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  • On Aug 12, 2022
    Rachel from AR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning my and my boys first trip to Disney. They are 2 and 5. Are there any must do's or don'ts for us??

    Hi Rachel! Welcome to planDisney!

    I'm so excited to hEAR about your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World Resort!  We all know that any vacation to The Most Magical Place on Earth will be a great one, but just imagine the magical memories you're going to make when you take your boys on their very first trip! Preschoolers are at such a perfect age to be completely wowed by the sights, sounds, and attractions all around them, and meeting some of their favorite characters is just icing on an already delicious cake! The best part is, you'll be wowed by the sights, sounds, and attractions too because Walt Disney World was built as a place where families can have fun together!

    There are so, so many wonderful rides and attractions that your boys are going to love.  With over 100 attractions that have no height requirement, you and your boys will be riding together for days! Some favorites of my little ones when we're at Magic Kingdom include Peter Pan's Flight, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (with lasers!!), and Mickey's PhilharMagic.  If your boys are anything like my 2-year-old son they'll also love Pirates of the Caribbean, though there are a few dark spots and some spooky skeletons! 

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom you definitely don't want to miss Kilimanjaro Safaris, which makes you feel like you're really roaming through the savanna, and stop by EPCOT to check out The Seas with Nemo & Friends and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure! The boys will love to see some of their favorite characters as part of the attractions.  If Buzz and Woody are crowd-pleasers at your house make sure to also set aside time to visit Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    Beyond the fantastic rides and shows, you might want to think about setting some special Advance Dining Reservations so that your boys can have a little one-on-one time with their furry pals.  Character dining locations like Chef Mickey's. Tusker House Restaurant and Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera give you the opportunity to dine with Mickey and pals - and who wouldn't be excited for that!?

    A few more tips from a mom who has been there:
    1) Bring or rent a stroller.  Little legs get tired easily and you'll be happy they have somewhere to plop down and rest!
    2) Take breaks! Mornings are early and for a 2-year-old fireworks are late.  Take a midday break back at your Disney Resorts Collection hotel for a swim and a good nap so you'll be ready to stay up for evening magic.
    3)  Don't expect to see everything, but cherish the time you spend doing the unplanned.  I can't tell you how many hours my children have spent playing in fountains and running through the grass.  Every moment is magical when you're at Walt Disney World!

    Have an absolutely incredible trip and please come back and see us again if you have any other planning questions!
    Ashley M

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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