Fireworks at Magic Kingdom
  • On Sep 30, 2019
    Elizabeth from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! We want to plan my daughter’s first trip to Disney next Spring for her 3rd birthday. What are your recommendations to make it magical? Which hotels are closest to the Magic Kingdom? Thank you!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Elizabeth!

    Although I had visited Walt Disney World Resort as a child and as a young adult, the first time I went with my husband and daughter was for my daughter’s third birthday. That trip planted the seed for our family’s love of Walt Disney World Resort as our favorite family vacation destination. Since then, we’ve become Annual Passholders and have visited dozens of times, and it was that first magical visit that started it all.

    First of all, if you’ll be arriving prior to your daughter’s third birthday, her visit is “on the Mouse!” Children under three do not need a Theme Park ticket or FastPass+ reservations. She will need to be three to enjoy some experiences such as the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, though. We were fortunate that our vacation spanned both, as our daughter celebrated her third birthday while we were there. Watching her eyes light up as she underwent her princess transformation (the very day she turned three) is still one of my favorite Walt Disney World Resort memories!

    If you’ll be staying at an official Walt Disney World Resort hotel (which I would highly recommend), you can also check out the options available through Disney Floral & Gifts. They’ll deliver the Magic right to your hotel room with balloons, flowers, stuffed animals and even custom cakes! 

    If you’d like to stay close to Magic Kingdom Park, the three Walt Disney World Resort hotels on the Monorail line are Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Each of these is considered a “Deluxe Resort,” so you’ll find similar amenities at each. Choosing one really depends on your family’s tastes. My family and I absolutely love the laid back island vibe of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. I could spend all day at that pool or with my toes in the sand of its beach! You can even get a Dole Whip from its Pineapple Lanai--and what’s not to love about that? There’s also a super fun splash and play area for the little ones and a zero entry pool, too.

    I hope some of these suggestions will help make your little princess’ birthday a magical one. Please let us know if you have any additional questions; we’d love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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