• On Jan 31, 2012
    Natasha from GA 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.

    My daughter and I are taking our first trip to Orlando this April. I have no clue on what to do. I do know I want to visit Magic Kingdom, stay at a Disney property hotel. I need help as a first timer on what to do, where to visit, where to eat. Thanks!

    Hi Natasha!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.  You should order a free Walt Disney World Planning DVD.  I also recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal.  It is a great book for first time visitors as it is full of information to help you plan your trip, but it is not overwhelming.  It is also a beautiful book full of color photographs.  The planning DVD and the book will give you a really good feel for everything there is to do at Walt Disney World.

    The first step is probably to figure out where you are going to stay!  My favorite Disney Deluxe Resort is the Wilderness Lodge.  My favorite Disney Moderate Resort is Port Orleans Riverside, and my favorite Disney Value Resort is currently Pop Century.  Since it is your first trip to Walt Disney World, you might consider staying in a Magic Kingdom monorail resort if your budget allows:
    • Grand Floridian
    • Contemporary Resort, including Bay Lake Tower
    • Polynesian Resort

    All three will provide easy access to the Magic Kingdom via the Magic Kingdom monorail line and to Epcot via a monorail transfer at the Transportation and Ticket Center. 

    After that you should make some Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs).  ADRs can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.  ADRs can be made up to 180 days in advance so depending on when you are going in April, some of the most popular places might already be booked up.  Checking to see all of the places still available is easiest online.

    Our responses have a word limit, but hopefully this will get you started.  Write back with more questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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