• On Jul 30, 2017
    Rhonda from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    So excited to take my 3 younger children to Disney for the first time in October . I have not been to Disney in 16 years, I am asking for suggestion for first timers. I want them to have the best experience (ages 12,9 8) suggestions appreciated

    Dear Rhonda,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your wondEARful question about planning your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    How exciting to be bringing your family for the first time! The most important thing to remember is that no matter what you do, you will have a magical family experience together if you allow it to happen! I recommend a high level of advance planning, so that when you are actually at the Walt Disney World Resort, you can relax and enjoy letting your plan play out. 

    With the ages of your children, I recommend a balance of thrill rides and classics. Be sure to take them on Peter Pan's Flight, but don't miss Space Mountain either! I recommend making a few Advanced Dining Reservations also, especially if your family likes to take a break midday. A nice cool indoor lunch can work wonders for tired feet. 

    Since you haven't been in a few years, be sure to familiarize yourself with My Disney Experience, FastPass+, and MagicBands. There is a lot of helpful information online. You will want to get a basic understanding of all of those well in advance of your visit so that you can maximize your fun!

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K.
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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