EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jul 11, 2012
    Jill from TN 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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    We have one day at Magic Kingdom and one day at Animal Kingdom. First of Aug. Do you have suggestions for schedules to hit the best? Our son is 7. First trip! I saw where you had suggested something like this and can't find it. Thanks so much!

    Hi Jill, 

    (Great name, by the way!)

    If your son loves trains then he is in for a real treat at Walt Disney World!  There are several he can enjoy during your upcoming visit.  If you are staying off property, I assume you'll be driving to the Magic Kingdom.  After you park in the guest parking area, board a monorail to the front gates of the park.  At some point during your day, be sure to board the old fashioned train that travels around the perimeter of the park.  It makes three stops (Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, and Fantasyland).  You can board it anywhere you like and ride it as often as you wish. If you're ready for a train-related thrill, you can ride the runaway train at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  That's one of my favorite rides.

    Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, be sure to board the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch.  It's a charming and unusual train that I'm sure will fascinate your son.

    Perhaps on a future visit, when your son is ten or older, you could take him on the Steam Trains Tour.  This is a must-do for train lovers visiting Walt Disney World. 

    If he'd like to visit some of the small functional train cars that Walt Disney used to ride in his own backyard, head on over to the Villas at Wilderness Lodge.  The Carolwood Pacific Room houses some of these spectacular treasures.

    Have fun next month!  Let us know if you need any additional advice.



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Meet the Panelist: Jill, New Jersey

Lesson plans, college plans, vacation plans...as a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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