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  • On Jul 12, 2022
    Hilary from NS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Travelling to Disney with a 5 year old and almost 3 year old. Wondering the best itinerary for 3 days of hopper passes?also wondering how reservations work if we decide to take a break day in between?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to planDisney, Hilary! And thanks so much for sending this question to me. I'm so happy to hear you're planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! There's no place I'd rather be, that's for sure.

     A Disney vacation is always magical, but especially so with little ones in tow. Your heart will just melt when you see their faces light up with joy and excitement as they experience pixie-dusted adventures in the theme parks! Let's chat about how to best explore the Walt Disney World Resort with your 3-day Park Hopper Tickets.

     I recommend on spending the most time at Magic Kingdom Park. With lots of family-friendly attractions that you and your crew can enjoy together and plenty of unique entertainment options, your 3 and 5-year olds are sure to make many magical memories! I would plan on spending one entire day just at Magic Kingdom Park. 

     On your second day in the theme parks, I suggest splitting your time between Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, your kiddos will enjoy shrinking down to the size of a toy in Toy Story Land, and they'll also enjoy hopping on board Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, you'll want to prioritize unique animal encounters like Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Broadway-worthy entertainment offerings like Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo: The Big Blue... and Beyond!

     On your last theme park day, I recommend heading to EPCOT first. There, your family can explore The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion and World Showcase. Later, hop on the monorail to Park Hop to Magic Kingdom Park for your last evening. Let each of your kids pick one last favorite attraction to revisit, and then catch a performance of Disney Enchantment. It will be the most magical way to end your Disney vacation!

     A break day in-between your theme park days is a really great way to recharge your batteries. All those pixie-dusted adventures are tiring! While Theme Park Reservations can sometimes be modified to accommodate for a change of plans, I recommend pre-planning a break day ahead of time. That way, you don't have to worry about Theme Park Reservation availability the week of your visit, as availability can be limited (especially during the Spring Break time frame). 

     One last tip as you're planning your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort - if you'll be a Guest of a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, you'll be able to enter the theme parks 30-minutes prior to official opening time. Wait times are typically the shortest in the first part of the day, so arriving early will save you lots of precious time!

     I hope this was helpful, Hilary. Please let me know if you have any other questions about your Disney vacation! I'd love to help you plan a magical stay.

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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