Disney World for a long weekend

If you want to take in Soarin’ - a simulated hang-gliding ride over California - make this your...

If you want to take in Soarin’ - a simulated hang-gliding ride over California - make this your first or last stop of the day. (Courtesy Walt Disney World)

ILONA KAUREMSZKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

Q: I’m finally taking my kids to Walt Disney World in Florida for four days. Would we be able to do a couple of parks per day?

- T. Lehane, Hamilton

A: The Disney World Resort is a stimulating place with four major theme parks - the Magic Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot - and two water parks. To really enjoy each park and not become overwhelmed, I recommend visiting one park per day - especially on a first visit. Consult the kids about their preferences but you will need at least one day - and possibly more - for the Magic Kingdom. Home to almost 50 attractions, the Magic Kingdom is made up of six themed "lands," including Fantasyland, with its iconic Cinderella Castle, and Tomorrowland, which has the retro Space Mountain ride. (Space Mountain is popular, so head there early to avoid long lineups.) Other favourite rides such as the Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise are in Adventureland, while the Haunted Mansion is in Liberty Square, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain can be found in Frontierland. The Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is a must-see evening event at the Magic Kingdom so plan to stay late at least one day.

When heading to Epcot, plan to arrive early. If you want to take in Soarin’ - a simulated hang-gliding ride over California - make this your first or last stop of the day. The Epcot Flower Festival, which continues through May 15 is another highlight.

Visitors staying at Disney resorts get a bonus with Extra Magic Hours. On select days one park will open an hour early or stay open three hours later than the usual closing time. Staying on the property has other benefits, too: You don’t need a car as there is free transportation from each hotel to each park. See disneyworld.disney.go.com.

Q: I’m interested in trying ice-climbing. Is it possible to try this activity near Toronto?

- E. Mesquite, Toronto

A: Ice-climbers like Tiffany Falls between Ancaster and Hamilton. Local outfitter One Axe Pursuits (oneaxepursuits.com ) offers courses for a minimum of four persons. Price is $160 plus tax. Resercations are required. Call 519-836-8628.

Q: I’m flying to Halifax with my pet dog. What is the screening process for pets?

- A. UNGARO, NEWMARKET

A: The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority says at security, travellers must remove the pet from its carrying case and carry the pet through the metal detector. The carrier will be put through the screening equipment separately. Do not hand your pet to a screening officer to hold while you go through security and don’t put your pet on the conveyor belt, CATSA says. For more, contact catsa-acsta.gc.ca. Also contact your airline or travel agent for info on travelling with pets.

ilona@mycompass.ca

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