Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jul 1, 2013
    Amy 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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    Hi Kristen, I have a little boy who is very active, loves animals, water and Mickey Mouse. I am thinking of spending a whole week at Disney and was thinking of mixing in a few low key days not at the parks like a playground. Any suggestions? Amy

    Hi again Amy! There are definitely some fun - and free - things that you can do with your son away from the theme parks!

    A visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a great way to spend some time.  You don't have to be a guest at that resort to view the animals and speak to the Cast Members who care for them.  Giraffes, zebras, flamingos, and all sorts of other cool animals are walking around the savannah's and can be seen from various viewing areas.  Just take the bus from Downtown Disney to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    For more animals, this time of the "farm variety", take the bus to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.  They have a wonderful petting zoo, the Tri-Circle D Ranch where Cinderella's ponies live, and also they have a nightly campfire and sing-along with Chip 'n' Dale - and they even sell s'mores kits for a yummy snack!  Again, you would take a bus from Downtown Disney.

    Finally, a trip to Downtown Disney can provide lots of fun activities for your little guy.  They have these water features there that shoot water out of the ground at sporadic intervals.  Kids love getting soaked by these and it's so much fun watching them!  Be sure to bring a towel and dry clothes to change in to afterwards because he will get soaked!  You will find one at the Marketplace entrance, and one near the World of Disney store.  Also, the Lego store has a great outdoor area with low play tables filled with lots and lots of Lego blocks.  For big kids and little kids, this is a great, free activity that kids love. There are also some really neat giant Lego sculptures that make fun photo opportunities.  Downtown Disney has a fun and festive atmosphere and we find it a great way to spend an afternoon - and there are loads of dining options too!

    Amy, I hope you find these ideas useful and that you and your son have so much fun during your Walt Disney World vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Missouri

Are you thinking of a Disney vacation outside of the theme parks?  Using my own personal travel experiences, I would love to answer your questions about Adventures by Disney or Aulani and help you plan your family's next memory-making vacation! Learn More About Kristen

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