Toy Story Mania; brother and sister; Toy Story Land; Hollywood Studios
  • On Jan 12, 2024
    Ami from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    taking my 5 and 3 year old for first time to WDW, looking for a sample itinerary as to how many days , which park, which extras etc, shows , and best hotels with little ones and best time of year to go , less crowds is better for us

    Hi there, Ami, and welcome to planDisney!

    Gear up to make some of the Most Magical memories with your little ones. My two tiny Mouseketeers can’t get enough of the attractions, shows, and character meet-and-greets that await them during each visit to our Happy Place. I am more than happy to share recommendations on how to have the BEST vacation with your kiddos. 

    If you have the time to do it, I 100% recommend that you visit each theme park during your visit. They each have special play areas, shows, and attractions that your little ones will adore. At the very least, you’ll want to visit Magic Kingdom Park; it’s the quintessential home of Cinderella Castle (with great Disney PhotoPass Service photo ops) and several rides with little to no height requirements that are perfect for little ones. 

    The other theme parks have family attractions like Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Kilimanjaro Safaris (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park), and Frozen Ever After (EPCOT). I suggest that you consider what your kiddos’ favorite characters are and download the My Disney Experience App to see which park holds most of your family’s likes. Two days for Magic Kingdom Park and one day in each of the others is perfect for a first visit. 

    All of the Disney Resorts Collection hotels are great for families; however, there are a few that I really love for little ones. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort are great because they’re both off of the Disney Skyliner route, which means easy access to some theme parks. Staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a fantastic option if you want to be super close to Magic Kingdom Park and it’s the home of some of my favorite restaurants on property. Most hotels have splash areas for kiddos, so that’s a win no matter where you choose.

    Overall, the best time of year for the lowest crowds is during months where there aren’t any EPCOT festivals, major holidays like New Year’s Eve, and other big events like runDisney races. However, maximize your time in the theme parks by taking advantage of Disney Genie+ Service to skip the longer queues and by using Rider Switch if your older kiddo wants to ride an attraction but your other can’t or won’t. 

    AN EXTRA GEM: Some of my family’s favorite extras are character dining experiences like EPCOT’s Garden Grill Restaurant, getting a first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop, and watching the fireworks at a dessert party.  

    I hope that you’ve found my recommendations useful when planning. Ami, if you have any other questions about your upcoming visit, please give us a holler here at planDisney. I’m all ears! 

    Magic always, 
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Meet the Panelist: LeAndra, Florida

Hey, Mouseketeer! I'm LeAndra, a wife, mom of two, and content creator from beautiful Central Florida. I've lived near The Most Magical Place on Earth for my entire life; so, I like to say that I'm a Guardian of this galaxy! My love of all-things-Disney has also taken me on multiple cross-country road trips to Disneyland Resort and on a few flights over to Disneyland Paris. I am oh-so-grateful to be a part of your world by helping you plan your magical vacations.  Learn More About LeAndra

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