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  • On Mar 10, 2016
    Andrea from NY Asked

    This will be my first time at Disney. I'm coming with a 7yo and 2.5yo and am trying to figure out optimal number of days and exact parks. I'm assuming 3 days, but not sure how much stamina it would take for little kids. Any advice appreciated!

    Hi Andrea,

    How exciting to be planning your first visit to Walt Disney World. I am glad that you are considering how much stamina your little ones will need. Planning ahead will help you to have a great time while you are on vacation!

    I suggest that you start by considering which of the Walt Disney World theme parks you will be visiting. There are four Walt Disney World theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. There is so much to do at each theme park, but I think that it is a completely reasonable decision to not visit them all, especially on your first trip. With the age of your children, I am sure that you will want to visit Magic Kingdom, as it is typically the theme park that people associate with Walt Disney World, complete with Cinderella Castle. Generally I would allow at least two days to tour Magic Kingdom. For the other theme parks, you can probably budget one day to tour. So if you want to see all four theme parks, I would allow at least five days. If you only want to go to Magic Kingdom and one other theme park, you can do that in three days. Please do realize that spending a day or two in a theme park will allow you to see some of the highlights, but certainly not all that there is to do in any one theme park.

    As to stamina, my family typically likes to get to a theme park early in the morning, spend the morning experiencing attractions, have lunch in the theme park, and then head back to our resort in the early afternoon for a nap or to relax at the pool. This keeps everyone happy and allows us to recharge so that we can go back to the theme park in the evening. Also, we plan "resort days" in the middle of the vacation so that after a few days of theme park touring, we take a day to relax at our resort before more days in the theme parks.

    I would love to help you plan more Andrea; however, I am limited in the space that I have to answer. Please do write back if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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