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8 Things We Love To Do Our First Day At Walt Disney World

Many guests love returning to Walt Disney World time and time again to enjoy a magical vacation that is sure to make lasting memories. With each visit, guests begin to form their own Disney rhythm and develop traditions, favorites, likes, dislikes, and routines. For example, guests might always dine in a favorite restaurant, visit the same park on the final day of their vacation, or enjoy a parade from the same viewing location. These traditions are what help to make Walt Disney World vacations special for so many different guests and prove that there are endless experiences to enjoy in the parks. Many guests have specific routines and traditions that they love to experience on the very first day of their Disney vacation in order to start the trip on the right note. Here are eight things that guests love to do on their first day at Walt Disney World.

8. Put On Their Magic Band

No action kicks off a Disney vacation quite as much as putting on a Magic Band. Magic Bands are rubber bracelets that all guests receive which act as room keys, park tickets, credit cards, FastPass redemptions, and much more. Everything a guest could possibly need to make a Disney vacation convenient can be found right on their Magic Band. So what better way to officially start a Walt Disney World vacation than by putting on a Magic Band?

7. Ride Disney’s Magical Express

Guests who fly to the Orland International Airport can enjoy a complimentary service which allows them to kick back and relax while getting to their Disney Resort. Disney’s Magical Express picks guests up from the airport and transports them directly to their Disney Resort and even takes care of the luggage too! Guests who ride Disney’s Magic Express can enjoy the ride while watching videos teasing of all the new and exciting things waiting for them in the parks and Disney Springs.

6. Hear “Welcome Home”

Once guests arrive at their Disney Resort for the first time, they absolutely love to hear a Cast Member tell them “welcome home.” This simple greeting is a fantastic example of the little things that make a Disney vacation so magical and it makes guests feel completely at ease and ready to relax in Walt Disney World.

5. Watch Stacey

Guests who stay on property in a Disney Resort have access to regular television channels as well as special ones which share useful information about Walt Disney World. Guests can tune in to hear the weather for the day, learn park hours, find out information about the Disney Vacation Club, and enjoy a fun show featuring an energetic host. One channel of Disney Resort television features Stacey and her must do list for Walt Disney World. Stacey takes guests through the four theme parks, two water parks, and Disney Springs to show them the experiences that they simply can’t miss on a Disney vacation. Guests love kicking back for a few minutes and watching Stacey on their first day in Disney!

4. Hop Aboard Disney Transportation

As much as guests love watching Stacey, they love heading to the parks even more! When guests first arrive on their Disney vacations, they quickly hop aboard complimentary Disney transportation and head to the parks to start having fun! Depending on which Disney Resort a guest is staying in, they can enjoy efficient and convenient transportation on buses, monorails, ferries, and boats.

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3. See Cinderella Castle

For many guests, no Disney vacation has officially started before seeing Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. This beautiful structure features gold and blue details and soars high into the sky inviting guests to enjoy all that the park has to offer. Guests love posing for pictures in front of Cinderella Castle or simply enjoying the view.

2. Enjoy A Treat

A Walt Disney World vacation features lots of delicious food for guests to enjoy throughout their stay. The first day in the parks is always a great time to enjoy a classic snack like a Mickey’s Premium Bar, Dole Whip, Turkey Leg, or popcorn. Simply savoring a delicious treat is a great way to kick off a relaxing and fun vacation.

1. Watch The Fireworks

One of the most magical ways to end the first day of a Walt Disney World vacation is by watching Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom. The show lights up the skies and Cinderella Castle itself with beautiful fireworks and projection set to an original and heartwarming score. Watching Happily Ever After is the best way to end the first day of any Walt Disney World vacation!

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.