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Clark W Griswold
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Disney With Young Kids
Had another question for a Disney trip with kids (2-5 years old). I think I wanna do Magic Kingdom two days. Animal Kingdom is new to all of us and the kids will love it. They are a little young for Epcot but the adults wanna go. Hollywood Studios just doesn't appeal to me much for kids that age. There aren't many rides for them and they probably don't wanna sit through many shows. Am I overthinking that? Is there more than I am seeing for young kids? I had thought about doing Universal one day instead since they have Minions but I would obviously prefer to do the 5-6 day park hopper pass to save money.


ell_13
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They will likely enjoy 2 days at MK rather than one day there and another at HS. I agree with you. The only thing they'll miss is Toy story mania. But MK maker than makes up for that. I was just there was my 3 yo. He could have done every day at MK.


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wickowick
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A number of years ago we took a Disney Cruise and stopped by the parks for a day. Buying a one day ticket was not cost effective, so we decided to pick up a 10 day, non-expiring tickets and have used them to visit the parks a couple of days at a time for 8 years now. We still have 2 or 3 days left on the tickets, good for another trip in the future...


Salmon
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I'll piggy back this thread

this is the intenery my wife sent me for our trip. Thoughts from the pros? We will have our 3 year old with us

Sunday January 15

· Fly to Orlando


Monday January 16

· Meet and Greet Mickey and Minnie on Main Street
· Carousel
· It’s a Small World Ride
· Peter Pan’s Flight
· 11:30 Bibbity Boppity Boutique
· Princess Fairytale Hall- Meet Rapunzel
· 5:35 Cinderella’s Castle Dinner


Tuesday January 17

The Boneyard
Finding Nemo the Musical
Kilimanjaro safari
Festival of the lion king
Discovery tree africa- butterflies


Wednesday January 18

Enchanted Tales with Belle
12:05 Be our guest restaurant- lunch Reservations
Under the sea journey of the little mermaid
Meet Ariel
Dumbo's ride
Pete's silly circus train ride
Magic carpets of Aladdin


Thursday January 19

The seas with Nemo and friends turtle talk
Norway- Frozen
6:00 Dining at Hollywood and Vine with Minnie and Friends
Book A storybook moment with Minnie
Fantasmic 9-9:30 pm


Friday January 20

· Chef Mickey’s ?
· My Storybook Moment with Mickey and Minnie?



ell_13
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First, do you have fast passes for these?
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· Meet and Greet Mickey and Minnie on Main Street
· Carousel
This is AWESOME! My 3yo loved it. He talks and is really good with the kid. He did the Hot Dog dance with my son. I strongly suggest a fast pass here. If not, it could be your longest wait.
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· Carousel
Good.
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· It’s a Small World Ride
Good for a rest. Short wait typcally.
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· Peter Pan’s Flight
Also good for a fast pass. However, they've changed up the line so that it's pretty interactive and entertaining. You are basically walking through Wendy's home in London. Tinkerbell shows up. Again, this is just in the line but the wait can be as long as 90 minutes for a 60 second ride.
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· 11:30 Bibbity Boppity Boutique
I'm glad I have a son.
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Princess Fairytale Hall- Meet Rapunze
Really good.
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· 5:35 Cinderella’s Castle Dinner
You'll like the atmosphere but maybe not the food. It's just okay. I like the breakfast better.

