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  • On Jan 15, 2014
    Adriane from PA Asked

    Hi Panel! Planning a trip to WDW in Oct'14 (4adults & 3yro) with a 5 day park tix. We plan on arriving in the world(hotel) by 12pm on a the first day of our trip. Can you recommend which park we can see that day. We def want to see all 4 parks. Thanks!


    I'd approach this one of two ways:

    1. Visit Disney's Hollywood Studios on arrival day, making your FastPass+ reservations for Toy Story Midway Mania in the afternoon. DHS is the smallest park and could be covered well by evening's end at Fantasmic, especially if you get the Fantasmic Dinner Package, saving you time from waiting for the show. One of my favorite benefits of the FastPass+ system is that you can now get an afternoon or evening FP for a popular ride like Toy Story without having to arrive at the park by 9 am. Seeing DHS on your first day allows you a whole "extra" day on your 5-day ticket to enjoy either Epcot or the Magic Kingdom for a full second day.

    2. If you prefer to have a full day for DHS, especially if you think your 3-year-old may need to nap on arrival day, visit Epcot or the Magic Kingdom on the first day, knowing you will return later in the week. Both of these parks are easily "two-day" parks that offer much to see. With your youngster, Epcot has a lot of acreage to cover with a stroller. Transversely, Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween party means you might have to purchase that extra ticket to see fireworks, so having an extra evening in the Magic Kingdom might help with your itinerary.

    Disney releases their calendar six months in advance to help with scheduling your days. Either way, look at the calendar closer in to your dates to determine if your arrival day helps you see Fantasmic or Wishes Fireworks, and you'll have your decision made for you.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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