5 Things You Must Do On Your First Disney World Vacation


So you’ve booked your first trip to Disney World. It’s been called the most magical place on earth, and rightfully so. It’s a place that can bring out the kid in everyone, no matter their age. It may be a once in a lifetime vacation for your family or the beginning of a yearly tradition. Either way, here are 5 Things You Must Do On Your First Disney World Vacation that will make your trip the most magical experience ever!#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyplanning disney world first visit

Your First Disney World Vacation

I’m sure you are dealing with all sorts of emotions (excitement being the main one, of course) and you’re probably overwhelmed wondering where to start when it comes to experiencing all that Disney World has to offer. I know you’re excited about the rides, character meet and greets, the food and the overall experience of being at the most magical place on Earth!

Here are some things you simply MUST do on your first Disney World vacation.

Take a Picture In Front of the Castle

It doesn’t matter how many times you visit Magic Kingdom, there is nothing like walking down Main Street and getting a glimpse of Cinderella’s Castle. It’s then that reality sets in. You’ve made it to the most magical place on earth. So while you’re there, stop and have your picture taken in front of one of the most photographed castles in the world. Sure, it may seem cliche to have your picture taken with the Castle. Everyone who has visited has done the same thing. But one day, that photograph can be passed on to your children. In turn, they can share that memory with their children.  

Meet and Greet with Mickey and Minnie

A trip to Disney World just wouldn’t be complete without meeting Mickey and Minnie. Make sure to fit some time into your schedule to have a meet and greet with them. You can find them separately at several places, but they are together at most character dining locations. Take an autograph book to have them sign and have your picture made with them. It’s one of those memories that you will cherish for years to come!

Character Dining Experience

One of our favorite things about Disney World is interacting with the characters. If that’s something you look forward to experiencing on your vacation, I recommend you find at least one character dining experience to do while you’re at Disney World. There are plenty of these opportunities to choose from, too. During character dining, you get to dig into some great food, but also have the fun of being up close and personal with your favorite characters. It’s not just for kids either! Our personal favorites are Chef Mickey at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the O’hana breakfast at Disney’s Polynesian Resort with Lilo and Stitch.#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyfirstvisit Your First Disney World Vacation

Eat the Dole Whip

If you’ve been reading up on things to do while at Disney World, I’m sure you’ve seen the tips about all the foods that are available. I’m almost certain you’ve heard about this magical thing called Dole Whip. So here is my advice: eat all the Dole Whip your heart desires! Let me warn you; you’ll be going into withdrawals once you’re back at home. This delicious treat can only be found at two places: Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Aloha Isle inside of Magic Kingdom.#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyfirstvisit Your First Disney World Vacation

Take in the Fireworks Display at Magic Kingdom

Okay, so you may be thinking, “why would I travel all this way and spend this money to see another fireworks show?”. That’s the way I felt before I first witnessed the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. This isn’t like any other fireworks you’ve seen before. This is a full-scale production that leaves you wondering what will happen next. The visual effects of the movie scenes that are displayed on the castle along with the Disney music that makes you want to sing along will leave you feeling like you’ve been transported into the movies. A word of advice, though. Find your spot early as the area around the castle fills up quickly.#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyfirstvisit Your First Disney World Vacation

These are just a few things that you can do at Disney World. I’ll leave you with a piece of advice: don’t get so busy that you forget to stop and take in all the magic that comes from being in such an incredible place. Always remember that it started with a dream and has affected millions of people in very positive ways. Enjoy your vacation!

Be sure to know about surprise costs with a Disney World vacation! Don’t let these surprises catch you off guard and ruin your first visit.

If you have visited Disney World before, what would you add to our list for a first time visitor? Join our Facebook Group, DISNEY EXPRESS LANE, and give us your must do’s for first time visitors!


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Scott Coleson

Scott is the husband of Walt Express Travel Planner Lauren Coleson. Together, they work with families to make sure they get the most out of every second of their Disney vacation. He is a recent convert to the Disney life and can be found reading up on the latest news and watching Disney videos everyday (you’ve gotta make it through the day somehow, right?) In addition to being a contributor with Walt Express and working behind the scenes with Lauren, Scott serves in ministry as a pastor.

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