Seeking Advice from Moms Who've Traveled to Disney World"

Updated on October 30, 2008
K.W. asks from Parkville, MD
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We are taking a vacation to Florida this April. We will be staying at a resort not far from Disney World and want to go to one of the parks (i.e. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, etc..). My boys will be 2 1/2 and 5 years old. Has anyone taken kids around this age to Disney World? Which park has the most fun stuff for their entertainment? Any advice on what to bring/what to avoid to make our trip go more smoothly? Thanks!

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Disney is great. Try to contact Disney, as I do believe that tickets to the park are interchangeable daily.

Perhaps Magic Kingdon during the day (if you get there early the lines are so short!!!) Then back to the hotel for a nap/rest and then perhaps Epcot which is amazing and has great food, rides for the entire family and awesome fireworks!!!

If you can only go to one park, go to Magic Kingdom - it is indeed magic and is just amazing for all family members. My kids love this park. You could spend days there and still not see it all. Just amazing!!!

Have a safe and wonderful trip!!!



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We celebrated my daughter's 3rd bday there this past July. My advice would be to plan to be there EARLY when the park first opens. If you can only do one park, make it Magic Kingdom. Animal Kingdom was fun too but there are a few rides that were too scary for her - specifically the dinosaur. The shows are phenomenal, if you can see a few of them. The light show/parade at the end at Magic Kingdom was awesome, but you may want to leave the park for a break and come back for it b/c that is a LONG day for a toddler/preschooler.

Take a stroller or rent one! It will prove to be a life saver. Also, if you can do one of the character lunches or breakfasts, they were lots of fun. Definitely get an autograph book for all the characters. I didn't at first (I'm cheap) and regretted it and eventually got one.

If it is your first time, stop by the information desk and get pins for the kids that say "This is my first Disney trip." The employees at the park will pay extra attention. Definitely use the fast pass option at the rides. And, go see Minnie & Micky immediately b/c as the day wears on, the line to see them becomes ridiculously long.



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For kids that age, I'd definitely say the Magic Kingdom (Animal Kingdom would be my 2nd choice). There is so much that little ones can enjoy in that park & it is truly "magical" to experience w/them. Pace yourself & definitely take a double stroller because even your "big" kid will get tired of all the walking. Disney now allows you to bring bottled water & small snacks in a backpack, so that will save you some $ & some heartache. Try to fit in a character dining experience if you can-Silver Palace has Pooh & friends in the Magic Kingdom & Chef Mickey's is at the Contemporary right next door. Very fun & adds to the excitement. Best part is that Chef Mickey's is likely free for your little one since he is under 3 & it is a buffet :)

Have a wonderful trip & enjoy watching your children experience the magic.



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Hi, my husband and I are actually taking our girls 10 & almost 2 in Feb. I havent ever gone with my own children but have been with friends who have lil ones. I love Disney World and its been killing me that I havent been in 3 years. If your planning on going to 1 of the parks I would pick Magic Kingdom especially because of the ages of your boys and hit Fantasyland first thing and then hit Toon Town! That is also where you can find Mickey and other characters in the Judge's Tent. If your kids have never been interactive with big characters dont force them - my daughter has been to CEC and seen Dora at Walmart and although a bit hesitant I didnt push her on them - but she will go near them and Hi 5! There is a WONDERFUL WDW website called with tons of information to include menu's of every restaurant all the way down to the snack wagons! It has tips on traveling with toddlers and what to do and TONS of other stuff, Sign up for their newsletter it has wonderful tips and everything! Next year is also their year of celebration so make sure you stop in the Emporium which will be on the right after coming into Magic Kingdom to get your kids a "My first visit" button and if either of them are celebrating their birthday that month you can get them a bday button as well! Another really cool thing to do especially for your 5 yo is go to the barber shop and have them spruce up your sons hair - they do glitter & hidden mickeys - my nephew LOVED his! If you have any other questions let me know!



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Hi K.- I'm not sure how long you are staying, but we stayed 5 days and never made it out of the Magic Kingdom. I've heard that MGM is nice if they are into playhouse disney programs and charachers, but my daughter, 4, was obsessed with the singing and dancing show that they put on outside of Cinderella's castle every 45 min, we must have seen it 100 times, and meeting every character at Magic Kingdom. There are a lot of rides there for smaller kids, like the 2 1/2 yr old too. I guess it depends on the kids, but I would put Epcot down low on the list. Good luck, and remember to do naps and time at the pool.

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