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  • On Dec 10, 2012
    Amanda from VA 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 family is planning our first trip to Disney in FL this summer. 2 adults/2kids 8yrs. & 18 mon. We are planning on staying a week. I would really appreciate any itinerary ideas that would make the park enjoyable for both kids & any tips on saving

    Hi, Amanda!

    A first visit to Walt Disney World is amazing, but can seem a bit overwhelming!  Let's start with some money saving tips.

    If you are looking for a nice resort on a budget, choose a Value Resort.  Pop Century is my favorite.  Book a Standard Room and request a room in the 1950's section.  You are just a short walk to the food court and bus stops, but not too close to the main pool so you can get some quiet time for naps.  When choosing tickets, avoid pricey add-ons like park hopping and water parks unless you absolutely plan to do those things.  This can save you quite a bit of money! Check HERE for any special offers during your travel dates.  Hopefully the summer promotions will be listed soon. 

    A nice week long vacation sounds fantastic!  Make sure to take a day off from parks to catch your breath.  Use your "day off" for laying at the pool, heading to Downtown Disney  for shopping, dining, or a movie, or exploring resorts!  Spend an evening taking a tour on the Resort Monorail line.  Book a fun dinner at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary then head to the Polynesian beach to see the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. 

    Here is a sample of what I would do on a 7 day vacation

    Arrival day/Day 1:  get settled, explore your resort
    Day 2:  Park
    Day 3:  Park
    Day 4: Pool/Character dinner at a resort
    Day 5:  Park
    Day 6:  Park
    Day 7:  Enjoy Downtown Disney before heading home. 

    Hope this is a start for you. As you begin planning, let us know how we can help make your vacation magical!   Enjoy!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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