• On Feb 14, 2010
    Priscilla from AR 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 are coming to WDW for our first trip Dec 18-26, 2010 and staying at POP C. Have 3yr old and 8 yr old. Any advice? Also will the very merry christmas party be going on during that time?


    The last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in December was on December 18. The 2010 party dates have not been released yet, but if you go on the '09 dates, you may have a chance to see one toward the first days of your trip. (Last year's dates were announced at the end of April/beginning of May.)

    Seeing Disney World through the eyes of your children will be magical.  Because you'll be coming during the busiest time of the year, keep in mind that extra patience will be necessary as well as naps!  My #1 piece of advice is to pace yourself so you don't leave your vacation EXHAUSTED. 

    Additionally, a little homework before your trip doesn't hurt.  Whether you're a planner or not, Christmas is not the time to explore Disney on a whim.  Make at least one table service reservation a day and do it at your 180-day out mark. If you're not on the dining plan, choose breakfast or lunch Character Meals to save on costs. And take a look at the restaurants under Dining at for what's available.

    I also suggest investing in a book guide like The Unofficial Guide to WDW or The Complete Idiot's Guide to WDW by my fellow panelist Doug Ingersoll. There's not enough space here to tell you every attraction to visit, but these books have savvy advice to make your visit enjoyable. Most importantly, getting your 8-year-old on board for attractions that appeal more to your 3-year-old is key. Hidden Mickeys and ride trivia you'll find in book companions can make the experience a joy for an older sibling. Bring your own stroller. The rental fees alone at Disney could pay for a Character Meal for your entire family. Even if you have to lug it on the plane, you'll be glad you did!

    Lastly, I urge you to visit our First Visit and Age Categories here on the site to find other guests' questions you may not even think of asking!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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