• On Jul 9, 2017
    Rose from MA 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 taking our 8 years old daughter to Disney World for the first time. It's started with just us, now it's a road trip with 10 of us ,5 kids 5 adults. I am feeling overwhelmed , I don't think we are prepared, Help, please!

    Hi Rose,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Well now, this sounds just as exciting as it is terrifying. Having traveled with extended family to the Walt Disney World Resort before, I can assure you that you can plan this trip and have a good time!

    Given the size of your party, there are a few things that definitely must be done immediately. If you have not done so already, make your resort hotel reservation with a vacation package that includes theme park tickets. I would suggest two standard rooms at a moderate resort, two suites at Disney's Art of Animation resort or some combination of a suite and standard room at a deluxe resort. Once you have made your resort hotel reservation, be sure to create a My Disney Experience Account online. Once you have that online account, you can link your resort hotel reservation. 

    Then, you need to make dining reservations. With a party this size, you will need dining reservations to ensure that you can dine at a reasonable time without having to wait for hours. My family loves character meals. Some of our favorites are Chef Mickey's, Cinderella's Royal Table and The Crystal Palace. My family also always gets a dining plan so I suggest that you review those options as well if you have not already. Finally, you will need to make Fast Pass+ selections for everyone. If you do stay at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you can make your Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. To make selections for everyone, you will need to add them to your Friends & Family List in My Disney Experience.

    Rose, take a deep breath and get started! 

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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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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