Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 21, 2012
    April from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We have booked our first trip to WDW through AAA for May 2012. The AAA rep is lacking with advice on what we should do there or how to plan our trip. We are there 7 nights & have no idea what to do when we land. We are an older couple with a 6yo girl.

    Hi April,

    You have come to the right place for Walt Disney World vacation planning advice! 

    If you are flying into Orlando International Airport, have your travel agent sign you up for the complimentary Magical Express Transportation Service.  Once you arrive at your Disney resort, spend some time exploring the amenities there.  Then spend the remainder of your first evening dining with Mickey at Chef Mickey's, shopping at Downtown Disney, or taking in some fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.

    Plan to spend one full day at each of Disney's four major theme parks.  Choose which day you will visit each park by the availability of Extra Magic Hours.  These are special times when the parks are reserved exclusively for Disney resort guests.  It's a great time to enjoy the theme park's most popular attractions with reduced wait times. 

    Plan to spend your third or fourth day at Disney resting.  Sleep in and then enjoy some pool time at your resort.  This will help you recharge your batteries for the remaining days of your trip.

    Reserve at least one character dining experience during your stay.  Since you will be traveling in May, you can call (407) WDW-DINE now to book a table.  Bring your camera and an autograph book for your little girl to this event.  Kids generally love to get autographs from the Disney characters at these meals.  Let us know if you need any dining recommendations.

    If there are any other questions we could answer for you, don't hesitate to post them to the Moms Panel site. We'd even be happy to map out an itinerary for you if you so desire.  Just let us know what kind of guidance you need and we'll do our best to assist you.

    Best wishes for a truly magical vacation this May!

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Meet the Panelist: Jill, New Jersey

Lesson plans, college plans, vacation a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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