• On Jan 6, 2017
    Joseph from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My wife and I are taking our 5 year old granddaughter to Disney world for the first time. we will have an all park pass but will only be in Disney one full day. what is the best way to plan? which park is best for a five year old. what are the recommend

    Hi there Joseph,

    How exciting to be taking your granddaughter on her first Walt Disney World vacation!  Based on the age of your granddaughter, I recommend visiting Magic Kingdom Park.  You will be amazed at just how many attractions a 5-year-old will be able to experience at the iconic park. 

    I recommend that you arrive at park opening in order to experience as many attractions as possible before the park becomes more crowded.  I would also suggest that you book 3 FastPass+ selections in advance in order to decrease your wait for those particular attractions or experiences. My park planning strategy is to start the day in Fantasyland and then tour the park by "lands."  I find this helps to maximize time and decrease the amount of unnecessary walking. 

    My list of "must do" attractions includes: "it's a small world", Peter Pan's Flight, Mickey's PhilharMagic, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Don't miss Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade and Wishes nighttime spectacular. For optimal viewing, I suggest getting a seat along the parade route at least 45 minutes prior to the start of Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. 

    I'm out of room for my answer, but please don't hesitate to reach out again with any additional questions that you may have. Best wishes for a magical first trip!

    Happy Planing,
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Meet the Panelist: Jodie, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm the mother of four amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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