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  • On Aug 2, 2010
    Kristin from MI 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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    Hello. We are traveling with our son over Spring Break 2011 for his first visit. We realize that the crowds will be especially large and wondering what is realistic and/or the best things to see at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom? Thanks, KC

    Hi, Kristin! We usually go to WDW during peak times now that we have a son in high school, and well, missing school is a bigger deal than it used to be. We have learned how to deal with the crowds and figured out the best plan of action for our family. The good news about peak times is that the parks usually stay open later, and if you're staying on property, the Extra Magic Hours are offered more often.

    For us, we let the kids sleep in the mornings while we enjoy a quiet adult breakfast. Then, the kids grab their suits, spend a few hours at the pool and eat brunch or lunch by the pool.  We make Advanced Dining Reservations for a restaurant in the parks and then, emerge just as many other guests are leaving for the day. Then, we can usually experience some our favorite attractions in half the time it would've taken us earlier in the day.

    I'm not sure what age your son is, but here are all my children's favorite attractions (ages 6-15) at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom:

    • Magic Kingdom -- Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, AstroOrbitor, Tea Cups, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Mickey's Philharmagic, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    • Animal Kingdom -- Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, Festival of the Lion King, Primeval Whirl, Dinosaur, Flights of Wonder, Finding Nemo: The Musical, It's Tough to be a Bug
    I hope this helps you plan and come back if you have more questions. Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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