Victoria Alberts
  • On Feb 23, 2020
    Shannon from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family and I will be visiting WDW for the first time in July! All adults, no kiddos. When will the schedule be available for entertainment and special events? What would you recommend to a group of newcomers?

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Shannon!

    Wow! Your family of adults is going to experience The Most Magical Place on Earth in such spectacular fashion. There is so much to sip, savor, and see: you'll love it!

    First, take a look at Park Calendars for Walt Disney World; there, you'll see some entertainment and event times are posted several months in advance. To learn more about Special Events & Tours at all four theme parks, check out that current list of offerings. You're sure to find one or two that will become a highlight of your trip. (Wild Africa Trek is still a favorite for my son and I!)

    Next, if you enjoy nighttime entertainment, schedule your days around those evening events, making Advanced Dining Reservations and FastPass+ plans accordingly.

    At Magic Kingdom Park, you simply must view Once Upon a Time, followed by Happily Ever After. These are quintessential Magic Kingdom experiences you won't want to miss. Schedule an early dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant, Tony's Town Square Restaurant, or Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, then make your FastPass+ plans for earlier that day.

    EPCOT will have lots of must-dos, so plan a dinner that allows you witness Epcot Forever (at Park Close) from World Showcase Lagoon. There, our favorite restaurants include The Coral Reef, Spice Road Table, Teppan Edo, and the fabulous Le Cellier Steakhouse.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios is brimming with new excitement, so planning around the evening events Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will cap off the perfect day. We love dining at The Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.

    When heading to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Rivers of Light: We Are One is the star of the evening, and you can pair that with nightly Tree of Life Awakenings, which run approximately every ten minutes until Park Close. While we love dining at Tiffins Restaurant, Nomad Lounge is a fabulous spot to sit down, relax, and unwind after a fun-filled day.

    If there is time in your schedule to head to Disney Springs, consider a night of fun there, too. Dinner at The Boathouse, Morimoto Asia, or small plates and drinks at Wine Bar George - A Restaurant & Bar will be perfect for your group. Top that off with a little shopping--including the largest collection of Disney merchandise at World of Disney--bowling, a movie, or even a crazy-cool immersive stop at The VOID: Step Beyond Reality will make for an unforgettable night. 

    As you plan this spectacular stay, be sure to send us more questions; we love to help!


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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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