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  • On Jan 9, 2020
    Ebony from AR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My husband and I will be visiting Disney with our 2 year old for the first time. what kind of passes should we get if we only want to visit Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom? can we bring in outside food? Our daughter has a dairy allergy. Where is Mickey?

    Hi Ebony! You must be getting so excited that your Walt Disney World adventure is almost here! There is nothing more magical than experiencing Walt Disney World through the eyes of your child. I can't wait until you see her face light up the first time she sees Cinderella Castle and meets Mickey Mouse. I am happy to assist with your planning questions.

    First, let's talk theme park tickets. Both the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park are excellent choices for visiting with a toddler. Both parks feature live-entertainment, rides, and attractions suitable for all ages. Be sure to read about the best attractions for little ones at both Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. If you would like to visit one park each day of your vacation, you will want to purchase Standard Theme Park Tickets for the number of days you will be spending in the theme parks. If you would like to hop between theme parks, you will need to add the Park Hopper option to your tickets - this allows you to visit both parks on the same day. The best news of all is that your two year old does not need a ticket to visit the Walt Disney World theme parks. Paid admission is only required once your daughter turns 3. After purchasing tickets, link them to your My Disney Experience account, and you can begin to make FastPass+ reservations. You may reserve up to three attractions per day in advance of your trip. Disney's FastPass+ service is a wonderful way to save time in line.

    Now for food. I have more good news for you, Ebony! You are absolutely allowed to bring your own food into the theme parks. The only prohibited items are alcoholic beverages and glass containers. While my own children do not have any allergies, we always bring snacks into the parks to hold them over in between meals. I try to bring things that are easy to seal and don't melt - think fruit snacks, crackers, pretzels, and granola bars. In addition, Walt Disney World does a wonderful job in assisting guests with special dietary needs. When dining at a table-service restaurant, you can note the allergy on the reservation, and you can request an allergy-friendly menu at most table-service and quick-service food locations.

    Last but not least, let's talk about the main man himself - Mickey Mouse! I have such fond memories of my children's faces lighting up with excitement when it was their turn to go hug their favorite guy. At the Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey Mouse can be found greeting guests at the Town Square Theater. Bonus: this experience is indoors, air-conditioned, and able to be reserved in advance with FastPass+. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Mickey Mouse can be found along with Minnie Mouse at the Adventurer's Outpost. FastPass+ works here too, so it's easy to meet Mickey Mouse without waiting in line.

    Ebony, I hope you have all of the information you need to start your magical vacation. I wish you and your family a wonderful trip.

    See ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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