• On Apr 8, 2017
    Heather from WA 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.

    AP and non-AP family all staying at DW at thankgiving for 11 days starting at AOA changing to a mod resort. Multiple generations of family members, 6 of us total. Any info/advice would be helpful thank you

    Hi Heather,

    Thanks so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your questions! We on the panel love helping guests plan their Disney vacations.

    Since you are heading to Walt Disney World at Thanksgiving, your window for making dining reservations will open up soon. This window opens at 180 days ahead of your check-in date. I recommend that you choose where you would like to eat for at least one meal a day and go ahead and make those Disney dining reservations as soon as you are able. This way, you will be sure to have reservations at the places that you really want to dine, and this will start to give some structure to your days. You can make the reservations online using the link I provided, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

    You mention that you have a multi-generational group. I always suggest with a larger group, especially a multi-generational one, that you allow the group to split up for part of the day if necessary. Some members of the group may need a mid-day rest, and the rest of the party may want to stay in the theme park. There may be certain attractions that are only appealing to part of your group. Letting the group split up when they want to means that everyone is happier later. You can plan a late afternoon meal for everyone to have together where you can share stories of the day!

    Since you mention that you are switching resorts, let Disney move your luggage for you! No need for you to lug that luggage - when you check out of Disney's Art of Animation Resort, simply ask that your luggage be transferred to your next resort. This way you can head out to the theme parks and enjoy your day, and your luggage will be at your next resort later that day.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful. Please do write back if you have any further questions, Heather!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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