Mom and Dad planning vacation
  • On Jul 22, 2019
    Erin from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My boyfriend and I are planning our first trip to Disney World and I'm a little overwhelmed with how much Disney has to offer. What is the best way to go about planning a trip to Disney for timers?

    Hi, Erin! 

    It's your first trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth!  How exciting!  You certainly are correct that the Walt Disney World Resort has A LOT to offer.  I know it can seem a little overwhelming at first, but that's what the Disney Parks Moms Panel is here for.  We are happy to help you sort everything out so that you can plan a vacation that is practically perfect in every way.

    The first thing I would recommend is to do your resEARch.  There are some great online planning tools that I think you may find helpful.  Also, do some exploring on the Walt Disney World Resort website and read about the theme parks.  Learning about the attractions and entertainment offerings that can be found at each park will help you get an idea of your own personal "must-dos."  Don't forget to also look into all of the great restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort to see what you might be interested in when it comes to dining.  Follow the Disney Parks Blog and read as much about the Walt Disney World Resort as you can while you get ready for your vacation.  Then when you arrive, you'll know what to expect.

    If you have yet to book your vacation package, you'll need to decide where you want to stay and the length of your trip.  I would highly recommend staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel so that you can take advantage of the many benefits of staying right in the middle of the magic.  Once your vacation is booked, be sure to set up your My Disney Experience account and link your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation and theme park tickets to your account.  You'll also want to download the My Disney Experience mobile app.

    The next thing you'll need to think about is making your dining reservations.  Reservations for table-service restaurants are strongly encouraged, and you can begin making them 180 days before your arrival.  When you get a little closer to your trip, you will need to think about making your FastPass+ selections.  FastPass+ selections can be made 60 days prior to check-in if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, or 30 days before your arrival if you are staying elsewhere.

    Those are the basics of planning your first Walt Disney World Resort vacation.  If you have specific questions about any of this information or if there is anything else that you need help with, please don't hesitate to ask.  There's nothing my fellow Panelists and I enjoy more than sharing our knowledge and love of all things Disney!

    Have a magical day!

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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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