• On Feb 3, 2017
    Valerie from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! My family is planning a trip to Disney world in July, our children's ages are 11,10, & 1. We have never been and I would like to know if there is any assistance on booking a vacation and activities.

    Hi Valerie,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting that you are planning your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! Planning your first trip can be daunting but there are several online tools to help you.

    When we planned our first trip with our girls, we used an experienced travel agent. Although we had been to the Walt Disney World Resort in the past, we knew that planning with children would be different. I have also booked directly through Walt Disney World Resort Guest Services by calling 407-939-5277. 

    No matter how I book our trip, I use My Disney Experience Account to link our Resort, Dining, and Fast Pass+ reservations. Take some time to review the various Resort Hotels. My family has stayed in Moderate and Deluxe resort hotels. The Deluxe hotels typically have more amenities. 

    I would also advise you to make your down payment at least 181 days in advance because you can make Advanced Dining Reservations 180 days in advance. Since this is your first visit, you may want to do at least one Character Meal. Restaurants fill quickly, so make reservations! If you book a resort vacation package, you also will be able to book your Fast Pass+ reservations 60 days in advance. 

    Consider purchasing a Dining Plan. Food can get expensive. Having a dining plan helps us budget the money we spend on food. 

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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