• On Mar 6, 2016
    Melinda from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    For our first night, we won't check into Art of Animation until 3PM. We have park hopper tickets and are staying 5 nights. What park do you recommend we go to for that first night? Kids are 13, 7 and 5 and have never been to Disney.

    Hi, Melinda!

    One of the great things about FastPass+ is that you can really have a full day of magic in the parks, even if you arrive mid-day! I am going to give you an exact plan of what I would do. It is up to you to change it, follow it, or totally ignore it, but here would be my plan....Remember this involves planning your FastPass+ selections ahead of time and making a dining reservation.

    -Check-in at resort at 3:00
    -Hop on the bus to Epcot
    -FastPass #1  Spaceship Earth 4:15-5:15
    -FastPass #2  The Seas with Nemo and Friends 5:15 - 6:15
    -FastPass #3  Test Track  6:15-7:15
    -7:30 Dinner at Via Napoli in Italy. Get one of the "mezzo metro" pizzas with a large Caesar salad for the family to share. This might be one of my favorite meals in all of Walt Disney World!
    -9:00 Enjoy Illuminations from any spot around World Showcase Lagoon

    Time to head back to your resort and get a good night's rest for a full week ahead of you!

    I even have your dinner selection for you! How much easier can this be?! Now with this plan, you need to book FastPasses as soon as you are able in order to get the best times. Also try to be at the early end of the windows of time to maximize your evening.

    I hope this works out for you. I wish I could tag along with your family, this sounds like a perfect first night in Walt Disney World! If there is a different park you would like a plan for, just let me know!


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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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