Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 14, 2014
    Cassie from OK 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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    Hi, We have planned our 1st WDW Family Vacation for May 27th thru June 2nd. Our Kiddos will be 8 year old Girl, 5 year old Boy and an 1 1/2 year old girl. What would you recommended we ABSOLUTELY do so that all the kiddos can enjoy? We have the Park Hopper

    Hi Cassie,

    A first family vacation to Walt Disney World with your young children will be so much fun. I believe that each Walt Disney World vacation is unique to the family taking the vacation. I can give you some suggestions based on your children's ages; however, you will need to gauge your children and family specifically to consider what they will most enjoy. I have a couple of suggestions for doing this.

    First, order the free Walt Disney World planning DVD. Have your whole family watch it together! Your older two children can get an idea of some of the attractions that they are interested in experiencing. Next, let each of your older children create customized maps of each of the Disney theme parks. In doing so, they can indicate the attractions that they are interested in. These maps will be delivered right to your house. I suggest that you consider their ideas, and then let each member of your family choose two or three attractions that are their "must do" attractions for each theme park. Make your plan to experience those attractions, and then anything else that you get to is a bonus!

    With your two older children, they might be ready for some of the slightly more thrilling attractions at Walt Disney World, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Magic Kingdom. Just be sure to check height requirements for any ride such as this. Your whole family might enjoy character meals such at Chef Mickey's if they are interested in meeting characters. Your littlest one might enjoy running around some of the play areas such as the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    I would love to help you plan more Cassie; however, I am limited in the amount of space that I have to answer. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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