Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 12, 2014
    Kren from KY Asked

    We are traveling to WDW for the first time with our 4 and 1 year old boys. We are going to MK, AK, Epcot and DS. This was a last minute trip so I am trying to catch up with planning. Looking for suggestions for fast pass selections at the parks?

    Karen:

    Magic Kingdom: My gut tells me that your 4-year-old won't be tall enough for the "mountain" rides like Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain or Splash Mountain. However, because it is their first visit to Disney World, I'm betting that you're gonna want some Character pictures. Because these cue lines can be long, boring and do not offer the interactive cues that many attractions have now in Fantasyland, choose your FP+ for the Princess Meet-and-Greets (yes, even though they are boys) and Mickey's Meet-and-Greet.

    Epcot: If your older son is less than 40" tall, he won't be able to ride Soarin' or Test Track, leaving you with either Illuminations or the Epcot Character Spot for your Tier 1 FP+. If you feel you'll get your pictures at MK, then choose Illuminations so you won't have to get a spot so early in the evening for them to see the fireworks. For your Tier 2 choices, go with Spaceship Earth and Nemo (even though you probably won't need either).

    DHS: Choose Toy Story Mania for your Tier 1. If your older son is at least 40" tall, then choose Tower of Tower and Star Tours for your Tier 2 FP+. If not, choose the Great Movie Ride and Disney Junior--Live. Although you might not need them, you'll get a better seat with FP+ for Disney Junior--Live.

    Animal Kingdom: Again, if your older son is 38", then choose Kali River Rapids, if not, choose the Jammin' Jungle Parade. Then choose Kilamanjaro Safaris and Nemo. (To get decent seats for Nemo, you have to line up at least 45 minutes in advance on the sidewalk. Talk about boring for children! The same with the parade. At least in cue lines you can move.) Using the FP+ system for better seats or the ability to keep from just sitting for an hour, makes the most sense for young children like yours.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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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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