• On Jun 25, 2018
    Richalin from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have a 5 year old, we are wanting to plan a trip but want him to have the best time and be able to do stuff. What theme parks would be best for him?

    Hi Richalin,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am delighted to greet a fellow North Carolinian. We took our girls to the Walt Disney World Resort on their first visit when they were 5-years old, so I am beyond excited for you!

    When our girls were 5-years old, they loved all of the parks. At Magic Kingdom, they screamed and giggled on all of the rides. Check the attractions list for Magic Kingdom to see which attractions your son might enjoy. At Epcot, they spent a lot of time in Innoventions. Soarin' Around the World, Test Track and Mission: SPACE are still favorite rides of theirs. They adored the animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom. At The Festival of the Lion King show they were in awe and, towards the end of the show, one of the characters invited them to participate in the final dance. They were so nervous, but mustered up the courage to go!

    If your son is a Star Wars fan, Disney's Hollywood Studios is a must-do. Prepare to battle the Dark Side. Gather your young recruit and dash to the sign-up location for Jedi-Training: Trials of the Temple. If your little one is ready, he will join other Jedi recruits to bring peace to the galaxy. Training is AMAZING. By far, this has been one of our favorite experiences.

    Richalin, if you can visit all four theme parks, I suggest that you do! When our girls were that age, the wonder in their eyes at each park was priceless. If you have to choose, I definitely suggest Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios (especially with Toy Story Land opening). Most important, be sure to check your son's height before you embark on your adventure - for us, 40 inches was the magic height! It opens up a world of exciting rides!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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