Friday Five: 5 things every Disney World 1st timer should do

One of my favorite photos from our April trip!

One of my favorite photos from our April trip!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving with family with ideas brewing for future Disney destinations travel!! Today, I want to talk about a few things I think every first timer should do when visiting Walt Disney World. This will enhance your trip and make for a more memorable experience!

1. Making at least one dining reservation. If you’re choosing to skip the dining plan (see a post from earlier this week why it’s not the best choice even as first timers!), you should still make at least one dining reservation and ideally make 2 – one inside and one outside of the park. The one inside the park is a matter of convenience to give your feet a rest (and possibly a good character experience). The outside park (in one of Disney’s resorts) gives you an opportunity to visit a resort that is not yours to do some valuable “research” for future travel. As a first timer, it also gives you a sense that you belong in a resort. You are welcome to visit any Disney resort at any time, but as a first timer, it seems a bit overwhelming to just go somewhere if you aren’t staying there – especially some of the higher end deluxe resorts!

2. See the Magic Kingdom welcome show. Every morning (pending any heavy rain showers), Magic Kingdom has a welcome show which occurs 20 minutes before park open. On days when extra magic hours are available, it’s 20 minutes before the morning magic hours. Many Disney characters arrive on the train in elaborate fashion. It’s an amazing start to the day (something that makes me a bit teary eyed every time we see it!) Plan on arriving at the gate about 30-40 minutes before park open to be near the front of the crowd to see the show and to get into the park and to your first attractions of the day!

3. Meet a character. Whether you are traveling with kids or not, take a few minutes out of your day to meet a Disney character. Its worth the experience and opportunity to remember! Talking Mickey in Town Square in Magic Kingdom is one of our favorites (and the favorites of adults as well as they trip and pick apart HOW it works!!)

4. Visit Disney Springs. You’ll also see this location in old posts here as well as many other blogs as Downtown Disney. This bustling area is filled with shopping, dining, and Disney entertainment! You won’t need a whole day for it, but you can easily spend a 1/2 day here for the best shopping (World of Disney and Once Upon a Toy) and some great dining of all shapes and sizes – whether you want fine dining (Morimoto Asia or The Boathouse) or family friendly options like Raglan Road, T-Rex, or Rainforest Cafe, it’s well worth taking a few hours to explore!!

5. See Wishes Fireworks. While all of Disney’s evening spectaculars are worth seeing, if you can only keep kids up to see one, Wishes is my choice! It’s incredibly well done and can be seen from most areas of the Magic Kingdom in front of the castle (you can also see it from behind the castle, but that’s not the experience I’d recommend as a first timer). Find your spot shortly after the Main Street Electrical Parade if offered during your stay in Magic Kingdom for the best spot!

For those that have traveled before, what are your must do experiences in Walt Disney World? What would you skip the next time around?

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Interested in experiencing a Disney World vacation in 2016?  Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

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