Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jan 18, 2012
    Jessica from MA 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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    Trying to decide if we should take kids (ages 6 and 4) to see Illuminations this Sunday night. Am worried about keeping them up so late. Approx. how long would it take to get back to Wilderness Lodge and what would be best way to get back at that hour?

    Hi Jessica,

    Illuminations:  Reflections of Earth, the spectacular, nightly show of lasers, water and fireworks is, in my opinion, definitely worth staying up past bedtime to experience, especially while on vacation at Walt Disney World!  That being said, my boys (currently ages 7 and 9) were always night owls and looked for any excuse to stay up!  The show is truly amazing, and I'm sure your children would enjoy it.  However, if your kids are used to a very early bed time and/or don't do well staying up late, you may want to save the show for a future visit.  If you do decide to watch, I strongly recommend bringing along a stroller for your kids so that after the performance, they can relax as you head toward the park exit.  If you are using Disney transportation, you'll head to the front entrance/exit of Epcot, and take a bus back to Wilderness Lodge.  I would allow about an hour an a half from the time the show ends until you make it back to the resort.  As you can imagine, many guests exit after Illuminations, so you'll have company heading toward the resort bus queue.  It may take less time, but I'd rather over-estimate.

    Have a great trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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