Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 8, 2008
    Amanda Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hello eveyone were visiting in sept 2008 and we are going to stay at saratoga springs resort using our dvc points this is the first time we have used our points and it will also be our first stay in a disney hotel do you have any tips to help us out?

    Hi Amanda, and welcome to the DVC!  We love our membership and I'm sure you will too.  The first time we walked into a resort and the cast member said, "Welcome home" I got tears in my eyes!

    Have you weighed the pros and cons of the dining plan?  It always works out in our favor and my family loves to take advantage of that offering.  No matter how you're dining, be sure to make your reservations well in advance (up to 180 days) as many meals do fill up.

    I'd recommend looking at the park hours, which are usually posted 6 months in advance.  From that I make an itinerary of where we will be each day, then decide where we will be eating accordingly.  You can find the hours posted here.  Don't forget to research Extra Magic Hours (EMH)!  Now that you will be staying on-property they are a great way to visit the parks in less-crowded times.

    I'm not sure exactly when in September you are visiting, but if it's later in the month you might be able to catch Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom one night.  It's tremendous fun for the whole family, and we love to attend.  Dates for 2008 have not yet been announced, but you can check this page for updates in the future.  I recommend buying tickets in advance, as many nights do sell out.

    Enjoy your first trip home!  :)
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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