Mom And Son Safari
  • On Aug 21, 2008
    Jenevieve from FL 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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    My son is 4 years old and this will be our first trip to Disney, we actually will be there on Monday. My question is Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios which would he enjoy more? Also he has autism so sitting for more then 20 minutes is probably out.

    From your description of your son, I would recommend the Animal Kingdom. At the AK, there are several interesting activities he could do while moving around. These are:

    - The Boneyard. Large playground, includes climbing areas as well as water play areas (weather permitting) and a giant sandbox that simulates an archeological dig.

    - Affection Section. Part of Conservation Station. This petting zoo area has the tamest collection of sheep and goats (many breeds) I have ever seen. Children are permitted to brush and hug the animals for as long as they want. When my twins were four, we once spent well over an hour interacting with the animals.

    - Pangani Forest and Maharaja Jungle Trek. Walk through exhibits of animals where you set your own pace. The giant fruit bats are my favorite.

    - DinoLand. Many interactive carnival-type games.

    - Camp Minnie-Mickey. Character greeting area.

    In addition to these "move around" activities there are several rides and shows your son might enjoy including the Kilimanjaro Safari, Flights of Wonder, Tusker House character meal, Triceratop Spin, and Finding Nemo -- the Musical.

    Hollywood Studios also has many attractions that would be entertaining for a 4 year old boy, but more of them are shows where sitting for a period of time would be required.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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