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  • On Jul 26, 2009
    Julie 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 & I are planning a trip to Disney World in May Or June 2010. Our son is 9. This will be a 1st for my husband & the 2nd trip for my son. I did not plan my previous trips so I do not know where to start. Can you help me get started?

    Hi Julie,

    How exciting that you are planning a family vacation to Walt Disney World!  You've already got a great start by narrowing down when it is you want to travel.  My suggestion would be to travel either early May (before Mothers Day) or early June (at least a week after Memorial Day).  By mid-late June the heat and crowds begin to pick up. 

    Once you've decided when to go, now it's time to start thinking about accommodations.  There is a wide variety of resorts at Walt Disney World, so I am sure you will find something that will suit your families taste and budget.  My favorite website for browsing the resorts is www.allearsnet.com  Simply go to the accommodations page and you'll find a complete list of all the resorts with detailed information and wonderful photographs.  It's always great to have a backup-resort in the event that your travel dates are inflexible.

    Before booking your vacation, you will want to consider theme park admission ticket options, as well as dining plan options because you will be asked about it by a friendly cast member when calling to make your reservation.  Disney has made it incredibly easy to roll all these decisions into one easy package.  Use this handy Vacation Booking Guide to learn more about these things.  For a first-time visit, I suggest at least one day per theme park (there are four) and an extra few days for a waterpark or to repeat the parks you will most likely enjoy the most.

    So once your trip is booked you can concentrate on planning the day-to-day schedule of your visit.  When you're ready there is lots of great information here on the Moms Panel regarding parks and restaurant options.

    I hope this helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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