• On Nov 19, 2010
    Tracey from MD 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.

    Going from 12/23-12/29. First time for myself and my 6 year old. So much to consider...any advice on what to do? Also, do all the shows, etc listed on the park maps cost extra or are they included in the Magic your way plus dining pkg? Meal suggestions?

    Hi, Tracey! Congratulations on your first trip to Walt Disney World (WDW)! Wow, I wish I could just take you two by the hands and show you the World! There is much to consider when planning a WDW vacation, but the fun part that it's almost as much planning one as it is taking one. My advice is to become familiar with the website. Order the FREE planning DVD if you haven't already, or since your trip is so close, create your own planning video online so that you and your child can virtually explore the parks and resorts.

    You are going at a great time of year, and in addition to the entertainment (which is included in park admission), there will be added holiday special events which you will want to see and experience. (Some special events are separately ticketed and are an extra expense, but Disney is good about making sure you know what costs extra.)  I suggest that you pick up a WDW guide book such as Birnbaum's Guide to Walt Disney World, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World. Either of those will give you a great overview and provide you with sound advice on how to take the best advantage of your vacation time.

    If you haven't yet, head over to the Advanced Dining Reservation page, you're going to want to not only become familiar with the restaurants but also make some reservations -- especially since you're on the Disney Dining Plan. Come back if you have more questions. Have a wonderful day, a blessed holiday and a magical vacation!
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