Pluto with children on Main Street
  • On Apr 29, 2022
    Rachel from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If we can only come for one day, and our kids are 6, 4, and 3—what should we prioritize or splurge on to get the most out of the experience? It's our first time at Disney!

    Hey there, Rachel! 

    My grandkids are similar ages to your children, and if I had one day to visit Walt Disney World, I would be to take them to Magic Kingdom Park. It's the most iconic of all the parks, and I think it has a perfect combination for the whole family. You'll find attractions for the thrill-seekers, like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, ones with familiar characters like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, and ones perfect for littles, like Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride

    Splurges you may want to make inside the park might include lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle, but I can't tell you for certain if characters will be back by the time you travel. I'd be more tempted to try and score a Chef Mickey's table for either breakfast before the park or dinner after. You can take the monorail from the park over to Disney's Contemporary Resort, where that restaurant is located. 

    The other splurge I'd do is definitely Disney's Genie+ Service. Access to the Lightning Lanes will help with the wait times at the most popular attractions, and with just one day, it's worth the investment to do as much as you can. 

    Although tougher with little ones, if there's any chance at all you think you can wrap up the Magic Kingdom early, adding the Park Hopper Option to your theme park tickets will allow you to hop to another park after 2 PM. If there are must-do attractions or a dining experience you want to have at another park, this is a way to fit that in, too.

    We are here to help, Rachel!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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