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  • On Feb 21, 2024
    Jessica from Shropshire Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, Do you offer any sample itineraries for first time Disney visitors? We're travelling with our 7 year old and staying at Port Orleans for 14days. Also, where do I find each parks main events?

    Oh Jessica, have you come to the right place! I'm so excited to help you with your first vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort.

    At planDisney, we have many resources for first-time visitors. First, you're going to want to check out the First Timers at Walt Disney World episode of the planDisney Podcast with my friends Elaine and Jonathan. You'll also want to check out our planDisney Pocket Guides to see what you can do at your Disney Resorts Collection Hotel. Furthermore, you can find the events, parades, and nighttime spectacular showtimes on the Hours & Events Calendar.

    And then, there are my personal tips for all first-timers. I hope you find them helpful!

    • When you're at the resort, tell the included Disney Genie Service on your My Disney Experience mobile app the types of experiences you want to enjoy each day and when each morning arrives, it will provide a personalized itinerary based on your particular interests.
    • Plan at least 1 meal per day ahead of time. A table-service restaurant allows you to get out of the sun and crowds, and enjoy a relaxing meal. The rest of your meals can be quick-service, where you'll still likely get out of the heat, but you will not have a server and can be more on-the-go.
    • Over 14 days, I'd recommend building in at least 2 resort days. These are days when you enjoy the pools and restaurants at your resort for some or all of the day. You have Boatwright's Dining Hall, River Roost, the Riverside Mill Food Court, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, and Scat Cat's Club either within or near your resort.
    • Plan a day for Disney Springs, where you can eat, shop, and play. Your resort usually has water transportation that can get you there and back. It's a very relaxing ride!
    • Plan breaks during your park days. Whether it's simply a dining reservation mid-day or time to go back to your resort and then return in the evening, a break can make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world...the Walt Disney World! And don't be afraid to just spend the morning in the parks or just the evening. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. Pace yourself and you'll be thankful you did...especially later on in your vacation.
    • To minimize wait times, you may want to consider purchasing Individual Lightning Lanes and/or the Disney Genie+ Service for a shorter wait.
    • Plan a few attractions that are must-dos each day, and then everything else is the icing on a delicious Mickey Dome Cake!
    Jessica, if you have any other questions or need any other advice, I'm here for you.

    Every day's a different page,
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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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