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You have everything booked plane and accommodation, park tickets and spending money is sorted but if you are a newbie to Disney it can be very overwhelming, what to see and what to do first. Do you meet characters, do you see a show, or do you do as many rides as you can? One of the best things you can do is take your time and not rush but make sure you have an itinerary as you really do need a plan with so much going on.

Here are our top ten things not be missed to help get your itinerary started.

Meet the characters…

Meeting your favourite characters is a must, there are some perfect picture opportunities as well as chances to get some fab autographs. Best thing to do is make a list of everyone you want to see and then check the map when you arrive for the scheduled meet and greets. They are subject to change so make sure you check. There may be fast passes available for some so its always worth checking.

See the fireworks…

What more of a perfect ending can you get to a fabulous day than seeing the fireworks, They truly are a breath-taking wonder not to be missed and worthy of a spot on our top ten. There’s an option for a sit-down display as well as a park-wide standing display usually accompanied by a parade. For the seated display head to Rivers of light in Animal Kingdom but for what we think is the best then head to Magic Kingdoms Happily Ever After show, watch the castle magically come alive with animation, stories and songs.

Dine at Be Our Guest…

This restaurant is a must for all the beauty and the beast fans, however to get a reservation you are going to have to do some very forward planning, getting a dinner reservation can be very difficult but its not impossible, if you are staying on site you may have a better chance of bagging that sort after reservation but not don’t panic not all is lost if you can’t get a table they do a fabulous lunch service that isn’t quite the same but will still give you a sneak peek into the incredible theme.

May the force be with you…

Ok, so this one isn’t open fully until 2019 but it still deserves a spot on the top ten, it’s a must for any Star Wars fan. Although the resort isn’t open yet there’s still plenty that you can do, take a ride on Star Tours and for the little Jedi’s why not sign up to the Jedi Academy. An all-day experience for children aged 4-12 they will learn the ways of the force, wield a lightsabre and even fight the evil Darth Vader himself. To top it all off stick around in Hollywood studios for the Star Wars spectacular fireworks show.

Grab yourself a Dole Whip…

This is a must for die-hard Disney fans, the pineapple soft serve can only be found at Aloha Isle stand at Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. Choose between the pineapple float or the regular soft serve whichever you prefer, but either way, it’s a definite must to tick off the list.

Head to a water park…

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are two of the most amazingly fun water parks on the planet and they are a must. Not only will it help with that Florida heat but may just take some of the stress for the parks away as you relax down the tranquil river and sunbathe in the beautiful seaside theme of Typhoon Lagoon. For more thrilling water rides head over to Blizzard Beach.

Journey to Pandora…

For a truly magical and beautiful experience head over to Animal Kingdom for the World of Avatar. Marvel at the floating islands and the bioluminescent plant life which truly come alive at night time. There’re 2 rides to do here the Na’vi river journey and board a banshee for the Avatar Flight of Passage. Just be aware that both rides are massively popular and ride times can pass the 2-hour mark so check for fast passes and keep an eye on your itinerary.

The Haunted Mansion…

It doesn’t have to be Halloween the Haunted Mansion is a must for the fast pass list, it’s a family friendly slow-moving ride full of ghosts and ghouls.

Eat a Mickey Themed Breakfast…

Known as the “all you care to eat” these family-style buffets serve Mickey waffles, pancakes, eggs you name it. It’s a perfect way to end your magical trip and for a bonus you will get to meet Mickey and his friends as they come around your tables.

Shop till you drop…

Head over to Disney Springs for a shop till you drop experience. An incredible shopping and dining experience, as it’s not attached to any parks anyone can enjoy this wonder. It’s a perfect place to visit if you arrive midday or afternoon and don’t want to head into the parks straight away.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, there really is so much to take in. Use this top ten to make a start on your itinerary and a start to your magical holiday.

Holly Smith

I'm Holly a Mum of 3 with a love for everything Disney & Orlando! So much so I've created this website and Community to share ways to save money and get the most out of your visit to Orlando Florida!

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