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Old 04-23-2012, 03:29 AM   #1
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Tips for first timers first night

It's our first trip to WDW in October this year (can't wait - huge adventure for us) we're 4 adults (my parents my 20 year old brother & me (25). We're staying at POP.

We're flying into Orlando at about 4:30pm, and we will have been in the US for about 5 days by that stage so no issues with jet lag by then, heres hoping anyway.

I've made some ADRs but I'd love to hear your suggestions on how we should spend our first night - Dinner somewhere, even if it's casual, and then something to get us into the Disney swing of things is what I'm thinking!
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:52 AM   #2
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Our first night at Disney we went to Downtown Disney and ate at the Earl of Sandwich. It was nice to walk around DTD after we ate and just look at all the shops. It was a great way to get in the Disney mood! Hope you have a great trip!

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Old 04-23-2012, 07:01 AM   #3
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We love eating at Ohana our 1st night. If you hit it right, you can see Wishes from the windows while they pipe the sound in. Its a great meal, just ooozes Disney magic. If you are on the monorail line, you can catch it to the Polynesian, if not catch a bus from your resort to Magic Kingdom then hop resort monorail to Polynesian.
Boma is another fun choice at AKL.
Raglan Rd. at DTD is good as well.
Have fun on your 1st trip!!!!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:07 PM   #4
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Not sure you all would be interested, but we always do Chef Mickey's our first night. It really gets us in the Disney Spirit!
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:18 PM   #5
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If your flight is scheduled to land at 4:30 and you're taking ME, then you shouldn't anticipate getting to your resort until 6:00. If your flight is on time. Then you have to check in and get into your room. Then you have to travel to wherever you plan to dine that night. I would recommend that if you decide on a TS restaurant that night, that you pick one that won't impose a no-show penalty, and that you make your ADR for no earlier than 4 hrs. from your arrival time to be on the safe side.

Even better would be to just eat at a CS restaurant that night; perhaps in a park that has EMH that night.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:33 PM   #6
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Don't do ADRs your first night. It'll just cause unneeded stress. Instead, hop on the bus to MK, then travel around the monorail resorts. I'd recommend eating at Captain Cook's at the Poly. You can take your food out to the beach, watch the Electric Water Parade, and see Wishes. They play the music on the beach.

If you get in early, try the campfire at Fort Wilderness. Grab a bucket of fried chicken at Trails End To Go for supper. Watch as Chip and Dale come out to play. You can roast marshmallows and play in the sing-a-long. Once it gets dark, they play a Disney Movie in the outdoor theatre.
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