Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Aug 5, 2012
    Amber 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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    Planning our 1st WDW trip for end of Sept. Feeling overwhelmed. 2 adults, 1 5yr old for only 4 days, one of which will be the day we arrive so we will get a LATE start. We want to see everything! Any tips on how to best manage our time w/ a 5 yr old?

    You and your family are going to have a great time at Walt Disney World. We took our daughter when she was 5 and it was awesome. I would make sure to take him to play the Boneyard in Disney's Animal Kingdom. This huge play area with a huge jungle gym and sand pit filled with dinosaur fossils is a great spot to let your little one explore and play. While there make sure to see the Festival of the Lion King. Your whole family will be enthralled.  I would also make a point of planning a character meal to make some magical memories. With so many great options on both meals and meeting your favorite Disney friends, you are sure to have a great experience. The characters come to the tables, pose for pictures and really make kids feel special. At night I would try to experience a memorable night with a boat ride on Pirates and Pals. I think this is one of the best experiences for the little buccaneer. With Pirate tales, a fireworks show and a snack, this is a must do. I have many more great tips to make your family experience the best yet. 
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Meet the Panelist: Ari, California

As a Los Angeles native I basically grew up at Disneyland. It has always been so easy to take my family on the short drive to the Happiest Place on Earth. Watching my daughters make magical memories reminds me why I keep coming back. Learn More About Ari

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