Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 15, 2015
    Karitsa from NC 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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    My 1st visit to DW, for 2 days with a 4 yr. old. Would Hollywood studio in AM, MagicK @ noon and night at Epcot be doable w/ 4 yr. old? Only reason for Epcot is the Princess Storybook dining ( Cinderella castle is sold-out). Need to maximize my days.

    Hi Karitsa! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    While attempting to explore Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom Park, and Epcot, may be doable; I really do not suggest attempting to get three parks done in one day especially with a four year old.  The Walt Disney World Resort is such a large place. There is so much to see and do in each of the theme parks, and they all require a lot of walking. You may become stressed and overwhelmed. It has been my experience that even the best behaved and most energetic four year olds tend to become exhausted. My four year old is in desperate need of a nap around 1:00pm when we are at Walt Disney World and he is one of the most active children I know.

    I see that you have two days to explore the Walt Disney World Resort and you may want to get it all in during your visit. However, I highly suggest that you maybe try to explore two parks in a day at the maximum. Maybe you may even want to consider picking your top two or three parks to explore this trip, and leave the third or fourth theme park for another visit.

    I always suggest picking your top three to five “must do’s.” Work on getting those accomplished first I always bring or rent a stroller for my four year old. There is so much walking and so much excitement, the kids tend to tire quickly and often need a break. I also always suggest taking a break mid day as it really helps us to have rested and happy children. Also as far as your Princess dining, keep checking for other reservations. Sometimes families cancel leaving availability for you!

    I really want you to have a magical time with your child. Sometimes slowing down or veering away from an original packed plan makes for a more relaxed and magical time. I have found that when I am taking it slow is when some of our best memories are formed!


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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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