Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 8, 2012
    Victoria Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Going to stay at AKL villa April 19-24 w/ 3year daughter & 11 month son. I need help with an Itinerary. We will have grandparents along to help! Dining Reservations, or wing it? Book I can buy to prepare? Thanks a ton!

    You are already on the right track asking about a great Disney guide book. There are two that I prefer as they aren't too complicated but yet thorough.  Try purchasing The Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World by Doug Ingersoll or Steve Birnbaum's book. Make sure you get the 2012 editions so you have the latest information.

    It appears you will have about 4-5 days at Disney.  There are wonderful things to do for the age of your children at each park. You can either stay busy every day or take a more relaxed approach but here is one thought for a simple itinerary for you to consider.
    Day One: check into resort and unpack and relax; explore your resort area and sit down for a nice dinner
    Day Two: Magic Kingdom park with a break in mid day to rest and nap...be sure and head back to see Electric Light Parade and Wishes
    Day Three: EPCOT... do as much here as you wish and then return for swimming and relaxation back at the resort
    Day Four: Hollywood Studios... make sure you arrive early so you have the chance to get Fast Passes. Consider Fantasmic Dinner reservations and enjoy this wonderful show at 8:30pm.
    Day Five: Animal Kingdom park... Extra Magic Hours opens the park for resort guests at 8am-9am.  You will be able to take in a couple of attractions during this time before the park becomes busy.  Rest in afternoon and head back to another park in the evening if you wish
    Day Six: This is check-out day and a day you might enjoy touring around Downtown Disney until you need to leave.

    I highly recommend you obtain a table service reservation each day whether it be for lunch or dinner. Try to make it in the park where you will be or at a resort close so you aren't wasting a lot of travel time.  Being in a villa you will have kitchen facilities to fill in the gaps for the other meals.  Hope this helps and is a start to your planning....there isn't a right or wrong answer to what you do or when!
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