Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On May 7, 2013
    Heather Asked

    Coming to WDW for a week first of June. We will have a 2, 3, 5 year old. Our entire party will have Season Passes and will be staying off property. Trying to plan how many days we will need at the four parks without wearing little kids out?

    Hi Heather,

    One of the great things about being a passholder is the flexibility. Because you can come and go at all four parks as you wish, you can adapt easily if you sense someone is getting overtired or is in the mood for a different experience. That's going to be such a benefit for you with small children.

    I'm sure you will want to spend at least two of your days at Magic Kingdom. It's the iconic park and the one that likely will appeal most to your children. Hollywood Studios, with its Disney Junior, Muppets and Toy Story emphasis, also will be a high priority for your kids, I'm sure.

    The attractions at Animal Kingdom can easily be seen in a single day. And Epcot has lots to attract small children, too, including Turtle Talk with Crush, The Seas with Nemo & Friends and the Kidcot Fun Stops in each country pavilion.

    The key is to pace yourself. Even if you go to a park every day, you can avoid wearing everyone out by taking frequent rest/snack/hydration breaks and by trying not to over-schedule. I like to pick a few "must-dos" for each day and allow time for unexpected fun along the way. Racing from attraction to attraction, especially when it's hot, is a sure way to drain everyone.

    After two or three days, you may find that your entire party needs a day to spend at the pool or in some activity, such as Downtown Disney, that doesn't require a lot of walking. Or you may want to plan a short day in one of the parks, either arriving early and departing around lunchtime or arriving in the late afternoon and staying until bedtime.

    Since you are staying off property, it will be a little more difficult to return to the hotel for a midday rest, but you may find that's important. Remember that your parking pass is valid all day, even if you leave and return to a different park.

    I hope that helps and that you have a memorable, relaxing vacation with your family. Enjoy!

    Wilma
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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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