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  • On Jul 12, 2023
    Jessica from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I will be going to Disney World for the first time. I’ll be staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. Any recommendations on what to do first? Any tips to budget with food? I’m extremely excited :)

    Hi Jessica! You have every reason to be extremely excited! You’re about to have your first visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth! You’re arriving in less than a week! I hope you’ve got your final countdown going!

    The first thing that I like to do is visit the park I’m most excited to see during that particular vacation! So, if you can’t wait to visit the 999 happy haunts at the Haunted Mansion or explore the diamond mine at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train then head on over to Magic Kingdom Park! Or, perhaps you’re most interested in climbing behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or exploring Andy’s backyard in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Of course, you could go visit Olaf and Sven at Frozen Ever After or Star-Lord at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT! However, if you’ve got that “Hakuna Matata” kind of feeling going on then a trek through Disney’s Animal Kingdom might be first on your wish list! Either way, you can't go wrong because you're about to arrive to the vacation of your dreams!

    Jessica, if you arrive at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort prior to your room being ready, you are welcome to leave your luggage at Bell Services. You can then head right over to the bus transportation location and hop a bus to the park you want to visit first! Your bags will be waiting for you at Bell Services when you return to the resort!

    For budgeting with food, we’ll usually place an order for food delivery to our resort hotel using any of the well-known delivery services. We try to eat some meals in our room rather than purchasing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you have food delivered, your resort will refrigerate your items for you until you are able to pick them up! Or you can wait for your delivery. Please note that any age-restricted items (i.e. alcohol) that you order will require you to be present to show ID upon delivery. 

    The one other piece of advice that I'll share is that you could also choose to explore your resort hotel upon arrival. I always enjoy getting the "lay of the land" at a new Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Find where the pools, main lobby, shops, transportation area, and food service areas are located. The sooner I become accustomed to my resort, the sooner I feel right at home!

    Jessica, since this is your first visit, I’ve linked a “First Time Visitors” video to this answer! I hope you find it helpful! I’m so excited for you! I hope you have a magical visit!

    Happy Planning!


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Meet the Panelist: Jonathan, Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone!  My name is Jonathan.  I am a Disney-adoring husband, dad of three sons, and elementary school principal from Pennsylvania.  If you're visiting planDisney with questions about the Most Magical Place on Earth, then Hakuna Matata because you've come to the right group of people!  I'm happy to use my past Disney-travel experiences and knowledge to help you enjoy every moment of your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Jonathan

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