AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Mar 17, 2008
    Holly from PA 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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    We're going to WDW for 1st time in April with our 3 yo daughter. I'm trying to make a tenative plan btwn the 4 parks during our 5 day stay and wondered what your feeling is regarding including/excluding Downtown Disney. There's so much at the parks already

    I can say without hesitation that I would cut Downtown Disney in favor of spending more time at the parks.  Realistically there won't be much for your 3-year-old there anyway; it's primarily shopping and dining, and you can do plenty of those in the parks!

    I would highly recommend that you spend 2 days in the Magic Kingdom.  It is the most classically 'Disney' of all the parks, and your daughter will be entranced by the magic.  We like to visit the Magic Kingdom on the first and last days of our trip (if not more!) and let our girls bask in the glory of kiddie heaven.  (Be sure to pack a video camera!)

    I generally recommend 2 days each in Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and one day each for Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.  I think you could pick out your must-do's for Epcot and see the highlights in one day.  If I were in your position this is what I would opt to do, so that you'd be able to experience all four of the parks.  They are all so different and amazing, I'd hate to miss one!

    Your daughter is at such a fantastic age for Disney.  She will be absolutely captivated, and I'm so excited for you!  Have an amazing vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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