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  • On Jul 1, 2024
    Shane 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.

    I am taking my daughter to Disneyworld for the first time on July 5th. We are busy each day until about 2pm. We will not get to the park until about 3pm. What is the best way to enjoy until close? Thanks

    Welcome to planDisney, Shane! You and your daughter arrive at the Most Magical Place on Earth in a few days, so I bet you're in countdown mode. My niece always waits until she's at the airport to tell her kids they're going on a Disney vacation. I could never keep that news a secret; I want to shout it from the rooftops! Speaking of sharing, let's look at ways to maximize the magic when visiting the theme parks this week.

    My first suggestion is to look over the calendar for each day's theme park hours. I like to toggle to see the five-day view of all four parks at a glance. For example, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park closes around 6:00 PM daily, so you might consider saving this park for a future trip. Or, if you go, prioritize a couple of attractions. I'd choose Kilimanjaro Safaris and Festival of the Lion King for a wild afternoon. 

    If you arrive around 3:00 PM, you'll have six or seven hours at the other theme parks. That's plenty of time to soak up some fun. The My Disney Experience mobile app is a handy tool to help you use your time efficiently. Tap the "Rides, Shows & Lightning Lane Entry" tile to see current wait times and help plan your strategy. You can also save time using the app to place mobile food orders. Try the Plant-based Totchos at Woody's Lunch Box at Disney's Hollywood Studios; you'll thank me!

    My family prioritizes one or two activities, so anything else we accomplish beyond that is gravy. If your must-dos are Space Mountain and Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom Park, I bet you'll still have time to experience "it's a small world" and Mickey's PhilharMagic. Finally, if you see an attraction or show with little to no wait, do it! You never know what future favorite you'll find.

    Sometimes, tossing the must-do list aside and being in the moment leads to the most magical memories. If you ever want to "Come back, Shane," planDisney will be waiting! 

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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