Travel Weekly's Sabina Rubbinaccio traveled to Walt Disney
World with children and grandchildren in tow for a
multigenerational getaway. Her report follows:
he last time my daughter and I
visited Walt Disney World, she was 11 and Epcot still was under
development. Now, with two kids of her own, ages 1 and 3, she
agreed it was time for all of us to check out the theme parks
Considering the children's ages, we decided to spend our time at
the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, figuring even a 1-year-old
would appreciate Winnie the Pooh and a long-necked giraffe.
As always, a Magic Kingdom highlight was breakfast with the
characters at the Crystal Palace. But remind clients that
reservations are required.
The It's a Small World attraction came next, followed by our
3-year-old's favorite, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.
The Share a Dream Come True Parade, part of the Disney's "100
Years of Magic" celebration, was wonderful, bringing classic
stories to life inside giant snow globes.
We spent a full day at the Animal Kingdom, where we watched the
"Festival of the Lion King" show, a memorable celebration of song
Just as memorable, but perhaps not quite as pleasant, was the
"It's Tough to Be a Bug" show.
Parents -- and travel agents on a fam visit with toddlers --
should judge whether to attend. Our little ones were not entirely
amused by the show, prompting us to determine maybe the
bug-oriented Animatronix show is somewhat scary for ages 3 and
All was well, however, on the Kilimanjaro Safari, where the kids
got to see wildlife up close.
Not to be outdone by the Magic Kingdom parade, Animal Kingdom
features the Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade. Disney characters
drive along in safari vehicles, accompanied by puppets and stilt
Clients should be advised to check parade times and park hours
once on site, as some events and hours of operation are subject to
Park Hopper tickets enable multiple visits each day to any of
the four parks. They are priced depending on length of stay. Agents
can find details on line at www.disneytravelagents.com.
For the adults in our party, the trip was deemed a great
success. From the perspective of the toddler in our group, Buzz
Lightyear probably said it best: Going to Disney World was like
going "to infinity and beyond." For Disney details great and small,
visit Disney's Web site.