Mom And Son On Run
  • On Sep 9, 2008
    Amanda from GA 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.

    Hi DM Panel, How late is too late to enter a park and get your money's worth for the ticket price? We should get to the Pop Century resort by 12:30pm on Oct. 19th with 5yr old son on first Disney trip. So park, DD area or poolside? Thanks.


    Normally, I would not recommend spending money on Park admission on the first day of your trip...or rather on your arrival day.  This is especially true for myself as I have a very long flight and unless I do the redeye (which is not pleasant at all!) I normally don't arrive until late at night anyways.  When I give advice to other families, I normally tell them to use what time they have on their arrival day to unpack, visit Downtown Disney or other WDW Resorts, have something to eat and yes! a swim in the pool is a nice way to relax (and a fun start for the kids) when you first get there.  Then try to get to bed fairly early and up early the next day (fresh as a daisy) to start experiencing the real magic!  However, in your case, you will be arriving fairly early and you are not traveling that long of a distance so if you think your 5 year old can handle it (and won't have a meltdown) then you should have time to get in a Park day on your day of arrival (I don't think I would recommend it though!).  Just take it easy, don't rush anything, let things naturally fall into place and I am sure you will all have a fabulous time.

    Best wishes,
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Meet the Panelist: Brigitta, British Columbia

I am a Canadian citizen working in the tourism industry. My Disney World experiences started with my family when I was just a little girl. I have continued this tradition with my daughter who has been there now more than 15 times. Learn More About Brigitta

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