• On Apr 10, 2021
    Jennifer from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We arrive to our Disney World Resort at a little before the 3:00 check in. I added a 6th Theme park day so we could go to MK or Epcot for a few hours after arrival, but wondering if that is ambitious? Staying at Wilderness Cabins and kids are 5 and 10.

    I’m so glad you stopped by here at planDisney, Jennifer. I’m happy to offer some input from my own experience.

    Of course, you know your children better than anyone else, but I would say that you might be better off skipping the theme park on that first day. Afternoons in the parks tend to be a bit more crowded than earlier morning visits, and if heat is a factor, your kids might benefit from some downtime exploring the great outdoors around The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. It’s a beautiful location and there is a lot to see right in your backyard. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to have your swimwear easily accessible; you could always spend some time on the pool deck while you wait for your cabin to be ready.

    Have you made plans for dinner on your first night? Whispering Canyon Cafe is nearby and serves up both hearty fare and lots of fun. It would be a meal worthy of any arrival night celebration.

    No matter what you choose to do when you get there, Jennifer, I’d recommend making sure your kiddos are well-rested for a bright and early start the next morning. Your first full Disney day is sure to be a magical experience. I'm wishing you all an unforgettable trip!
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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