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    Planning First Trip to DW - Any Suggestions?

    I have been taking my daughter to the Disneyland Resort since she was about 8 months old. This April she'll be 5, and we are heading to Orlando for 8 days to celebrate her birthday.

    We booked our hotel, and made some Character Dining reservations already: but if anyone has suggestions for "can't miss" attractions or entertainment, I'd be very appreciative. I am also looking for input on Character meals.

    Even though my daughter is only 4, she is quite the daredevil. Her favorite rides at Disneyland were: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Grizzly River Rapids, Mulholland Madness, Jumpin' Jellyfish and Thunder Mountain Railroad. (for some reason she was terrified of the Jungle Cruise, and the 3-D Muppet Movie).

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Planning First Trip to DW - Any Suggestions?

    No suggestions, that I can think of at the moment. However, I remember the very first time that I went to Disney World. My grandson was 4. We stayed at the Polynesian. He loved the pool. He was a little leary of the characters at first, but by the time we left, he was a real pro. We took him for a haircut at the Barbershop at Magic Kingdom. We only went to MK and Epcot, because we were there for only 5 days. AK wasn't around at that time, and we skipped MGM (now DHS) because we went to Discovery Island and Downtown Disney.

    That is the absolute perfect age for a first visit to Disney World. At least it was for my grandson. I have very fond memories, especially of Chef Mickey's.

    May 11 - 16, 2015

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    Re: Planning First Trip to DW - Any Suggestions?

    Santadog, I would recommend that you get the latest edition of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. It's a WDW travel guide which has the most detailed information on park hopping with children. It also lists the appeal of each attraction according to age. Have a great trip!

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