Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jul 15, 2012
    Melvin from TX 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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    My husband did this as a surprise for the family, this is our 1st time and if I dont have a step by step plan then I'm lost. Please help! our flight and hotel reservations are made. How do I pick and scheduel our dining? How do I know whats best?

    Hi, Melvin!  What a great surprise!

    I start all of my vacation planning with a pen, a notebook, and a deep breath in and out.  It's easier to move forward when I feel ready to go.

    For meals, check out  If you click the Walt Disney World tab at the top, then click dining, you'll see all of the restaurants they have at Walt Disney World.  Make a list of the ones that appeal to you - what type of food do you like?  Are you hoping to dine with characters?  Do you want to do all sit down meals or mostly counter service meals?  Once you have a list of the ones you want to try, plug them in to your daily vacation calendar.  See how you can make them all fit.  As soon as you know where you want to dine, and you are 180 days away from your vacaton (or closer), visit Disney World Dining to book your reservations online.

    How many days will you be there?  I always recommend that you try to do at least one day at each theme park, and if you have extra days, revisit the parks you love or feel you need to revisit.  Are you staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel?  You will be able to take advantage of extra magic hours at some of the theme parks, which extends your day.  You can also plan meals around which parks you are doing on which days.

    If you want to come on back and visit me here, I'd be happy to help you lay out some itineraries if you just let me know when you're going, where you're staying, and how many you're traveling with.  We'll get you all sorted out!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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