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HI everyone

The wife and I have res. May 7-12 @ Shades of Green. First time for both any advice or tips

Thanks

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Take your time each day. Don't try to do everything, go back to your room and take an afternoon nap!
Spend part of a day at Downtown Disney and see at least one fireworks show, Wishes at Magic Kingdom or Illuminations at Epcot. Have a nice dinner at a resort hotel restaurant. Lurk around on this board and take notes!

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Welcome! Plan somewhat so you aren't walking around in circles but don't overplan to the point you aren't enjoying yourselves trying to do too much. If you are planning on having sit down meals, make advance dining reservations (ADRs).

Take a break in the afternoon to nap or relax by the pool.

If you have any specific questions about restaurants or the parks, ask away and we'll be happy to help.

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Thanks we will be getting 4 day hopper tickets. Any advice on meal plans we like to eat

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Do you want to do sit-down stuff? If so you should make some reservations now. If you'd rather play it by ear and grab some counter-service we can make good suggestions for that as well!

Oh and welcome

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Hello ratred and welcome . Make sure you wear comfortable shoe, we can't say that enough! What everyone else said too, plan some ADR's, especially if you really like to eat, but don't over plan your trip. Take it easy, you won't see everything your first trip, but that gives you reason to always go back. biggrin

Since its your first time, if you where only going to see one fireworks show, I would have to say you should see Wishes from infront of the Castle and get the full on effect. Dont get to close to the Castle though, stay back some.

If you want a really good 5 star meal and a really nice view, go to the California Grill, but call now for reservations!

Still thinking..........................

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First you won't be able to see and do everything and that's ok because that means you can plan another vacation. Second it is vacation so relax and enjoy yourself. Going nonstop in the park is a bit crazy. Since you have the park hopper passes that means if you get to a park and it seems crowded leave and go to another park it will probably be less crowded. It seems that everyone staying at the resorts pick the same park on the same day! Enjoy at least one good sit down meal each day its awesome way to relax and cool off from the heat. If your not sure what parks you will be visiting make your dining reservations at the resorts. They are beautiful and fun to tour all by themselves. Some good dinner options are Boma at Animal Kingdom, Kona Cafe or Ohana at Poly, California Grill at Contemporary, Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge, and Grand Floridian Cafe or Narcossee's at Grand Floridian resort. Ok I hope that helps. Enjoy!

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Let me add my welcome from the gang here at WDWFG and go on to say that everybody has good tips and advice, let me add another place to dine that I consider a "hidden jewel" at WDW. That is the Turf Club rest. at Saratoga Springs resort. Its a great place and you can usually get ADR's there even if the others are all full, simply because not many people know about it. Also don't forget the sunscreen, even if you don't think you will need it, you will. Also we ALL love to help so don't be shy or bashful.

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Welcome to the boards! Everyone is so helpful and friendly here!

Like others have said, you won't be able to do everything so don't rush! Take a break in the middle of the day if you want because it can definitely be sensory overload!

Make sure to check out the Disney Food Blog - they have a great restaurant search tool!

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I like to do a spreadsheet divided out by morning, afternoon and evening. I check park hours and especially look for early or late hours available to resort guests. I factor these in as I create a plan to hit two parks per day with afternoon rest at the hotel pool. It used to be you could make more than one Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) which were "not a reservation" as they always used to tell us but now if you use only one email address they will only allow one per meal time. Anyway, definitely review dining advice on these forums and make one for at least lunch and dinner each day. You always can choose to do otherwise without penalty unless you are going somewhere that requires a credit card to hold.

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Flresident wrote:
I like to do a spreadsheet divided out by morning, afternoon and evening. I check park hours and especially look for early or late hours available to resort guests. I factor these in as I create a plan to hit two parks per day with afternoon rest at the hotel pool. It used to be you could make more than one Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) which were "not a reservation" as they always used to tell us but now if you use only one email address they will only allow one per meal time. Anyway, definitely review dining advice on these forums and make one for at least lunch and dinner each day. You always can choose to do otherwise without penalty unless you are going somewhere that requires a credit card to hold.

This is great advice. The spreadsheet is really handy. I know because DW always makes one! silly