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  • On Jan 24, 2016
    April from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My vacation will be for myself, my husband (who will be in a wheelchair), and our five chikdren - girls aged 18, 17,15, and 11, and our two and a half year old son. Which do you think would be the best park for us to vist?

    Hi April,

    If you are only planning to visit one theme park while you are at Walt Disney World, I think that it has to be the Magic Kingdom. This is the theme park that most people associate with Walt Disney World, complete with Cinderella Castle. There is so much to do at this theme park for all ages!

    If your girls enjoy more thrilling rides, they will likely be happy with the Magic Kingdom mountains: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Also do not forget the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is a new and more gentle roller coaster. If they do not enjoy thrilling rides, do not worry, there are many other attractions that appeal to older children as well, such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. For your young son, Fantasyland will probably be the place to be. There are many attractions in Fantasyland that appeal to the toddler and preschool set, including The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan's Flight, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

    Because you have such a wide range of ages, I do suggest that you split up for at least part of the day. That way, everyone can experience the attractions that might not appeal to the whole group. You can come back together for attractions that everyone might enjoy together, such as Jungle Cruise, it's a small world, and Dumbo The Flying Elephant. I also suggest that families come together for a meal, such as lunch or dinner. One of my favorite hidden gem restaurants in Magic Kingdom is The Plaza Restaurant. It is quaint and features good options including great sandwiches, salads, and entrees.

    I would love to help you plan further, April; however, I am limited in the space that I have to answer. Please do write back if you have any further questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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