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  • On Aug 27, 2022
    Cyndi from IL 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 have only been to Disney as a small child and my husband has never been. We would like to take our son but are not sure where to start or even if we would enjoy the trip. Can you help on starting and how to know if we would find stuff we all like?

    Hiya Cyndi,

    Welcome to planDisney. I am thrilled to provide some tips  to help you plan this very magical first time trip to Walt Disney World Resort. The great thing about Disney World is no matter if you are 6 or 60, you will find plenty of things to do and enjoy, and the best part is you will be making family memories that will last a lifetime.

    The first step to planning your trip is setting up a My Disney Experience account (if you do not already have one). This will become your hub for all the details pertaining to your trip. Next you will need to decide when to go. Unless you are limited to certain dates for personal or work reasons, I would suggest looking at times that are considered "off-season". Some of our favorite times to visit are May, mid September through mid October or early December. You can typically find milder weather, slightly smaller crowds (since the kids are still in school) and often these times offer special events like the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival, the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival or my favorite, the holiday festivities including Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

    Next you will want to choose where to stay, making sure to keep your budget in mind. I strongly recommend staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel. The resorts are separated into categories (Deluxe, Moderate, Campground, & Value) based on their price levels and available amenities. There are a number of advantages to staying at a Disney resort which include additional time in the theme parks, complimentary Disney transportation, the ability to make your advanced dining reservations before other Guests, and don't forget you will be staying within the Disney magic for the entire trip. 

    Once you have selected your dates and resort, you will want to purchase your theme park admission tickets and make your theme park reservations. Keep in mind, the price of the admission tickets go down the more days you stay. Additionally, you will often find better pricing when selecting your resort and tickets as a package option. Once you have made all your reservations, begin making a list of your family's must-dos. Be sure to let each member of the family pick a few of their favorites and make note of dates you can book advanced dining reservations or any Enchanting Extras you are interested in. 

    Above all else, be flexible when making your plans but especially once you arrive. We have found that our favorite memories are when we strayed from our plans and let the magic come to us. And don't forget to ask for "1st Visit" buttons for your husband and son. If I can help with additional planning questions, please stop back and see me

    With pixie dust, 
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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