Disney Parks for First-Timers

Disney Parks for First-Timers

So you are a first-timer going to the Disney Parks. This is a really exciting prospect for you and your family. Here are some tips to avoid ‘Rookie’ mistakes!! Disney theme parks are pretty huge.

Tip 1

Where comfortable shoes/trainers. The amount of walking is easily eclipsed by the number of hours you will be on your feet.

Tip 2

Do not start visiting the theme parks without a plan. Do your research before you leave home. You’ll waste time and possibly end up lost without a map and an itinerary for the day.

Tip 3

There are four theme parks, two water parks, over 300 restaurants, countless rides, live shows, and so much more. You are not going to do it all. So don’t try! In each park prioritise those things that for you are a ‘must do’. Then the next ‘do if you have the time’.

Tip 3

When FastPasses return! The queues for some rides can be in excess of 2 hours!! Get the ‘My Disney experience’ account and app. Then you can manage the FastPass.  Your initial three choices for the day need to be in the same park. After you’ve used all three, you can make a fourth reservation using the My Disney Experience App on your smartphone or by visiting a FastPass+ kiosk in any park. You can continue to make additional FastPass reservations one at a time. 

Tip 4

Get in early or late to avoid the worst of the queues for the popular rides. Try not to miss the Opening Ceremony, “Let the Magic Begin” at the Magic Kingdom, which takes place five minutes before the official park opening. If you arrive early, you can hit the popular rides that you weren’t able to get a FastPass+ for.

Tip 5

Disney theme parks are all unique in their own way. All 4 parks are definitely worth visiting so try to ensure you get the chance to visit all of them.

Tip 6

Give yourselves a break. Going everyday to the parks is exhausting so break it up with a day or so by the beautiful pool at your vacation home between each park day.

Tip 7

There is lots to spend your money on once inside the parks. Save your buying until the end of the day and that way you won’t have to carry it around. Also don’t get carried away with your credit card!! Its easily done.

Tip 8

Make reservations for your favourite dining venues which are possible for most venues up to 180 days in advance… Especially if you want a particular character breakfast for example. You will find a mix of dining venues from reasonable to jolly expensive!! Plan your food budget at the park carefully as its easy to overspend.

Blog Post by Michael

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World near Kissimmee is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Florida. With its Magic Kingdom which has many attractions enjoyed by the whole family. The roller coaster rides are a particular favourite, such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. You will never be short of things you and your family get excited and thrilled about.

Walt Disney World

There is also the Animal Kingdom where you can enjoy a safari trek to see hundreds of animals in their natural habitat. Seeing these animals during the day is exciting in itself but then at night you are treated to sensational colourful displays of nature.

Animal Kingdom

Then there is the Epcot Centre where you are treated to a visual display of architecture and culture from many countries around the world. Here there is a wonderful selection of foods from a variety of countries along with many musical events and entertainment.


This wonderful family experience and many more family attractions in Orlando can be enjoyed from The Emerald Island Resort located only 10 minutes’ drive from the Walt Disney World.

This luxury resort itself which is over 300 acres offers many facilities such as a beautiful resort pool, an exciting and adventurous children’s play area and a tiki bar where you can enjoy light snacks and drinks. The resort also has an 11 acre nature walk which should not be missed. The whole family, especially the children, will get really excited about  being so close to nature.

If you are considering a holiday in Orlando the Emerald Island Resort is by far one of your best options with its many luxury villas, most with their own pools and Jacuzzi.

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