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The Boneyard
Finding Nemo the Musical
Kilimanjaro safari
Festival of the lion king
Discovery tree africa- butterflies
Nemo and Lion king are pretty good. I'd also suggest going to Raffiki's Planet watch. You ride a train to a separate part of the park. Petting zoo. Animal hospital. It's usually not crowded.
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Enchanted Tales with Belle
12:05 Be our guest restaurant- lunch Reservations
Under the sea journey of the little mermaid
Meet Ariel
Dumbo's ride
Pete's silly circus train ride
Magic carpets of Aladdin


So you're going to MK twice and trying to pick which rides to ride whether you have a fastpass or not? I think that's going a little far. Unless you have a fast pass, you should be able to just "wing it" elsewhere during this time of year. You'll likely see a lot of Brazilians. But it won't be very crowded. Monday should have more people at MK than Wednesday. So, again, the fast passes will be key.
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The seas with Nemo and friends turtle talk
This is great. She may get to ask him a question!
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Norway- Frozen
It'll either be a 2 hour wait or a fast pass, unless you get there right when it opens.
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6:00 Dining at Hollywood and Vine with Minnie and Friends
Book A storybook moment with Minnie
Fantasmic 9-9:30 pm
So it looks like you're doing a half day at EPCOT and a half day at HS. EPCOT is pretty big and the countries are fun for parents. I wouldn't avoid them.

Also at EPCOT is a meet and greet with Joy and Sadness. They were fantastic characters. Played their parts well. If she likes Inside Out, it's a can't miss.

There's also a Pixar/Disney Shorts "ride" which is where they used to have Honey I Shrunk the Audience. The whole theater seating moves and rumbles along with the shorts. I remember La Luna, For the Birds, and Get a Horse which is a short with Mickey Mouse vs Pete but with a new twist. But I'm not sure if they regularly change up what they show.

There's a boat ride in Mexico that has Donald Duck throughout it. It's an "It's A Small World" type of ride but quieter.

I'd also spend some time in "seas with nemo and friends". You can go into the building by riding the ride first, which she'll like. It's normally a short 10 minute wait. Then you get in the building where there's Turtle Talk as well as a bunch of different aquariums throughout, upstairs and down. She may really like looking at all the fish for a while.

The Land has a boat ride too that takes you through some of greenhouses in the back. Kinda neat.

And, of course, Soarin' is there which is a really great ride. They've recently changed it and it's fun. If it's just you, your wife, and your daughter, you can still ride it with "rider swap". You won't be able to ride it with your wife, but you can ride it while she watches your daughter and then when you get off, you watch the kid while she goes straight to the front of the line.

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Salmon
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and yes, we have fast passes

I need to tell my wife that I want to spend more time in Epcot.


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Clark W Griswold
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Is it weird that my boys don't care much about meeting characters? The youngest is still terrified and the older ones would rather ride rides. If they run into one in the park they think it's cool but they don't wanna wait in line to see a costume guy.


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so we decided to pick up a 10 day, non-expiring tickets and have used them to visit the parks a couple of days at a time for 8 years now.


We used to do the same. Sadly, Disney stopped selling no-expiration tickets. They will forever honor the ones you have, but you can't get new ones.


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Going into our trip over thanksgiving, I was strongly considering skipping Hollywood Studios because it's a bit of a dead park right now. But I'm glad I didn't. Why?

1) Toy Story Mania is still awesome
2) Star Tours is still awesome
3) Indiana Jones show, I mean I know all the lines now, but it's still cool to see
4) The Frozen sing-along is HYSTERICAL. Tons of jokes that only the adults will get.
5) Movie ride has been redone a bit, still very awesome
6) If you are going this month, the holiday show they have at night is absolutely stunning

Having said that, you definetly should do two days in MK. So if going to Hollywood means you can only go to MK for one day, skip Hollywood. But if you can do two days in MK and one in Hollywood, do that.

One day each should be good for AK and Epcot.


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LSUFanHouston
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Salmon


You should be able to do a lot more than what you have listed, unless you plan on taking a large break every day.

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11:30 Bibbity Boppity Boutique


If you have a princess dress already, you can bring that and get away with the cheaper package that doesn't include the dress. Also, photopass photographers were there, which was a nice touch

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Fantasmic 9-9:30 pm


If you don't have a faastpass, I would get to this one no less than an hour early. It fills up fast.

I noticed you have almost nothing on the "left" side of MK. Rides like Jungle Cruise and Pirates are pretty good for kids.


