Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Mar 1, 2013
    Nicola Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Thanks to all for doing the panel! 8am ADR at CP,MK on Easter Sunday. 8am ADR Tusker AK 4 days later. What time should we arrive in the car parks/lot? Is DINOSAUR too scary for most children (girls just turned 5 & 8)? How long to spend at water pa

    Phew, I will try to get answers to all of your questions Nicola in one writing but if I can't please don't hesitate to ask again!

    Congratulations on getting some in demand dining reservations and especially on a big holiday such as Easter. The Crystal Palace will be a perfect place to start your big day in the park. Since the parking lot for the Magic Kingdom is set away from the park I would be at the lot gates no later then 7am on this day and probably even earlier since it is a holiday. After parking your car you will take a tram to either the ferry or the monorail. Once you arrive at the park gates you will go through security which can have long lines. Then look for the queue that is strictly for those guests who have early dining reservations before the park officially opens. They will have your reservation noted and will allow you to pass into the park to head to the Crystal Palace.  

    The Animal Kingdom runs a little differently. Their parking lot often doesn't open until closer to park opening but again be at the gates about 7am. Once you have parked head to the queue on the right side that will be allowing guests with dining reservations to enter. It is a long walk to Tusker House as it is located in the far back of the park so know it will take up to 15 minutes to get there.

    Dinosaur attraction in Animal Kingdom might be a bit much for the five year old where the 8 year old can likely handle it better. The part that is often the hardest for children and adults is that you are thrown around quite a bit throughout the ride. It is the most jerky ride that I can think of on Disney property but it fits the theme so I wouldn't have it any other way! There are large dinosaurs that come out from the sides and the ride is basically in the dark. If you feel your kids can handle it then try to have them sit in the center versus the sides where the affects are the most intense. EEk no more room, send another question for the water parks!
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