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  • On May 18, 2019
    Tiffany from AL Asked

    Hi I’m Tiffany. First Disney trip in July We are staying 5 days 1 park per day and water park one day should we omit water park and take one day to relax at resort instead of cramming in 5 parks in 5 days?

    Hello, Tiffany, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How exciting that your first Walt Disney World Resort vacation is just around the corner! The first time my husband and I took our daughter (to celebrate her third birthday), I jammed as much time into the Theme Parks as possible and was absolutely exhausted when we returned home. If I had it to do all over again, here’s what I wish I would have done.

    First of all, staying at an official Walt Disney World Resort hotel will allow you and your family to take breaks during the hottest part of the day (or when the inevitable summer afternoon thunderstorm rolls in). We stayed off property during our first visit, so I didn’t think it was practical for us to leave in the middle of the day and come back later. I wish I would have allowed us those breaks, though! If your family are early risers, I would recommend getting to the Theme Parks as early as possible and staying to enjoy the attractions through lunch. (I'd also recommend booking your FastPass+ experiences for late morning or early afternoon.) Give yourselves time for an afternoon nap or swim in your Resort hotel's pool, and then return to the Parks later that evening. (If your Park tickets only allow admission to one Park per day, you can leave and return to the same park later the same day, whereas the Park Hopper option will allow you to visit different Parks that day.) As an official Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guest, you can also take advantage of Extra Magic Hours to help you get the most out of your visit, too.

    Secondly, I wish we would have taken advantage of one of the Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks. In the middle of July, this would be a perfect break from the heat! If you have younger children in your party, I would recommend Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park; if you have older kids and/or stronger swimmers, I would recommend Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon as your Water Park day (although there's something for everyone at both). I would also put that day either in the middle of your week or take the week’s forecast into account and choose the sunniest day.

    Giving yourselves the chance to rest both midday and midweek will definitely enhance the fun of your first Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Also, make plans to come back! Knowing you’ll return is another great way to make sure you don’t overexert yourselves.

    Let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help you plan, Tiffany! We love to help.

    Amy
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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