Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 19, 2011
    Maria from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I'm feeling stressed! We are planning our first trip to Disney World with our 4 year twins (boy/girl) in April. I will happily take any suggestions, tips as to make this trip go as smoothly as possible!

    Hi, Maria! Fear no more. You're doing the right thing: taking your kids to Disney World and asking the Moms Panel for help. Since your kids are collectively eight, let's do a Top 8!

    1. Pick a resort. If proximity to parks reigns supreme, consider a resort like the Polynesian on the monorail loop for easy access to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. If price is more of a factor, think about a value resort like Pop Century.

    2. Plan out your days. Look at the four theme parks and their calendars. could help you decide which park to visit each day.

    3. Early bird catches the worm. Show up at park opening and hit the headliners first - before everyone else comes in.

    4. Take a midday break. Even if your kids aren't nappers, downtime is essential for sanity.

    5. Meet the characters. Queues for character greetings can be long. Book a character meal (our favorite is Donald's Safari Breakfast at Tusker House) and the characters come to you!

    6. Plan your other meals. Check out the restaurants and make advance dining reservations.

    7. Think about comfort. Break in those walking shoes, develop a stroller strategy.

    8. Acclimate & excite your family. Get the Disney Parks 2011 DVD to watch together, have Disney dance parties in your living room, check out the goodies on the Disney World website and let your kids build their own maps.

    Above all else, relax and have fun. You'll have the time of your life!
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Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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