What do you do on your arrival day?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by mollybeasley, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. MamaCrush

    MamaCrush DIS Veteran

    Apr 27, 2004
    For us too-- the next Friday thing!! We'll get in around Noon, so we'll have lunch at Mara/AKL and then check out and see how crowded the parks really are the day after Tgiving! We have dinner at Chef Mickey's which is our family tradition. Just can't wait!!
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  3. princessmom29

    princessmom29 DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2008
    Last year we arrived about 3:30 and hit MK for the dessert party that night. This year we hope to get there by 5:00 and go to DTD for shopping and dinner.
  4. Shelli_5

    Shelli_5 Wants a Haunted Mansion Dooney & Bourke purse!

    Jan 22, 2009
    I loved reading everyone's ideas! Our flight is short & we'll arrive in Orlando at 10am, so we're planning to (hopefully) check in early & have lunch at our hotel. Then, we'll head over to Epcot for the rest of the day. After reading this thread, I think we'll enjoy a leisurely stroll through the World Showcase. We have super early dinner reservations at Le Cellier at 4:15pm. Who knows if we'll make it to Illuminations that night!!

    Our flight home leaves Orlando at 4:30pm, so we can't really justify the extra expense of going to a park that day. We're going to sleep in, check out of the hotel, store our luggage, & head over to DTD. I'm looking forward to trying Wolfgang Puck Express for the first time & looking through all the neat Disney shops. Hopefully I won't go on a spending spree. :rolleyes1

  5. lilosurf11

    lilosurf11 Mouseketeer

    Feb 9, 2010
    We always used to go to a park and just walk around. I always hated that. This time, we are going to the hotel, my parents will get groceries, and then we will go to Earl of Sandwich for lunch or dinner and then walk around DTD for a while. :goodvibes
  6. disneydiva16

    disneydiva16 DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2008
    We always go straight to Downtown Disney! The kids love visitng LEGOland and I love shopping. We usually get in anywhere between 12 noon and 3pm.:goodvibes
  7. growinupdisney

    growinupdisney DIS Veteran

    Nov 4, 2007
    We usually go to epcot ride The Mexico, Norway rides walk leisurely around the countries have lunch and snack throughout the day ( we love to eat at Epcot) then ride Spaceship Earth and head back to resort around 8pm unpack and get some sleep for the next day.

    We have done DHS a couple of times on arrival day especially when it a Fantasmic Night. When we do this the older kids head straight to TOT and RNR then we just do whatever has low wait times and shows that we can fit in and then get some quick dinner and watch Fantasmic this ia also a great start to the vacation but we are out a little later then if we went to Epcot.

    My kids prefer the DHS arrival day versus the Epcot day but we are planning on doing Epcot this year again but I'm planning on letting the kids do Kim Possible this time so it will be alot more fun then just walking around the countries! I always ask them which they prefer and they did say DHS first but when I mentioned Kim Possible they changed their minds.

    For my DH he prefers Epcot he gets to have a few beers from around the world and he is happy since we just finished up a 11 drive.
  8. msujroot

    msujroot Mouseketeer

    May 16, 2008
    For some reason, I have a hard time wasting a day at Disney with only a 1/2 day in the park...we are usually doing some sort of dining package, so we try to fly down the day before our trip starts. If we fly in late, we will stay at the airport hotel and then catch an early ride to our resort hotel. If we fly in earlier, we use that day to stay at a resort that we wouldn't normally stay at (AKL usually). We bum around the resort, catch a nice dinner, and maybe do some DD or something like that.

    The next morning (early), we head to our "real" resort to check in. Bags are transferred for us, which is really nice.
  9. Mouse_Geek

    Mouse_Geek Earning My Ears

    Feb 1, 2011
    We love to shop and play mini golf along with swimming. Plus you can relax and get your plans ready for the next of couple of days. We all know what that is like hahaa coming in at 11pm or even later then waking up around 6am. Maybe even earlier then that for some.

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