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  • On May 4, 2021
    Jasmine from PA Asked

    How would I go about planning a trip to Disney , i've never planned a trip before ! So planning this trip is very exciting and a surprise for my 2nd son's birthday !

    Hi Jasmine!

    Welcome to planDisney! How exciting your little one will be turning 2 this summer! Celebrating a birthday is always more fun with Disney!

    It looks like you asked a question about visiting the Disneyland Resort. Currently, the theme parks of the Disneyland Resort are only open to residents of California. Since you live in Pennsylvania, look into visiting the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, which is open to Guests from all 50 states!

    If you’d like someone to help you book a trip from start to finish, I recommend an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. These are specialized Travel Agents experienced in booking Disney vacations and can help book everything for you. A quick search with your favorite internet browser should bring up multiple companies to choose from. Pro Tip - Using an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner doesn’t cost you any more than booking yourself!

    If you would prefer to book your trip yourself, start by searching availability for your dates at one of the many amazing Disney Resort Collection Hotels. With a Disney Resort, you’ll stay inside the magic! Enjoy complimentary transportation to the theme parks, and for the remainder of 2021, Disney’s Magical Express will transport you back and forth from Orlando International Airport.

    There are four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort, and you may want to visit one or all of them! Magic Kingdom is the quintessential Disney experience complete with Cinderella Castle in the middle. Learn about technology, innovation, and world cultures at Epcot! Venture to a galaxy far, far, away, or shrink to the size of a toy and visit Andy’s backyard from Toy Story at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Learn about conservation, and escape the Yeti on Mount Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There is something for kids of every age at the Walt Disney World Resort! Once you know how long you plan to visit, check out the options for Disney Theme Park Tickets. The longer you stay to play, the less you pay per day, so consider spreading your trip over a few days to a week.

    As more Americans get excited to travel once again, please know that things are booking quickly, so if you plan to visit this summer, I would book soon. In addition to booking your Disney Resort Collection Hotel, you’ll need both a paid Disney Theme Park Ticket and a complimentary Disney Park Pass Reservation. To maintain safe crowd levels in the theme parks, only a set number of Guests may enter each day, and the Park Pass Reservations is how you reserve your entrance to a park on a specific day. Park Pass Reservations are filling weeks to months in advance, so be sure your dates are available before you purchase your theme park tickets, then make those Park Pass Reservations right away.

    Explore the Walt Disney World Website, Jasmine, and the questions here on planDisney. Feel free to submit more questions as you plan and decide where to stay, which parks to visit, or where to dine! We love talking Disney and we are here to help!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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