less time at, then Disney's Animal Kingdom is probably a good choice.  I would suggest thought that you consider your specific child - if you have a child who is very enamored by animals, you might want to consider spending a full day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  If not, you can hit some of the highlights, though of course not the whole park, in a few hours.  

    If you are going to spend just a few hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom, here are a few attractions that I suggest.  Be sure to go on Kilimanjaro Safaris, where you will be able to see exotic animals nearby as you ride through a savannah in a safari vehicle.  Be sure to look for the baby giraffe, who has been making some appearances on the savannah!  I also suggest that you try to see either Finding Nemo - The Musical or Festival of the Lion King.  Both of these shows are amazing and high energy.  Finally, you little one might enjoy a ride on the Wildlife Express Train out to Rafiki's Planet Watch.  There, you can pet rare animals in Affection Section.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you as you plan for your trip, Bobbie!  Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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