Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On May 13, 2012
    Jenny from GA 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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    We are driving 7 hours to Disney arriving next Sat. Staying at coronado. Arriving around 4 p.m. Reasonable to do dinner at Epcot that day or no? Taking two 8 year old boys. Recommendations for first night? First visit ever btw. Thanks.

    Greetings Jenny and thanks for the question!  I am so excited to assist you with the planning of your FIRST Walt Disney vacation!  What an honor!

    My family has created so many fabulous memories on Disney-bound road trips, and when we finally pass through those "Welcome" gates, we are all hyped up and ready to roll.  I think you'll have plenty of time to make it over to Epcot for dinner, but it may not leave you much time to explore the park itself, which depending on your situation, may be a waste of a day's park ticket.

    My family loves to visit Downtown Disney or Disney's Boardwalk on our first night.  Both locations are FREE to visit, and boast lots of dining and entertainment opportunities, so we can get a taste of Disney before actually entering the parks.  Please use the links below to check out the dining options at these fun destinations:

    Another one of my favorite "first night" rituals is to dine at the Polynesian Resort's 'Ohana restaurant.  If you time you reservation right, you can watch Wishes, the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks display right from your table!  I just love sitting in this island paradise, gazing at Cinderella Castle, and dreaming of the adventures that await. This dining experience is extremely popular, so be sure to make an advanced dining reservation as soon as possible ONLINE or by calling (497)WDW-DINE.

    Best Wishes,

    Amanda F.  
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, California

Greetings from California! I am here to help make your visit to the Disney Parks as pixie-dusted as possible! As a regular to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, I am ready to put my coast-to-coast Disney Parks knowledge to work for YOU! Learn More About Amanda

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