Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Apr 13, 2014
    Shari from WI Asked

    We're traveling to WDW for the first time in October and spending 6 days. We have the park hopper option, and my daughter will be 7. In what order should we visit the parks and which one(s) should we double up on? Also, is Fantasmic really a must see?

    Hi Shari, how exciting for your family to be planning a first time Walt Disney World vacation. Even though you still have several months until you leave, I'm glad to hear that you are thinking ahead and planning the details of your trip.

    I would recommend planning your days around the Extra Magic Hours. This way, you can get the most out of the days at the parks that have early opening or a later closing. These Extra Magic Hours are only available to guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, so this is a prime time to get in some of the more popular rides with fewer crowds and shorter lines. These hours are usually posted about 180 days out, so depending on when your trip is planned for October, you should be able to view these hours fairly soon. To find the hours for each park, click on the "Parks and Tickets" tab at the top of the official Walt Disney World website, then go to "More Park Hours" in the drop down menu.

    I, personally, always like to visit Magic Kingdom on my first day. This is the quintessential park, in my opinion, and seeing Cinderella's Castle as you enter the park is a great way to start your magical first trip. In addition, I think for your daughter's age, you would really enjoy going to Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom twice. These happen to be my daughter's favorite parks and she is also 7 years old. Speaking of Disney's Animal Kingdom, your daughter might really enjoy doing Wilderness Explorers, an interactive activity through the park. It's included in the price of admission. This was my little girl's favorite thing about our summer trip.

    Fantasmic! is an amazing nighttime show. However, my kids were a bit frightened by some parts of it, so we haven't done it the last several trips. Although, you could make that judgement based on your daughter's personality.

    Have a magical trip!
    ~Allison L  
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Texas

I am a mother of three that loves all things Disney...the never grow up mentality, the fairy tale endings and the ever changing Disney Parks. With so much to explore, I would love to help you discover all the magic and wonder your heart desires. Learn More About Allison

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