Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Sep 8, 2009
    Stacey from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My husband and I have never been to Disney before. We are planning on taking our daughter for her birthday in 2 years. We really want to start planning now but we don't know where to start. Any thing special we could do for my daughters birthday?

    Hi, Stacey!  It's so exciting to help someone plan their first trip!  I hope it turns out to be a magical experience that you'll want to repeat time and again!

    You don't say how old your daughter is, so it's tough to recommend something special for her.  I would say up until she's about age 10, My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea is about as special as you can get!  This magical tea party, held at the Grand Floridian's Garden View Lounge, features appearances by Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), and an enchanted rose from her garden, Rose Petal.  There are sing-a-longs, a princess parade, and special gifts for all of the children attending, including a doll similar to an American Girl doll. 

    You can send me another question and let me know how old she is, and I can come up with more birthday suggestions for you!

    As for planning, start at to see where you might like to stay.  I like to get the big decisions made, like where I'm staying, what time of the year I'm going, and how I'm getting there, so having the hotel is a big step done for me.  There are resorts to fit practically every budget from the Value All Star Resorts through the deluxes like the Polynesian.  Decide how many days you are visiting and how many of those days will be theme park days.  That will help you choose a package or tickets.

    You can work with a travel agent, or contact Walt Disney World directly when you are ready to book.  I find the cast members to be very helpful in assisting with my planning.

    I hope your vacation is magical, and the planning a big part of the fun!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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