Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jan 28, 2013
    Adam 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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    I am seeking advice for planning our times in the park, rides, etc for my first trip to Disney with children. I have been to Disney before so I am familiar with the parks etc. but this will be the first trip with a 3 and 5 year old.

    Hi Adam!

    I've visited Disney World as a child to now going with my children. Its a whole new world with kids! I'm not sure which parks you plan to visit so I'll start with some general tips for traveling with younger kids:

    * Go early when your kids are at their freshest.
    * Take breaks - they'll need time to be free of standing in lines. Each of the parks has areas that you can do this. Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom is an awesome place to play.
    * Try to stick to their schedules for meals & keep them fed. There are lots of healthy options in the parks. Bring your own snacks & drinks to save money & time waiting in line for them.
    * Check online for height requirements & measure them before you go. That way you won't have any disappointed kids in the parks. If your kids are afraid of the dark, avoid those attractions.
    * Don't plan out every minute. Go at their pace. Let them explore & lead the way. I usually only make 1 dining reservation per day & play the rest of the day by ear.
    * Make sure they have some down time away from the parks. Depending on how long you're staying, plan a day (or half a day) to relax by the pool. Resorts also have playgrounds.
    * Bring something to keep them entertained in line or play games with them while you're waiting.
    * If you're in the parks & you see they have had enough, leave. You may not get to do everything, but you'll enjoy everything you do.
    * Take tons of pictures but don't forget to get in them too. PhotoPass Photographers, Cast Members & even other guests will be happy to help.
    * Plan something special like a visit to The Pirates League or sail on the Pirate & Pals Fireworks Voyage.

    I'm out of room for this answer but happy to give you tips specific to attractions in the parks if you'd like to come back & tell me which parks you plan to visit. Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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