Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Apr 6, 2012
    Theresa Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are arriving at 10am which means my kids will have been up since 4am. We are staying 6 nights w/ 5 days at the parks. Would you recommend taking the day off and hanging by the pool and going to Downtown Disney on the first day or going to a park?

    Hi Theresa!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel!

    If your children will have been up since 4 am, I think the best thing to do is to have a relaxing first day.  Hanging by your resort pool and visiting Downtown Disney sounds like a good idea.  Other ideas are:
    • Rent a boat on Seven Seas Lagoon or Bay Lake
    • Play miniature golf
    • Go horseback riding in Fort Wilderness
    • Visit DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney
    • Explore a Disney Deluxe Resort, such as the Animal Kingdom Lodge

    I would definitely suggest staying out of a theme park until the next day (or unless everybody has a really good nap).  The theme parks are huge and there is a lot of walking involved.  Everybody should be well rested before going into a park to have the most fun!

    I hope this helps!  Please write back with more questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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