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  • On Feb 2, 2013
    Khadijah Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi Moms Panel! I love this panel! Planning our first WDW vacation (so excited), going 12/7-12/14, wondering if you can pass on some suggestions on things we can do on our arrival day? We will arrive about 10am, I want to make the most of our 7-day trip!

    Hi Khadijah,

    I am so glad that you are finding the Disney Parks Moms Panel helpful. My family also tends to arrive mid-morning when we go to Walt Disney World. It's like a bonus day - travel plus a day of vacation all in one!

    I'm not sure if you want to go to a park on your arrival day, but that is certainly a possibility. You are arriving early enough that you would still have a lot of time at a park. As you get closer to your vacation, I would suggest consulting the schedule of park hours for the day you arrive. Check which park is open latest that day, or if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, which park has Extra Magic Hours in the evening. By going to the park that you can stay at the latest, you'll maximize your hours that day.

    Sometimes, we chose to spend our first day day exploring our resort. The Walt Disney World Resorts have so much to offer - amazing pools and play areas for the kids, great restaurants, lobbies to explore...the list goes on and on! When you check in, you should receive a list of activities at your resort. Depending on the resort, these can include pool parties, craft making, and so on. Consult this to see if any activities sound good to you on check in day.

    Finally, you could explore one of the areas at Walt Disney World that do not require admission. You could check out the shopping, food, and entertainment at Downtown Disney. Or, head to one of my favorite locations at Walt Disney World, Disney's BoardWalk, where you can stroll along the Boardwalk, grab a bite to eat, and even rent a surrey bike!

    I hope that these options give you some good ideas for your arrival day, Khadijah. 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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