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  • On Jul 22, 2018
    Ravinder from ON Asked

    Hello, we are visiting Disney for the first time and staying at the Grand Floridian.We have 3 children aged 5,7&9. Do you have any tips about must do's, fast ride passes, dining plans or what to do if a fast pass ride we want is fully booked?

    Hi Ravinder,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to plan your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    I suggest starting with Magic Kingdom, then Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Here are our must do experiences at each park:

    • Magic Kingdom - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Swiss Family Treehouse
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios - Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania!, Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom - Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Na'vi River Journey, Avatar Flight of Passage
    • Epcot - Soarin' Around the World, Mission: SPACE, Frozen Ever After
    Be sure to check the height requirements! When we took our girls at 5-years old, one of them was just barely 40 inches tall. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Fast Pass+ tiers at each park that has tiers. Check out this great answer from one of my fellow Moms Panelists about Fast Pass+ tiers.

    As you consider a dining plan, remember that meal entitlements are calculated per night of stay. So, if you are staying for six nights on the Disney Dining Plan, each person in your party 3-years old and over would receive 12 meals in total - six quick-service and six table-service. My family loves the Disney Dining Plan and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan.

    Ravinder, if you find that a Fast Pass+ is not available, I suggest that you continue to check. In my experience, Fast Pass+ can become available after your initial booking window opens!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
    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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