• On Mar 2, 2020
    Bee from VA 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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    Which rides fall in "not to be missed" category for a 5 year old ? Also, do you recommend carrying a stroller for 5 year old , heard it gets extremely tiring ! Any suggestions ?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel Bee! I’m so happy to see you here today. As a mom to a thrill-seeking 5-year old boy myself, I’m excited to share with you some of his “must-dos”.

    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, my son has to go play in Andy’s Backyard. His most favorite attraction in Toy Story Land is Slinky Dog Dash, which is an adorable family-friendly coaster. At EPCOT, you can find my son with his hands raised high as we take a speeding test run, on Test Track presented by Chevrolet®. Magic Kingdom Park is where my son slows it down just a smidge. He much rather enjoy the classics in this park such as, Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Although, this doesn’t usually last for long because after those attractions he's ready to conquer the Mountains! Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, and Splash Mountain are where he much rather be. I will admit, he does slow it down once we visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He much rather spend his time meeting some of his favorite Pals out in the “wilderness”, as he calls it.

    When it comes to using a stroller, I always bring mine from home. My son does have low muscle tone and very little endurance, so we like to have a place for him to sit between attractions. I remember growing up, my sisters also used a basic stroller until they were about 5-years old. I suggest to do what's best for your family. If they generally use a stroller, bring it! If you think they will be fine without one, just plan for breaks or longer sit down meals. There is also a place where you can rent a stroller, located within all 4 parks, so that is an option as well!

    Hakuna Matata, there will be so much fun and Magic to discover on your trip! Sometimes, my 5-year old doesn’t even mention that he's tired until we’re back home from our visit. My husband and I are actually amazed at how our kids refuse to nap in the parks! We joke that they don’t even blink in fear of missing any of the excitement!

    Have a Magical time!
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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