• On Apr 14, 2017
    Bridgett from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning a trip for fall 2018 with our daughter, she will be 4. Any and all suggestions! Recommendations! Things to avoid! This will be our first rodeo at Disney :)

    Hi Bridgett,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Mickey and Minnie Mouse have ceremoniously noted your trip in their calendar and are anxiously awaiting your daughter's arrival. How exciting to plan your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    My first tip on what to avoid - meltdowns. A vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort can be as amazing as it is exhausting for little ones. Second, stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. As a resort guest, you will have access to Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks. You can also take advantage of Complimentary Resort Transportation. Staying on property will allow you to make your Fast Pass+ reservations 60 days in advance. 

    Third, use your Fast Pass+ reservations to reserve the rides your daughter will love! At that age, my girls loved Peter Pan's Flight, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Tomorrowland Speedway, Kilimanjaro Safaris and all things Princess

    Fourth, make your Dining Reservations, especially for character meals. Our girls love Chef Mickey's, The Crystal Palace, Hollywood & Vine, 1900 Park Fare (Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner) and Cinderella's Royal Table. The characters interact at each table, sign autographs and pose for pictures. 

    Be prepared to take breaks! We would head back to the room for a nap when our girls were younger.

    Happy Planning!


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