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  • On May 16, 2019
    Amy from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Arriving at MCO at 6:40am and taking the Magical Express from the airport to our resort. Will check in online. Our luggage will be held at Bell Services? We’re headed to MK right away! Tips for an easy 1st with my 1st timer 5 year old?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Amy!

    Wow, you sound just like me because I am always on the first flight that leaves out of my city on the day I start my Walt Disney World Resort vacation. I want to get there as soon as possible so I can start enjoying the magic right away! Online check-in is a great way to expedite your check-in process, especially when you're arriving early, because you'll get a text to your phone while you're in Magic Kingdom Park letting you know your room is ready, and you can head back to your Resort Hotel whenever you want.

    Even better than that is, since you'll be using Disney's Magical Express to get from the airport to your Resort Hotel, your luggage will also go on its own journey and then show up in your room like magic. I recommend packing a day bag with you to take on the plane so you'll have everything you need for a day in the theme parks as soon as you get there. If you have any carry-on luggage that you want to be kept in a safe place, you can leave it with Bell Services at the Front Desk, and then pick it up when you come back.

    When it comes to traveling with little ones, my best advice can be summed up as: arrive early, pace yourselves, and have a flexible plan. Use the My Disney Experience app to book your three daily FastPass+ selections for something your little one will enjoy, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Under The Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, and then focus on the other attractions nearby. I also think it's a great idea to start that first day at Magic Kingdom Park by meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Together at Town Square Theater. They've put on their best party clothes just for you, so stop by and kick off your vacation in style!

    I hope this answers your questions, Amy, and please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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