Boy; Mickey Mouse; Mickey Balloons; Main Street U.S.A; Magic Kingdom
  • On Feb 22, 2024
    Daniel from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you suggest a plan for a 5 year old boy for the first time to visit Disney Orlando. It will be Mom, dad and boy. August 18-22, 2024. Living within the park is better.

    Welcome to planDisney, Daniel! How exciting to be planning your young mouseketeer's first visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth! With so much to see and do and so much magic all around you, the Walt Disney World Resort truly makes us all feel like kids again, and you're going to have the best time watching your son experience all of that magic! Here are some of my top recommendations to help you plan:

    • Choose a Disney Resort Collections Hotel for all of the perks that come along with it - you're more immersed in the magic, have complimentary transportation all around the resort area, and have access to Early Theme Park Entry to enjoy extra time each morning in every single theme park! That's my favorite!To help you choose, planDisney has a helpful resource of Pocket Guides to help you explore the many resort options. I think your son might enjoy the fun theming of favorites like Cars, Finding Nemo, and Lion King at Disney's Art of Animation, and you also have the convenience of the Disney Skyliner from that resort! And since you'll be traveling in the summer, the Big Blue Pool at this resort is the biggest pool on Disney property! Get ready to make a splash!
    • Plan for at least one character dining experience! Another benefit to staying on property is that you can make your Advance Dining Reservations 60 days in advance for your entire stay (up to 10 days). This makes some of the more popular dining experiences a little easier to get if you plan them for later in your visit. Check out Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort or maybe the Best Friends Breakfast Featuring Lilo and Stitch at 'Ohana!
    • Take time to explore each of the four Theme Parks! Since you'll be staying four nights, I'd recommend a 4-day theme park ticket so you can spend a day exploring each park! While each park has amazing things to offer, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios would be my top two choices for traveling with little ones! Magic Kingdom has the most attractions of any park, most of which are family-friendly. Hollywood Studios is home to Toy Story Land, lots of great Disney Junior attractions and shows, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! The immersive lands are sure to spark your son's imagination! He can even build his own droid at Droid Depot if the force calls for him!
    • Celebrate the moment! Stop by your resort front desk or any Guest Relations location to request a 1st Visit button for your son to wear! Get his first pair of personalized Mickey ears at Fantasy Faire in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, and just relish in the magic as a family! 
    Daniel, I hope this is helpful as you plan this magical milestone, and I hope you all make fantastic memories together! Come back anytime if we can answer any other questions for you!

    Magic Awaits,
    Alison 
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Meet the Panelist: Alison, Louisiana

I'm Alison - a wife, mom, and teacher from New Orleans, LA. My first childhood visit to the Walt Disney World Resort sparked a lifelong love of this magical place, and I still find magic in both the new and nostalgic on each visit! I understand the changing dynamics of planning a practically perfect vacation; no matter how large your group is or what your interests are, I look forward to helping you create magical memories and discover unique experiences to make them even more enchanting! Learn More About Alison

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