EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Oct 22, 2012
    Christopher from NJ 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.

    Our family is flying into Orlando and we are expected to get to our onsite hotel around 2:00 PM. I was wondering which park/activity you recommend for that day? Our party consists of my wife and I, our four children (ages 10,8,7,5) and two grandparents.

    Hi there, Christopher!

    With a 2:00 PM arrival time at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel, I would suggest one of three options:

    1 - Spending some time recovering from your journey, swimming (depending on the weather at the time of your visit), dining, and exploring your Resort hotel;

    2 - Visiting Downtown Disney for shopping, dining, and live entertainment, and having an early night in order to rest up for the next day at the Parks; or

    3 - Checking out Disney's Hollywood Studios, which is the smallest of the four Parks. This is contingent, of course, upon the number of days you have allocated on each of your Magic Your Way tickets. Make sure to check the Park hours; it would be a tough turn of events to arrive and find that the Park was slated to close at 7:00 PM!

    With younger children and grandparents, I would definitely recommend playing your day by ear. Travel can certainly be tiring, and there's no reason to rush to see absolutely everything in one day, especially if it means having to "encourage" tired travelers.

    Take things easy and see how the members of your travel party feel, and make a decision based on moods and energy level.

    Happy planning!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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