Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Feb 10, 2010
    Scott 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 are planning our first trip to Disney in September. We have no idea where to begin, and what makes it more difficult is we have a gap in our children's ages 2 (F), 8 (M), & 10 (F). What can we do to make a great experience for all of them.

    Hi, Scott!  A normal family vacation can be tough to plan, especially with children of different ages.  I have three, ages 18, 9, and four, so I know it can be a challenge to find a place where everyone is happy.

    I have never had a problem at Walt Disney World accommodating all three of my children.  For the most part, much of the stuff my youngest wants to do is still appealing to my 18 year old.  The classics, like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and the Jungle Cruise are still family favorites.  Then we have utilized the Child Swap pass so that we could do the bigger rides with the older kids.  Some of the rides, like Mission: Space, have a children's play area just outside the exit of the ride, so there is something to do with the little one while the older ones are on the ride.  We also have used the time that the big kids are waiting for rides like Expedition Everest to have either Mom or Dad take the little one to do something the older kids wouldn't be as thrilled to do.

    If your schedule allows, I would let each of the older children pick a day to plan.  Let them draw a theme park out of a hat, and then have them visit the website at to see what attractions are there.  They can come up with a list of must do attractions, and then let them choose where to go for dinner or a nice lunch.  My kids always enjoy the trips that they feel like they helped make magical!

    I hope you have an incredible vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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