Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 18, 2010
    Ainsley from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be arriving at the airport at about 2:30PM on the first day of our stay, and will be going straight to the hotel to check in. Would it be reasonable to try to get to a park for less than half of the day? Or should we just make it our "down day

    Hi, Ainsley!  My rule of thumb is that if we can arrive before noon it's worth the hurrying to get to a park.  With so many entertainment options outside of the parks, I would encourage you to not waste a park ticket on your first day.  If you're taking Disney's Magical Express, you will probably arrive at your resort around 3:30-4 p.m.  Then, by the time you check in and make it to your room to freshen up, you would do well to make it to a dinner reservation by 5:30-6 p.m. Make an ADR for a Downtown Disney restaurant and usher in your vacation in that fashion or grab a quick dinner at your resort and explore the entertainment options there or at other nearby resorts.  Sometimes, we like to make a character meal the first thing we do on a Disney vacation!

    On the flip side of the coin, we have been that crazy family that by-passes DME with carry-on luggage (no check on); and we've asked the taxi to drop off our luggage at our resort's bell stand and take us directly to the entrance of a park with our tickets already in hand!  So, since you now know the dichotomy of our family's personality, you have to know that both are fun options...the former is certainly more conducive to a relaxing vacation!  No matter what you do...have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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