• On Feb 3, 2021
    Kelly from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are taking our 4 year old for the first time and we can’t decide which 2 parks to go too. We are stuck between Magic Kingdom, Hollywood studios, and Animal Kingdom what are some recommendations?

    Hi there, Kelly. I'm happy to offer some suggestions that might help in your decision making process!

    I think your daughter is at a really great age to visit Walt Disney World for the first time. My husband and I treated our granddaughter to her first trip when she was four, too. She hasn't stopped asking, yet, when she gets to go again.

    Most assuredly I can tell you that Magic Kingdom should be one of the two parks you visit during your vacation. Fantasyland is reason enough to justify this recommendation. That's where you'll find beloved, classic attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Peter Pan's Flight. If there is such a thing as a Disney right of passage, surely experiencing both of those attractions is a qualification. When we visited with our granddaughter, she insisted again and again on taking a quite literal spin on the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel; sometimes it's the simple pleasures in life. I suspect you will take almost as much pleasure in watching your daughter experience Magic Kingdom as she does living the dream. 

    Choosing the second park is a bit more tricky, only because I'd recommend that you allow her preferences to guide your decision. Does she love animals, or trips to the zoo? Kilimanjaro Safaris is a family-friendly journey that mimics the real thing across the plains and savannas of Africa. Preschoolers can also get hands-on in Animal Kingdom at Affection Section or take a closer look at all types of wildlife in Conservation Station.  

    If your daughter leans more towards all things that glitter and shine, Disney's Hollywood Studios might be the right choice. Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is a relatively new attraction and I give it two very enthusiastic Mickey thumbs up. Please don't blame me when that adorable song gets stuck on a loop in your head though. Toy Story Land, too, will capture her imagination. If she's tall enough, she might even brave Slinky Dog Dash. My granddaughter had both hands up in the sky the entire time!

    I hope I've shed some light on things, Kelly. Definitely don't be a stranger if we can offer further advice. It's truly our pleasure to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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