• On Jul 17, 2017
    Clarrissa from NB Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My boyfriend and I are heading to Disney for the first time in Septmeber (hoping it's nice out!) and we'll be staying at Saratoga Springs. We are attending MNSSHP and visiting the MK, HS, AK, and Epcot. Any advice for first timers? MUST do's?

    Hi, Clarrissa! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    September is actually one of my favorite times to visit Walt Disney World Resort as it usually starts to cool down, and with the littles going back to school, SOMETIMES crowds can seem a bit lighter. I will my Mickey ears for you for great weather, though!

    My biggest tip for first timers would be to know that you can’t do it all! Pace yourself and predetermine your priorities. I usually have a few “goals” each trip. My next “goal” is to meet Gaston, since I haven’t done so yet! You can view the attractions and Guest experiences online to see what you HAVE to do! If you haven’t done so, make sure to sign-up for a My Disney Experience account (and don’t forget to download the app), here you will be able to add activities to your plans and create a schedule. I often have a spreadsheet with my FastPass+ reservations, attractions I can’t miss, Advanced Dining Reservations and so on. 

    Speaking of Advanced Dining Reservations, I suggest making them as soon as you can as you can make them up to 180 days in advance! I really enjoy Character Meals because you get to meet so many of your favorite pals without having to wait in line- they come to you!

    Here is a quick list of my personal “must-dos” at each Disney Theme Park:

    Magic Kingdom Park: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Flight of Passage (at Pandora- The World of Avatar)
    Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    Epcot: Soarin’

    We would love to help you plan your magical vacation so please visit us again soon and make sure to take a look at the complimentary online planning videos, too!

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Ontario

Hi! I’m Jen from Ottawa, Canada! I am a high school librarian and French teacher who also happens to be a Walt Disney World Resort enthusiast! My first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort was during my honeymoon. Now, a wife and mom of two girls, my family has since been on many memorable Disney vacations together! Learn More About Jennifer

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