ESPN WWOSC Entrance
  • On Jan 1, 2022
    Jennifer from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Doug, We are headed to Orlando in June for a volleyball tournament and would like to spend time at Disney. It seems like so much has changed over the last several years, we aren’t even sure where to start. Thoughts?

    Hello Jennifer from Indiana!

    Those sports team trips are a great way to combine a passion for sports with a fun vacation, all at the same time! Let me see if I can help you out with your planning.

    To begin, you really want to lock down, as soon as you can, an idea of when you will be free to visit the parks, and when you will need to be at the tournament. Hopefully your event will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It is a beautiful facility, and while it is not a theme park unto itself, there are some fun things to see and do there. 

    So the next step after locking down your park times is to pick a park to visit for each respective day. You have to pick your initial park for each day, using the Theme Park Reservation system. You can still park hop, if you have that ticket option, but not until after 2 pm, and pending space availability at that second park. Once you have your parks selected a lot of the other planning, like dining and attraction options, will fall into place.

    As for what park to visit on what day, a lot depends on what you want to do, and how long you have to visit. Perhaps you only have a few hours in the later afternoon, with time for dinner? Then EPCOT might be your best bet. Might the kids want to hop on some thrill rides? Then maybe you should head over to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Really, all the parks have something to offer. 

    Also, know that if you don't have enough time in a day to visit a park, you can still enjoy the Disney magic by planning a fun dinner at one of the resorts. One that I think is a top choice for team sports groups would be the Whispering Canyon Cafe (at Disney's Wilderness Lodge). 

    So write me back with some info on how many park days you have, what you think the team might be up for (attractions, dining, etc.), and any special interests you might want to explore. From one Hoosier to another, I can offer you some more specific dining, park, and attraction suggestions that can help you fill in some of those planning gaps, and can create a great team experience!

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug
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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the Moms Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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