• On Mar 11, 2017
    Brian from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Which parks to do in order with8 year olds with a 5 day basic park ticket. Our family is staying at animal kingdom for the first time. The magic hours is not satisfying to our planned itinerary as we want to do MK first but AK has the magic hours monday

    Hi Brian,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful resort. Your family should absolutely love staying so close to the animals!

    It sounds like you are facing a dilemma my family has faced many times. Our strategy is to go to our top priority park on the first day of our trip. We are then a little more flexible with the order of parks for the other days. We never are able to take advantage of all of the Extra Magic Hours at each park but we always have a fabulous time! Since we normally do princess meals, I also try to do those earlier in our trip so that the girls' hair is not yet destroyed.

    Like you, we prefer to visit Magic Kingdom first. We typically arrive by early afternoon on the first day and get to Magic Kingdom by early evening. We do one Fast Pass+ before dinner, then have dinner in the park. After dinner, we do our two remaining Fast Pass+ reservations and ride as many other rides as we can before the fireworks.

    Having said this, on our girls' first trip to the Walt Disney World resort, we visited Animal Kingdom first and actually got terrific seats at the Festival of the Lion King show. We were on an end of a row just beside where the main characters entered the show. They all waved at our girls during the show and towards the end, one of the characters invited our girls to join the show. It was a perfect way to begin our trip!

    Now, our typical order is Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom and then we repeat Magic Kingdom. Your 8-year olds might also love Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple at Disney's Hollywood Studios. If so, plan to do that early in your trip. 

    Happy Planning!


thumbnail image for Donyell

Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Planning Tips for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Didn't find what you were looking for?

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.