Mom and daughter
  • On Jan 29, 2022
    Janele from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am visiting FL soon and am thinking about surprising my daughter with a day trip to Disney. I am considering a hopper ticket as her interest cross multiple parks. If we are only able to visit 2 parks that day, which would be the best ones for an 11yr old


    Thanks for asking us a question at planDisney!

    My girls have just passed that age, so I have some great comparable experience to share about where to go for a great park hopper day. Let me offer some quick pointers on each park that might help you decide.

    • Magic Kingdom Park: I think that this park has to be one of the two park choices for almost any kid. There are more attractions, more iconic landmarks, and such a wonderful array of experiences that will delight her every moment in the magic. 
    • EPCOT: There are not as many rides here as in other parks, but the world showcase can be a tremendous experience for a child ready to explore. If learning about other cultures is high on her list, this could be your second destination. 
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios: You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy this park, but it does help. The Toy Story area, as well as some of the other new attractions, like Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, have made this a great place to spend your time, regardless of age.
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: I have a daughter who loves animals of all kinds. She volunteers at the local zoo, as well as at a veterinarian office. This is clearly our second choice for that reason alone.

    Because I don't know you and your daughter personally, it is impossible for me to be 100% sure what the best two choices are, but I would suggest that going to the Magic Kingdom, followed by Hollywood Studios would be your best bet. Now if one of the notes above strikes a chord, certainly think of mixing it up, as everyone is different. But if I had single days with each of my daughters, one would get the Magic Kingdom-Hollywood Studios combination, and the other would go from the Animal Kingdom to the Magic Kingdom.

    Whichever parks you choose, please be sure to make your Theme Park Reservation for that first park as soon as you decide. It is always a great idea to lock in that first park of the day ahead of time.

    If you write me back with more about her interests, I would be glad to refine my suggestions, as well give you some ideas of great places to grab lunch or dinner. 

    Have a Magical Vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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