• On Mar 5, 2018
    Vanessa from Curacao 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.

    Is there a special anything for first visitors? My 3 kids and I will be visiting for the first time. Does DW have a special program or anything for first visitors? Kids will be 13, 10 and 5 by the time we visit.

    Hi Vanessa,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Hooray for your kids' first visit!

    Magic comes in unexpected ways on first visits. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, stop by the front desk when you check-in and request first visit buttons. If you wear these throughout the parks, cast members will take notice. On our first visit, our girls were 5-years old. A performing cast member picked them to be in the finale of the Festival of the Lion King show and another cast member surprised us by getting our very own bus to take back to the resort on another evening. When we boarded the bus, the announcement said "Welcome, Disney Princesses on Board." Our girls were dressed in their Cinderella best and were so tickled.

    There are a few things you can do to create some magic! Be sure to make advanced dining reservations for character meals. Have your kids take autograph books to get signed. If your kids are ages 4-12, test their powers against the Dark Side at Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple. Make sure you get your recruits to Disney's Hollywood Studios by park opening. We usually make a pre-park opening dining reservation at Hollywood & Vine so that we can enter the park early and sign up for training.

    Vanessa, make sure you end at least one day seeing the Happily Ever After fireworks in Magic Kingdom. If you watch carefully, at some point after the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party, you will see cast members taping off the viewing areas in front of Cinderella castle. Save your spot immediately. One or two people in your group may have to sit for two hours, but the view will be spectacular! If others wander off while you are saving seats, be sure they get back an hour before the show - the crowds get intense! 

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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