Welcome to Day #4 of our Birthday Week Celebration! Today’s Giveaway of the Day is a $25 Gift Certificate to Garden Grocer ! Use it to have snacks, water, groceries or even entire meals delivered to your hotel or vacation home. Many thanks to the folks at Garden Grocer for offering this gift certificate today. So, to enter, simply answer today’s question in the comments below. I will then choose one winner using Random.org from everyone who enters before 11 p.m. ET, Thursday, December 8. Please note: you must answer on the blog post to be eligible!
What is the ONE thing that should not be missed on someone’s first trip to Walt Disney World? (And if you have not visited Disney World yet….what is the ONE thing that is most important for you to see/do?)
As you may have read in my post last week, we will be taking my son’s girlfriend to Walt Disney World with us this trip. She has never taken a Disney trip and she is very excited. This being her first time, I want to make sure she experiences all the important things at Disney, but our “land” part of the land and sea trip is limited to only 3 park days so I have been trying to narrow them down.
Here is a list of the things I am trying to incorporate into the trip because I believe they are some of the most important things for her to experience. Since it has been a while since we have taken a first timer, and since the other times we took kids who were much younger, I wanted to make sure this is inclusive of everything a nineteen year old girl would just HAVE to experience at Disney.
MUST SEES AND DOS
- Castle Dream Lights
- Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
- Fireworks shows at MK, Epcot and Hollywood Studios
- Parades at all parks (even though we have seen them often and usually skip them now to ride a popular attraction instead)
- Ride the monorail
- Watch, or even participate in, the great live entertainment in each of the parks
- Epcot’s World Showcase (especially during the holidays)
- Pictures in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth at EPCOT, Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom (which for my family is this park’s icon even more than the Tree of Life), and the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We will take her picture with our camera also, but I want her to have PhotoPass pictures in front of these iconic locations.
- Photos with Disney characters; as many as she would like.
MUST RIDES (BY PARK)
Dumbo, Tea Cups, It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Tomorrowland Transit Authority (PeopleMover), Carousel Of Progress, Peter Pan’s Flight, Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney Railroad, and Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
Soarin’, Test Track, Spaceship Earth
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster, Toy Story Midway Mania, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, The Great Movie Ride, Star Tours, and the American Idol Experience.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, It’s Tough To Be A Bug
MUST HAVE SOUVENIRS
- Mouse Ears
- 1st Visit Pin
MUST DO DINING EXPERIENCES
- A character meal — our choice is Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare
- A special dinner – our choice is dinner at ‘Ohana with the most wonderful bread pudding at Walt Disney World.
- A fun, lively Disney dining experience – our choice is the Whispering Canyon – we will all have our first experience here
- Snacks – Mickey ice cream
I am hoping this will be a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience for her. If I have left something important out, would you please be so kind as to let me know? Thanks and have a magical day!
Brenda is a native Texan born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She visited Disney World twice as a teenager and always dreamed of growing her family Disney. She took her first-timer husband and their three children to Disney World in 2000 and they now spend every Thanksgiving there. Brenda writes with a comedic twist on various Disney topics. She will be sharing tips she has learned during her travels and also hopes to enlighten people on little-known freebies that Disney has to offer. She wishes she could have met Walt Disney and considers herself to be a student of Walt. In parallel to his dream it is her wish that everyone would take at least one trip to Disney World in order to share in its magic with their families.