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  • On Mar 2, 2022
    Alex from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Looking for assistance to book first trip to Disney with four year old

    Welcome to planDisney, Alex.

    Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort can be overwhelming. However, we've got you covered at planDisney. Hakuna Matata! Let me give you some suggestions, as you begin planning your adventure.

    When it comes to putting a vacation package together, one option is to speak directly to a Cast Member. You can let them know what your budget is and they can find something that meets your needs. They can wave their magic wand and book accommodation and tickets for you, as well as answer any questions you might have. Another option is to find an authorized Disney vacation planner. There are a number of no-fee agents who can help you plan your vacation (often even saving you lots of money in the process).

    I'd highly encourage you to consider staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel. There are a number of fantastic options available to meet the needs of people on different budgets. Check out all the magical benefits that are available to Guests staying on property.

    Having taken my own 4-year-old princess to Walt Disney World, I would prioritize a visit to Magic Kingdom Park. Your little princess will be in awe of Cinderella Castle and you'll be able to get some great photos of her. She'll also enjoy meeting some magical friends in Mickey's Celebration Cavalcade. There are many kid-friendly attractions, like "it's a small world," Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Jungle Cruise, Goofy's Barnstormer, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Mad Tea Party, and Peter Pan's Flight. I'm sure she'd love to run around Tom Sawyer Island or climb up the Swiss Family Treehouse too.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom is wild, beautiful, and fun. "The wilderness must be explored!" I'm sure your Mouseketeer will love Kilimanjaro Safaris, A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King, and the wonderful Disney KiteTails. EPCOT is also great for young kids, with attractions such as Frozen Ever After, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, and The Seas With Nemo & Friends. Disney's Hollywood Studios has less for 4-year-olds to enjoy. However, she might like Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway,  Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy, and Disney Junior Play and Dance.

    As a dad to two young Mouseketeers, I've learned a few important lessons along the way: Bring your own stroller. This is essential for those tired little legs, but it's also a great place to store your belongings. Bring your own snacks. You never know when that next meltdown will come. A snack can be a lifesaver! Slow down. You can't do everything. Amidst all the excitement and busyness, take time to stop and relax. Let your 4-year-old just run around, play, and explore. Take lots of pictures. When you get back home, there's nothing better than sitting down as a family and looking back at all the memories you've made together.

    I hope you have a magical time, Alex. Thanks for stopping by planDisney.

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Meet the Panelist: Mike, Virginia

I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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