Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Family Walking Storm Troopers
  • On Mar 2, 2020
    Casey from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    This will be our first visit to Disney World in April. What is a definite must to make sure to see and do?! Our kids are 8 (girl) and 5 (boy).

    Hi Casey!

    Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be delighted to greet your little ones when you visit the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Wow. So much to see, so much to do! First things first, I hope you have booked a vacation package. If not, check the Special Offers to see what might fit within your budget. If you already have those plans solidified, hooray! 

    Since this is your first trip, I highly recommend that you visit all four theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Epcot. At Magic Kingdom, head to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Peter Pan's Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

    At Disney's Hollywood Studios, I suggest Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Mania!, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Star Tours - The Adventures Continue. When our girls were 7-years old, they braved The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™, but only you know if your little ones have the courage. It is truly terrifying! Sign them up for Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and hop aboard Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. Without question, you must visit Batuu while at Disney's Hollywood Studios to experience Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with two attractions - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. While on Batuu, visit Savi's Workshop - Handbuilt Lightsabers to build your own lightsabers and drop in at Oga's Cantina to chat with other Resistance allies.

    If your Padawans can defeat the First Order on Batuu, head to Pandora - The World of Avatar and, if they are tall enough, experience riding on the back of an ikran on Avatar Flight of Passage or soak in the sights and sounds on Na'vi River Journey. Our girls love to live on the edge, so they always head to Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. If you escape the Yeti, take a journey through Epcot. Soarin' Around the World, Test Track, and Mission: SPACE are amazing!

    Check the attractions list for each park as well as the character and entertainment schedule. And, when checking the attractions list, be sure to review the height requirements for each attraction before making FastPass+ selections. And, also make a few advanced dining reservations for character meals - our girls loved having the characters sign their autograph books when they were the ages of your children!

    Casey, enjoy this trip at the perfect age for your little ones to marvel at the magic!

    Magic and memories,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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