• On Dec 19, 2013
    Amy Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    DH and i stayed 2 weeks offsite. Hopping for 1 day at disney. Want to stay GF/poly. Do you recommend staying the day before and visiting park next day or staying night of the day we are going. Want to use time wisely. Need park tickets and FP please help

    Hi there Amy!

    An overnight stay at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Polynesian Resort is just about the most magical way possible to really indulge during your Walt Disney World vacation!

    I'd recommend that you stay the night before the day you plan to visit the park. Since you can check in at 3:00pm, you'll be able to enjoy the luxuries of the resort and its amenities for the afternoon and evening, prior to staying overnight and enjoying a full day the next day. Check out time is generally 11am although on occasion you may be able to get a slightly later check-out, based on availability. Check with your resort front desk Cast Members in the evening. This way, you could head into the park early in the morning, and potentially come back at lunch time to check your bags into Bell Services to be stored for the day while you continue to enjoy the parks. If late check out isn't available at the time of your stay, simply store your bags with Bell Services first thing in the morning before heading off for your day of fun.

    To make the most of your overnight stay and your day in the parks, your most convenient and time-saving plan would be to spend the day at Magic Kingdom Park. Since it's just one monorail stop away, or an enjoyable boat ride across the Seven Seas Lagoon, you'll be to and from the park in no time at all!

    If you'll be selecting some FastPasses in advance of your arrival, top picks at Magic Kingdom would include Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Peter Pan's Flight. These attractions tend to have the longest wait times otherwise.

    I hope these tips help you out Amy! If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to write me back. I'd love to hear from you again soon!

    Wishing you a simply Magical time at Walt Disney World!

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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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