• On Jun 27, 2017
    Becky from MD 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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    What are top must do's/see's for a 4 year old girl's 1st time to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. What's best to skip?

    Hi Becky,

    Thank you for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question! What a wonderful age to take your daughter to Walt Disney World. Be sure to check out the Walt Disney World for preschoolers page for ideas. Another great resource is this Disney Parks Blog post on height requirements for attractions. This will help you to see if there are any attractions that your child cannot experience due to height.

    At Magic Kingdom, I imagine that you could spend a lot of time in Fantasyland. This area includes classic attractions such as it's a small world, Peter Pan's Flight and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. If your little one likes the princesses, Enchanted Tales with Belle is a wonderful and interactive retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story. As for things to skip, you know your child best, so you should consider if a more thrilling attraction such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, assuming she meets the height requirement, is a good idea for her. The same would be true of an attraction such as Haunted Mansion - some preschoolers love it, and some are not yet ready for it.

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom, there are many attractions that are wonderful for all ages. My daughter has always enjoyed a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris to see giraffes and elephants, and our whole family loves the spectacle of the Festival of the Lion King Show. Again, if she is tall enough, consider if she will enjoy DINOSAUR, which can be frightening for young children.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Becky! Please let us know if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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