Mom and child riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • On Mar 8, 2020
    Anna from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are taking our daughter (6) to Disney World for two days for her birthday. One day will be the Magic Kingdom and the other will be the Animal Kingdom. Any suggestions for itineraries for both days?

    Hi there Anna! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Thanks for stopping by with your planning question!

    Happy early birthday to your little princess! There is no better place to celebrate a special occasion than the Most Magical Place on Earth. Be sure to stop by Guest Relations at a theme park or the front desk of a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to pick up a birthday pin. She'll love the birthday wishes she'll receive from Cast Members and friends all over the theme parks. 

    I have two young children in the same age range as your mouseketeer, so I have some pretty good ideas for how to spend a day in the Disney parks with a six year old. The Magic Kingdom Park is my children's favorite place in the world; there are so many delightful experiences for children (and adults!) of all ages. I recommend securing FastPass+ reservations in the late-morning hours for the attractions in and around Fantasyland that are most appealing to your daughter. Our top priorities for FastPass+ are Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I suggest beginning your day visiting some of the attractions in Adventureland and Frontierland, and then experiencing your FastPass+ attractions before and after lunch. If you are able to make an Advanced Dining Reservation for Be Our Guest Restaurant, I highly recommend enjoying a quick-service lunch here. Try the grey stuff, it's delicious!

    After lunch and experiencing all pre-booked FastPass+ attractions, we like to take a spin on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover and head back to our resort hotel for a nap or some pool time. En route to our rest and relaxation, I log on to the My Disney Experience app and select a FastPass+ for later in the afternoon when we return to the theme park refreshed and ready for more fun. 

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a fabulous place to spend a day, especially with the addition of Pandora - The World of Avatar. You're sure to have a wild good time! We like to arrive well before park opening to take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures. My six year old's must-do attractions are Avatar - Flight of Passage (this attraction has a 44 inch minimum height requirement), Kilimanjaro Safaris, Festival of the Lion King, and Finding Nemo - The Musical. Satu'li Canteen is our favorite quick-service restaurant in all of Walt Disney World, but for an extra special birthday treat, I recommend making an advanced dining reservation to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with Donald Duck and friends at Tusker House Restaurant.

    I hope that gives you some ideas as you plan your daughter's best day ever! If any other questions arise as your vacation approaches, come back and see us again; we'd love to help.

    Wishing you a magical visit,

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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