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ell_13
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Nope. Not weird. I never did characters when I was younger. But there was nothing like the talking Mickey. He's pretty cool even as an adult.


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Lord Keith of Kerth
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Lemme tell you, the shows they got in Hollywood are out of this world. I live in the Orlando area, so I go on a regular basis and they always impressive.


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wickowick
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We used to do the same. Sadly, Disney stopped selling no-expiration tickets. They will forever honor the ones you have, but you can't get new ones.


I did not know that...

I have no desire to spend a week at Disney. Our current procedure is to drive in after work and get in late. The first day we sleep in, go to downtown Disney and have a nice dinner. The next 2 days we hit the parks from open till close, then drive home. We only use 2 days from the passes and pounding the parks like that gets Disney out of my wive's and my kids system for a couple of years...


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Op, we are talking about Disney here. They do an excellent job of mixing it up for both the adults and kids enjoyment. Plenty for the kids to do at Epcot, and honestly Hollywood studios I probably look forward to most but that's because I've been there the least. They have a ton of very good shows at Hollywood studios, the Frozen show is as said very funny and a great show all around for all ages. Maybe not teenage boys but there's boobs so probably even them. There's easily 8 hours of fun there for everyone and its nice to have 1-2 days of not needing to open and close the park, but you easily can at them all and still have stuff to do.

If you go 4 days I think it would be a mistake personally to not do a day at each park, 5 days I'd say 2 days at MK and 1 at the others. Like you said, the problem with Universal is that 1 day there is $50 more each person than an extra day at Disney.



Clark W Griswold
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re: Disney With Young Kids
We have 5 days planned so 2 at MK and 1 at the others. I might add a day to have a break in the middle and use the resort pool, Disney springs, and whatever else. I gotta wait and see what day I'll be able to leave first. I'll probably still do all the parks but when I made a list of attractions at each park, it seemed like HS was the least attractive for our kids minis Toy Story. A friend took 3 young girls and they didn't care for Animal Kingdom. My kids will love it.

I don't know a lot about the Talking Mickey so I gotta look into it more. But we get to skip the princess meet and greets since we have boys. They'll probably only care about a few characters and the little one will be terrified either way. So I'm not wasting a fast pass to see them. If something looks really cool then I'll do it. I just need to see what options we have. My boys love rides and are finally tall enough for most of them.


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seemed like HS was the least attractive for our kids minis Toy Story


HS is a difficult one for sure. It's close enough (about a mile walk or a 20-30 minute boat ride) from HS to the International gateway at Epcot so if you get done with HS you can head back to the world showcase for things you may missed or some of your favorites (fish & chips..mmmmmm)



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wickowick
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it seemed like HS was the least attractive for our kids


I think HS has about 50% of it closed down for construction with all the new Star Wars stuff being constructed.


Clark W Griswold
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I'll have to look at the construction to see what is affected. I thought the Indiana Jones show closed. Did that happen? Is there still a playground where the Honey I Shrunk the Kids area was or is it closed?


baldona
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I'd worry more about HS with girls then boys. You have the stuntman show, indiana jones, bunch of star wars, honey I shrunk the kids, toy story, etc. and that's just off my head. I don't have boys but I can't imagine they wouldn't enjoy the Frozen show, it was a very good show imo. Tons to do.

I would agree and I'm a Florida resident and have been for years so I've never done a week long type of trip there, but if I did I would definitely plan an easy day in the middle to rest and break up just going to the parks. Go to the pool, hang out, head to down town disney for dinner, or just stay in the room and the hotel.


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Hollywood Studios just doesn't appeal to me much for kids that age
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kids (2-5 years old


IDK if its open because its right next to the Star Wars launch bay, but they have the Disney Junior show that my 3 yr old LOVED. Also do the Disney Junior character meet at Hollywood and Vine. They come to your table and you can take pics and they also let the kids sing and dance with them. Those young kids eat that sh*t up.


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