Mom and Son on Safari; Giraffe; AA
  • On Apr 7, 2024
    Rene from Arecibo Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My wife and I are taking our 3yo toddler for his 1st Disney trip. We bought 3 day passes for WDW Orlando but, due to our tight schedule, are limited to these dates: Aug 31, Sept 1 & 2. Which parks should we visit and how should we arrange them?

    ¡Bienvenidos a planDisney, Rene! We are so glad you stopped by and for your question. I am happy to help!

    I am excited to hear you wish to visit Walt Disney World later this year! You are in for a vacation full of magic and happy memories! Visiting with a first-time Mousketeer can be overwhelming, however, Hakuna Matata! The parks I think would be the best for your toddler are Disney's Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT. Here are some tips for each park I think would be beneficial for your family:

    • Magic Kingdom: This park is perfect for little ones. Stop by City Hall and pick up a "My 1st Visit!" button for your son to remember this vacation. There are many attractions he will love, including Peter Pan's Flight and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. The Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station is the perfect place to take a break from the heat and have fun! 
    • Animal Kingdom: Make a breakfast reservation for Tusker House Restaurant. Your family will love the food options here and meeting Donald Duck and Safari Mickey! After breakfast, hop on Simba One at Kilimanjaro Safaris and see the animals! Another favorite attraction for little ones is the Discovery Island Trails, including Gorilla Falls! These are also great if your little one needs a break from the stroller and wants to walk around.
    • EPCOT: Journey of Water Inspired by Moana is a wonderful water walk-through attraction that is fun for everyone! My family also loves dining at Garden Grill Restaurant with Farmer Mickey. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, Living With the Land, and Frozen Ever After are some attractions that are perfect for your little one. 

    Now, let's talk about how to book these theme parks. Date-based theme park tickets do not need theme park reservations. If your tickets are not date-based, you have to make reservations to enter the theme parks. Download the My Disney Experience mobile app to link your tickets, and you can also make your reservations here. When you are at Walt Disney World, consider purchasing Disney Genie+ during your visit. This enables you to stand in the Lightning Lane queues at many attractions, which means shorter wait times! 

    Rene, thank you for visiting planDisney! It was magical helping you today. If you need extra pixie dust while planning your visit, reach out again any time. You've got a friend in me!

    Magic Awaits!


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Meet the Panelist: Frances, North Carolina

Hey ya'll! My name is Frances, I am a mom and military spouse from Texas who currently calls the Tarheel state home. My family and I enjoy visiting the Walt Disney World Resort as often as we can because we love the joy and magic every trip brings us. We consider Walt Disney World to be our "home away from home!" If you are dreaming of adventure in the great wide somewhere, then you have got a friend in me! I enjoy sharing my passion for Disney with everyone I meet! Learn More About Frances

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