Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Sep 19, 2014
    Lydia from LA 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.

    Go week of Mardi Gras? or week after (would miss wk of school)? What are some MUST do's for a 5 year old boy. Family's first trip. Staying 6 nights / 7 days.

    Hi Lydia,

    How exciting to be planning your family's first trip to Walt Disney World!

    Mardi Gras falls on February 17, 2015. It might be crowded at Walt Disney World on this date not necessarily because of Mardi Gras, but because Presidents' Day is February 16, 2015. Since many children are on vacation from school, Presidents' Day can be quite crowded. As you move away from Presidents' Day and through that week, the crowds should taper off; however, if you could go the following week, the crowds would likely be even lower. When I am looking for predictions of crowd levels at Walt Disney World, I often visit the unofficial website There, for a small fee, you can see predictions of Disney crowds for up to a year in advance. Of course, you need to decide how you as a family feel about pulling your children out of school, as well as investigate your school's policy on absences for vacations.

    As to must-do experiences for your 5-year-old boy, this will really depend on his interests. If he enjoys Disney Junior Channel, I suggest that you make a reservation for Play 'n' Dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios, where he could interact with characters from Disney Junior Channel in a fun atmosphere. If your son is intrigued by animals, you will want to spend time at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park taking in attractions such as Kilimanjaro Safaris. I suggest that you order the free Walt Disney World Vacation Planning DVD. You can watch this with your son to see what is the most appealing to him.

    I would love to help you plan more; however, I am limited in the space that I have to answer. Please do write back 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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