best park for a 4 year old

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  1. ahasham

    ahasham Earning My Ears

    Jan 2, 2009
    We are taking our 4 year old and was curious on peoples opinions on which park would be time best spent?
  2. TLSnell1981

    TLSnell1981 Tiny bubbles... make me happy... make me feel fine

    Sep 15, 2006
    Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
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  4. bluenosemickey

    bluenosemickey Canadian in search of sun

    Jan 6, 2008
    I have one of the little beasts (I mean, beauties) and I concur with the PP. MK and AK.
  5. Buckeye Fan

    Buckeye Fan DIS Veteran

    Jan 15, 2007
    Magic Kingdom, hands down. :thumbsup2

    There are so many great things to do there!
    * Character dining
    * Visiting characters at specified locations
    * Live stage shows at Cinderella's Castle
    * Lots of age appropriate rides (It's a Small World, Peter Pan, etc.)
    * Train ride around the park
    * The parade and fireworks

    It truly is just a magical place for kids. :goodvibes My second preference would be Animal Kingdom, then Hollywood Studios, and lastly, Epcot. The only reason I picked AK over HS was because of my own kids' preferences (13 and 6). They love Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo, the Safari and the children's section at AK. The Festival of the Lion King is one of my very favorite things at WDW. It's like a mini Broadway production. Absolutely AMAZING!!!
  6. kimberh

    kimberh DIS Veteran

    Aug 28, 2004
    I concur with the PP. We use to have lively family discussions at DHS (MGM)because a family member would get upset that the youngest could not do a lot. Thank goodness we are all tall enough now.
  7. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN DIS Veteran

    Aug 14, 2005
    My 3 year old grandson liked Magic Kingdom the best, but there were some things he liked at both animal kindom and epcot (Nemo, Crush and spaceship earth).
    Each time we didn't go to the magic kingdom he would look at me and ask "When are we taking the monorail to Mickeys house?":love:
  8. dianeschlicht

    dianeschlicht <font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Hon

    Nov 22, 2000
    IT really does depend on the child and how they react to things. For some kids, the MK is a really scary place! Lots of big characters and even the rides can be overwhelming. For others, it offers the most flexibility. I've yet to meet a kid who doesn't like AK!

    That being said, when we took our son to WDW for the first time it was just MK and Epcot. His favorite???? Epcot!!! Now he's an adult, and Epcot is STILL his favorite place!
  9. cokenut33

    cokenut33 "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Magic Kingdom!! :thumbsup2 When our DD8 was 4-6 years old we spent probably 70% of our time in MK.

    Here's a tip- If you find she likes Goofy's barnstomer, go during late EMH and she can ride it over & over & over &over.... :woohoo: :woohoo:

    It really doesn't matter which park you go to it will still be fun!!
  10. jpolak

    jpolak DIS Veteran

    Mar 28, 2005
    MK no question. When our DD was that age whenever we went to any other park she wanted to know "When are we going back to Disney?":rotfl2:
  11. logan115

    logan115 DIS Veteran

    Jan 24, 2007
    Another vote for MK here, followed by AK in terms of the 4 major parks. We've gone the last 2 years with our son who was 3 and 4 at the time, and there really wasn't much for him to do at DHS as he didn't want to see the Playhouse Disney show (he really didn't want to do any of the indoor attractions that he couldn't see first).

    He did love both MK and AK, but the best days for him were at the waterparks (he loves TL and BB equally and both are great for kids that age). He also enjoyed Epcot (got to take him on Soarin' the last trip and he still talks about it everytime he smells oranges :lmao: ), however his favorite thing at Epcot by far were the little Kidcot parks (imagine how excited my DW and I were when we fly down to the World from Chicago and he wants to spend 1/2 day at Epcot going down the slides and playing around Tink's Garden :rotfl2: ). Then again, in our stays we've been at BCV, SSR, and POP and given the above you can probably guess which one he's most excited about - POP.

    Like some others have said, each child is different, and you need to find the fine line between talking them into seeing an attraction you think/know they'll like and forcing them.

    You also want to consider doing one of the character meals, find out who his favorite characters are and find the right meal that fits your schedule.

    Hope this helps,

  12. spiceycat

    spiceycat dvc-blt

    Oct 26, 2000

    MK - has everything

    Epcot - actually has characters in one section - so if she/he wants autographs - this might be a good choice - best yet, this place is near the Nemo ride in Living Seas.
    your 4 year old might also like Journey into the Imagnations - again close.

    now she might enjoy Soarin' or it might scare her - that is close too.

    then would leave Epcot and go to the MK or Ak.
  13. disneybride96

    disneybride96 Yacht Club Gazebo- 11-2-96

    Jan 12, 2004
    My 6 year old nephews hated AK. To much 'looking' and not enough 'doing'. MK was by far the favorite.
  14. joeytdog

    joeytdog Mouseketeer

    Jan 9, 2007
    I will chime in with my .02 cents

    Obviusly MK is the best. No question there

    For a 2nd choice, I would actually go with Hollywood Studios

    They have

    Playhouse Disney 930am
    Little Mermaid Show 10am
    Beauty and the Beast 1045am
    Meet n Greets 1130am
    Playhouse Disney Lunch 1200pm

    I may be off on the times

    But there are also TONS of character meet and greets including Toy Story

    Then go back to the hotel and rest

    Come back for Star Wars6pm, Toy Story Mania7pm and Fantasmic Show8pm

    Just an idea......

    My 4 year old loves DHS :dance3:
  15. hakepb

    hakepb DIS Veteran

    Apr 19, 2008
    I'll agree with DHS now being #2

    First thing you do in DHS, get a Toy Story Mania Fast Pass (Even in the fall last year, Fast Passes would "sell out" for the day by 11am!) Stand by would fluctuate between 60 minutes and 2 hours :eek:

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