• On Jul 12, 2017
    Sydney from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Also what accomedations does the resort come with? Is the dining plan worth getting? Basically want to know the dos and fonts of planning this first big trip.

    Hi Sydney,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I can imagine the excitement in your house as you plan your first big trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    There are a number of different Walt Disney World resort hotels. These are categorized as value, moderate, deluxe, or deluxe villa resorts. The value resorts are typically less expensive but have fewer amenities while the deluxe and deluxe villa resorts tend to be more expensive with the most amenities. Resorts have pools, restaurants and shopping - the number of either of these will vary according to resort.

    We love the deluxe and deluxe villa resorts because of the incredible dining experiences, workout areas and spa facilities. Though these amenities will vary from resort to resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa have all been lovely when I visited. To see what amenities each resort has, just click on the web page for the resort and click the tab that says "Amenities."

    Sydney, my family loves the Disney Dining Plans. We have done the Disney Dining Plan and the Deluxe Dining Plan. The Disney Dining Plan gives you two meals (one quick-service and one table-service) and two snacks per night of stay. Purchasing the dining plan helps me estimate how much food will cost. To get an idea of food costs, just click on the web page for a restaurant like Be Our Guest and then go to View Menu. Be sure to make dining reservations 180 days in advance, especially for character meals.

    Last, as a Walt Disney World resort hotel guest, you can make Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. I strongly suggest that you do so to save valuable time in lines!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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