You’ve been counting down to this day for what seems like forever. You have boarded the Magical Express and are heading to the most magical place on Earth, the only question that remains is what should we do when we get there? head to the parks? tour the resort? grab a bite to eat? There is so many options for arrival day and plans are different for each family! Here is a list with different choices to meet everyone’s needs.
Don’t waste time and head right to the parks! The more days you purchase on a park ticket, the cheaper the days are so you might only notice a $10-$15 difference to add on an extra day. You might be able to ride a few rides, catch a show or check out the parade and fireworks. Find out which park has Extra Magic Hours and head there to get some bonus park time.
Explore the resort– If you are staying on Disney Property the resort itself is an experience not to miss! After checking in, head to your room, unpack and then go for a walk to see the grounds. Every Disney resort has different things to offer whether it be giant Disney characters or animals roaming the savannah, this might be the only downtime you have to see it all. If you are waiting for your baggage to arrive and the weather is warm, you may even want to swim in one of the resort pools. They always have tons of activities at the pools lead by the Cast Members, so adults can relax while the kids have fun!
You might even consider exploring some of the other Disney resorts. There are some amazing details that go into every Disney resort, that even if you’re not staying there it might be worth a trip!
Visit Disney Springs! Disney Springs is located a bus or boat ride away from every resort. It has more than 50 brand named and Disney themed shops, delicious dining and fun-filled entertainment options. There is the huge World of Disney shop, the LEGO store with interactive play area or you can even create your own snack the Goofy’s Candy Co. It has an assortment of things to do and is free for anyone to enter!
Another great option is a character meal at one of the Disney resort restaurants. What better way to kick off a Disney vacation then to have dinner with the Fab 5- Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort or visiting 1900 Park Fare to eat with the Cinderella and her wicked family. A bonus is by visiting one of these resorts you will also get to take a ride aboard the monorail!
If you aren’t interested in a character meal, Disney resort offer some fun and exciting dinner shows. A guest favorite, The Hoop De Doo Review at the Fort Wilderness Resort, also located at the Fort is Mickey’s Backyard BBQ which has typical BBQ fare and Disney characters (seasonal & select nights), or the Spirit of Aloha at the Polynesian are all great ways to begin your Disney vacation!
Chip n’ Dales Campfire Sing Along, a free event at the Fort Wildnerness Lodge is a nightly campfire where you can roast marshmallows and sing songs, take pictures and get autographs with Chip and Dale. You can bring your own marshmallows and sticks or purchase a smores kit for around $10. This is followed by a Disney movie under the stars.
If you want to see fireworks on arrival day but don’t have park tickets, head to the Ticket and Transportation Center Dock. It has a great view of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks, music is playing, is usually not very crowded and has a straight on spectacular view of Wishes!
Whether you choose to hang and relax at your resort, get your Disney character fix at a character meal, head straight to the parks or any of the other fun arrival day ideas, you can be sure there is plenty to do! What is your favorite arrival day tradition?
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