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  • On Jun 11, 2011
    Sandra from WI 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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    HELP! We made a last minute decision to go to Disney on 7/7/11-7/12/11, 1st time. I'm overwhelmed with planning for my husband,myself & our 11 year old son. We are staying at DKL & have the reg.dining plan. This is our 1st big do I plan

    Hi Sandra!

    A first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort can be overwhelming. However, as the crown jewel of the theme park industry, rest assured that most guests will have a great time at Walt Disney World even with little to no planning!

    First, I recommend ordering the free Walt Disney World planning DVD. It should arrive before your trip in July.  Then I recommend buying the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal. It is a great book for first timers and it is full of color photos; it will help you to determine what interests you and your family.

    To help you plan each day, I recommend visiting the independent website  That's the website for the "Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World", another good tour book.  There you can look at their crowd calendar for the days you are visiting to get a feel for the expected crowds and to see their recommendations on which park to visit on which day.  I also recommend looking at a couple of their touring plans which are step by step guides to minimize the time you wait in lines.  Their recommendations are based on a lot of math and years of data collection.  As an engineer, I'm a big fan of their work.

    Hopefully this will get you started. Write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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