• On Jan 3, 2020
    Karim and dawn from St Georges 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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    Good day, We are planning our first Disney visit for our 8 year old daughter. She loves Princesses (whole princess experience), Animals, rides. Where would be a good place to stay? Would you recommend doing Magic or Epcot, along with Animal Kingdom?

    Hi, Karim and Dawn! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I'm so excited to help you plan a Magical trip for your little Princess! I have an 8-year-old at my house as well and it's such a fun age to experience all that Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. 

    Did you know that Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside has Royal Guest Rooms? These rooms are Princess themed and might be the perfect place for your Princess to lay her head each evening. My family and I have stayed at Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside and love the Regal, Southern hospitality and of course... the pool slide! Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside is also one of the few resorts around Walt Disney World property where you can, for an added fee, take a Carriage Ride like bonafide Royalty. 

    While you are planning for your park days, it looks like you are deciding between a visit to Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot. While I love Magic Kingdom and the iconic Cinderella Castle, Epcot offers a lot of Princess opportunities.

    Does your daughter love Frozen? If so, Epcot is the place! You can Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus, ride Frozen Ever After and dine with even more Royalty at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. When my family is at Epcot, we love wandering through and experiencing the World Showcase. Where else can you Meet Princess Jasmine in Morocco and then Meet Mulan in China all in the same day?

    When I'm planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, I love to add on Character Dining. Above, I mentioned the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, located inside Epcot, but for Princess-lovers, another recommendation would be Trattoria al Forno located at Disney's BoardWalk. The Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast is the only Character Dining experience that includes Rapulzel and Flynn Rider. If you have a Tangled fan, this is a great option! Both of these restaurants do tend to book up quickly, so I recommend making reservations 180 days in advance, if possible. 

    And finally, I wouldn't be a good Fairy Godmother in-training if I didn't encourage you to check out the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opportunities. At three locations around the Walt Disney World Resort, your little Princess can experience her own Cinderella-style make-over with pixie-dust that will make her feel ready for any Royal event. 

    I hope these ideas help you start planning what I know will be a truly unforgettable vacation. Please stop back and see all of us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel for any other questions you might have! 

    Happy planning! 
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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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