• On Apr 24, 2018
    Danisa from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, Trying to decide between Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. This is our first Disney trip. 3 boys ages 10,8,5. Possible to do both parks in 1 day? How much time needed at each of these parks? Also going to Magic Kingdom. Thanks!

    Hi Danisa,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Hooray for your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Since this is your first trip, I suggest at least one day for each park. Be sure to check the height requirements for rides using the attractions lists for each park - Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios. If your boys are Star Wars and Toy Story fans, do Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Resistance needs help battling the Dark Side, so take your recruits to Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple. Recruits must arrive early to sign-up!

    Be sure to create a My Disney Experience Account. Then, you can link your theme park tickets to that account, make Fast Pass+ selections (60 days in advance if staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel) and link your advanced dining reservations. I cannot stress enough the importance of making Fast Pass+ selections. Doing so will save you hours of time in standby lines.

    We normally arrive at the parks by 8:00 a.m. for a pre-park opening dining reservation. We book our Fast Pass+ selections in the morning and back to back (i.e. 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon). Once we have finished that third Fast Pass+, we use the My Disney Experience Mobile App to make a fourth Fast Pass+ and check wait times for rides. End the night with fireworks shows - spectacular!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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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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