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Old 01-09-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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3 day first time trip for young family

Hello all. This is my first post and I just want to say what a great forum this is. I have been reading the advice here for the past 2 months and I have really learned a lot! However, there is one question I just can't seem to come to a conclusion on, so I figured I would get some advice!

First the situation. I am taking my family to WDW for the first time during the last week of January. The participants are Me (4th time to WDW and 3x to DL), DW (2nd time to WDW), DSil, DD (3), DD (1). This is the first trip for the last 3. We will be staying 4 nights in a family suite at ASMu but bought park tickets for three days so that we could have an off day to do DTD and explore some other spots. The plan for months has been to do 1 day at AK and 2 days at MK. However, I am having second thoughts and major indicision about that plan.

So my question is should I change one of the MK days to EP? At first I thought I needed 2 days at MK given all the attractions there and the fact that my oldest DD is sure to love it the most. However, I am now having second thoughts as I am thinking that it is very likely that we will be able to get in most of what we want to in MK in one day, given the time of year we are going (the two days we had scheduled are given 3s by touring plans). Also EP has always been my favorite park and the food options there are so tempting.

Other things to consider:
  • HS is out as my girls aren't familiar with any thing there outside of Disney Jr stuff and the main Disney Jr attraction is closed.
  • We are relying on buses and one adult will most likely be taking the baby back for a rest every day.
  • We probably won't be staying at a park much past 6:00 pm any night, excpet perhaps the last night.
  • We do have ADRs which would mean canceling Crystal Palace and trying to find something relatively last minute at Epcot
  • I really want to leave MK for the last day as I think Epcot might be a let down for my DD after visiting MK for the first time. i.e. I am hesitant to go to MK one day and see if we get everything done and then if we do go to Epcot.
Any advice or thoughts would be really appreciated!!!!
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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keep the two days at mk. so much to do there, your older one will want to do her favorites more than once. and you can't cancel crystal palace, they would miss pooh and friends!! also, consider taking the 3 year old back for a rest too. disney is very tiring for all ages. rest up, swim, and return for a few hours after nap. go slow and have fun.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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Agree with 2 days at MK. With the shorter park hours time flies at Mk.
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I agree! Keep 2 days at MK! There is so much to do there and with two little ones you'll want to take your time.

In addition to the attractions, there are all the characters, shows, and parades to enjoy.

I also suggest taking a midday break/nap for everyone. We even went to the Grand Floridian one time for our midday break and the kids fell asleep on one of the couches.

The parks take on a whole new feeling in the evenings so you should think about staying one of the evenings.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:59 PM   #5
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I agree with the others and vote for 2 days at MK.
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We did almost 3days when my kids were 5 and 22mo. We did 2 days at MK and 1 day at DHS.
You should totally do 2days at MK and AK sounds like the other logical choice for your family

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:11 PM   #7
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I would keep the 2 days at Magic Kingdom, and if you can I would skip Downtown Disney and add a fourth day on which you could visit Epcot.
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I would keep the 2 days at Magic Kingdom, add a fourth day on which you could visit Epcot.
I would agree with this. AK is sort of a half day park, you could use the remainder of the day to go to DTD.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:24 AM   #9
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I would agree with this. AK is sort of a half day park, you could use the remainder of the day to go to DTD.
This would be my plan as well. DTD is not worth a full day over Epcot especially since it is your favorite park.
I also suggest everyone have a mid day rest. Let both the little ones nap for an hour or two followed by a swim. Then back to the parks into the early evening. The nap allows them to stay up a bit later and the parks are magical after dark. When I went with my 3 and 5 year old grandkids this worked perfectly. The 5 yo wasn't still napping at home, but she did nap while at WDW. It is overwhelming for all.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:33 AM   #10
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I agree that you can definitely combine DTD with your AK day. While I personally feel that AK can be a full day park, many many people disagree. I am also in the camp that thinks Epcot is fun for the little kids. The Seas with Nemo is there and the Imagination Works are big hits with the little ones.
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i dont know when your flight arrives and departs ...but since you only have 3 full days ..2 at MK is what you want with little ones,, and the other day i would say epcot,,so much do even for little kids...nemo ride... turtle talk with crush..soarin...illuminations is a must...and if you have time on travel days (arriving and departing days) go to AK its a half day park in my opinion, and hit DTD if you have time.
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I would totally pay for the extra day and go to Epcot. We are going for 7 days and will not be doing DHS or DTD. My kids will be 4, 2, and 2 while we are there and neither of those offer anything for them.

Also, we just do stroller naps as needed. We go to parks from opening until 4-5pm them back to hotel for 6pm bed time. We will be doing a TS lunch as a break. No need to go back to hotel.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:22 AM   #13
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Thank you everyone for the feedback, it is really appreciated!

I think I was over thinking the MK issue and will stick with the original plan to go there 2 days. I guess I could skip the DTD day, I will have to crunch the numbers on the extra tickets. I had thought that a day there shopping and going to Disney Quest (we got free vouchers in our packet) might save a little money and be fun but maybe I should rethink that. Thanks again to everyone!
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:43 AM   #14
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Adding an extra day should be very reasonable. BUT you don't have to decide until you're there- you can add it on your last day if you wish.

I also don't think DD is all that great for the ages of your kids. A little shopping, Lego store, and that's about it.

If you get to AK at opening, you can be done by the 3pm parade at the latest, or even earlier depending on the attractions you decide to skip, and how long your kids want to spend on the two trails (they are great, by the way- be sure to talk to the CM's, who are a fountain of fun information!)
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Adding my vote for:

1) Going to DTD after AK instead of devoting a whole day to it
2) Adding a day at Epcot
3) Having everyone take a midday break to avoid the Disney meltdown

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