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  • On Mar 1, 2019
    Michelle from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have a friend going to Disney for the first time. What are the most important things to share with her? Best tips, restaurants, overall advice? She will be there in just 10 days. Has not made reservations for restaurants or magic bands.

    Hi Michelle, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    For some of us Type-A planners, NOT having everything planned for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation months in advance would give us an eye twitch. Others prefer to be a bit more spontaneous. The great news is a magical vacation can happen either way. The first thing I would recommend for your friend is to create a My Disney Experience account and download the My Disney Experience mobile app. Having the app gives guests the ability to make FastPass+ selections on the fly and search for available dining reservations. I just hopped on the app and searched for tables available for dinner tonight, and found plenty of availability, including at some of the most popular dining locations. There are also many unique options for Quick-Service dining with no reservations needed. Next, I would encourage your friend to purchase park admission and link it to the My Disney Experience account in order to make FastPass+ selections in advance. If at first there is no availability for a particular attraction, try again. Availability changes all the time; you never know what might pop up. I am also a huge fan of "rope drop", arriving well before the parks are scheduled to open. The first hour or so after park open is a great time to visit attractions and enjoy little to no wait. Just before park close is another great time to visit popular attractions. I think if your friend is flexible and open to whatever dining and attraction experiences come their way, they will have a wonderful time.
    My BEST advice is to send your friend over to us at the Moms Panel! We'll be happy to help with any questions. Please visit us again any time.

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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