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  • On Jun 25, 2020
    Kathleen from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Which park is the best to start with? Do we even plan on Hollywood Studios? We have 2 kids ages 9 and 7. We will be going down at the end of August for 4 days.

    Hello Kathleen! Thanks for bringing such a fun question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am so glad that you are planning a visit as the Walt Disney World Resort prepares for Returning to a World of Magic!

    When my kids were the age of yours we planned our visits around their interests and what we wanted them to experience. If your 9 and 7 year olds are interested in Star Wars then Disney's Hollywood Studios is the place to be for all of the action in the galaxy at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! The same is true if they love Buzz, Woody, and all of their pals as you would not want them to miss out on Toy Story Land! Finally, I must recommend Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios! This is the newest attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios and it is great for kids of all ages! I love this ride!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom has many great experiences for children! From Festival of the Lion King (a family favorite) where characters and music from the Lion King meet amazing acrobatic stunts to Kilimanjaro Safaris where your family can experience a safari full of our planets many amazing species! 

    EPCOT wasn't a park we visited often when our kids were younger, but this park is beginning to theme more attractions to the young Mouseketeers! If your kids need to see Anna, Elsa, and Olaf then a visit to EPCOT should be added to your list for a boat ride through Arendelle on Frozen Ever After

    Finally, no trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth is complete without a visit to Magic Kingdom Park! I think your 9 and 7 year olds have to experience Mickey's PhilharMagic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Peter Pan's Flight, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, and, yes, my little ones loved the Haunted Mansion - and still do!

    Kathleen, I recommend spending three days in the Disney Parks and taking a day to relax at your resort! This was a planning strategy we used when our kids were younger and, quite honestly, still use this strategy to this day!

    Hakuna Matata!  Jonathan G.

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Meet the Panelist: Jonathan, Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone!  My name is Jonathan.  I am a Disney-adoring husband, dad of three sons, and elementary school principal from Pennsylvania.  If you're visiting planDisney with questions about the Most Magical Place on Earth, then Hakuna Matata because you've come to the right group of people!  I'm happy to use my past Disney-travel experiences and knowledge to help you enjoy every moment of your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Jonathan

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