Mom and daughter AA on Dumbo; Magic Kingdom
  • On Feb 28, 2024
    Taisi from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I'm going during march break with my 3years old. I'm afraid the wait times will be long, so I was wondering if it's still fun to go to the 4 parks if we don't get to ride the main rides?

    Hey Howdy Hey Taisi and welcome to planDisney!

    I bet you all are getting super excited about your trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth really soon! One thing is for certain, crowds cannot be avoided for a good part of the year in the parks and planning makes all the difference. Thank you for stopping by with your question about attending the parks with higher crowd levels. As a father of 3, we have visited the parks a few times when our girls were younger and will be happy to give you some tips for navigating these scenarios. 

    One of the biggest benefits of visiting the Walt Disney World Resort is that the whole experience was built around entering a world of amazement for everyone to enjoy. This also applies to many of the lines to enter the attractions. Many of the lines for attractions are very well-themed and often will have things to keep the little ones busy while they wait. While you wait for Dumbo the Flying Elephant, for example, you get to a certain part of the line and then you are issued a number. While you continue to wait, there is a playground your little one can explore and a place for you to sit in the air conditioning until your number is called. This significantly reduces the feel of the wait time and allows the little ones to get some of their wiggles out before a much shorter wait for their ride experience.

    The other thing you might want to consider would be the purchase of Genie+. With Genie+, this gives you access to booking Lightning Lane return times for attractions in each park. This will give you access to much shorter wait times and allow you to experience the parks more efficiently while spending less time waiting in line.  

    No matter the crowd levels, you will be in the Most Magical Place on Earth. With little ones, it is important throughout the day to have unstructured playtime. Sometimes just having them play in areas such as Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station in Magic Kingdom or playing in the gardens in front of Cinderella Castle are super fun ways to spend some time. If you pair that with a coffee and snack, Taisi, you have a phenomenal way to spend an afternoon!

    You can always find attractions you can enjoy with your little one, just try to slow down and not put too much of a schedule to get everything done. Your trip will still be a super fun experience full of memories that will last a lifetime. Attraction wait times can vary throughout the day so make sure to keep up with your My Disney Experience wait times or feel free to use the free Genie planning assistant to help you navigate the crowds during your visit. 

    I am sure you will have a Magical experience and we cannot wait for you to be our Guest really soon. Please feel free to reach back out with any further questions you may have, we are always happy to help!

    To Infinity and Beyond, 

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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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