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  • On Feb 28, 2019
    Morgan from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    First time Disney goers here. I have a 5&8 year old and am looking for tips and money saving tricks for our trip. We are looking at one year from now so I thought I could get some advice!!!

    Hi Morgan, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with such great plans!

    The first step is to find the perfect Disney Hotel within your budget, so I think you'll find a match in one of the six Value Hotels. Guests staying at Disney Hotels enjoy many benefits beyond the gorgeous theming, and the early access to FastPass+ planning is a true time and money saver. It gives you a 30-day head start to make FastPass+ reservations for coveted attractions, which means less time in lines and more time having fun. Guests also enjoy complimentary transportation, so you don't have to spend on a rental car.

    After choosing a hotel, you will purchase tickets, and I suggest a total of six Theme Park days for an epic trip. You can also budget for the 1 Park Per Day option, as there is plenty to enjoy at each Theme Park on a first visit.

    Then, 180 days before your trip, you can make dining reservations for special moments. It's wise to balance meals between Quick Service and Table Service restaurants, and you can browse some menus to understand the costs and plan accordingly.

    Then, 60 days before your trip, it will be time to make FastPass+ arrangements! Because of that timeline, I'd suggest deciding on hotels and tickets at least 210 days before your trip so you can plan the most magical of vacations.

    The Disney Parks Moms Panel is here to share deeper insights on each topic, so, please, stop by once you are making each decision. I look forward to help you make this dream come true!

    May the magic be with you,

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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist who also loves to sing and cook. I grew up in Southern Brazil, in Santa Catarina, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now it is my passion to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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