• On Apr 11, 2021
    Chantal from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I booked a family vacation for the summer and this will be our first time ever going to Disney world as we live in CA and have gone to Disneyland multi times. What things are must see/ do. There are 4 adults and 2 kids 10,14. Or any tips/ tricks packing.

    Hi Chantal,

    Welcome to planDisney!!!

    I can imagine the excitement in your household as you plan your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! Let's start with the logistics. First, make sure you have created a My Disney Experience account. Once you create that account, you will be able to link your vacation package, Disney Park Pass system, and advanced dining reservations to that account. I also create a separate spreadsheet or chart so that I can track all of our plans, including our flight information.

    Next, I suggest you book a vacation package with resort hotel and theme park tickets. Our favorite resort hotels include Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Contemporary Resort, and Disney's BoardWalk Villas. We love Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Contemporary Resort because we can walk to Magic Kingdom from those resorts and Disney's BoardWalk Villas is a favorite because from there we can walk to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    Decide if you will purchase tickets with the Park Hopper® Option. Honestly, my family does not need the Park Hopper Option. We can find plenty to do at one park per day. Sometimes, however, we want to spend the day in one park and eat dinner in another, so you will need to make the ticket decision that is best for your family.

    Definitely visit all four theme parks and, if you can, stay for at least six nights. Once you book a vacation package, link it in your My Disney Experience account. Then, make Disney Park Pass system reservations for each day that you have valid theme park admission. Once you reach the 60-day mark prior to your trip, make advanced dining reservations. Dining reservations are a must-have. Even though we also did Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering on our last trip, we had dining reservations for the vast majority of our meals. 

    Given the ages of your kids, there are attractions at each park that may appeal to them. Our teen girls love Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Magic Kingdom has a host of classic attractions that we all enjoy, and EPCOT is a lovely experience with so many dining options that we enjoy. 

    Chantal, I sense that your young ones might be strong in the Force. Be sure to know how to join our Resistance Allies on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. When the time is near, check out our planDisney Packing tips. May the Force be with you as you plan!

    Magic and memories,

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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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