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Old 03-19-2013, 09:14 PM   #31
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I think given the facts, you should skip Hollywood Studios. Your daughter is not old enough for the thrill rides, and what may appeal to her would be the shows: Beauty and Beast live show, and the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. The Toystory mania ride is great but to go to a park for 1 ride isn't worth it. Plus as someone else stated, the new Fantasyland at MK has a Mermaid ride and has a lot more princess stuff.

We aren't skipping HS b/c I have a 6 year old boy (Well almost 7!) that is very much into Star Wars and enjoys the Jedi training, as well as the Star Tours Ride. My daughter and I will do Beauty and the Beast and Mermaid show. Aside from those things and the toy story ride, there isn't much else that will appeal to us... oh and the fantasmic show but we are coming back for that at night after our mid day break. We are looking forward to Pizza Planet and the honey i shrunk the kids play area too, but honestly, if it weren't for my son loving the Jedi training and Star Tours, HS would be low on our list for parks.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:08 PM   #32
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Wow! Thanks for all the great info!

The hubs isn't a Star Wars fan so there wasn't really a draw to see some of the park from the get go.

Also, even though DD is tall enough I don't think she is ready emotionally to ride any of the attractions at HS (besides TSM).

I thought about getting a park hopper, but since its our very first visit, being inexperienced hoppers, we probably wouldn't be able to effectively use it.

We will most likely be standing around staring at everything.

Well, I'll probably be crying watching DD. she has no idea we are taking her!
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:16 PM   #33
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We did AK on our first trip and have skipped it every trip since. But if your child is kind of young, not sure how old your child is, then they may love seeing all the animals at AK.

If your child is younger than 5 or 6 they may not be tall enough or brave enough YET to ride the bigger rides at HS.

We will only give HS a half a day and MK a half a day on our next trip. Epcot gets a whole day and US and IOA get a whole day.

But if you do have young kids I think MK is probably the best park for them because it is geared towards younger kids.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:17 PM   #34
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Never feel bad about skipping AK. Only a couple of things there that we care about.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:33 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by mesaboy2 View Post
My family routinely skips AK unless we have a 4-day trip or longer.
We haven't been to AK since June 2011 and we've taken three trips since then. It is typically the one that we only spend about half of a day there. Many disagree, but that is how we feel too, Mesa.

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:42 PM   #36
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I love AK but we have to miss not this time to do Sea World. Ak is a half day which I usually enjoy bc we also do pool and downtown that day... But this time saw world

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:44 PM   #37
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Although HS is our favorite, I think it makes sense for you to skip it.
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Except for Fantasmic I do not like HS at all. And neither did my kids when they were young.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:55 PM   #39
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My DD will be 5 on our next trip and we're skipping HS. We went last year and the only things she enjoyed were the Beauty & the Beast show, the parade (which I just read is ending), and meeting a few characters. My DH had to run her out of the Little Mermaid show because it was soooo dark and she's terrified of Ursula. So, until she's older and likes the thrill rides or other shows, we're skipping it.

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We have skipped AK a lot. I just dislike it the most. The only thing I like there is the safari and tough to be a big. Since this will be DS's first trip we may go for the safari since we have park hoppers but if we didnt I would skip it! MK is my FAVORITE park!!
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:06 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by messyjessy

Am I making a mistake skipping HS? Is there anything super amazing that we will miss there?

Help please. We leave in 20 days.
IMO, you are doing the correct thing for a 3-year-old.

Aside from shows, the only thing she may enjoy is Toy Story Mania. With the typical waits for that particular ride, it probably would not be worth it for a child her age.

Having recent experience with my preshool grandchildren at WDW, I think your plan looks great.

Enjoy your trip and don't fret about missing HS. It will be there when your DD is older.

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Old 03-19-2013, 11:36 PM   #42
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Oh yeah. First trip, everything (of course). Second trip, I think both AK and DHS were out. :D

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Old 03-20-2013, 02:25 AM   #43
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We always go go longer trips but if we were doing a short trip, we would skip HS entirely. For us personally there isn't enough to go to this park when compared to MK, AK and EP. During our last trip (we went for 3 weeks) we spend 1 1/2 days at HS and that was more than enough for us.

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Old 03-20-2013, 05:38 AM   #44
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If its your first time, do you really wan to go to MK 3 times and miss a whole park? I would consider swapping out that last MK for HS.

There is lots of good shows at HS (Fantasmic, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Indiana Jones). Also there are great character meet and greets there as well as some great rides!

Just missing the whole experience of HS I wouldnt risk on my first time.

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For our trip in Oct (our kids' first) we are doing 3 MK days, 2 Epcot, and 1 AK. We are skipping Hollywood Studios completely.
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