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  • On May 12, 2009
    Amy from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Tanya M.- Thanks so much for answering my question. We will be following your advice. It looks like we will arrive in the afternoon Sunday, not late night. What park would you suggest we hit, considering we only have an afternoon?

    Hi Amy!

    Thanks for writing back.  If I remember, your kids are 3 and 5, and we agreed that splitting up two visits to Magic Kingdom would be a good idea.  (Don't be too impressed, I looked up my first answer to you!)  As for your first half day, I have a few ideas.  First, if you don't want to use a full park day "worth" of ticket, I'd recommend checking out your resort pool and maybe heading to Downtown Disney and/or the Boardwalk for some fun that doesn't require theme park admission.  You can also try to get a character dinner reservation at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary.  This is an awesome way to kick-start a vacation for little kids.  If you are ok using a ticket day, Epcot would be my choice for you.  The park is huge, but if you focus on a few attractions that appeal to young children, you'll have them singing zippiddy do da for the balance of your trip.  I like The Seas with Nemo, Imagination (and the Kodak What if Labs) and Innoventions for your kids.  There is also an amazing character meet and greet at Epcot, where you wait once, and meet all of the key Disney "hot shots", including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald  (among others). 

    Animal Kingdom is a good half day choice, but it's best explored early in the day, as the animals (probably like your three year old) like to take siesta in the afternoon.  At Hollywood Studios, the Playhouse Disney show sometimes only runs up until the early afternoon. This show should be a big hit with your kids, so I definitely would include it on your list of must sees at HS.  If you can get a Times Guide when you check in and there's a show that fits your schedule, this park is another good choice for a 1/2 day.  One other thing to consider is that fast passes to Toy Story Mania tend to "run out" early in the day depending upon crowds, so if you go later in the day, you might not be able to get passes. 

    Have a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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