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  • On Jun 29, 2015
    Tracy from VA Asked

    My family is planning to visit WDW for the first time in Oct 2016. We have a 6, 10, 13, and 14 year old. What are some of the must do or sees in each park and downtown Disney?


    First, order the free Disney Vacation Planning DVD. It will give you a lot more insight than what I can fit below:

    • Animal Kingdom: DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Primeval Whirl top my list. Build them around the show times of Lion King and Nemo along with Flights of Wonder and enjoy the gorillas on the Pangani Forest Trail.
    • Epcot: Arrive early to knock out Living with the Land, Mission: Space, Soarin', Spaceship Earth, and Test Track in Future World but don't miss Sum of All Thrills in Innoventions and all the free soda you can drink at Club Cool before heading to the World Showcase. I like to go counter-clockwise so I have time for the movies in the Canadian French pavilions and can enjoy dinner at one of the international restaurants. The acrobats in China are a must so get a time schedule for the day when you arrive at the park.
    • Hollywood Studios: Frozen Sing-a-long, The Great Movie Ride, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Star Tours, Tower of Terror, and Toy Story Mania (get your FastPass+ for it) are the must-dos. But check your times guide for Beauty and the Beast as well as The Little Mermaid and stay for Fantasmic.
    • Magic Kingdom: All rides with the word 'mountain', Buzz Lightyear, The Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I think everyone should visit Carousel of Progress and the Hall of Presidents for a good history lesson but your older teens may think otherwise. Of course the parades and fireworks are a must for first-timers.
    • Downtown Disney: The Lego store and getting a free chocolate sample at Ghirardelli are my must-dos, but with Disney Springs coming, I have a feeling I will be adding more.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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