• On Jul 24, 2009
    Becky from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We're (afamily of 5 with kids from the ages of 18-16-9) planning on staying 3 nights and 4 days. What do you recommend the best places to go, the best deals? I'm a rooky, please help me make this a memoriable trip for all. We'd like to stay in the park.

    Hi, Becky!   Welcome to the WDW Moms Panel!  I'm glad you came to us to help you as you begin planning your first Disney adventure!

    I think a good place to start will be what resort to stay at.   With a family of 5 with teens, I would suggest Disney's All-Star Music Resort.  Here you can stay in a Family Suite which has a living area with sofas and chairs that can be converted to beds, a separate bedroom with a queen bed, 2 tv's, 2 full bathrooms, and kitchenette with mini-frig, microwave, and coffee maker.   This will give you plenty of space to spread out and a separate rooms in case your teenagers sleep in (you and your hubby can get up and have coffee while the kids sleep in!)

    With 3 full days, choose your top 3 parks, or add on the park hopper option to see all 4 theme parks.  Some top attractions for your kids:   At Magic Kingdom - Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain.   Epcot - Soarin', Test Track, and Spaceship Earth.   Hollywood Studios - Toy Story Mania, Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, and Tower of Terror.   Animal Kingdom - Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari, and Dinosaur.  

    To find the best deals, keep checking HERE for Special Offers from Disney.   Keep checking back as new offers can pop up!   Also, go to and and sign up for their e-newsletters that will keep you updated on offers and special events at WDW.

    Once you get everything booked and you are getting close to your 90 day booking window for Advance Dining Reservations, let us know if you need help with restaurant choices!    Have fun planning and good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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