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First timer interview with Jen – PREP046

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First timer interview with Jen – PREP046

Today is another interview with a first-time Disney World visitor named Jen who just returned from a 10 day trip to Disney World that was full of firsts for her family.

Hear what she planned, how she fit in a trip to the beach, what her husband said when he realized how much planning she’d done and see if her plans had to change once she got there.

I also have a quick tip of the day about choosing restaurants during your trip.


These are notes from this episode. There’s much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Interview with Jen

Jen discusses her post-Memorial Day trip with her family where they stayed at Port Orleans Riverside in a Preferred Room.

Jen mentioned planning to watch a movie at her resort. Check the recreation schedule at your resort if you’d like to do that on your trip.

Quick tip of the day

When choosing where to eat, definitely consider eating at your Disney resort, especially if you’re staying at a Deluxe or Moderate Resort.

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Do you have any questions or additional thoughts on Jen’s trip or planning your own trip? Feel free to leave it in the comments.

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Shannon Albert


Saturday 19th of July 2014

I love these real-person insights, especially because your 6yo is the same age my daughter will be by our trip. I've wondered what rides to mentally prepare her for in case there are scary elements, so good to know about Pirates.

You also mentioned the stroller for her. I've really struggled with whether or not to take one. She hasn't been in a stroller in the rest of life for almost 2 years now, but this is an exception kind of thing. She's recently taken up jogging with me too, so I'm not sure if this conditioning may help her. But people say you carry all your stuff in it so it's good to have. We also do NOT have a preferred room in POR because we need a 5 person room which is only available in Alligator Bayou. Any insight on the stroller situation is appreciated. Did you just order the stroller in the park that day or are they available via the resort? If we do need one, I'm thinking not traveling with it on the plane would be nice.

Shannon Albert

Sunday 20th of July 2014

You can get a Preferred Room in Alligator Bayou. You might consider renting one of Disney's strollers in the parks as needed.


Monday 7th of July 2014

I love these trip reviews, and your podcasts in general.

It sounds like you had a great trip Jen, and thanks for sharing your family with us. I did laugh when you mentioned that Clearwater wasn't that far away because you live in the middle of Nebraska and everything is a few hours away. I also live in the middle of Nebraska and can so relate!

I've been to WDW a few times before, but have always stayed offsite. This next trip we are staying onsite, and probably at POR. I'm always interested in how the transportation works, because even though it's not my first trip to WDW, the transportation thing is completely new to me!

Lesley P

Monday 7th of July 2014

Thanks so much! Loving your podcats and hints via e-mail! We are first timers as well and going in October (I don't count 35 yrs ago). Your info has been so helpful! We have felt very overwhlemed but with the guidance I think we have an awesome trip planned inc. a surpsrise scuba dive for the hubby!


Monday 7th of July 2014

I loved this interview! Before and afters are so fun and interesting to hear about. I'm glad they all liked the Hoop Dee Doo, and I would love to check that out on my next trip. Was it hard to get there from the resort? The Star Wars events at HS sound like a blast! What a great trip....enjoyed hearing about it.

Jennifer McHargue

Monday 7th of July 2014


We chose to take the bus from Riverside over to Magic Kingdom and then take the boat over to the Hoop Dee Doo Review. It was our original plan based on a friends recommendation but we also asked a cast member and he told it that would be our shortest route. We planned an hour for transportation and it worked out well.


Monday 7th of July 2014

Hi Shannon! My question may be a little random on this post, but I just listened to this one this morning. I love your podcasts, they're very helpful. Even to a former cast member like myself (: I am planning a trip for September 2014 with my boyfriend. We're doing the Wild Africa Trek. I know in the past, you were able to add other photopass pictures to the ID they give you from the tour and get them all for free with the tour price. Is this still true with Memory Maker?

Shannon Albert

Monday 7th of July 2014

Yeah, I think and hope so as we are doing the Wild Africa Trek in October.