Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On May 30, 2012
    Christy from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    First trip to Disney- 2 adults, 2 nine-year olds. 6 days/7nights, we are on the dining plan, staying at Caribbean Resort. I have no idea how to plan, additonal park hours are confusing. Also not sure about making dining reservations, where to go, time, etc

    Congratulations on your first Walt Disney World Vacation, Christy!  I am a mother to seven-year-old twins and let me say that your nine-year-olds are going to love experiencing the magic of Disney!  It sounds like you have gotten off to a great start with your vacation planning! Disney offers Extra Magic Hours to guests staying on property. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to three hours after regular closing time.This amazing perk allows guests staying on property the opportunity to experience many of the most popular attractions when the parks are less crowded. I highly recommend making Advanced Dining Reservations as soon as possible for table-service restaurants by calling (407) WDW-DINE or by going online here. One of my favorite unofficial websites to visit when planning our meals is This website has all of the Walt Disney World Restaurants listed with menus and pricing. Follow the link I have provided to view the Park Hours and Calendar for the theme parks. I would first decide which parks you want to visit based on the park hours for those days and then plan your Advanced Dining Reservations accordingly. I would suggest booking a Character Dining Experience for your trip.Your twins would love being greeted table side for photos and autographs by various Disney Characters or Princesses. I would highly recommend taking a day off from the parks in the middle of your vacation to enjoy your beautiful resort and relax. I am out of room, but please feel free to write me back with any additional questions or if you would like any dining recommendations. I would love to assist you in planning your first Walt Disney World Vacation!  Best wishes for a Magical Trip, Christy!
    Happy Planning,
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Meet the Panelist: Jodie, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm the mother of four amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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