Mom and daughter on Dumbo
  • On Jan 13, 2020
    Courtney from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Traveling with a 5 year old for first Disney trip, how many days should we plan? We were thinking Friday-Wednesday with 4 days in the park....Thoughts?

    Hi Courtney,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I have it on good authority that Mickey and Minnie Mouse are delighted to welcome your little one on this first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    The length of stay you propose sounds fantastic. It will allow you to visit all four theme parks and have a day of relaxation. I will say that since we normally fly, we always check airfare when determining the days of our stay. I also suggest that you check the park hours and entertainment schedule for the dates of your visit. We adore the Happily Ever After show at Magic Kingdom so we always make sure that we will be able to see it during our visits. 

    We took our girls on their first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort when they were 5-years old and it was the most perfectly magical trip. Just remember to plan for rest time. We took a break every afternoon and went back to the resort. Everybody took a nap - grandparents included! We would then return to the parks at night for dinner and fireworks. Prior to your arrival, I also suggest that you review the Planning for Preschool & Little Ones Guide. The guide will help you navigate the parks with your little one!

    If you have not done so already, book your vacation package and then create a My Disney Experience Account. You can link your resort hotel confirmation in My Disney Experience as well as your dining reservations and FastPass + selections. Start deciding which character dining experiences you would like to try. My girls loved Chef Mickey's, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, and 1900 Park Fare on that first visit. You might also want to try The Crystal Palace, Tusker House Restaurant, and Cinderella's Royal Table. If you decide to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you will be able to make your FastPass+ selections 60 days prior to your trip. We love this benefit of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel!

    Remember to bring an autograph book and large pen (they are easier for the characters to grip). We also always bring water bottles for the girls and refill them in the parks. Lots of quick-service dining locations will provide complimentary ice water if you ask. We use these to refill our water bottles and stay hydrated! 

    Courtney, I shall send the biggest wishes to all of the stars trusting that this first trip comes with pixie dust and laughter!

    Magic and memories, 
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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