What Would You Recommend to First Timers

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  1. Wendy

    Wendy A hui hou kakou Makuakane Staff Member Administrator

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    Our friend's son and daughter in law are going to WDW for the first time in April and staying onsite at All Star Sports. They have never been before and are both really looking forward to it :)

    What would be your top 5 things (or more) that you would recommend they do?
     
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    Five things?! I can think of 20 to start with.
    But for me: wishes, Fantasmic, BOG (if they can get an ADR), both water parks, and TOT.
     
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    Wendy A hui hou kakou Makuakane Staff Member Administrator

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    You can suggest more than 5 things :D
     
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    Have an idea of what is in each park, and of all those things, what interests them the most. Then have a loose schedule to work them in. Keep it flexible. If they will be disappointed in not being able to dine somewhere, definitely get an ADR. Can't comment on the FP mess, because I'm still confused, but they'll need to figure that out. Know that if they want to watch a parade, they'll need to pick a spot close to an hour beforehand.
     
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    Don't think you can do it all in one trip. Take your time and if possible go to the parks early and take time off during the middle of the day. Stroll rather than rush, it's surprising the things you see when instead of having your head down, you actually look at things e.g. the upstairs windows in Main Street and little things that generally get overlooked. If you have little ones get a buggy because if you get tired think what they're going through.
     
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    Just enjoy everything Disney is truly magic
     
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    At least two of the three night time shows (Fantasmic, Illuminations, Wishes) - all three if they can manage ;)

    It's a bit overlooked, but the drawing class over in The Magic of Disney Animation pavilion is really cool. You get to sit in on a class hosted by a Disney Animator and learn how to draw a character. I believe the classes run every half hour, and you come away with a pretty nifty hand-drawn souvenir!

    TTA - its a lovely view of the park. Especially at sunset.

    ToT - consummate Disney themeing and adrenaline rush.

    A character meal :D
     
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    Get to the parks early - at least try it once and you'll be hooked. I'd suggest Soarin' - I've yet to find someone who didn't love that attraction.

    Get yourselves over to Kennedy Space Centre - it's unmissable! (OK, not Disney, but it's criminal to get that close and not visit!)

    Catch an evening firework show or three

    Visit One Man's Dream - the closer to the end of your trip, the better. If you leave with dry eyes, you're dead on the inside!

    To quote Ferris Bueller, stop and take a look around once in a while.
     
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    YES...TTA!!!
    I would add to not forget that the Resorts themselves are a great destination. Take the monorail to GF, pop into the lobby, have tea or drink, enjoy the surroundings.

    Step out of your comfort zone. Not sure if they are shy but interact with the CM's and guests. When they ask for "volunteers" at the cues raise your hand.

    Be open to try new foods.
     
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    Take a break from videoing and look around for yourself, you miss a lot with one eye on the camera.
     
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    Wendy A hui hou kakou Makuakane Staff Member Administrator

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    These are all great ideas, I'm making a list for them :)
     

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