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  • Hello Ladies! Im planning a trip in 2011 with a then 4 year old! haven't been there in twenty years and i want to have the best experience for her age as posssible. From room accomidations,parks,passes, to dining!! HELP! We want to stay in the park!
  • - Asked by heather from Pennsylvania on 1/27/2009
  • Hi Heather!

    Wow, you really are a good planner!  I think the anticipation of a Disney trip is almost as much fun as the actual vacation.  Your little one will have lots of fun "anticipating"!  I would recommend tuning into Playhouse Disney and introducing your child to all of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse "stars" so s/he is fully prepared to embrace them in 2011!

    As for where to start, I would recommend visiting disneyworld.com  regularly to start to get an idea of where you would like to stay.  On-site options include everything from very economical value resorts to deluxe villas.  The independent  website www.allears.net  has pictures of all of the on-site resorts (including their pools, rooms, restaurants and common areas) and is a great place to start looking.  Once you narrow down your resort choices, feel free to send in some additional moms panel questions and we can help you decide!

    As for which parks to focus on, in my opinion, each of the four parks has something fabulous to offer a four year old, so I would recommend staying for at least 4-5 days, so you can experience each. The Magic Kingdom is the quintessential "Disney" park, and Fantasyland is a four-year old's paradise.  Attractions such as It's a Small World, Peter Pan,Carousel, Dumbo and Winnie the Pooh should be on your "must see" list.  Hollywood Studios has Playhouse Disney Live on Stage,  a show that ends with bubbles, confetti and the entire audience singing Happy Birthday to Minnie Mouse.  What four year old wouldn't love this?  Animal Kingdom has lots of, well, animals!  Many of the exploration trails can be explored at your own pace, so it's a perfect park for a more laid back day.  Finally, Epcot has a Nemo attraction and Journey into Imagination with Figment which are great for pre-schoolers.

    I hope some of my answers gave you a place to start planning your vacation.  Have a great time creating your own magical journey!
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