Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 24, 2012
    Erik from NY 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 our resort at on Wednesday at about 8 pm. Do we have time to get to a park and enjoy that wow moment right away or should be save it until the next day and visit Downtown Disney. We are traveling with a 5 year old.

    Hi Erik!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel!  With a young child, I suggest not trying to go to the parks after you arrive but instead to take it easy.  That's because you will want to get up early the next day and be at the parks about 30 minutes before park opening.  That's because you can really experience a lot of attractions in the first two hours a park is open;  a lot of guests like to sleep in and they won't get to the parks until mid-day or later!

    So I suggest planning on exploring your hotel the night you arrive and getting to bed early for a full day the next day.  If you think people will be too excited to sleep, then going to Downtown Disney is a good idea!

    I hope you have a magical time on your vacation!
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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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