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  • On May 3, 2017
    Hanneke from Western Australia Asked

    Hi all, I am visiting Disney for the first time in June 2017, from Australia, with my 5 yr old daughter and friend. We are staying at Animal kingdom and I am wondering what "must see's" do you recommend?

    Hi Hanneke,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Mickey and Minnie Mouse are tickled to know that your princess is coming to see them!

    First, every princess must dress like royalty. We typically bring our girls' princess attire, including shoes and tiara, with us but since you are flying from so far, you may want to just purchase a dress in the parks. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - Magic Kingdom and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - Disney Springs provide complete princess transformations.

    Since you will be in the midst of the magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, I suggest that you visit it first. You are arriving just after Pandora - The World of Avatar opens. While your princess may not be tall enough to ride Avatar Flight of Passage, she can enjoy Na'vi River Journey and can hike through the Valley of Mo'ara. While at Animal Kingdom, be sure to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris, experience the amazing acrobatics at the Festival of the Lion King and see It's Tough to be A Bug. Our girls loved all of these attractions when they were 5-years old. 

    Of course, every princess must dine as royalty. If you can, make reservations in the castle for Cinderella's Royal Table. Since princesses come from far and wide to dine in Cinderella's castle, reservations are difficult to secure. You can also try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot. This is a lovely experience and is closer to the home of Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus. 

    Other must-see attractions are anything Frozen, the Happily Ever After Fireworks at Magic Kingdom and Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple. My girls love to princess and Jedi through the parks!

    Remember to make dining and Fast Pass+ reservations!

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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