• On Apr 21, 2013
    Shelby 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.

    October is my first trip to Disney with my boyfriend plus my 21st birthday(Port Orleans Riverside resort). We decided on two days using park hopper passes (two parks a day) and spending one day in down town Disney. A good choice? Ideas or advice welcomed:)

    Hi Shelby,

    Sounds like you're going to take a wonderful vacation!

    I rather like your plan. Since this is an adults-only trip, you should be able to really maximize the two days that you do have in the theme parks. By going to two parks per day, you'll be able to get to all four theme parks. I do suggest that you check the schedule for Extra Magic Hours while you are there. Using Extra Magic Hours, as guests staying on Walt Disney World property, on select days you can enter a certain theme park early or stay late. If you go to your first park for the morning Extra Magic Hours, or stay at the second park for evening Extra Magic Hours, you will extend your time in the parks.

    I do like you idea of having a day at Downtown Disney. You can do some shopping and eat at some great restaurants while you are there. If this is on or after your 21st birthday, you can celebrate at some of the bars there as well! Raglan Road would be a fun choice. Also on your Downtown Disney day, consider spending some time at your resort as well.  Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside is lovely. A stroll around the grounds and a dip in the pool would be a relaxing way to spend part of that day.

    Be sure to get yourself a birthday button at Guest Relations at one of the theme parks. These buttons are available free of charge. Wear it around the parks, and you never know what special surprise you might get, like a cupcake added to a meal. Don't expect these perks, but they might occur. Even if they don't, it's really fun to hear cast members and guests alike wishing you a happy birthday.

    Have a wonderful time celebrating, Shelby! Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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