• On Sep 18, 2021
    Deena from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Any suggestions for first timers who are used to DLCA size? I am feeling so overwhelmed lol We have resvs for AK and Epcot and Xmas party (11/28-30) looking at the map and lists of attractions etc I don't know where to begin? Help!!! and Thanks

    Hi Deena,

    We are so excited to soon welcome you to a World of Magic!

    Well, to be honest, there are a few strategies! My family typically prioritizes the rides that could most likely have the longest wait times. So at Disney's Animal Kingdom, we head straight for Avatar Flight of Passage. At EPCOT, we head straight for Test Track and then Soarin' Around the World. If you will have visiting royalty with you, you may want to head to Frozen Ever After. Once you have conquered your first ride, then I would suggest you check out the other attractions in that area. 

    Another strategy would be to plan with geography as the guiding factor. Take your maps and try numbering the sections in order that you plan to experience them. In Magic Kingdom, you could do all of the attractions in Frontierland, then Adventureland, then Fantasyland, and then Tomorrowland. Just keep in mind that Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a wildly popular ride, so you may want to hop in line for that one first.

    Looking at your arrival date, you should be getting some magical help with Disney Genie service! Consider purchasing Disney Genie+ which will allow you to reserve times for select attractions, one attraction at a time, throughout the day. Also take a look at Lightning Lane selections if you want to maximize your time in the parks!

    Deena, I know it's a lot! So, just pick your strategy. If you go with trying to experience the most popular attractions first, just be prepared to trek back and forth across the park. If you go with strategy number two, you could just ride attractions that are in close proximity to one another. Doing so would make your steps more efficient! Also take a few minutes to review The Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort information. I am here doing a happy dance knowing that you are planning to attend Disney Very Merriest After Hours.

    Above all else, just breathe and enjoy the countdown to your trip! Do not forget to make advanced dining reservations when your advanced dining reservation window opens. 

    Magic and memories,
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