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  • On May 23, 2013
    Holly Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Want to avoid parks on arrival day. Thinking of doing dinner at Ohana then going to beach at Poly to watch EWP and Wishes. What is the best time to make ADR in order to accomplish all this? TIA LOVE THIS PANEL!!!

    Hi Holly, so glad to hear how much you love the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm glad we can be a source of help in all your planning needs.

    It sounds like we have similar thinking as my family usually skips the park on our arrival day, too. Sometimes it's nice to relax and get settled before the real fun begins on your first full day! I love your plan to go to 'Ohana and then watch these two magical shows from the beach. To time your reservation for 'Ohana, you will first want to check the times of Wishes and the Electrical Water Pageant for the day you hope to watch. Since this showtime can vary based on the day of the week or time of year, it's hard to tell you exactly when to make your reservation. Once you know a rough time frame, you can plan accordingly. I would suggest making your reservation about an hour and a half before they begin. It usually takes our family of five approximately an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes to eat and pay the check. Then, you want to allow a few minutes to get from the restaurant down to the beach. Obviously, this time frame could be different for your family. So, I'll give you an example. Based on today's date according to the website, Wishes starts at 10pm and the Electrical Water Pagaent starts at 9pm and works it's way around the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. So, it might be best to make a reservation around 7:15 or 7:30pm. Again, this is just an example based on one particular day's schedule of events. Keep in mind that these shows can change without notice and could be cancelled due to inclement weather.

    I hope you have a pixie-dusted ending to your arrival day and may it get your trip off to a magical start! 
    ~Allison L
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Texas

I am a mother of three that loves all things Disney...the never grow up mentality, the fairy tale endings and the ever changing Disney Parks. With so much to explore, I would love to help you discover all the magic and wonder your heart desires. Learn More About Allison

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