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  • On Dec 11, 2018
    Courtney from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    This is my first time planning a trip to Disney World. Shooting for February of 2020. My 30th birthday. Any tips?

    Hi Courtney,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to celebrate your birthday at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Let the first visit party begin! First, check the Special Offers to see what discounts come out for the dates of your visit. I would start pricing dates in February 2019 so that you can start to get a sense of the possible cost and the various resort hotel options. My favorite deluxe resort hotel is Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, favorite moderate resort hotel is Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside and favorite value resort hotel is Disney's Pop Century Resort.

    Once you book a vacation package, watch the calendar dates carefully! At 180 days prior to your arrival date, you can start booking advanced dining reservations. Make these reservations early, especially for popular restaurants like Cinderella's Royal Table, Be Our Guest Restaurant and Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White. With a vacation package, at 60 days prior to your arrival date, you can start making Fast Pass+ selections. Keep an eye out for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!

    Finally, decide how you are going to celebrate the actual day. We celebrate my husband's birthday with dinner during the Happily Ever After fireworks at California Grill. Be sure to note the birthday celebration when making dining reservations. 

    Courtney, take some time to review the Enchanting Extras Collection - pick a special experience just for your birthday. We adore Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room. Most of all, I wish you lots of love and laughter on your special day!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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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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