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  • On Feb 4, 2022
    Landia from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are a family of 5 planning our first trip to Disney. We need advise to where to book and when is the best time to visit?

    Hi there Landia, welcome to planDisney!

    I'm so excited to hear that you're planning your very first trip to Walt Disney World Resort!  You have so many things to look forward to and so much excitement ahead of you!  You couldn't have chosen a better time to visit, as this year is extra-magical because Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! Not only will the usual (and always fabulous) fireworks, attractions and characters be there, but you might just find some extra special EARidescent magic around every corner. 

    My family is also a family of five and even though one is still pretty little, we find that we often need a room that can sleep five people comfortably.  Luckily, Walt Disney World was made for families to have fun together and there are many options for a family just like yours. The Resort categorizes its Disney Resorts Collection hotels into three basic tiers, with a few exceptions.  Depending on budget, you may choose to have your family stay at a Value, Moderate or Deluxe Resort. 

    Value Resorts are perfect if you're looking for quick-service food options, elaborately themed decor and plenty of places to splash in the pool! They're great for families who are trying to stick to a budget but not lose any part of the Disney magic! With options like Disney's Art of Animation Resort, your party can even book a Family Suite, and have plenty of space to stretch out.  With two bathrooms, two sleeping areas and a kitchenette, your family is sure to find the accommodations more than accommodating! 

    At Moderate Resorts like Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside you'll find a few upgrades from Value Resorts, like table-service restaurants and the addition of some "5th Sleeper" room options.  "5th Sleeper" Guest Rooms have two Queen beds and a child-size pull-down bed, which may work perfectly for your family!  While all Disney Resorts have exemplary theming, I tend to find these two Resorts transport me to a faraway place!

    Last, but certainly not least, are the Deluxe Resorts, which offer guests elegant, luxurious and convenient places to recharge after a long day at the Parks.  These Resorts often have pools with waterslides, fine dining restaurants, Club Level accommodations, and are the closest Resorts to the Theme Parks.  If you want to feel like Walt Disney World royalty, choose a Deluxe Resort.

    Honestly, I believe ANY time of yEAR is the perfect time to visit my pals Mickey and Minnie.  My favorite time is Spring because I enjoy the beauty of the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, the longer days and the warmer weather.  Some people love the fall because of another festival, the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, and Halloween celebrations, while others enjoy the magic of the holidays and visiting while the Resort is decked out in its holiday best!

    No matter which Resort or time of yEAR you choose, I know you and your family are sure to have a truly magnificent trip!

    Ashley M
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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