• On Jun 2, 2017
    Amber from GA 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 are planning a trip to WDW with our 10 year old daughter and 6 year old son, our first time, YAY!We will be checking in-July 1, 2017 and staying 3 or 4 days. I need help with planning, resorts and I am not sure where to begin. Please help

    Hi Amber,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! The excitement in your question is contagious. I am doing a happy dance with you!

    Advance planning is key at the Walt Disney World resort. First, I suggest you book a vacation package immediately. Check the Special Offers for deals that will save your family money. If budget is a concern, Value Resort Hotels are typically the most affordable. My family has stayed in Moderate Resort Hotels, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels. We now prefer to stay in one of the Deluxe Resort Hotels with access to the resort monorail - Disney's Contemporary Resort is our favorite!

    With a vacation package, you need to decide how many days of theme park tickets to purchase. I suggest at least four days so that your family can experience all four theme parks. Although we have done the Park Hopper option in the past, we typically only purchase base tickets now because we like to enjoy a full day in the same park.

    You will also need to decide if you want to include a Dining Plan in your package. We find the dining plans to be a great value because food can be unpredictably expensive at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Time is of the essence now. Once you book your vacation package, I suggest you make dining reservations and Fast Pass+ selections. Restaurants fill quickly and you will want to do at least one or two character meals with your children. With Fast Pass+, you will be able to reserve three rides per day at one park. Doing so will save you hours in wait time.

    Amber, our girls love to help us plan using My Disney Experience. Be sure that you create an account!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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